Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest guidance


Adapting to a changing world - the latest updates and guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A message from our Rector & Principal Karin Askham

25 September 2020

As we start our Autumn term, I would like to welcome our new and returning students who joined us on 7th September. It is lovely to see the school full of young people eager to learn and make new friends. Our vibrant, multicultural community is busy once again. 

To the parents of our new and returning students, I would also like to extend a warm welcome to you too. I have enjoyed speaking to many of you over recent months about the provision we have in place to care and educate your child. It is encouraging to know that many of our parents and students believe that despite recent global challenges, the education of our young people remains important and should be championed.

I want to personally reassure you how important the welfare of our school communities, including students and staff, is to myself and our leadership team. We have a team dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest guidance and measures to ensure our school communities remain safe so our young people can focus on achieving excellence in a protected environment. 

As we continue our journey together through the next school year, any changes to guidance that affect our school will be communicated to our students and parents through our Student Services team and our website. 

Over the next several weeks, I will continue to communicate regular updates as our new students settle into life at CSVPA. In the meantime, if any of our students or parents have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Services team.

I look forward to communicating with you in my next announcement.

Kind regards,

Karin Askham,
Rector & Principal


2 July 2020

Cancellation Policy

We have revised our cancellation policy to allow greater flexibility, and to ensure you can book with confidence during these unprecedented times. Our revised policy means that booking with us is risk free. The policy includes guidance for:

  1. Students who have to cancel due to COVID-19
  2. Students who wish to cancel due to general concerns
  3. Cancellation for new students
  4. Withdrawal for current Students

Read the full policy here

1st July 2020

A message from our Rector

As we prepare for the next academic year, we are pleased to tell you we plan to:

  • Start the 2020/21 academic year on time in September
  • Provide safe access to facilities and resources for all students

We are committed to delivering the same quality of experience and teaching excellence. Despite the recent challenges we as a school and as a global community have faced, we remain dedicated to continuing to provide inspiring creative experiences for all students. Engaging with other Higher Education Institutions, Government, our local authorities, policy bodies and partner schools we have developed our “We Care” pledge.

It is extremely likely that social distancing measures will still be in place in September 2020, with strictly controlled access to buildings. With this in mind, we have evolved our approach to learning and teaching which gives the most value to students when on campus while still remaining true to CSVPA quality and standards.

To find out more, click here

26 May 2020

A message from our Rector & Principle Karin Askham

Two weeks ago we held the first of our online summits. I would like to thank each and every one of you who joined us, it was wonderful to welcome so many new students and parents into the CSVPA community.

As we make changes for the next academic year, I want to ensure we continue to include you in the conversation and would like to invite you to speak to our academic leadership team again at our second online summit on Friday 3rd July.

This session will include a brief presentation about our new Covid 19 Response Policy, an overview of our academic offering for next year, an update on our guidance and time for questions.

I look forward to speaking with you again.

Stay safe and stay well.

Karin Askham,
Rector & Principal

26 May 2020

Read our pledge and join our Q&A sessions

At CSVPA, our mission is to provide teaching excellence to young artists so they can become the artist they want to be. Despite recent challenges we as a school and as a global community have faced, we remain dedicated to continuing our mission.

As we look towards the new academic year, our teachers and academic support teams are focused on the health and wellbeing of our students, and that is our biggest priority between now and September. We want our students to feel safe and confident about learning and living on our campuses.

As such, we are implementing a pledge which incorporates variety of measures to ensure that our school communities are safe. From smaller class sizes, a heightened cleaning regime, PPE equipment, social distancing and increasing welfare support, to blended learning and regular health checks.

As we implement these changes, we want to include you in the conversation and invite you to join in our online summit on Friday 5th June, where you will be able to speak to our academic leadership team about the preparations we're making for this September. Because at CSVPA We Care.

20 May 2020

Summer School Online

As uncertainty remains about the reopening of our schools, and because of continuing global travel restrictions and expected quarantine measures, we have decided to move our summer courses online for 2020.

Although we want to welcome students as soon as possible to CSVPA, we will only do this when it is safe to do so. Therefore, in preparation for our school reopening, we are putting in place a range of measures to protect and care for our school communities.

In the meantime, we are welcoming enrolments on a range of 1-3 week online creative courses to get a head start on their term-time studies.

Our courses have been adapted for online delivery to ensure that students still have fun, make international friends and develop their skills and confidence. With only 10 students per course, places are limited.

To find out more about our programmes view our brochure, here.

9 April 2020

Separated but always together

3 April 2020

Summer Term moves online

In light of continuing global travel restrictions and to minimise any further disruption to students’ studies, we have decided to move all tuition and support online for the whole of the summer term, starting 20 April 2020.

27 March 2020

A note from our CEO: Chris Stacey

We know that the current situation concerning the coronavirus is having a significant impact on our lives. I want to let you know what we are doing to protect the health and wellbeing of our school communities - our students, our staff, and their families.

We are continually monitoring the guidelines and advice provided by the Governments and public health bodies of the countries that we operate.

As a result, we are adapting our provision. Central to our decision-making remains the safety and welfare of our students and staff.

Our promise

Read the full statement

25 March 2020

A message from our Rector & Principal Karin Askham

At CSVPA, our mission is to provide teaching excellence to young artists so they can become the artist they want to be. Despite recent challenges we as a school and as a global community have faced, we remain dedicated to continuing our mission, and we have now moved our courses online.

We will provide online learning through two applications, Canvas and Zoom. Canvas is our virtual learning environment where students can access teaching resources online whenever and wherever they wish. Students can access their assignments, join our college forums, receive deadline reminders, take quizzes, and collaborate with fellow students on group projects.

18 March 2020

CSVPA moves to online learning

In response to the UK Government's advice to close UK schools to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) will move tuition online to avoid any unnecessary disruption to students' studies.

Our final day of face-to-face teaching until further notice is Friday 20 March. From 23 March, we will start remote tuition in preparation for full online learning provision, which will begin on 20 April if schools continue to remain closed as per UK Government advice.

Throughout this challenging time, the health, safety and wellbeing of our school communities have been central to our response. We will continue to provide the same high standard of care in our boarding houses for students that are unable to return home due to travel bans.

14 March 2020

Encouraging students to return home to avoid travel restrictions

Following developments in international travel restrictions, particularly within Europe, we would encourage those travelling home to a country where restrictions are being put in place to make arrangements at the earliest opportunity.

We will be making provision for any students for whom travel home has already become impossible due to lockdown measures in their home countries. If you are concerned about being able to safely make arrangements prior to the Easter break then please do make contact with the schools via your usual point of contact.

Our teams in the boarding houses are also on standby 24 hours a day to provide students with reassurance, assistance and advice.

13 March 2020

Schools to remain open in line with UK Government guidance

In these truly unique circumstances CATS Colleges continue to place the welfare of our students and staff as our highest priority.

Following the announcement from the UK Government, all CATS UK schools and CSVPA will remain open and operating as usual, with lessons in classrooms continuing. We do however anticipate that there will be school closures imposed on the UK in the coming weeks.

Because of the uncertainty around travel we are recommending that parents make arrangements for their child to return home at their earliest convenience. Students are free to leave the Colleges with immediate effect with no impact on their attendance or their visa.

We expect the Summer Term to commence as normal on Monday 20 April. However, as this is a developing situation, we will continue to monitor official advice, travel information and, if necessary, we will modify our plans accordingly. Parents are strongly advised to book flexible flights for their child's return.

Please be assured our Colleges remain the safest, most secure option for students while they remain in the UK prior to their departure home.

If students, parents or agents have any concerns or challenges around making travel arrangements to return home, please contact the College directly so we can review the circumstances and provide assistance where possible.

Further communication will follow shortly as the situation develops.


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