Due to the severe weather and dangerous travel conditions, all Highbury College Centres will remain closed today, Friday 1st February 2019.

We plan to open as usual on Monday 4th February 2019, however please check the College website and social media accounts for regular updates.

Students and apprentices can keep up-to-date with College work and access the Digital Maths and English Academies, plus other course specific materials via Canvas here: https://highbury.instructure.com/login/ldap

If you are an apprentice, we would like to remind you that you can access your safeguarding and prevent assessment materials here: https://highbury.instructure.com/enroll/XA4A4A

Students can access their email here: http://www.gmail.com
To log in please enter [your EBS/student number]@students.highbury.ac.uk
Your password is the password you use to login to College computers.

Staff can access their emails here: http://portal.office.com

Students and staff can access their College virtual desktop by clicking here: http://citrix.highbury.ac.uk
Please click here to download instructions for accessing your virtual desktop.

If you need to contact a member of the Highbury College team urgently, please call 07776 142686.


Useful links which may have important information on the weather forecast as well as health information, updates on travel and local services:

Weather information and forecasts, please look on


Latest travel information from South West Trains please check their website at

http://www.southwesttrains.co.ukor telephone 0345 600 0650.

For up-to-date information on bus services in the area during this time, please check the First Group and Stagecoach Bus websites. The direct number for the First Bus is 0333 014 3480 and Stagecoach 0345 121 0190. 

BBC News


BBC Solent


BBC Radio Solent


Portsmouth City Council – Affected Services


Portsmouth City Council Schools Closures


NHS Direct


Telephone NHS Direct 0845 46 47

Age Concern


Highways Agency



Top Tips

  • What to carry in case you get stuck in your car – warm clothes, wind up or battery powered radio, torch, shovel, blanket, water and a fully charged mobile phone.
  • Put on a number of thin layers rather than one big woolly jumper. It is actually the air that gets trapped in between layers of clothing that keeps you warm. The more layers you have on, the more air that gets trapped and the warmer you feel.
  • Keep your feet and head as warm as possible – the body loses most of its heat through the head.
  • Stay in one room in the house and close doors to keep the heat in to stop it escaping into draft prone corridors and porches.
  • Emergency services are encouraging people only dial 999 in the case of a real emergency. Non-emergency number – 101.
  • Don’t venture out by car unless your journey is essential.
  • Travel a low speed in a high gear – this helps increase traction between the tyre and the road surface.
  • If your car begins to skid do not break suddenly – this will make the wheels of the car lock up. Instead gently steer into the direction of the skid until the car comes to a natural stop.
  • Keep up-to-date on travel conditions and road closures at the Highways Agency.

Article Details

  • Date 01/03/2018