College Re-opening Plans

Updated 08/06/2020


I hope that you are all safe and well.

Following the recent Government guidance regarding the re-opening of FE Colleges, we are working through the plan for West Thames and looking at the students who will be involved.

We will begin to re-open from 15th June 2020 for priority groups/individuals. The 3 identified priority groups are as follows:

  1. EHCP/LAC – some targeted students within this category.
  2. Students that need practical assessments in order to complete their license to practice. Primarily in 2 areas: Creative Industries and Trade Skills.
  3. Level 3 Year 1 students.

We are now finalising the actual numbers for each category and starting to draft a timetable of when each group of students/individuals will attend. The draft timescales are below:

  • w/c 15 June – the focus will be on priority groups A and B so targeted EHCP/LAC students and identified students who need to complete practical assessments.
  • w/c 22 June and w/c 29 June – Level 3 Year 1 students.

Students will come in on a rota basis - likely to be for no more than 3 hours on any 1 day and we will have staggered start times. We will continue with remote learning too during this period.

We are developing an operational Estates plan which again follows the government guidance to ensure that we can provide and operate within a safe environment for all of us. Details will be shared if you are an individual coming into College during this time.

From the w/c 8th June, further information will be provided directly to parents and students who are in our priority groups. This will include the day/days when students are required to attend and the protocol for those students re-entering college. Teaching staff will continue to be in contact with all students to ensure you are supported in your learning.

In summary, we are planning for a phased re-opening from 15th June 2020 for identified individuals and priority groups. More detailed information regarding this will be communicated next week.

Take care and stay safe.

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Principal – West Thames College


Learning Continues for our Students

We are very proud of the efforts our students and teaching staff have put into continuing learning and developing students’ knowledge. It is really important that students continue their hard work so that when we do return to College, they are in the best position to progress to their next step.

Please click on the link to view further Information for Students Parents & Carers


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

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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

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

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