Covid-19 Update (Click here for more information)

Current Students

Dear Kingston Maurward College Students,

I hope this finds you safe and well in these challenging times. KMC’s priority to provide an exceptional learner experience has not changed and we are committed to supporting your continued learning. We want you to be in the best possible position to complete your qualifications at the end of the academic year and gain the grades you deserve. Staff will be confirming with you how this process will work so you are clear about what evidence will be used to provide results for the range of different qualifications we offer.

I recognise that in the meantime, being in a position of uncertainty is causing some anxiety for many of you but please rest assured, the curriculum teams and support staff are working hard to ensure the best possible outcome for you. It is highly likely that the work you continue to produce will still contribute to your final grade and if not it is important that you keep learning to develop the knowledge needed for your next step.

I would like to thank you for the incredible response to the ‘new way of working’ and level of engagement with tasks. I wish you every success in your continued studies and we very much look forward to seeing you around College.

Very best wishes and stay safe,

Oliver Symons

Deputy Principal Learning and Performance

Kingston Maurward College is open. We are delivering a ‘hybrid’ model for most students which involves attendance two days a week onsite in College and significant work to complete remotely online using the Microsoft Teams platform. We are committed to supporting our students’ learning, and also have their welfare and the health of them, and their families, uppermost in our minds.

At the College, we are supporting employers, organisations and apprentices to continue with apprenticeships wherever possible and that our decisions are in line with current Government advice.

We’ve had discussions with many smaller employers, who are feeling anxious that they may have to terminate the contract with an apprentice but also don’t want to take that course of action. In these situations, we often advise that furloughing the apprentice is a good option and allows us to continue training the apprentice. We are then able to deliver underpinning subject knowledge matter, in accordance with their apprenticeship and ensuring the apprentice is up-to-date and ready to restart back in the workplace.

For larger employers, the same option may well be discussed but some will not want to furlough staff, particularly those in the health and care industries. In these instances, where employees are struggling to keep up with workload and the commitment to the apprenticeship, a break in learning of at least four weeks is often the right solution. This removes the anxiety of having to complete assignments whilst dealing with a highly stressful environment and situation but allows them to return to the apprenticeship in the near future.

We realise that this is a difficult time for employers and apprentices and we deal with each person on a case-by-case basis to ensure decisions are right for them. The safety and wellbeing of our apprentices, the employers that we work with and our staff is of fundamental importance to us and we are regularly reviewing how we deliver apprenticeships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President – BTEC and Apprenticeships – 26 June 2020
We understand that this has been an unsettling time for you, with the news of school/college closures and the cancellation of this summer’s exams/external assessments. We wanted to write to you to reassure you about how your BTEC results will be calculated this year.
How will your BTEC grades be calculated?
  • We have asked teachers/tutors at your school/college to provide us with:
  • actual grades for internal BTEC units that you completed
  • ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for internal BTEC units that you were not able to complete, based on available evidence and what your tutors felt you most likely would have achieved under normal circumstances
  • a rank order of all learners on your BTEC course, based on what your teachers/tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.
Your teachers/tutors will base their decisions on a range of evidence, including any relevant assignments you have completed, any prior exam or mock results, and your performance during the course. The information they submit to us will be checked beforehand by other teachers/tutors in your school/college and signed off by the Head of School/College.
For any other questions, visit the Pearson BTEC learner FAQ page.

If you are currently up to date with your payments and paying for your college transport by Standing Order or Direct Debit then can we please ask that you cancel the payment that is due on the 1st May 2020.

If you have a revised payment plan and you are unsure whether your payments are up to date for the travel undertaken up to and including 20th March 2020 please contact Jason.Hughes@kmc.ac.uk who will look at these on an individual basis.

Any transport refunds that may be due will be calculated and any actioned in due course.

Yes, students needing welfare support can email 121@kmc.ac.uk

Students needing academic support can email their tutor directly or the Learning Support team at LearningSupportTutors@kmc.ac.uk

Hope you are all staying home and looking after yourselves and those around you. Remember Student Welfare are available on 121@kmc.ac.uk if you just need a chat, a bit of support or have any concerns.

For any students where households are struggling to financially afford to provide the food required during this difficult time please get in touch and let us know and we will see what we can do.

Also, if you have any concerns at home where you feel unsafe at home, then college is still here to safeguard you. Please email 121@kmc.ac.uk and we will be in touch to help. Or if you feel more comfortable contacting another member of college staff then please do.

The 121 email account is manned Monday to Friday between 9.30am to 4.30pm. Outside of that time please contact Childline or the Samaritans.

If your not sure if you are unsafe then get in touch and we can discuss it further.

The College are currently writing to families to ask for contributions toward the review. We are also asking for contributions from students, their teachers and anyone else working with the young person. Review paperwork for some students has already been sent to the respective local authorities. If reviews can not be completed they will be held in person as soon as we are able to return to college. Any queries relating to a student with an EHCP please email Senco@kmc.ac.uk

Some courses have been cancelled prior to starting and some courses have started but have not been able to be completed. The College is evaluating each of these courses and looking at the possibility of rescheduling where possible or processing refunds where appropriate. These will be actioned in due course. If you have any queries regarding courses and fees, please email marketing@kmc.ac.uk

You will only be able to continue logging hours for your work placement if your employer has agreed that it is safe for you to do so.

Under no circumstances must you put yourself or others at risk.

If you/your employer have any questions about your placement please contact the relevant member of staff:
– For all industry placement queries Frances.jenkins@kmc.ac.uk

– For all work experience queries please contact your course tutor.

The programme leaders are developing an adapted assessment for this module to meet criteria before starting Level 5 without the need for the placement hours. This will be based on your planned industry experience and skills development. Programme leaders will discuss gaining industry experience during Level 5, although the required hours will not be a full expectation.

Yes, the Learning Resource Centre is open term time only. The email address is being manned so students are welcome to contact the library if they would like any academic help at library@kmc.ac.uk

The Government’s dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is being kept up-to-date with the latest advice and guidance: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For more information about self-isolation, please visit nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Any other questions?

Please contact the Marketing Team and we will get back to you as soon as we can – marketing@kmc.ac.uk

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