Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for New City College including the Havering Colleges

New City College, incorporating

  • Attlee A Level Academy
  • Havering College of FE & HE
  • Havering Sixth Form College
  • New City College - Epping Forest
  • New City College - Hackney
  • New City College - Redbridge
  • New City College - Tower Hamlets

We understand that many people will have concerns about the fast-moving situation and guidance around the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and well-being of our students, staff and other users of the college is our highest priority.

It is with this in mind that we have made the decision to manage a transition to online and remote teaching and learning. The following arrangements will be reviewed regularly and will be in place until further notice.

Please see the attached letter to students, parents and carers from New City College.

  • For most of our students, the last day of in-college timetabled teaching, until further notice, was Thursday 19 March. Your course will continue using online materials and workbooks.
  • Online / remote teaching and learning began week commencing Monday 23 March.
  • Make sure you know how to log into your campus Virtual Learning Environment, and your college email. This is how your teachers will be setting your work, and receiving your work to mark. Instructions are posted below for your reference.
  • If you are accessing any of our college support services, we will contact you.
  • Be assured that our staff are here to continue to support you through your courses and qualifications, and in your progression to your next step.

Support for students

We understand that the current situation is unsettling. If you feel you would like counselling support or to talk about a mental health issue, please see the information on this page.

For students who usually receive a free college meal, we will pay your daily meal allowance straight to your bank account so that you can buy food outside of college during this period.

For Attlee, Epping Forest, Hackney, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets campuses

  • Go to VLE
  • Log in with your college ID and your current password (set as your date of birth for the very first time you log in).
  • For help and support accessing the VLE please email:
  • See below an instructional video on how to logon to the VLE or click here to download a pdf guide

Here you will access your on-line course materials, can contact your teachers and fellow students as well as submit work and see your feedback once it has been assessed. There will be various resources, worksheets, quizzes videos and links to on-line learning to keep you learning away from college.

Your teachers will be monitoring your progress with the resources and will support you on-line through the VLE where possible.

You can use the whole of Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) online which include your student email on Outlook 365. We will be sending you regular updates through your college email and the VLE homepage.

For any maths students/parents that need to get in touch, please use the email address below.

For Havering Colleges

All students have been advised of how to access materials and submit work by their class teachers. Teachers will be in regular contact to support students through this phase of online teaching.

Students should regularly check their emails, as normal and the College websites for further updates.

All students have been advised of how to access materials and submit work by their class teachers. Teachers will be in regular contact to support students through this phase of online teaching.

Students should regularly check their emails, as normal and the college websites for further updates.

  • Firstly, do not worry about your place at New City College (including the Havering Colleges). Your application will be processed and we will stay in touch regularly.
  • Where your place would usually have been dependent upon GCSE grades, and if you are not able to take exams this year, we will put other arrangements in place to assess your progression to a college course.
  • If you would like to speak to someone about any of our courses, or need help with an application, you can contact our advice teams at or visit our contact page

We have been asked to open our college for our students who have Education Health & Care Plans (EHCPs), students in vulnerable groups and some other specific students who need support throughout the COVID-19 closure period.

We have consulted widely with these students, parents and carers in order to understand how we can best support them.

Through our extensive attempts to call families, we have identified those students who need and would like to come to college. The numbers of students who need to attend are very low so we have closed several of our campuses. If your situation changes and you would like to request a place for your child going forward, or would like to ask us anything about remote learning during the closure period, please email us at

It is clearly a time of uncertainty and we will need to regularly review what we are able to offer.

Because of the age of our students, we have not been asked to provide college for children of key workers.

Please click here for more information, guidance and support.

Please look out for emails from your manager and all staff briefings, on your work email.

For any staff queries relating to COVID-19 please email

Your relationship with New City College is incredibly important. Your point of contact with the college will be in touch soon. We are all on our college email accounts, so feel free to get in touch with your college contact, should you have any concerns.

Last updated: 31/03/2020

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