An update following the Government’s announcement of a third lockdown

In line with the Government’s announcement yesterday, Activate Learning colleges will now temporarily close for onsite learning to all except students with additional support needs, children of keyworkers and those sitting exams in January.

Faculties will be in contact with all students as soon as possible regarding arrangements for online lessons and further updates and revised timetables will follow this week.

If you have any questions, please contact your tutors in the first instance and thank you for your continued support.

Moving to online learning

Most students will now move to a remote-learning model. For some of you, this may be a newer experience having started in September and there may be some adjustment to this way of learning.

Please note, our teachers have done this before and we’re confident in our delivery of online learning. Online learning has previously been very successful and well received by students.

To avoid disruption to your education, your teachers will provide work for you via the college portals during this time. Please see the links for these below:

We want to reassure you that no one’s education will suffer as a result of these closures and teaching teams have rigorous plans in place to remotely support your classes and learning.

Online timetables that were provided for the period between Wednesday 6 January and Friday 8 January will still go ahead as planned.

What’s happening with exams?

Exam boards have not currently confirmed exam cancellations. We have spoken with the Department for Education and they’ve ensured us that as it stands, January examinations will still go ahead.

Therefore, you’ll still need to revise for and attend your upcoming exams, unless informed otherwise.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding exams, please speak to your teachers in the first instance. We will provide an additional update if there are any further changes.

Students with additional support needs and children of keyworkers

If you are a student with additional support needs or a child of a keyworker you can still come into college for onsite learning.

We will contact students with additional support needs directly this week to notify them that they are welcome to come into college.

If you haven’t been contacted yet and believe you should have been, please contact us via

Your wellbeing is our upmost priority, and we are doing everything we can to ensure as safe an environment as possible. Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

We ask that you:

  • Maintain social distancing around the campus
  • Wear face coverings in communal spaces around college
  • Ensure good hand hygiene through regular washing and use of hand sanitisers around college
  • Immediately self-isolate if you show any symptoms and report this to us as soon as possible

When will I get more information?

We will provide you with further updates as and when we have them, and we continue to work closely with Government.

We have a dedicated COVID-19 page online where we will regularly post updates and update frequently asked questions. Please check this page often if you want to know what is going on.

If you have questions or concerns, please email or call 01865 550 4014 between 8.30am and 5pm on weekdays.

For more information and advice, please visit the Government website.

Thank you,

Activate Learning