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Launceston College Closure

Dear parents,

Following Government advice, we can confirm Launceston College will close for the majority of students with effect from 3.15pm on Friday 20 March 2020.

The College will remain partially open for some students whose parents are key workers and for students with EHCP’s. However, if it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should stay at home as the government continues to prioritise the importance of social distancing. Key workers who require their children to continue to attend College from Monday 23 March should email as a matter of urgency so we can ensure we have adequate provision in place.

The government have also confirmed that examinations will not take place this summer for our Year 11 and Sixth Form students.  We are still waiting for further information on how grades and qualifications will be awarded to students, however, the government has stated its commitment to ensuring student’s work is recognised appropriately and that planned progression pathways can be accessed. We will continue to keep these year groups updated via email and you can email Mr Steve Rush with any concerns.

In these unusual times, our first priority is that you and your families are safe. Please continue to follow the advice from the government about self-isolating and staying safe and healthy.

We want to do everything we can to continue to support your child’s learning, and we are strongly advising our students to do what they can to keep moving with their subjects. We are working to create a curriculum which can be accessed remotely by students. The main point of communication for this will be the econtact book. If your child is at home, and is not unwell, there will be work available for them to do, set by their teachers. Please check the econtact book regularly, ideally once per day.

It may be that the normal work your child would be doing at school requires them to have access to resources or technology that are not available at home. Please don’t worry, do your best with the resources you have available. We recognise that there will be a range of challenges for families at this time, and we don’t want to add extra pressure. We will post work to you if your child has told us they have no internet access at home.

You should find all the information you need about provision for your child on the College website and the econtact book. You will find:

  • the link you need to access the econtact book
  • tips and guidance on general learning activities you child can try
  • links to websites where you can access free learning materials.
  • Information about our Great Learning Habits to help with organising independent learning
  • A link to the Revision Hub, which has lots of materials to help with KS4 learning

Please do what you can to support your child to access their learning. In the first few days of a very new situation, it is likely that rehearsing and repeating knowledge they already have or doing simple activities like reading or maths work will help get them into the swing of learning at home.

If you have any general concerns or questions about accessing work for your child, or a have question about any other pastoral concern, please contact your child’s Head of House. If you have a specific question about a subject or work which has been set, please contact your child’s Head of Faculty.

Heads of Faculty

English – Kate Prouse

Maths – Natalia Sapelkina Tambling

Science – Craig Gowing

Humanities – Jo Carlton

MFL – Emmanuelle Chudleigh

Design and Enterprise – Alex Sandford

Expressive Arts – Lucy Rose

Heads of House

Causley – Paul Daymond

Hepworth – Tom Lyle

Rescorla – Samantha Hendy

Trevithick – Emma Thompson

Safeguarding and free school meals

We are working hard to identify children and families who may need extra support in these potentially challenging circumstances. We will be making pastoral phone calls home to a number of families in our community to offer continued support while College is closed. We will also be in touch with every family eligible for free school meals.

If you have a concern about your child or the safety and well-being of any child linked to the College, please email the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Dave Egford on

We recognise that this is a concerning time for many families in our community. We want to offer as much help and support as possible during the closure so please do not hesitate to contact us using the emails provided if you need to.

Best wishes
Jenn Burn

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