Covid News

Update 24th February 2021 – BAEC centres will reopen from 8th March 

As per recent government guidance, BAEC will reopen the Kentwood and Poverest centres on the 8th March 2021. Please see BAEC News for further information.
We will be following further announcements very closely and continue to advise you of any changes.

You can contact us by phone on 0208 659 7976 from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday to Friday or you can email us at

Our usual opening times will resume from 8th March.

The Kentwood Centre Rapid Test centre – testing for Covid-19 if you do not have symptoms

The council has set up two rapid testing sites one at Bromley Civic Centre and the other at the Kentwood Centre, next door to BAEC. Both use lateral flow testing for those who do not have symptoms as one in three who test positive do not exhibit any symptoms.

Regular lateral flow testing in Bromley is for over 18s and is primarily intended for those who come into contact with people outside their own household or bubble as part of their everyday circumstances, such as key workers who perform necessary work outside their home. This regular testing aims to identify those with the virus but no symptoms so that they can self-isolate which means not going out at all and keeping a distance from household members if at all possible. This aims to prevent further spread of the virus by people who would otherwise not know they are passing it on because they do not feel unwell.

To book your test, follow this link 

You can call Rapid Testing Hotline No 020 8461 7799 if you cannot access the online system.

Vaccination information for speakers of other languages

Public Health England has published information on the UK vaccination programme in community languages. You can download the resources here

Translated leaflets for parents are available on this link.

Covid-19 Vaccination Scam Alert

Be aware of fraudulent text messages or emails offering a Covid-19 vaccination – See our Scam Awareness page for further information.

National Lockdown from 5th January 2021

National Lockdown rules apply to all areas of England. General guidance can be found on

Keeping Well This Winter

Bromley Well Mental Health and Wellbeing service has published a useful guide with the latest information on Coronavirus  in Bromley, including an update on the vaccination programme from NHS Sout East London Clinical Commissioning Group, a summary of available services to support you in these difficult times and emergency help. You can download the guide here 

NHS Test and Trace

The government have released the NHS Test and Trace app on the Apple Store and Google Play.
The app is a vital part of the overall NHS Test and Trace service and it is an important new tool to control the spread of the virus.
When you come in the Kentwood and Poverest centres, you will see a poster with a QR code at the entrance.
This allows people with the app to “check themselves in” to the site by scanning the QR code via the app on their smartphone.
Please note that using the app and scanning yourselves in, is completely voluntary and no-one is obliged to use it.
You can find out how the app works, and further information on Test and Trace by clicking on the link below

Further coronavirus information 

We are working closely with our colleagues at Bromley council to ensure that our learners have access to the latest local and national information.

Bromley council information 

Coronavirus (Covid -19) What you need to know 

Updated advice from the UK Government regarding Coronavirus

The UK Government response page has been updated so that most information can be accessed from one place. Please continue to use this link for all the very latest updates from the Government.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The Department of Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Public Health England