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COVID-19
Important Updates, Information and Guidance


Latest COVID-19 Update: 6th January 2021

Following the Government’s announcement of a national lockdown on 4th January, the College will now deliver all lessons online to all students and apprentices, apart from vulnerable students and students whose parents/carers are critical workers.

Vulnerable Students and Students Whose Parents/Carers Are Critical Workers

From Tuesday 5th January 2021, all vulnerable students can continue to learn in College with support from College staff and we would encourage them to attend.

Students who have already been identified as vulnerable have been contacted by their Tutors to discuss their timetables. If you consider yourself to be a vulnerable student and have not been contacted, please contact your Tutor.

The College can also offer learning in College to students whose parents/carers are critical workers. Should you wish to discuss this option, please contact your Tutor.

January 2021 External Exams and Assessments

Given the rising rates of COVID infections and the restrictions associated with the national lockdown, it is with regret that the College must now take the decision to cancel all BTEC and the majority of other exams planned for the next three weeks.

This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, and we realise that this may be disappointing for students who have put a lot of hard work into preparing for their exams. However, our number one priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff, many of whom travel to the College using public transport. We have therefore decided not to proceed with the vocational examinations at this time.

We would like to apologise for the late communication of this message. You will appreciate that the Government has only recently announced its position on January exams and we have been reviewing our approach as the guidance emerged.

Pearson have already confirmed that no students will be disadvantaged as a result of not sitting their exams in January. The awarding organisation are working with DfE and Ofqual on the details of how this will work and we will keep you informed as this information becomes available.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your examinations, please contact your Tutor.

College Transport

For students attending face-to-face lessons, bus passes can be issued to support with transportation to college. If you are a student having online lessons, and would normally receive a bus pass at the start of this term, bus passes will be re-issued when the College re-opens.

Support for Students

Accessing Learning from Home

If you are having difficulty accessing learning from home, please contact your Tutor for support. Alternatively, visit this page for more information on how to access learning platforms and kit/equipment: www.sthelens.ac.uk/home-access.

Free College Meals

The College is committed to supporting all our students who currently receive support with college meals. In order to receive support with meals during this lockdown, if you have not yet provided the evidence required to support your bursary claim, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Safeguarding and Wellbeing

We understand that you may be feeling worried and anxious at this time, but our Personal Tutors and Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team are available to offer you support and guidance.

Please speak to your Personal Tutor, or a member of the Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team if you have any concerns.

Tap to view some useful support resources

Managing and Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are attending College for face-to-face lessons and experience any symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, continuous cough, high temperature or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell), we will send you home immediately to self-isolate, in line with Government guidance.

All cases of COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, or having recently been on campus, must be reported to your Tutor immediately.

We encourage students experiencing symptoms to access testing facilities as soon as possible. Please let us know if you are being tested and report the outcome to your Tutor.

Reporting Absence

If you are going to be absent from face-to-face lessons or online lessons, for whatever reason, it is important that you let us know before 8.45am. You can do this by calling us on 01744 623154, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or clicking/tapping the absence reporting button below.

Tap/click here to Report Absence

Keeping you Informed

Communications will continue to be directed to students' College email accounts. It is therefore essential that you check your College email account frequently.

We will update this page regularly, so please refer back to it for the most up to date information.

Information for Parents and Carers

If you are a parent/carer, please visit the below page for all of the latest updates and information regarding your son or daughter’s progress at College.

Information for Parents and Carers