Coronavirus Update

Updated 2 March 2021

Following the latest Government announcement, we would like to provide you with an update of how the college will re-open to our students. The college has decided on a staggered return, to ensure students don’t all return at once. We are reviewing how this will work and once plans have been put in place we will inform you of your timetable commitments via Schoology, Advantage and your tutors. It is important that you continue to attend and engage with all lessons regardless of whether they are online, remote or on-site.

We do have some students who are already attending practical sessions on-site in readiness for assessments.

If this applies to you, you will have been contacted by a member of teaching staff to invite you in on a set day and for a set period. 

If you have not been contacted, you must continue to work remotely at home until we are given further guidance from Government to increase and allow more students to return to face to face teaching.

All the current COVID-19 regulations remain in place, so we are always ensuring staff and student safety.

Click here for more information about Remote Education

Please also download and read the following Student Guidance document which will give you additional information about how New College Durham is operating safely, as well as  guidance as to how you can further support the safe operation of college.



You may have seen the recent announcement regarding the cancellation of GCSE and A-level examinations and that teacher assessed grades will be used to award final qualification outcomes. We are waiting to see the detailed guidance of how this will work.

It is essential that your son/daughter continues to engage in the remote learning. Teachers will be continuing to gather evidence that will be used in these processes and may be used in the awarding of these grades.

In some subjects, awarding organisations may choose to carry out their assessments as planned although delay these. Students will need to have continued engagement in their learning to ensure they can return to College and are fully prepared for any future assessment.

Our commitment continues to be to support your son/daughter to achieve their full potential. Once we have been informed of the confirmed arrangements, we will make sure the information is available to you.

Download Student Guidance for College Opening

Download letter to parents/Carers of Further Education students

Download letter to Higher Education students


Access to college sites 

Please find our College documentation related to Covid-19 and Health and Safety of visitors below.


Latest government guidance

If you test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace you will be required by law to self-isolate . This law has been introduced to ensure compliance with self-isolation rules and to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For further up-to-date information on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), visit


Resources for students

Click here or scan the QR code below to access information for Functional Maths and English via our online padlet.

Please view the Functional Skills PowerPoint for information on how to access resources, such as Schoology and BKSB.

Padlet for Functional Skills Maths and English


Health and wellbeing

Keep yourself moving and improve your mental wellbeing with one of the accessible home workouts provided by our experienced personal trainers:


AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing information.


Main Building Outside Autumn


Information for students, apprentices, parents, staff, stakeholders and employers, and understanding the Coronavirus.

New College Durham

Staff information

For information and documentation.

Coronavirus Testing

To support the return of staff and students to College, we have established a Rapid Testing Centre.