Coronavirus Updates

12 June 2020, 10:00 - June Update

Following our last update on 22nd May we have arranged that from week commencing 15th June 2020, some 16-19 learners in key assessment years (year one of a two year course) will be able to attend College for some face-to-face contact.

This will be implemented to varying degrees and is not a full return to timetabled activity (this is limited to 25% of our entire cohort).

These learners will have received an individual e-mail inviting them in on given days during w/c 15th and 22nd June 2020. If learners have not received this e-mail, they are expected to remain at home, continue with online learning and liaise with their teachers virtually.

Enhanced cleaning and health and safety measures will be in place and risk assessments have been carried out as well as changes to ensure the site is safe.

Virtual learning will continue for all learners until the last day of term – Friday 26th June.

Suffolk New College


Grading in 2020

Information for students -

Bursaries & Free College Meals.

We are paying bursaries during term time as usual along with an amount to cover free college meals for those who receive them. These will be paid directly into the usual bank account.

Virtual Learning & Working.

We have moved to a virtual learning and working environment so visitors will not be able to go to any of our sites.

If you need to speak to someone at the college please contact us through our online contact form and we will make arrangements for an appropriate person to contact you.

Links to online services and resources as well as parent & student guides to online learning can be found here

September 2020 Enrolment.

We have taken the decision to suspend our academic course entry requirements for our FE courses starting in September 2020.

This decision has been made to ensure that students who were due to take their GCSE’s this summer will not be disadvantaged in any way and have the opportunity to progress into further education.

We are asking all potential applicants to continue to apply for their chosen subject and course at their original level with the extra reassurance that when they come in to enrol and then start at College in September, we will make sure they are on an appropriate programme.

We hope that by doing this will relieve any worries or concerns our potential applicants may have about taking that next step towards higher education or employment.

We’d like to also clarify that although we have moved to a virtual working environment, all our departments are still operational and any applications, requests and queries will be processed as normal.

Suffolk New College


Updates & Links:

- Advice for Employers & Businesses

- Functional Skills Learners & Parents Letter

- GCSE Learners & Parents Letter

- Enrolment Update

- Student & Parent Remote Working Guides Released



Official Information

As the situation is complex and may evolve, we also recommend using the following resources to stay up-to-date with the latest advice:

Public Health England Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

For the latest information and guidance please see the official Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

If you are unwell and not able to attend College please report your absence through the normal channels outlined here.