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Covid-19 Update

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

Eastleigh College to further extend opening from 1 June

After careful planning, detailed risk assessment and subject to any further Government announcements Eastleigh College plans a phased approach to extending onsite campus teaching, learning and assessment to more learners from 1 June. The College has remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic as staff have been providing a broad range of onsite and online services. Therefore this phased approach builds upon the onsite levels of service and support which has been available to learners identified as vulnerable, or the children of key workers since 23 March.

  • From Monday 1 June the College will open its commercial Gas Assessment Centre and MOT testing training facilities. This commercial delivery will be assessment only onsite with theory content continuing to be delivered online. 
  • From Monday 8 June the College plans to further open for ‘license to practice’ assessments in subjects and levels confirmed by Ofqual.
  • From Monday 15 June the College plans to open to a further four groups of learners based on those who plan to ‘progress’ from the current academic year to study at the College in the 2020/21. 

The College has sought to establish a Covid-19 secure campus through a range of measures. Planning has been developed over a number of weeks and continues to follow all Government and Public Health England guidance. Stringent onsite measures have been put in place to achieve social distancing, prominent signage is in place, staggered arrival times, additional cleaning capacity and staff to learner ratios are greatly reduced from pre-Covid-19 levels. Seeking to minimise the risk of the Covid-19 virus to the health and wellbeing of learners and staff has underpinned all aspects of the College’s planning which has been completed in consultation with staff and unions.

Chief Executive Designate Paul Cox said “with Covid-19 secure measures in place we are delighted to be able to further extend our onsite contact with learners. It’s important to us that none of our learners or employer partners are put at a disadvantage due to Covid-19 and that all our learners complete their courses and achieve their ambitions. Monday 1 June is planned to be the first of, what is expected to be, a series of small steps towards opening our doors to all learners sometime in the future. Further steps will only be taken when Government advice and College risk assessment allows. We will be keeping our plans under constant review and we will act swiftly should we need to make further changes”.

Online open events will be going ahead on 8 June and 8 July as planned. Potential learners will have the opportunity to hear presentations and join live chat sessions. Staff are working hard to support current year 11 pupils prepare for college by providing transition resources which can be found here. In addition plans are in development for daily advice and guidance opportunities for individuals considering their future plans at this time and further details will be available via the College website.

Read the full Covid-19 FAQs and please note that the FAQs are updated regularly and that ideally this page should be bookmarked.