FAQs for parents | April 2021

Frequently asked questions

In line with government guidance, the majority of our courses have now resumed face-to-face teaching.

Please check back regularly as any updates will be posted here. Should your question not be answered within the following FAQs, please email marketing@gbmc.ac.uk

    Returning to college

    Questions regarding returning to campus.

  • Do face coverings have to be worn whilst on campus?

    Face coverings MUST continue to be worn in communal spaces, which include corridors, refectories and LRCs. 

    The only exceptions are:

    • For those staff and students that are medically exempt, as per the government’s guidelines.
    • Students can be asked to continue wearing a face-covering where the risk assessment deems this an appropriate safety measure.
  • Why has the College made the wearing of face coverings mandatory in communal areas?

    It is a legal requirement that the College carries out risk assessments and puts in place any control measures that reduce the risk of injury or ill-health to our students and staff.

    After assessing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and taking into account government guidance, the College has made the wearing of face coverings in communal areas a mandatory requirement as part of our measures to reduce the risk of transmission. Students and staff are no longer required to wear face coverings in lessons.

    A risk assessment is a legal document and all staff and students have a legal and civil duty to comply with the control measures identified. Failure to comply with a risk assessment would be in breach of health and safety legislation which is why we have stated disciplinary action will be taken.

  • What safety measures are in place?

    We have carried out extensive risk assessments to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the college. These measures include:

    • face coverings must continue to be worn in communal spaces, which include corridors, refectories and LRCs. 
    • maintaining social distancing
    • ensuring adequate ventilation
    • provision of hand sanitiser throughout our buildings
    • increased cleaning of frequently touched surfaces
    • tracing close contacts of confirmed cases and issuing self-isolation notices
  • Learning from home

    Questions regarding learning from home.

  • How will students be assessed this year?

    The government has announced that this summer, GCSEs, BTECs and other technical qualifications will be based on teacher-assessed grades. Results will be published on Tuesday 10 August 2021.  

    To ensure you get the best grade possible, it is extremely important that you continue to attend all timetabled sessions and complete all of your assignments.

    If you need to take a qualification in Functional Skills (for example, in order to complete your apprenticeship), then you should still be able to take your assessment, in line with public health measures. There may also be alternative arrangements for you if this is not possible. Teacher-assessed grades will be used to decide your Functional Skills qualification where you cannot access an in-person or remote assessment.

    Click here for a diagram which outlines the process for GCSE and A-Level qualifications.

    If you would like any further information about how GCSEs, Functional Skills or technical qualifications will be assessed this summer, please speak to your teacher.

  • Will English and maths still be part of my young person's timetable?

    Yes, they will still be expected to study these subjects as per their previous timetable. Tutors will be available to assist with any queries.

    The government has announced that GCSE exams will not take place and students will receive teacher-assessed grades. Therefore, it’s really important that any student studying for their English or maths GCSEs continues to attend their scheduled lessons to ensure their teacher can make the necessary assessments and judgements at the end of the year.

  • Can students access library resources from home?

    Yes. We have lots of resources available on the Student Landing Page.

  • Will my young person still receive their student bursary payment?

    All students in receipt of bursary awards for travel and college meals will continue to receive their entitlement.

    If they are entitled to college meals, they will receive a payment into their bank account equivalent to a weekly award of £12.05 (5 days x £2.41). We will continue to keep them informed of any changes to payment frequency or date. 

    If you have any questions you can contact the bursary team on:

    Worthing/Shoreham students: student.support@gbmc.ac.uk 

    Brighton students: financialsupport@gbmc.ac.uk

    Finance information for university-level students can be found here.

  • Support services

    Questions regarding support services available. 

  • How can my young person book a careers appointment?

    It is very important to us that all students are supported with their future goals and have a clear progression plan in place following the completion of this academic year. Students can contact our careers team via email, to arrange an appointment with an adviser: careers@gbmc.ac.uk

    We are also running progression weeks throughout April, an important event in the annual college calendar, intended to help raise aspirations, broaden horizons and open the minds of our students. The theme this year is ‘Your future in focus’ and will provide students with a dedicated opportunity to reflect on their academic progress with their personal tutor and get advice on the next steps they need to take to achieve their full potential. We will be hosting a number of workshops and webinars, including: CV writing, interview skills and preparing for university. Our Careers team will also be providing drop-in sessions at each of our campuses. Find out more here

  • What careers resources can students access?

    We have produced a new Careers Guidance and Information padlet (online bulletin board) which can be found via the Student Landing Page within the Careers section. We will be adding regular information here on different career pathways, virtual open events and careers events. We encourage students to regularly take a look.

    As a parent or carer, you play an important role when your son/daughter is making decisions about their career. So, to help you we have complied the section below to cover a wide range of career resources: 

    • National Careers Service: Explore careers, CV and interview tools. 
    • Prospects: Graduate jobs, postgraduate study and advice about work experience.
    • icloud: Real life career videos and advice. 
    • UCAS: Search for university and degree courses.
    • WhatUni: Find out more about which university is right for you. 
    • Apprenticeships: Find out what apprenticeships are available. 
    • Indeed and Reed: Find out what jobs are available in your local area.
    • Do-It and Charity Job: Find out about opportunities to volunteer. 
    • Gap360 and Gap Year: Help you plan your gap year.

    If students need any further guidance they can visit our dedicated Careers site or book a virtual careers appointment by contacting the careers team at Careers@gbmc.ac.uk

  • What other sources of support are there for students?

    We know that online learning can be challenging, it’s also really important that our students have access to the support they need. We have a wealth of resources available to students that can be accessed by the Student Landing Page. Here, students will also find the contact details they might need to access our support service teams - these include IT, pastoral mentors, additional learning support, financial support, safeguarding, careers and more.

    All of our usual support services are still available:

    IT support | itservices@gbmc.ac.uk

    Additional Learning Support | als@gbmc.ac.uk

    Pastoral Mentors | mentor@gbmc.ac.uk

    Safeguarding | safeguarding@gbmc.ac.uk

    Careers | careers@gbmc.ac.uk

    Student finance | student.support@gbmc.ac.uk

    There are also lots of organisations that your child can access support from. Click here for a list of support organisations. The mentor team can refer you to these services. 

  • How can I support my young person?

    We are currently working through the requirements of our exam boards' planned assessment, following the government announcement that this summer, GCSEs, BTECs and other technical qualifications will be based on teacher-assessed grades. 

    Please encourage your young person to continue attending all of their lessons and to complete all set work and assignments by the specified deadlines. Student coursework could play a big part in their final grades and we all need to keep on top of this to ensure that they achieve the best results possible and are not disadvantaged at the end of the year.

  • What do I do if I am worried about my safety of my young person?

    You can contact the Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@gbmc.ac.uk

    If you need to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team urgently, the contact numbers are: 

    Safeguarding Team Contacts

    Contact Number

    Fenella Potterton

    Head of Additional Learning Support

    07739 615265

    Simon Vincent

    Safeguarding Manager

    07980 973224

    Alex Bellamy

    Pastoral & Enrichment Manager

    07841 066846

    Please note: the above numbers are only manned Monday to Friday.

  • Where can I access support and resources for anxiety about COVID-19? 

    Click here to visit the Anxiety UK website, where you can find easy access to a range of information, resources and support for helping you and your young person manage your anxiety during these difficult times.

  • Where can I access support for my young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

    Please visit our SEND support page which provides useful information and guidance, including links to external organisations who can provide you and your family with further support. You will also find contacts for our Additional Learning Support team if you need to get in touch with them. Please click here for more information.

  • I need further support with parenting during COVID-19, what can I do?

    We understand that supporting your young person at home during lockdown is challenging. If you feel you need additional support you can get in touch with Triple P: Positive Parenting Programme. They offer advice and guidance and provide online parenting guides and courses. You can read more and get in touch with them on their website. 

    You can also download a copy of their helpful PDF guides for parenting during lockdown: 

  • Where can I read the College's updates?

    All of our updates are posted to our news pages which you can view here.

  • How do students let the College know if they are unwell?

    Please ensure that your young person continues to report an absence in the usual ways. Wherever possible, they should also inform their teacher.

  • Where can I find key contact details for staff?

    We have put together a list of key contacts for our course areas below:

    Course area Name Job title Email
    AAT Iwona Flanc Curriculum Manager iwona.flanc@gbmc.ac.uk
    Art and Design, Photography and Media Emma Harrington
    Curriculum Manager
    Business and Professional Courses Dermot Farrell Senior Administrator commercial@gbmc.ac.uk

    Business, IT, Travel & tourism and Cabin Crew

    Sarah Keith 

    Linda Laurens

    Curriculum Managers



    Carpentry and
    Painting & Decorating

    Tony Manktelow Curriculum Manager tony.manktelow@gbmc.ac.uk
    CIPD/ ILM Sam Smith Curriculum Manager sam.smith@gbmc.ac.uk

    Construction and Engineering

    Nick Goodson

    Adrienne Bougourd

    Kat James

    Head of Learning

    Senior Administrator (East Campus)

    Senior Administrator (Broadwater and Shoreham)




    Creative Industries

    Ady Symon

    Sophie Colbourne and Admin Team

    Senior Administrator (Brighton)

    Senior Administrator and Admin Team (Worthing) 



    Electrical & Plumbing Mark South Curriculum Manager mark.south@gbmc.ac.uk
    Engineering, Auto & Aero Ronnie Dawson Curriculum Manager ronnie.dawson@gbmc.ac.uk
    English & Maths Laura Shaw E&M Administrator laura.shaw@gbmc.ac.uk
    Jo Wheeler
    ESOL Coordinator
    Film, Games and Digital
    Jim Lee
    Programme Lead jim.lee@gbmc.ac.uk

    Foundation - Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles, 3D Design, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation/Extended Diploma Art and Design, Fashion and Business

    Georgina Hooper

    Curriculum Manager

    Hair & Beauty
    Rebecca Gonzalez
    Curriculum Manager
    Hospitality & Catering
    Peter Whiffen
    Curriculum Manager
    Kevin Brady
    Head of International kevin.brady@gbmc.ac.uk

    International Foundation Diploma

    Steven Follen

    Course Director

    Sport David May Curriculum Manager
    Uniform Services Neil Cockcroft
    Curriculum Manager neil.cockcroft@gbmc.ac.uk