Tuesday 5th January 2021
Dear St Marylebone students, parents, carers,
You will no doubt have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown last night and the closure of schools. You can read the guidance document about this here.
Here is what we know this means for St Marylebone students:
- From today, until February half-term, only the students in vulnerable categories and children of critical workers will attend school on-site. We have already been in touch with these families.
- All other students will learn remotely, following their usual timetable of lessons. Now that we know this is for a series of weeks, rather than two weeks, we will work on a longer-term online offer which is sustainable over a longer period of time. We will get information to each year group about this when we have had a chance to work on this with departments.
- Our staff remain committed to providing a high-quality learning experience to students, even if it’s not live in school. We hope you will understand that school staff also have families and personal circumstances to balance with their dedication to school.
- GCSE and A-Level examinations “will not go ahead as planned” for Years 11 and 13. This does not mean school is over for Years 11 and 13. The Government says they are “working with Ofqual to consult rapidly to put in place alternative arrangements.” As soon as we know more, we will let you know.
- Years 11, 12 and 13 who were preparing for mocks in the coming weeks can pause their preparation. We will not have mock exams as planned in the coming weeks.
- We have identified a number of students who do not have access to technology or wifi at home. Where there is genuine need or hardship and we have not already supported you with this, please contact your Head of Year.
- Free School Meals vouchers will continue to be issued to eligible families.
We will be in touch again later this week with updates as there are things we don’t know yet that we need to address. I realise, with heavy heart, that this is unwelcome news and these are going to be difficult weeks. I have confidence that we can, having come through difficult times before, do it again if we work together as a community.
Wishing all the best to all St Marylebone families,