Welcome to College 2020/21 – Keeping you Covid-19 safe

We are back on campus and there are a few things we need you to know. Whether you are brand new or returning to continue your course, Covid-19 safety rules are in place alongside the excellent levels of attendance, engagement with your studies and respect for college rules we expect from our college community.  Please find below a guide to how we will all work together to keep our college safe and a guide to what to do if you or someone you live with has Covid-19 symptoms or confirmed.

Welcome to College 2020-21 (161 KB PDF)

We are really looking forward to seeing you and can support you if you’re worried – contact us on heretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk

Face coverings – 21/08/2020

To keep all of our students and staff safe, we will be asking you to wear face coverings from the start of your course in September.

Your face coverings will need to be worn in all communal areas including walking down corridors and during some activities in your classroom – your teacher will let you know about this.

Face coverings can include a mask, scarf, snood or visor. If you think you may be exempt from wearing one, please check the Government guidance on face coverings and let us know during enrolment or when you start at college.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you all soon!

Results and Enrolment Update – 19/08/2020

We are delighted that students will now receive the results they deserve based on their teacher predictions and we look forward to welcoming you at enrolment!

In line with the changes to A Level and GCSE results grading, BTEC Level 1 and 2 results will now not be released on August 20 while regrading takes place, along with Level 3 nationals. We know this is frustrating, but we would like to reassure you that your grades will not go down but there is the potential for them to go up.

For our current students who are progressing with us this September, your place is still secure and we will continue with your enrolment.

For school leavers who are joining us, if you haven’t received your grades before your enrolment day don’t worry, we will still be able to enrol you based on your predictions at interview and support you in your next steps.

If you have any questions please call 01502 537000 or email heretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk.

Results day information 2020

All results will be emailed out to your college email address as we receive them.

We are also giving students the option to come into college to collect results with social distancing measures in place as well as having them emailed out to your college email address.

  • For A Level and BTEC Level 3 full award students, you will be able to collect your results from 9am to 12pm at our college reception on Thursday, August 13th.
  • For GCSE students, you will be able to collect your results from 9am to 12pm at our college reception on Thursday, August 20th.

We are really excited to celebrate your results with you but please ensure that if you visit college you adhere to social distancing guidelines and celebrate your achievements safely.

Please also bring along a form of photo ID as we will not be able to give out any results without this.

If you have any further questions, please call 01502 537000 or email heretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk

Guide to qualifications results 2020

A guide for students receiving qualification results this summer (979 KB PDF)

A BSL signed version of this guide is also available in eight parts on Ofqual’s YouTube channel.

Holding your personal information

Update for all students, parents and carers – 16/07/2020 (281 KB PDF)

Watch our virtual awards ceremonies

As part of East Coast College’s Virtual Awards Week, we held celebrations for our 2019 and 2020 leavers. Click the links below to watch them:

Awards for 2019 leavers

Awards for 2020 leavers

Update for current students returning in September 2020

Below are some frequently asked questions which may answer questions you already have:

What will my timetable look like next year (days/times)?

Managers are currently timetabling their programmes in line with government guidelines around social distancing, having student safety at the forefront. As we are aware, the guidelines are constantly changing and this impacts on the timetables. All students will be invited in for a college induction, at which you will be given your timetable.

Why is there a stage one and stage two?

Enrolment has been broken down into two stages primarily to speed up enrolment for you as students. By collecting the new information required earlier, this means that only the physical parts of enrolment need to be completed at stage two (see below), making for a much quicker process for you.

If this is stage one, what will stage two look like?

Stage two will be the ‘physical’ part of enrolment, whereby you will sign your learning agreements and receive your badge under social distancing measures. By being enrolled at stage one, that means for a much quicker process at stage two.

What happens if I miss my stage one enrolment phone call?

Learners will be called once more during the week if they miss their first call. If this second call is missed then the enrolment will be added to the end of our enrolment queue to be called again once all other stage ones are called. If you miss your call, you are welcome to call back the number, but please be aware that the staff member may be calling other students at the time so could be busy.

Watch our Virtual Open Day

View the Lowestoft Sixth Form College and East Coast College Virtual Open Day which was held through Zoom on Thursday, 4th June.

Guidance on social distancing

Up-to-date Government guidance on social distancing.

Welcome book update for applicants, parents and carers

View our Welcome Book (7.2 MB PDF)

Video update from Stuart Rimmer, Chief Executive

View the video update from Stuart Rimmer, Chief Executive at East Coast College

Community update for all students, applicants, parents and carers

Virtual preparation for college sessions 19/06/2020 (223 KB PDF)

Unlocking college letter to parents and carers 09/06/2020 (120 KB PDF)

Student Newsletter 08/06/2020 (613 KB DOC)

Community Update 01/05/2020 (113 KB PDF)

Community Update – 09/04/2020 (64 KB PDF)

Update on exams and qualifications for current East Coast College and Lowestoft Sixth Form Students – 9th April 2020

Ofqual have provided more detailed guidance to schools and colleges regarding how grades will be awarded for GCSE and A Levels.  They have provided this information in a letter to students.

What this means for all learners doing A Levels, GCSEs and Functional Skills:

  • A grade will be issued. This will be determined by various sources of data including teachers’ assessments, mock exams, assignments and non-exam assessments.

For all learners doing a BTEC (and other) vocational qualification, for example, in hair, beauty, engineering, childcare, motor vehicle, functional skills and more:

  • Please continue to do assignments set and work with your teachers remotely.

The government guidelines are that no exams will take place this academic year. All students will be given a grade where applicable by the end of August.

We are working with awarding bodies very closely and as soon as we have more detailed information and answers, we will share it with you.

Please note, this information is changing regularly, so keep checking this page for updates.

In line with Government advice relating to Coronavirus – COVID-19, Lowestoft Sixth Form College will move to being an online community college from 4:30 pm on Friday 20th March 2020.

All students will move to-off campus learning, which teachers are supporting them to access. The college will be offering wellbeing support for our students, staff, parents, carers and community partners, as well as financial support to access food for those receiving free college meals.

Teachers will remain in contact with all students via email throughout this period to ensure that students are supported in their studies.

The Government guidance that the college is following is constantly updated and available for you to view.

The Government have also launched a helpline to answer any questions about COVID-19 related to education. The helpline is available from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday:

Call 0800 046 8687

Email DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Our Safeguarding and Wellbeing team will be available over this period to help support students. They can be contacted on the following:

⭐️ Safeguarding/Wellbeing – call 07507 767293

Students are also able to access their college email accounts at home. You can do this by heading to MyPortal.

Moodle will also be available to students to access learning resources and other important information. Visit Moodle.

We will continue to update our website and social media platforms regularly. Please keep visiting these pages to stay up to date with the latest information.

The college remains here to support you; keep safe and call 01502 537000 if you need help.

Update on exams and qualifications for current Lowestoft Sixth Form students

For all learners doing GCSEs, A-Levels and BTEC Qualifications which have external assessments that are completing this year:

  • A grade will be issued. This will be determined by various sources of data including Teachers’ assessments, mock exams, assignments/assessments completed up until closure.
  • If you are not completing this year, continue doing your assignments and assessments, working remotely with your teachers, ensuring that you meet deadlines and dates set.

The government guidelines are that no exams will take place this academic year. All students will be given a grade where applicable by the end of August. If you are unhappy with that grade, you will have the opportunity to take exams during the next academic year.

Teachers/centres will be contacted in due course with guidance around the grading decisions. Internal set assessments can be done remotely where possible and awarding bodies are encouraging centres to continue setting, collecting and grading assessments via this way.

We are working with the awarding bodies very closely and as soon as we have more detailed information and answers, we will share it.

This information is changing constantly, so please keep checking this page.

Please be assured that no matter what, we are here to help you and will do everything we can to ensure your progression after your course is secure. At this time we ask you to keep in touch with your teachers who will continue your learning at a distance and arrange your progression so that you are secure for your next step.

Lowestoft Sixth Form Food Voucher Card Scheme

Lowestoft Sixth Form College are offering practical support for priority students as a contribution towards the provision of meals while they cannot attend their usual classes onsite due to enforced college closure.

Students can apply for an initial £20 payment card that can be used in selected supermarkets and other food outlets in the following circumstances:

You must be aged 16 or over but under 19 on 31st August 2019 or aged 19 or over continuing on a study programme begun aged 16 to 18 (’19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and yourself or your parent/carer must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,300 pa

You may have already been assessed and be in receipt of free meals, in which case we will require no further evidence. If you are applying for the first time you will be required to provide proof that you receive a qualifying benefit.

Additional credits will be applied and advised as appropriate in conjunction with changing directives from central Government.

Please email studentfinance@eastcoast.ac.uk, call 01502 525124, or call 01493 418312 for further guidance on how to receive this support.

Student Finance – Frequently Asked Questions

Will I still get my weekly bursary payment?

Bursary payments will continue to be made weekly for those students who have been assessed and awarded this support and who have maintained attendance of at least 85% to date. Weekly payments will continue to be paid until the end of the academic year as per the payment schedule and terms of the scheme.

Students whose attendance has not been maintained at this level will be reassessed and a discretionary decision made as to whether payments can be released.

Will the College have a meal provision for those entitled to free meals?

ECC have introduced a food voucher card scheme and is currently prioritising this support for students who receive benefit related statutory free meals. Students who have already been assessed to receive this support will be contacted by the Student Finance Team with more details about how to access this support.

For more information, please visit our Financial Help page.

I received meal credits in college, why have I not been offered support with food costs while I am unable to attend on campus?

The College is currently prioritising support with food costs to those students who meet the criteria to receive a statutory allowance due to specific benefits received, age and post 19 Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) status.

If you are an adult learner aged 19+ without an EHCP or are 16-18 year old and were awarded food credits based on household employment income you do not fall into this category as your meal allowance was awarded on a discretionary basis.

The College is constantly reviewing the situation in line with central government directive and recommendations.
We can register your interest in receiving food support and we will contact you again if the College is able to extend this support.

Will my attendance percentage be affected if the College closes and how will this affect future support?

The College will take into account that attendance has been affected and will reflect this in future support offered.

Will travel support be available as soon as the College re-opens?

We are constantly reviewing the situation and once we have an indication as to when and if students can re-access onsite learning this academic year, we will ensure that support for travel will resume.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Student Finance Team. Great Yarmouth students can call 01493 418312, Lowestoft students can call 01502 525124 or email us at studentfinance@eastcoast.ac.uk.

The College is constantly reviewing our response to central government ongoing advice and will advise of any changes accordingly.