This week marks an important milestone as our college campuses and eight schools re-open their doors to staff and students.
Having to close the majority of our sites in March was absolutely unprecedented and indeed, the first time in history. But our focus remained on ensuring continuity of learning for all our students – from our school-age children, through to our adult learners, via online study and remote teaching.
This was no easy task, but our communities pulled together during this challenging time, with so many people going above and beyond their everyday roles. From our online Foodbank campaign going national, to individual members of staff supporting their local communities – it has been heartwarming to see the difference we have all been making as a Group.
The Covid-19 pandemic has catalysed our ambition to become a social enterprise and our civic role has certainly been illuminated over the past few months.
Now the time has come to welcome students of all ages back to school and college. We are delighted to do this and have worked hard to ensure the safety of everyone. From extra hand sanitising stations and one-way systems – to staggered start times, we are confident that the measures in place will protect everyone, yet not diminish anyone’s educational experience.
On our college campuses we are also introducing the mandatory wearing of face coverings in all communal areas, to offer provide extra reassurance and protection for students and staff.
We understand the impact that Covid-19 has had on some many people so are offering a range of additional support for students – including financial bursaries, mental health support, laptops and internet access where needed.
We are very grateful to our whole community for its support. We will continue to focus on providing high-quality education across our Group, ensuring that everyone has access and that no one is left behind.
With kindest regards,
Dr Sam Parrett OBE, CEO of London & South East Education Group