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Transport

In line with our previous advice that we will not charge for unused college transport  during periods of lockdown and appreciating that this is a difficult time for many, we intend to suspend the payment plans for college transport for the months of March and April. This will apply to those who have not used college contracted coaches or unused Stagecoach services during January and February 2021. We will of course then conduct a full reconciliation of all accounts once we have a date for return to on-site/face-to-face delivery.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty at this time, please email creditcontrol@sparsholt.ac.uk and we will discuss a revised payment plan with you.

2020-21 A Level and GCSE Exams

The Government recently announced how grades for learners on A Level (second year) and GCSE programmes will be awarded this summer, with guidance on BTEC and Technical qualifications to be outlined in the near future. The College will clarify the position on BTEC and Technical qualifications when we receive further guidance.

Over the next few months, the College will be determining and submitting a teacher assessed grade for learners due to complete GCSE and A Level exams later in the year. Teachers, who know their learners best, will be drawing on a range of information, not just a single assessment point, to arrive at a fair and reasonable judgement. We will ensure no learner is disadvantaged due to remote learning, with final outcomes taken from a range of evidence across each learner’s time at Andover College.

We understand how uncertain and unsettling the past few weeks have been and the College will continue to support learners on their return from 8 March.   Learners will continue to be assessed on work completed and this work may form part of the final grade outcome.  Therefore, it is important that learners continue to engage as far as possible with their lessons and attend regularly.

The College asks that learners and parents do not contact individual teachers or support staff in relation to teacher assessed grades. Results day for A Level learners has been set as 10 August, with GCSE learners receiving their results on 12 August. Students who are not happy with their grade will be able to take an external exam in the autumn term.

For those on year one of an A Level programme, teachers will continue to deliver subject content as planned as centre assessed grades are not applicable for these groups.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Any further information will be shared in due course along with any further relevant detail that Ofqual issue in the coming months.

FACE COVERINGS ON CAMPUS

Updated 14/05/21 @ 09:00

The Prime Minister has announced that the country’s roadmap out of lockdown is on track and step 3 will go ahead as planned on Monday 17 May. It is therefore not necessary for face coverings to be worn in classrooms. However, the guidance is very clear that face coverings should continue to be worn in areas where it is difficult to maintain social distancing of 2m.

Therefore all staff and students must continue to wear face coverings in all communal areas, when queueing and on all College arranged transport. We will continue to keep this under review.

The Secretary of State for Education’s letter to young people

The Secretary of State for Education has today written to all young people to thank them for the part they have all played in helping us fight coronavirus. In the letter, the Secretary of State recognises the significant disruption that children and young people have experienced in their education over the past year and the challenges they have faced as a result. The Secretary of State thanks young people for the resilience they have shown and outlines his commitment to supporting them to recover from the pandemic.

Read the full letter here.

Face Coverings on Campus

Updated 28/04/21 @ 14:30

In accordance with Department of Education Guidelines we have reviewed the requirements for face coverings as follows:

Both staff and students are required to wear face coverings in both internal and external communal areas and corridors, when in a queue for buses or waiting to start practical activities and in the classroom.  It is permissible to not wear a face covering if in the fresh air outside and whilst maintaining social distancing of 2m.

Staff are able to permit students to remove face coverings at their discretion, where the wearing of them would inhibit the learning experience (for example in some practical lessons, exertive duties). We are also asking all students travelling to college to wear face coverings on college arranged transport.

Updated 04/03/21 @ 11:00

The College has been working with NHS Test & Trace since January and our on-campus Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) for Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) is set up so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and self-isolate if positive or to be reassured quickly if they are not. 

When students return, they will be asked to undertake three COVID tests in college over their first three weeks back on campus. Once the initial three tests have been completed over the three-week period, students will be supplied with further tests to be taken at home. All students and parents have been contacted via email with the specific arrangements for their return. Parents and guardians of students under 18, have also been asked to return the consent form emailed to you. Participation in testing is voluntary and will not be administered without the consent of the student undergoing the test as well as the parent or carer of any student aged under 18 years of age.

If you have any queries, please contact your Progress Coach who will be able to help answer your questions. 

Updated 24/02/21 @ 12:00

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, you will be aware that the intention is for our students to return to college during the week of Monday 8 March – Friday 12 March.

We are currently digesting the lengthy guidance which has been issued by the Government and working through plans for the safe return of our student community. When students return they will be asked to undertake three COVID tests in college over the first two to three week period. Once these initial three tests have been completed at college, students will be given tests to be taken at home. 

We will write to all students (and parents of all under 18 year old students) over the next few days advising of the day of the week that they will be  coming back on campus. On their first day back students will be asked to take a COVID test where consent has been provided. We thank the vast majority of parents and guardians of under 18s for having completed their COVID Test Consent Forms. If you have not yet done so please return your consent, as a matter of urgency, when we resend the link to you in the coming days.

We have been so impressed by and grateful for our student community’s response to online learning. We can’t wait to see you all back on campus and we look forward to your continued commitment to your learning and to the safety of your fellow learners and college community.

Updated 22/02/21 @ 17:00

The government has announced to parliament the roadmap for the easing of restrictions and a return to learning in England. We will be in touch directly with all students about the specific arrangements for you and your course as soon as we can.

National Lockdown announcement

Updated 04/01/21 @ 21:45

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening of a second National Lockdown, we are cancelling all Covid testing planned to happen at Andover College, University Centre Sparsholt (UCS) and Sparsholt College with the exception of all Foundation and EHCP learners who have a pre-arranged test slot.

In accordance with the instructions that we have been given, the vast majority of teaching will move to online delivery until after February Half Term.

If you are a Foundation learner or a learner with an established EHCP in place we will have already been in contact with you and you are able to continue to access face-to-face on-site learning at your discretion.  We are seeking immediate clarification from the Department of Education for Veterinary Nursing (VN) learners and will update all VN learners tomorrow as to whether learning will be in person or online.

Finally, we are seeking clarification regarding National exams that have been scheduled over the coming few weeks.  We expect that most scheduled exams due to happen during January and February will go ahead but we will contact everyone due to undertake an exam as a matter of urgency,  by telephone, to clarify arrangements.  Where exams are happening in person, we will provide the opportunity for a voluntary COVID test in advance of the exam.

Should you need any points of clarification in relation to arrangements until Half Term, please contact your Progression Coach who will be pleased to assist.

Updated 26/10/2020 @ 16:00

We have created a Covid-19 information guide for students, parents and carers. Please follow the advice in this guide to keep the Andover community safe. Click here to view this guide.

Andover College’s dedicated staff have been working hard to implement a range of safety measures across the Andover site, ensuring you feel safe and secure when arriving at our  campus.

Find out more from our Vice Principal, Ben Stokes, below

 

THE RETURN TO COLLEGE IN JANUARY

Updated 31.12.20

Andover College Further Education (including Access to HE students) and Apprenticeship Students

The government has advised that all colleges in England will be required to revise their arrangements for the start of term as part of the national effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The college will recommence delivery online for the new term from Monday 4 January with lessons happening as per your normal timetabled arrangements.

The college then plans for A2 Level students taking exams this summer to return to learning in person on Tuesday 12 January and for all other learners to return to in-person learning on Monday 18 January. All lessons will continue online until your return date.

You were contacted directly by your curriculum leader before Christmas with details of how to access your online learning. If you are unable to gain access please make contact with your progress coach who will support you to recommence your learning from Monday 4 January.

You will receive a letter from us by Monday 4 January which will provide full details of your return and test date. Your first test date will be between Tuesday 5 and Friday 8 January with a second test the following week. The College is working with NHS Test & Trace to set up an on-campus Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) of Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and self-isolate if positive or to be reassured quickly if they are not.

Click here to view the Andover College Testing Site Schedule from 4 January – 15 January 2021

Whilst all students are urged to get tested on their return to College to help protect themselves and the wider student community, participation in testing is voluntary and will not be administered without the consent of the student undergoing the test as well as the parent or carer of any student aged under 18 years of age. For students under 18, parents and guardians are asked to urgently return the consent form you received in your original letter from us as soon as possible to allow us to put sufficient testing provision in place. Your follow up letter will also republish the consent form for your urgent consideration.

As previously advised all formal public exams will continue as planned between 4 and 15 January.

Updated 30/12/20

Following today’s government announcement, we will update arrangements in more detail by the end of tomorrow, 31 December.

Updated 18/12/2020

The government has advised that all colleges in England will be required to revise their arrangements for the start of term as part of the national effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The college will recommence the new term as planned from Monday 4 January as per your normal timetabled arrangements, however all Further Education and Apprenticeship delivery will take place online this week rather than in person (except for those students studying A2 Level examinations this year who will already have received a separate communication). You will be contacted directly by your curriculum leader before Christmas with details on how to access your online learning.

The college then plans to stagger student return to on-site face-to-face delivery during the week of Monday 11 January. All lessons will continue online until a date during that week that we will give you for your return to on-site teaching. You will receive a second letter from us on 5 January which will provide full details of the testing process and FAQs to help answer questions you may have. The College is working with NHS Test & Trace to set up an on-campus Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) of Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and self-isolate if positive or to be reassured quickly if they are not.

Whilst all students are urged to get tested on their return to College to help protect themselves and the wider student community, participation in testing is entirely voluntary and will not be administered without the consent of the student undergoing the test as well as the parent or carer of any student aged under 18 years of age.

To alleviate any concerns, prior to Christmas, we will be contacting those students with formal public exams planned between 4 January and 15 January to confirm arrangements and we ask you to proceed on the understanding that formal exams will continue as planned.

Updated 04/11/2020 

Following the Prime Minister’s statement at the weekend relating to a proposed second lockdown, we have written to our students to update them on the arrangements for teaching and learning that will be in place until at least 2 December 2020.

Read more here.

Updated 24.08.20 @ 14:30

As a reminder, the following BTECs are being reviewed and regraded where appropriate:

BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF)
BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards
BTEC Level 2 Technicals
BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts.

We promised to share an update with you as soon as we could on timings for the release of revised grades and I am now able to confirm that all eligible results will be available by August 28.

For more information on GCSEs. AS and A Levels and other qualifications in 2020, click here.

Updated 20.08.20 @ 13:30

Extra Support for 2020 Leavers

Many of you who have left college in 2020 have a clear idea of your next steps; to all of you, we wish you the very best of luck. For others though, we understand that you may still be uncertain about your future -we want you to know that we are still here to help.

With the assistance of the Southern Universities Network, we will be offering additional, dedicated Careers support for 2020 college leavers from Aug 13, 2020 until the end of September.

We are offering:

1:1 appointment – ‘in -person’ appointments, with social distancing measures in place, will be available at our Andover Campus on 26 August and 2 September. Please email: careers@sparsholt.ac.uk to book an appointment.  Online appointments are also available.
Careers hotline – Monday – Thursday 9:00-10:00am, and 3:30-4:30pm
Webinars – Webinars will be available on Searching for Apprenticeship, Writing a Winning Application and Applying for University through UCAS.
Support available to local students – We can also offer a limited amount of support to local students who did not attend our college. There will be places available on the Webinars and you are also free to use the Hotline.

Updated 04.08.20 @ 10:30

The Government have released a Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020. This guide is for those receiving qualification results in England this summer to help you understand how results have been awarded this year and where to find more information.

Click here to view the guide

Updated 06.07.20 @ 09:00 

College Enrolment Plans

This year we’ll be enrolling you at college a little differently. In order to accommodate social distancing guidelines we plan to undertake as much of our enrolment activity as possible on a remote, electronic basis. This means that the majority of applicants will not need to attend college in person to enrol onto their course in August.

Where we feel it will be helpful for you to have a more detailed discussion with a tutor, to inform course choices, you will be invited for an appointment in college between Friday 21 and Friday 28 August 2020.

We will be writing to all progressing students during July with details of whether they will be enrolled remotely or asked to come in to college for enrolment. Whilst many students can be enrolled remotely, some will be asked to come on to campus to review course options.

Got your results already?

If you are not waiting on exam results to inform your application, we will write to you during July with details of your electronic enrolment.

Waiting on GCSE results?

In the week of 20 August you will receive an email from the College giving you a link to a web page where you can record your GCSE grades. Please complete this as soon as possible after you receive confirmation of your grades, so that we are able to progress your enrolment. You will then be advised whether we can process your enrolment electronically (meaning you won’t need to come into college until term starts) or if you, or we, feel you would benefit from a face-to-face enrolment interview. All face-to-face sessions will observe social distancing guidelines and be scheduled on an appointment basis. Enrolment interviews for new students will be conducted between Friday 21 August and Friday 28 August.

Please be reassured that whatever your results we will work with you to find a course that meets your needs.