COVID-19 Update - 18/03/20 15:00

We appreciate that the last few days and weeks have been an incredibly difficult time as we continue to provide learning and support to many whilst trying to deal with the anxieties and concerns that we all have, both for ourselves, our loved ones and those we study alongside and come into contact with on a daily basis. You have all been outstanding and we cannot thank you for all you have continued to do in this situation.

Over the course of this week, many learners made the decision to work /study from home and learner attendance has dropped considerably. As a result, we are in a situation where we can no longer sustain the minimum levels of staff to student ratios required to provide the support needed.

We have therefore made the decision that by Monday 23rd March until Friday 3rd April, all learning in the College for all levels of provision will move to a remote and blended delivery solution and we know many curriculum areas have already been trialing this over the course of the last few weeks. Your tutors will be in touch with you to discuss how this will work for you.

During the course of the next two and a half weeks, there are still a small number of exams scheduled and these are national examinations that have not yet been cancelled.

We are currently trying to accommodate these as planned and you will be contacted directly by your tutor or a member of staff from the College if these are cancelled. From Monday 23rd March until Monday 20th April, all College campuses will be closed to learners and visitors and all sites will be deep cleaned during this period.

We have also made the decision that our open day scheduled for 23rd April has been cancelled and we are provisionally hoping that we will use Saturday 6th June, which was scheduled as a higher education open event, as our next recruitment event.

Our hope is that we may be able to return to normal operations soon after the Easter break but obviously this is an unprecedented situation and we are taking every day as it comes.

On behalf of all of the staff at the College, stay well and we hope to see you all back soon.

Sara-Jane Watkins
SGS College Principal

All future Olympus & Studio 22 shows temporarily suspended - 17th March 2020

Following recommendations from the UK government (March 16) all future shows at the Olympus and Studio 22 Theatre have been temporarily suspended with immediate effect.

All learning is currently continuing as planned and students are encouraged to attend sessions, where it is safe to do so. Any further updates to learning will be announced via our social media channels.

Given the current ambiguity and lack of clarity as to how long our productions and visiting productions will be suspended for, we will provide updates regarding any change of dates, refunds and re-bookings as and when they're available. All external hirers will be contacted by our Production Manager within the next 48hrs.

For now, we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience, and to recognise the incredible efforts and support from our students, staff, partners and ticket holders.

Box Office Enquiries: boxoffice@sgscol.ac.uk
General Enquiries: BIPA@sgscol.ac.uk

We Remain Open - 17th March 2020

The Prime Minister has now moved to a position of hosting a daily press conference to explain the Government’s actions to mitigate the spread and the impact of Covid-19. As a result of today’s briefing there are a number of changes that we need to update you on.

Whilst not ruling this out at a later date, the current situation is that all education settings are to remain open unless advised otherwise. This is correct for all SGS college sites currently.

The additional measures announced tonight are as follows:
1. If you or any member of your family experience a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then you and your household are required to self-isolate for 14 days. This needs to be recorded on our register system so you must contact the College on a daily basis to confirm your absence. Tutors will record ‘Not Expected’ on the register and record the reason on ProMonitor against your learner record.

2. All non-essential travel will need to cease, which includes all learner trips / visits.
3. For those learners in the most vulnerable categories including those who are over 70, or who are pregnant and also those with a serious underlying health condition, then you must also stop all non-essential contact.
4. In addition, social distancing will be encouraged and therefore it is with regret that all theatre shows will be postponed.
5. The AoC Sport have also postponed all sports fixtures until after Easter, and therefore all academy fixtures and sports events will cease at all sites until next term.

As a college, our aim is to support all stakeholders through what is an incredibly challenging and worrying time.We are continuing to plan extensively for a potential shut-down period, especially as more staff and learners self-isolate, but we are working hard to mitigate against issues with exams and other study related issues.This continues to be a very concerning and evolving situation, and we will continue to keep you updated daily.As always, thank you for your continued understanding and support during this unprecedented situation.

Sara-Jane Watkins
SGS College Principal