Coronavirus Update: Wednesday 20 May 2020

Online and Home Learning – Important Information

On Wednesday 18th March 2020, we switched to home on-line learning on all of our courses and this will continue until the end of the summer term (Friday 3rd July)

Please Note: If you are the dependent of a key worker, we can (by request/prior arrangement) provide you with access to supervised on-site learning facilities during normal college hours (9 am to 3:40 pm) so that you can complete your on-line learning activities at college.  The same applies if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or if you are supported by a social worker.  If you or your parent(s)/carer(s) would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact one of our Assistant Principals (Marie Fairhurst or Martin Rigby

We hope to be able to return to the normal operation of the college in September 2020 and we will continue to monitor the government’s announcements during June, July and August.  We will of course keep you informed of any key decisions, via the college email system and the college web-site.

For each of the courses that you are studying, you should now be receiving messages from a teacher on your college email account with instructions to direct your learning.  You should have also received a message reminding you of the contact details for your pastoral mentor.

It is essential that you check your college emails (and the college web-site) on a frequent (daily) basis and that you follow all instructions from your teachers and pastoral mentor.

If you have forgotten the password to your college account, you can reset it using the password management tool.

We realise that the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus will be making some of you anxious. If you are feeling very unwell, either mentally or physically, you should seek medical advice via NHS 111 or your GP. You can find other important safeguarding information and tips for managing your mental well-being here

Please continue to follow government advice during the days/weeks ahead.  And please continue to find ways of staying in touch with your friends and family, even if you are required to self-isolate.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all again in person when it is safe to do so. For now though, we must all continue to do the best that we can to support each other in these extremely unusual and challenging circumstances.

Yours sincerely

Simon Partington


Has the government released a statement yet on the alternative arrangements that will be put into place following the cancellation of exams (and other formal assessments) in summer 2020 ?

Yes, but full, detailed guidance has so far only been released for A Level and GCSE courses – please click on this link to see detailed guidance on the arrangements for establishing final grades on AS, A Level and GCSE courses which are due to be completed this summer. As part of this guidance, they have released a letter for A Level and GCSE students. Our A level/GCSE teachers and college managers will be reading and closely following this guidance during the forthcoming weeks.

The detailed guidance for all other courses (eg. Vocational and technical courses) has not yet been finalised, but Ofqual have now released some useful initial guidance.

I am due to complete my course(s) at Runshaw in summer 2020.  Given that the summer 2020 exams and assessments are cancelled, do I still need to be following the instructions of my teachers/pastoral mentor? 

Yes.  Even though the summer 2020 exams have been cancelled, it is important that you complete your studies – the knowledge and skills that you are developing now will help to ensure that you are fully prepared to progress to your next steps in education or employment when you have completed your studies at college.

We recognise that some courses require use of specialist facilities that you will not have access to at home.  Please be reassured that the grades you are awarded will not be negatively impacted by your lack of access to specialist resources at this time.


On the 23rd March 2020, the government published The Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19 which provides important information and specific support for employers, training providers and apprentices. The Frequently Asked Questions section covers a wide range of possible scenarios which you may find helpful.

During the weeks and months ahead, Runshaw College will continue to make regular contact with our apprentices and employers to ensure that, wherever possible, learning is able to continue throughout this highly unusual and challenging period.

If you are an apprentice and you are concerned about the security of your employment, please contact Assistant Principal Martin Rigby:

For queries not covered by the Government guidance, you can always contact the government’s Apprenticeship Helpline by telephone (0800 150 600) or by email:


Please click here to browse our courses and apply online. Our staff are working remotely to process your applications and will be in touch with you about how to enrol for a September start.


If you are the parent/guardian/carer of a Runshaw student, the Communication Portal is a key source of information at this time.  If you do not already have an account, please sign up here.

Government advice for parents/guardians/carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here.


Current students and school leavers can also view our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information. Adult students and those interested in applying for an adult course this September can view our Frequently Asked Questions Page for Adult Students.