Important Update

Added: Mar 19, 2020

Dear All

In light of the latest government briefing regarding the closure of schools, colleges and nurseries, we wanted to update you on our plans moving forward.

Our facilities will remain open for vulnerable learners and children of “key workers”.  At present, the government has defined “key worker” as a health worker, police officer, delivery driver and anyone looking after the vulnerable and elderly. This definition may be clarified and updated by the government later.

For our other learners we will be closing all of our facilities from Friday 20th of March and will reopen again on Monday 30th of March in order to allow everyone time to prepare themselves for the coming period and wait for further government updates.

We will reopen for all learners from Wednesday 1st of April with the intention of delivering programmes which will be accessible online and hopefully providing some face to face support if possible and safe.

I and a number of colleagues will still be contactable next week. My details are zahid@embs.ac.uk and 07737 825476.

You can access some useful information about the corona outbreak, both on a national level and in Oxfordshire, from the following links:



Useful information translated into several languages produced by Doctors of the World and British Red Cross can be found at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=193qQN9l04Dvf0N9L5zeWTiXK_DRbrAxg

Thank you for your support and patience in this challenging time. We will do our best to find ways for all our students to continue learning and to stay connected in the weeks ahead.


Best wishes


Zahid Bhatti

Principal & Chief Executive



«...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

«I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


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«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


«...The staff are really nice and friendly.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and not confident, I used to be very afraid to speak English outside of college. But after several months, EMBS helped me to gain more confidence and especially improve my spoken and written English. The staff are really nice and friendly.»