From Tuesday 5th January, in line with government guidance, all taught lessons at the College have been delivered online in-line with students’ normal college timetables to provide the best remote education and outstanding support possible over the coming weeks. Teaching staff have been delivering live content, pre-recorded activities, independent work, group activities and projects in order to continue the College’s offer of high quality teaching, ensuring students who engage with the delivery will not be significantly impacted by the loss of in-person contact.
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister that this summer’s A level and GCSE exams would not take place and the late guidance from the Department of Education on Tuesday 5 January, the College has also taken the difficult decision not to run the January BTEC exams in order to protect the physical and mental wellbeing of all students and staff at the College.
Callywith Principal Dr Jon Grey said: “This has been a very difficult decision, but the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.
“We are desperately sad to not be welcoming students back on site this half term, entering a third lockdown phase during the winter months will present its challenges but we are determined to provide the very best remote education and pastoral support possible.”
The College’s Student Services department and Health, Wellbeing & Sport (HWS) teams will be available to offer support and advice to all members of the college community over the coming weeks. From mental health and wellbeing support to physical health advice; students and staff will have the opportunity to engage with live workouts on the HWS YouTube channel and to book one-to-one online exercise support advice appointments.
Callywith Principal Dr Jon Grey has sent this core message to all students: “We know that it can be hard to remain focused during this time of fluctuating uncertainty. However, if you can build a new routine at home based around your online learning and integrate good, healthy behaviours and habits, you can still focus on your long-term goals.
“Not knowing how and when qualification assessments will take place is hard for all of us, but what is of real value is what you learn, not just about your subjects, but about yourself. Aiming towards a future goal by working hard to do the best you can today, is a brilliant mindset to take into the coming weeks. By working hard, you will ensure that when things are better and when new opportunities come your way, you will be ready to seize them.”
While demand for courses in September 2021 is high, there are still places available and candidates can apply online here. All prospective new students will continue to have full interviews by phone and video to ensure they make the best choices and access the right course for them.
The College will be holding its next Virtual Open Event on Thursday 21 January 2021, 5pm – 8pm.