College Re-opening Plans

Updated 04/09/2020

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our students to the College from September.

In line with the latest government guidelines, we have implemented a range of safety measures to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe working and learning environment for everyone. All of our students will be fully briefed on the measures that we have put in place as part of their induction programme.

Please click here to view a video on the safety measures in place across the College.

We are adopting a blended learning model for our delivery which means that all students will have some face to face teaching each week alongside some remote learning. We have fully equipped all of our classrooms to enable our teachers to stream live lessons to students, even when they are dialling in remotely.

We have staggered the start and end times of lessons to manage the volume of students on-site at key points in the day. We are keeping our plans under constant review and we will continue to update you as the position changes.

One thing that hasn’t changed however, is our absolute commitment to providing all of our students with an outstanding learning experience, supporting them to succeed and realise their goals.

We look forward to welcoming you all back very soon.

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Principal – West Thames College

Blended Learning for our Students

It is really important that students continue their hard work now they've returned to College, to ensure they are in the best position to progress to their next step.

Due to the government guidelines regarding social distancing, the capacity in classrooms has been reduced by approximately 50% in all areas. Therefore to create a safe environment for all students and staff, and also to provide a high quality experience for our students, we are adopting a 50:50 timetable approach from September.

This involves 50% of the group attending face to face lessons and 50% receiving remote learning, but ensuring all students receive some face to face delivery each week. 

We will stagger the start times of some groups/lessons and break times to reduce the number of students in communal areas throughout the day.

The delivery of lessons will involve face to face delivery alongside a live streaming of that lesson. All classrooms will have the appropriate software installed to enable students logging onto lessons the ability to view the teachers screen and hear the lesson. 

Our aim is to offer the highest quality education, in a safe environment, to continue to provide successful outcomes and opportunities for our students.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the teacher in the first instance or the Curriculum Director of the subject area.

Students Remote Access

Please click on the link to access Moodle – Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Please click on the link to access Student E-Mail – Microsoft Office 365

Please click on the link to access your Student Class Team - Microsoft Teams

If you are unable to login or require further help and support, please contact our dedicated Student IT Helpdesk us on 020 8326 2326 Monday – Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Staff Remote Access

Please click on the link to access the Staff ePortal – Citrix

Please click here on the link to access Staff Webmail – Microsoft Outlook Web App

Please click here to access the Staff Collaboration Site - Microsoft Teams

Cisco Jabber

To use your College Telephone Extension remotely, you can download Cisco Jabber from the Apple App Store or Google Playstore. To use on a home Desktop Computer, please follow the links below to download and install for Windows and Mac (not through Citrix):

Microsoft WindowsCisco Jabber for Windows 7 & 10

Apple MacCisco Jabber for Mac OS

If you are using these systems for the first time, please do click on our how to guides on the right hand side of this page. If you are unable to login or require further help and support, please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Staff IT Helpdesk on 020 8326 2326

You should ONLY use the Jabber App whilst connected to WiFi to avoid Data charges

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