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PUBLISHED: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Partial reopening of Highbury College

Highbury College will partially reopen on Monday 15th June.

The reopening will be phased to ensure the we can reopen safely with the following students being prioritised:

  • Students who have been identified as needing specific support from the College staff
  • Students who are required to complete practical training assessments in order to complete their qualification and practise safely in industry.

In both cases, eligible students will be contacted directly by College staff with further details and instructions.

If your contact details have recently changed please email info@highbury.ac.uk to update.

If you are not contacted, please do not attend college and continue to work remotely with your tutor.

Extensive planning and safety measures have been put in place to ensure socially distancing is respected while on campus and students and staff remain safe.

Protection measures include:

  • temperature checks upon entering the building
  • strict social distancing in all areas of the college
  • social distancing advice given when entering college
  • disposable face masks and nitrile gloves available
  • hand sanitiser available in communal areas
  • frequent sanitisation of commonly touched surfaces
  • one-way systems on stairwells and corridors
  • hand washing training available for students and staff
  • hand washing instructions available in toilets
  • staff and students with Covid-19 symptoms will be refused entry and asked to arrange testing.

If you are feeling anxious or worried about your future studies, we will be inviting all students to a face to face or online advisory session about your options for September. Alternatively, you can contact our advice team any time by emailing info@highbury.ac.uk.

If working remotely, your class timetables will continue as previously and your tutor will tell you whether it is tutorials, small groups or whole class sessions. We are very keen that your learning continues and that you are still able to achieve your goal and are working hard to support you to do this despite the disruption.

Students can access Canvas, OneFile and other online resources by visiting the Student Hub.

The Student Hub also includes useful student guides to Using OneDrive and Microsoft Teams.

During these challenging times it’s important to keep your body and mind healthy so whether you are staying at home or returning to college, you can find a range of useful links, advice and support here: /landing-pages/safeguarding-health-and-welbeing/

Remember, one of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to wash your hands regularly. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/


Completing College Work from Home

ONLINE

If you are completing your college work online, you can share and submit work to your tutor using Teams or via email.

Your tutors email address is in the following format: firstname.surname@highbury.ac.uk
For example, joe.bloggs@highbury.ac.uk

Microsoft Lens is a useful and free app to help you photograph work before sending. Download the Microsoft Lens user guide here.

BY POST

If you have been sent work in the post you can return your work in one of the following ways:

  • Use the included free post envelope to return work via a post box or post office. No stamp needed.
  • Drop work into one of our college campuses, using the included envelope.

Campus locations

Flexi Centre, Arundel Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1ND
Please use the letterbox located in the main Flexi Centre door.

Highbury Campus, Tudor Crescent, Cosham PO6 2SA
The main gates will be open between 8am – 4pm. Please return work to the main college entrance during these times.

 

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Free School/College Meals

If you usually receive free school/college meals, additional payments will now be made directly into your bank account to the value of one meal per day. For students in receipt of Vulnerable Young People Bursaries, we will continue to provide the weekly payments while you study remotely.

For Portsmouth City Council Schools and Families advice please visit: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/coronavirus-covid-19/schools-and-families-coronavirus-information


Celebration of Achievement 2020 (Graduation)

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, social restrictions are expected to continue for some time. To protect all students and staff we have made the difficult decision to postpone the July 2020 Graduation Ceremony. At this stage it is hard to confirm an alternative date but it is our intention to invite all 2020 graduates to the July 2021 Graduation Ceremony. The date is to be confirmed and we will contact you again once event details become finalised. We understand this is disappointing for all and hope by July 2021, we can once again come together to celebrate your amazing achievements.