Covid-19 Updates

All Covid-19 related updates can be found here. Please ensure you check back regularly.

Covid -19 Testing on Return to College

16 July 2021

Students will be asked to complete two LFD tests in college on their return in September. It is necessary for tests to be administered between three and five days apart and we are currently planning for testing to take place on-site from 1st September 2021 – 17th September 2021.

During their second test, students will be provided with self-testing LFD kits to enable them to home-test twice weekly until the end of September 2021.

We will publish further information in the coming weeks.

Changes in place from July 19th 2021

16 July 2021

From Monday 19th July 2021 there has been a change to the Government guidance regarding Covid-19 restrictions.

Contact tracing Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and colleges will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. Close contacts from a college setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact.

Self-isolation From 16 August 2021, adults who have been ‘double-jabbed’ and students under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Instead, students and staff in college will be informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

Face coverings Students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms or in communal areas, or whilst travelling to/from college on public transport. In the event of a local outbreak, face coverings may be reinstated.

Ventilation Classrooms and offices must remain well-ventilated, comfortable environments. LFD testing Students will be requested to take two LFD tests in the college on-site test centre on their return in September. In addition, they will take twice-weekly LFD tests at home until the end of September 2021.

Positive LFD test results Students with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test. If the PCR test result is negative, the individual can return to college (as long as he/she does not have Covid-19 symptoms).

Risk assessment / contingency plans The college will continue to be required to have a full risk assessment in place for the new college year and a contingency plan for managing a Covid-19 outbreak in college or the local community.

Remote learning Colleges will continue to be required to provide remote education for those students who are not able to attend for Covid-19 related reasons (typically self-isolation).

Restrictions from 17 May 2021

13 May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 there has been a change to the Government guidance on the use face coverings in colleges.

In classrooms you may now remove your face coverings if you prefer to do so. For students who are involved in our practical courses please follow industry guidelines as directed by your tutor which maybe slightly different.

If you can’t keep 2m away please consider keeping your face covering on.

In communal areas such as corridors, canteens and LLCs masks are still required for both staff and students.

Please note it is still a legal requirement that you wear face coverings on public transport.

Regular twice weekly asymptomatic home testing, social distancing and enhanced hygiene are all still important measures when attending College. These actions will help to minimise infections of C19 in the local area.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your commitment and effort in bringing the number of cases in Southport and Sefton more broadly down to a safer level. Your continued support will help us all have a better and safer summer.

2021 - How will my grades be calculated?

16 April 2021

Find out how this year's centre assessed grades are being calculated and answers to more frequently asked questions.

FAQs: Teacher Assessed Grades
Please note: These FAQs are correct at the time of writing (15/4/21) and will be updated when we receive further guidance from the exam boards.

Return to Full Time On Site Lessons

15 April 2021

From Monday 19th April, we will be switching back to full time face to face lessons for all our students. This is as a result of low Covid rates in our local area, is in line with Government guidance and we want to reassure you that all lessons will continue to be operated in a Covid secure way.

We ask all staff and students to continue to wear a face covering in communal areas and where social distancing cannot be maintained and to keep doing their twice weekly tests and reporting the results as advised. This really is appreciated and helps keep our college community safe. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Home Testing

19 March 2021

Onsite testing is a really positive step forward in the Covid-19 battle and we urge all our students and staff to take part. From the start of next term we are switching to home testing and all students have been sent a letter outlining the process and explaining how to collect their testing kits. A copy of the letter is available below. Thank you for your cooperation and helping to keep college a covid safe environment.

Letter re Home Testing.

NHS: Regular Rapid Testing

11 March 2021

Asymptomatic Testing FAQs

1 March 2021

Testing is an important way of us protecting our community and preventing the spread of the virus.

Lateral Flow Device testing is for students aged 16-19 and Higher Education students who do not have any symptoms, if you have any symptoms you should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test by ringing 119 or accessing this link. You should not attend the test centre if you have symptoms or are self-isolating.

To help keep college Covid secure, we encourage all asymptomatic students and staff on site to take part in the testing programme, but it is not compulsory.

We anticipate that the whole process should take you no longer than 30 minutes

You can be tested on site up to three times. After this time home testing kits will be provided so that you can carry out a test yourself twice a week.

All staff running the testing centre will receive full training and be provided with all necessary PPE. Regular cleaning will take place throughout the centre. Everyone attending the centre must adhere to social distancing requirements and wear a face covering unless they are exempt. Only staff and students who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 should visit the testing centre.

The test is simple, fast and self-administered. When you register at the testing centre you will be given a test kit. When advised you will then take a swab from your throat and nostril.

If you feel you may have difficulty administering the test, you can bring someone who will be able to help you, please email learningsupport@southport.ac.uk to let us know you will be accompanied.. Please note that staff at the testing centre are unable to assist with administering the test.

The testing centre at KGV is in the old Drama Hall (by the refectory)

We will make arrangements for you to attend the testing centre when you return to college, your college tutor will let you know when you need to attend.

Your tutor will tell you where you need to go after the test.

You will receive your results via text or email on the same day as your test.

If you get a text or email with a positive result please don’t worry, stay where you are and a member of the Safeguarding Team will come and find you and arrange to get you home safely. Alternatively you can ring the team on 07599 698 013

You will need to self-isolate for the following ten days.

Please do not come back to the college building. Try not to worry, but you must go straight home and self-isolate for the following ten days.

Anyone who has previously received a positive result from a COVID-19 PCR test should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test unless they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19. In this case you would need to self isolate and request a PCR test by telephoning 119.

On Site Asymptomatic Testing

1 March 2021

The Department for Education has announced that face to face teaching can re start from 8th March 2021. Students will be informed later this week of their individual timetable by their course tutor

To help keep KGV a Covid safe environment, in line with Government guidance from this date we will be offering students three on site lateral flow tests, the first when they return and again a second and third test taking place within 3 weeks of being on site. After this we will move towards a home testing model for students. Students will then be provided with home test kits (Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) to self-swab and test themselves twice per week with the results being reported to the College and NHS Test and Trace either online or by phone. Further information on the arrangements for testing will be provided in due course.

We would encourage all our students and staff to participate in the testing system so that we can remain a safe place to learn and thank you for your cooperation.

We are now able to share that today OFQUAL have confirmed that this year, grades for A Level, GCSE and vocational qualifications will be awarded by individual schools and colleges and that teachers will assess the standard at which their students are performing, based only on what has been taught. More information is available here

Please be assured that we will be working fully with OFQUAL on this process and are now awaiting further guidance. All information will be shared with our students as soon as possible.

Please ensure that you continue to engage with all lessons and submit any work as applicable as no cut off dates have yet been issued and everything you continue to learn will be an asset to your future progression. We also ask you to appreciate that as of today, tutors are now unable to engage in conversations with students or parents regarding possible grades.

Thank you for everyone for their patience and understanding to date.

Consent for Testing

Updated 4 March 2021

Onsite testing is a really positive step forward in the Covid-19 battle and we urge all our students and staff to take part. A letter outlining the process and containing a link for you to give consent to be tested will be emailed to all students (via their college email) today. Please look out for it and then click the link to complete the online consent form as soon as you can. A letter explaining the process will also be sent out, in the post, to all paremts/guardians of students under the age of 18. Let’s work together to help keep college a covid safe environment.

Letter to parents.

Letter to students.

Back on Campus

3 March 2021

We are so looking forward having our students (and staff!) back on site shortly, with second years returning on either Monday 8th or Tuesday 9th and first years on Thursday 11th.

Teaching face to face is what we love doing best and it will be great to see everyone. Course tutors will be confirming on site timetables with you this week, so make sure you keep in touch.

We know that some of you may be feeling anxious or worried, but please believe that we have everything possible in place to keep you safe. So grab your face mask, find your ID badge and let’s fling open the college doors once again!

GCSE, A Level and Vocational Qualifications 2021

26 February 2021

We are now able to share that today OFQUAL have confirmed that this year, grades for A Level, GCSE and vocational qualifications will be awarded by individual schools and colleges and that teachers will assess the standard at which their students are performing, based only on what has been taught. More information is available here

Please be assured that we will be working fully with OFQUAL on this process and are now awaiting further guidance. All information will be shared with our students as soon as possible.

Please ensure that you continue to engage with all lessons and submit any work as applicable as no cut off dates have yet been issued and everything you continue to learn will be an asset to your future progression. We also ask you to appreciate that as of today, tutors are now unable to engage in conversations with students or parents regarding possible grades.

Thank you for everyone for their patience and understanding to date.

Update February 22nd

Following on from the Prime Minister’s earlier announcement, we are delighted to hear that students will be allowed to return to onsite learning from March 8th and we will be returning to a blended learning model.

We can’t wait to see you all and although we are awaiting the guidance form the Department For Education we are already busy working through our plans to get learners back into classes. Of course the safety and happiness of our students and staff is always our utmost priority. Therefore please bear with us and full details will be shared very shortly. Please continue to keep yourself and others safe and we will see you very soon!

Update February 2nd

There are currently no changes to the guidance for schools and colleges in Southport, despite the discovery of 1 case of the new variant of Covid 19. Therefore, students who currently have arrangements to access learning on campus are still welcome to attend college as they did before, in line with government guidance. All other students will continue to receive remote teaching.

We urge you all to follow the rules and stay safe. It won’t be forever! Our student support teams are available for anyone who needs them and we look forward to getting back to face to face teaching very soon.

New Variant Covid Case in PR9

1 February 2021

We have been advised that a case of the new variant of Covid19 has been detected in the Southport area and as a result Sefton Council are rolling out a further testing programme, with residents of PR9 being asked to get tested.

We encourage all our students and staff to participate in the testing if applicable to prevent further spreading and to continue to follow all the government guidance to ensure you and your families stay safe.

Please remember that our student support team are available if you need them.

Remote Learning to Continue a Little Longer

27 Jan 2021

Following the Government update today, we will be continuing with remote learning until at least March 8th.

Thank you to all our students for attending their virtual lessons and engaging with their tutors so far this term, you are fantastic! We know it’s not always easy, but please keep going! Everything you are learning now is essential to your course and important for your future progression. We will continue to follow Government updates and look forward to having you back on site as soon as possible

Frequently Asked Questions

January 22nd 2021

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the impact of this current lockdown on College life in our student portal.

Keeping Fit During Lockdown

15 Jan 2021

It's really important to stay fit and healthy during lockdown. With this in mind Hayley from our Sports Department has shared the news that Everlast are offering free online fitness classes everyday via their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Why not give them a try?

Accessing Remote Learning

14 Jan 2021

Don't forget that access to all the platforms you will need for remote learning during this lockdown period, can be found on our Student Portal. If you are having difficulty accessing anything please speak to either your course tutor or progress tutor who will be happy to help.

January 2021 BTEC Exams

5 Jan 2021 (updated 21.00)

Following advice from the DfE, the external examinations and assessments planned for January will go ahead.

We have taken this path, as we are committed to ensuring students have every opportunity to achieve, but we are aware not everyone will be in a position to attend and we will continue to work with individual students, DfE and Ofqual as more details emerge about exams for the remainder of the academic year.

Please rest assured that the College is Covid secure and learners will be safely distanced throughout the examination process.

Students with Additional Needs

5 Jan 2021

Students in receipt of an Education Health and Care plan who would like additional support during this period, should please email Learningsupport@southport.ac.uk and we can make individual arrangements as appropriate.

Travel Passes for the Spring Term

5 Jan 2021

Whilst we are aware under normal circumstances many students would be colecting a Travel Pass over the next few days, please do not travel to college to attempt to collect your pass as the passes will not be available whilst students are remote learning.

If you still need a pass due to your inidividual circumstances, please email studentfinanceteam@southport.ac.uk for assistance.

External Examinations Summer 2021

5 Jan 2021

The Government have announced that these will now be cancelled. We are awaiting formal clarification on how grades will now be awarded and will share this with you as soon as possible. It is important however that you keep on learning with us. There are still key elements of the syllabus to cover all of which will be beneficial to your progression, both for future study and career.

Vocational and Technical Examinations Summer 2021

8 Jan 2021

We are still waiting for guidance from the Government and examining bodies regarding vocational and technical examinations this summer. We know this is frustrating, but please rest assured that as soon as we have anything to share, this will be communicated on our website, social media pages and directly via your tutors.

Make sure you keep learning with us. There is still lots of the curriculum to cover and everything you learn now will really help with your future progression and career success.

Thanks for your patience!

Health & Wellbeing Support

A national lockdown can prove to be a difficult time, but you don’t need to struggle alone.

There is lots of help available out there. Our Student Support Team have lots of suggestions, as well as the latest version of their own latest Welfare Times Journal...

Health & Wellbeing Support

If you have symptoms

If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, Sefton Council have outllined the specific actions you need to take, to help keep KGV a Covid Safe environment.

Covid-19 in an Educational Setting

When to get a coronavirus test

Please see the updated advice from the NHS regarding when students should and shouldn't request a coronavirus test.

NHS Advice - When to Get a Coronavirus Test

CAMHS Partnership Updates

29 April 2020

The Sefton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) partnership is adapting as Coronavirus impacts our everyday lives.

Its partners are working hard to ensure children, young people and families get the support they need during this time. This document outlines the support available from each partner and how this support can be accessed.

Face Coverings

We want to keep KGV College a Covid-Safe environment, so face coverings are now compulsory for both students and staff when walking around the communal areas of college. Please remember to bring one with you each day.

Online Safety Advice for Parents, Guardians & Carers

8 April 2020

Merseyside Police would like you to read the following information:

Police Advice

Digital Safety

12 May 2020

Parents and carers; please open and read this document.

Provided by North West HE & FE Regional Prevent Coordinator, Department for Education, it addresses digital safety during Covid-19, in particular, safeguarding from harmful influences online.

Message from the Principal

23 July 2020

Our Centre Principal Anne-Marie Francis and Principal CEO Michelle Brabner would like to address all returning students, parents and carers, and update you on the current stance regarding returning to college in September.
Please take a moment to read the following letters.

Report Absence

Contact Reception

If you have any questions or queries please contact our Reception team.