National Lockdown – arrangements for students

Dear students

Further to the government announcement last night, the new national lockdown will come in to force at 00:01 on Wednesday, 6 January. The following measures will be invoked from Wednesday morning for your study to continue. If you have any enquiries please get in touch with your Progress Tutor:

Teaching and learning arrangements:

This means that you will learn from home deploying online means and other electronic devices. Your lessons will take place in line with the timetables you have available on your learner portal, maintaining full time education. Attendance will be taken as normal and absence will be followed up accordingly. The progress tutors will keep in touch through timetabled slots and otherwise to continue to offer you the pastoral support.

Guidance for young people with vulnerabilities or children of key workers:

During the period of national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, special schools, and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only. Given that you are over 16 and might not require supervision even if you are a daughter or son of the key workers then you do not need to come in but continue to learn from home. For vulnerable students including those with Education and Health Care Plan, who can still attend the college, as they did in March to May, and their teachers, the system of protective measures means that any risks are well managed and controlled.

Contacts for vulnerable students and parents:

Prior Pursglove:

Stockton Sixth Form

Children of key workers:

Prior Pursglove – and

Stockton Sixth Form –

Testing programme during lockdown:

The coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programme will be continued to enable weekly testing for consenting students and staff and daily close contact testing for those staff and students attending the college premises. This programme will also allow the college to test students on return.

January exams – BTECs:

Vocational exams and assessments (BTECs) scheduled to take place in January will go ahead as planned. All other students will learn remotely until February half term. If any compulsory preparation is required by using the pre released materials then this will go ahead too.

Access to internet and electronic devices:

If you have no access to equipment necessary for your learning then please get in touch with

Mental health and counselling:

We will continue with the current level of provision and it will be offered via telephone or online.

Contacts for mental health:

Prior Pursglove:

Stockton Sixth Form:


Asma Shaffi

Principal of Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College