You should notify us using the online notification form of all results and updates.
Please inform us of the outcome of the test as soon as possible.
If you are self-isolating because you have been contacted by Test & Trace, another member of the household or direct contact has symptoms, or you have returned from an area requiring quarantine, please notify us and follow the latest advice at nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Alternatively, you can notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
College currently closed
The table below will show the number of positive test results reported at each campus once the College reopens in September. In each of these cases, we will follow our established procedures for contacting everyone directly affected.
Starting college can be a bit daunting during normal times, without adding a pandemic to it, so it’s no surprise that you may be feeling a little anxious about starting with us in September. Keep checking this page for updates over the summer with details on what COVID-19 processes will be in place and what it will look like for you when you start at HSDC in September.
13 May 2021
You will be aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement that the recommendation that masks be worn in classrooms and by learners in communal areas will be lifted from 17 May. The Government has also published guidance for FE providers, therefore we have written to parents/carers and students confirming our guidance for students and staff attending HSDC.
Please click here to read the letter in full.
30 April 2021
HSDC has submitted the final versions of the Teacher Assessed Grades policies to awarding bodies today.
These outline how students will be awarded grades in place of exams in Summer 2021. We have closely followed the guidance supplied by Joint Council for Qualifications (a membership organisation representing the main awarding bodies such as AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC etc.).
We are keen for parents and students to make themselves familiar with these policies which demonstrates how we will ensure fair and valid Teacher Assessed Grades in Summer 2021.
Mike Gaston (Principal & CEO) explains Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) in the following video.
As a result of the third lockdown, all future interviews for new applicants will be by phone until further notice. Each interview will take place on the same date and time as scheduled. If you have any questions please contact Customer Services.
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline dedicated to answering questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people are welcome to contact the helpline as follows:
The gym at Alton and South Downs will be closed for the duration of the third lockdown for both the public and staff and will be reviewed again in line with the Government guidelines prior to reopening.
We understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for our HE applicants, but please be assured that we are working on understanding the situation.
Our advice, for now, is to confirm your offer as normal and as the situation becomes clearer, we will provide further information on how we are managing our admissions process.
You can also visit the UCAS website for further information.
HE teaching at HSDC this year
In the event that the Government guidance changes or class sizes require further social distancing, HSDC has the ability to adjust the timetables and teach fully online or through a blended model. This would involve implementing a mixture of in-person and online teaching and learning using a variety of flipped learning methods, making use of effective learning technologies. If necessary, lectures will be online and seminars conducted in smaller groups. If a further lockdown is necessary, lectures will be pre-recorded using Screencastify and seminars delivered live online using Google Meet. Tutorial and 1:1 support would also be offered using video conferencing software.
Consideration will be given to subjects that need access to specialist facilities or hardware/software as part of the course. Courses will therefore be designed so that students can complete units remotely online and in college. When on campus, all health and safety guidelines will be followed regarding the use of equipment and spaces.
The goal of this information is to provide clarity for students, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education at HSDC.
We continue to deliver students’ timetabled lessons online via video conferencing. We have decided to use Google Meet. The reasons that we have chosen Google for Education is:
If for any reason a teacher cannot deliver a live lesson at the student’s normal timetabled lesson, they are using ScreenCastify to record the lesson and upload onto Google Classroom at the lesson time.
In a minority of cases, teachers are following alternative methods for teaching, learning and assessment. This includes paper-based resources, as for some students or courses this method is more effective.
In terms of practical lessons and work experience, HSDC has re-sequenced the delivery to ensure these happen in different ways or at the end of the course when we hope to resume face to face lessons. Where possible, students will be able to access their campus for learning, with the appropriate assessment of risk.
All students on a full time study programme without prior achievement of grade 5 or above in English and/or maths by age 16, will continue to have the opportunity to access additional sessions remotely to maximise their opportunity for success on their chosen qualification. Further information about the 16 to 19 tuition fund will be coming soon.
Students will have homework in addition to online remote lessons. It is expected that students continue to work to the best of their ability during this remote learning period.
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We have taken the following approaches to support those students access to remote education:
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
We ask HSDC students to:
We recognise that some students, for example, students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we work with parents and carers to support those students in the following ways:
If any further information is required regarding online learning at HSDC, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Synergy Salons is now re-open for business! We cannot wait to welcome you back to our salons as our students are raring to go.
We are taking all precautions to ensure your safety in our salons by following the government COVID-19 guidance.
As part of ensuring your safety, all clients requiring colouring, tinting and lash lifting services will need a new skin test at least 48 hours before treatment. Visit our Synergy page for more information and to book!
We are reopening!
We are pleased to announce that we will be opening The Restaurant at HSDC’s doors on 18 May 2021. In line with COVID-19 restrictions, we will be taking bookings for a maximum of six people. Call or email us now to book lunch or fine dining! We can’t wait to see you.
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 12 – 12.45pm
Two-Course Lunch £11.95
Three-Course Lunch £13.95
Wednesday 6 – 6.45pm
Fine Dining £23.50
The bus companies are working hard to get the majority of the buses back up & running for those students starting to return to College next week (8 March) and most timetables will run as before.
South Western Railway has advised HSDC that there have been some timetable changes from a few stations, in particular, Hook, Fleet, Farnborough and Winchfield. We would advise students to check current train timetables before travelling. If able to do so, please remember to wear a face covering on all public transport.
There have been a number of changes around College recently as a result of COVID-19, to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors when on campus. Please see below for a summary of the new procedures and features around campus, so you know what to expect when visiting us.
All teaching rooms have been set out with distancing measures and with defined teacher areas. Desks and tables should not be moved without the agreement of the teacher.
Normally we would want you to stay on campus and use the facilities, but at present, if you do not have a lesson we ask that you leave campus and work from home to reduce the number of students on campus at any one time unless otherwise requested by staff.
You are encouraged to:
If you have any questions at all about being on campus and the new guidelines, please don’t hesitate to speak to our reception team when you visit, or you can call the team before your visit.
HSDC is ensuring that students eligible for support from the 2020-21 16-19 Tuition Fund are benefitting from this via additional tuition sessions in Maths & English (for both the autumn and summer examinations), plus additional tuition in their main programme of study where their previous learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.