St Marylebone School update letter

Friday 4th September 2020

Dear St Marylebone students, parents and carers,

Welcome back!  

It’s been great to see Years 7, 10 and 12 back at school this week and smoothly re-adjusting to St Marylebone ways.   We look forward to welcoming all students in all year groups back on Monday.  

This letter contains a repeat of information you might already have seen.  

Our plans for re-opening school have been fully risk-assessed and approved by the Governing Body.  The plans are as explained in July, in the video shared with you all.  You can watch or re-watch this by clicking here.   

Importantly, we need all parents / carers to complete a new Home-School Agreement to show that the new rules and expectations are understood.  If you have not done this, please click on this link to open the Home-School Agreement.  This needs to be completed by the date your child starts school in September.   If you have more than one child at the School, you only need complete it once, giving both / all three students’ names and years at once. 

Here are some other updates and reminders.  

  1. Term start dates
    Years 7 and 12 started yesterday, Thursday 3 September 2020

Year 10 started today, Friday 4 September 2020

Years 8, 9, 11, 13 start on Monday 7 September 2020

Students should arrive on-site before 8.30am but not before 8am.

  1. Zones and entrances / exits
    As you heard in the July plan, each year group has been assigned a zone and entrance / exit gate.   This table tells you who goes where:

Year group

Entrance / exit

Zone

Year 7

Reception gate

Humanities 

Year 8

Site-keeper gate

English

Year 9

Reception gate

Business / REP / MFL

Year 10

Astroturf gate

Science (week A) / Maths (week B)

Year 11

Astroturf gate

Maths (week A) / Science (week B)

Year 12

Blandford front door

Year 12 Blandford zone 

Year 13

Blandford front door
(back door on Monday mornings)

Year 13 Blandford zone 

6th Formers should look out for more information from the 6th Form team about your first days on site.

We have staggered dismissal times, which are the same for each year group each day:

Year 7:  3pm

Year 8:  3.05pm

Year 9:  3.10pm

Year 10: 3.05pm

Year 11: 3.15pm

Year 12: 3.15pm

Year 13: 3.15pm

 

Students should leave swiftly through their allocated gate and not gather in large groups outside school. 

  1. Travel to and from school

We are all asked to avoid or limit use of public transport. Walking or cycling is encouraged.  If you cycle, wear a helmet and reflective clothing for safety.

Some students of course cannot avoid public transport to travel to school.  Everyone must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing as far as possible on public transport.  

The School does not have bike racks or secure bike storage.  There are bike racks on Marylebone High Street or in the mews behind the School.  Bikes must be locked securely.  The School cannot take responsibility for personal possessions of this kind.  

  1. Uniform
    All students should return in full school uniform or, for Year 12 and 13, should be dressed in-line with the 6th Form dress-code.  The uniform list can be found on our website here

    On days when students have PE or Dance, they must come to school in the correct school PE or Dance kit for that day.  The changing rooms will not be in use, so they will not be changing in school.  Note: correct school PE or Dance kit means correct school PE or Dance kit, not other tracksuit trousers or hoodies.

The cloakrooms will also not be in use, so if students wear a coat to school, they will keep it with them during the day.  It must go in a bag or on the back of the chair in classrooms. Note: coats must be plain black.

Any family who is struggling to afford school uniform should contact the Head of Year. We want to be able to help you with this.  

  1. Face-coverings
    Students are not obliged to wear face-coverings in school but can do if they choose. The same goes for staff.  The School will continue to review and take advice on this and will update you if our stance changes.  
  1. Food and drink

Update: next week, we are only able to cater on-site for students eligible for lunch being provided.  While we establish the routines around provision of lunch bags, we need everyone to bring food and drink to school with them. We will only be providing lunches to those who are eligible.  By the week of 14 September, we hope to have a system in place for anyone else wanting to order a lunch bag.

Even once this system is in place, we strongly encourage students to bring food and drink to school with them.  This will reduce the numbers collecting school lunches and hence the amount of movement and mixing of students around school. For the same reason, there will not be any catering served on-site at breaktime, again, to reduce circulation and mixing of students. 

However, lunch-bags will be provided at lunchtime for students eligible for Free School Meals and, once the system is established, for anyone who orders in advance. We are establishing this system with the caterers, Harrisons, and another message about how to order will be shared with you soon.

Students eligible for Free School Meals are the School’s priority in all these points on catering. We do not want anyone to go without food.  If you think you might be eligible for Free School Meals but have not registered, visit this page to find out more: https://stmarylebone.school/free-school-meals-application/

Students should bring a filled water bottle with them which can be re-filled at no-touch water fountains on-site.

  1. Equipment
    We ask that students bring to school the following equipment, to support their learning and limit the need for sharing, which in turn limits the risk of virus-transmission:  
  • writing pen 
  • HB pencil
  • 30cm ruler 
  • eraser/rubber 
  • pencil sharpener 
  • glue stick 
  • colouring pencils
  • scientific calculator 
  • scissors (round ended) 
  • protractor 
  • compass 
  • whiteboard marker
  • pencil case 
  • reading book 

We understand that not everyone will get all these items in time for day one.  Students eligible for Free School Meals will be provided with an equipment kit from the School as soon as suppliers allow.  

  1. Advice and information from the Department for Education about the return to school
    The DfE asks parents / carers to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.  There is also guidance from the DfE for parents / carers about supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing you can see by clicking here.  

Our school website also includes guides to keeping children safe and supporting their wellbeing. Click here to see more.

  1. School is opening for all students in September.  

Only in some cases should students not attend. The following must not come to the School site: 

  1. students with COVID-19 symptoms
  2. students who are self-isolating for 10 days having had symptoms of, or having tested positive for, COVID-19
  3. students who should be self-isolating for 14 days, due to contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19
  4. anyone in quarantine for 14 days following a return from overseas from a country which is not exempt from this measure.

This is set out in the Home-School Agreement. 

We know this might be an uneasy time for some students and their families.  We are here to support students feeling anxious about returning or whose experience since March has been difficult. There is advice on supporting young people’s safety and wellbeing on our website here.   Meantime, we have confidence that, even if some things are a bit different, the welcoming, compassionate, creative St Marylebone will be able to welcome and support students.  We are all in this together. 

Thank you for your support, please complete the Home-School Agreement and hooray for seeing students at school again!   

 

Best regards,

Ms Pugh

GCSE students: we are so proud of you!

Today our Year 11 students received their GCSE results, along with Year 10 Religious Studies and the few Year 9 students taking Spanish early.
 
We are so proud of you all.  Year 11, these results are yours and deserve celebration.  They reflect all your learning, effort and achievement, even with the turmoil you’ve been through since March.  We are especially proud of how you’ve responded today to your results, reflecting, taking advice and considering carefully your next steps.  Remember to keep in touch with us if you need more support.  
 
Most of all, we are proud of the great young people you are.  Go shine.

A-Level Students: we salute you!

A message to all St Marylebone students receiving their A-Level results today: 
 
We are so proud of you.  You’ve had to go through unprecedented turmoil and disappointment and now have suffered the slings and arrows of an unpredictable grading process.  Hearing from you today, we know some of you are glad, some disappointed, some relieved, some confused, some angry, some happy.
 
To those of you who are pleased with your grades, and those who’ve secured their next step in education, at university or in training, well done.  And equally, for those of you still wrangling with the process and working through your options – well done for your tenacity and patience.  Many of you have spoken with one of our team today for advice and support. Do act on this advice and don’t give up.  
 
In time to come, you’ll look back at this day and I hope you feel as proud of yourselves as we do of you today.  Whatever the grades: we salute you, Year 13. 

Summer 2020 results

The recent announcement from the Education Secretary (read it here) might have caused further confusion for students awaiting results tomorrow (A-Level) and next week (GCSE).  It does not change the process for GCSE and A-Levels results days which you can read about on the Exams page of our website here as well as in this newsfeed. 
 
We know this is a difficult and confusing time, with mixed messages coming from the media also.  We ask students and their families not to speculate or panic about what this means.  
 
OFQUAL have issued a statement (read it here), which says that “we understand why the government has wanted to provide some additional assurance for students, by confirming that evidence from valid mock exams can be considered as part of an appeal. We are working urgently to operationalise this as fairly as possible and to determine what standards of evidence will be required for the appeal. We will provide more detail early next week.
 
So, when the School we can offer more information about this, we will. 
 
Meantime, tomorrow, Thursday 13th August (A-Level), and on Thursday 20th August (GCSE), students will get a letter emailed to them from the St Marylebone Exams Office, giving them all the information they need.  Read this carefully and take time to think things through.  
 
Meantime, St Marylebone School is working hard to get everything in place to offer students the support and information they need to secure their next steps.

2020 Examinations

Examination Results Days: GCSE and A Level

This year the examination results days are: 

 

A level: Thursday 13th August 2020

GCSE:  Thursday 20th August 2020

 

Due to the restrictions placed on us by COVID-19, your examination results will be sent to you via email and will not be available in School. They will be sent to the students’ school email addresses on the results days. We are only able to send them directly to the students themselves. The results will be accompanied by support about what to do next.

If you have achieved the grades to progress to your next step there will be instructions as to what to do next.  For Year 11, this will include the form to complete your registration at The St Marylebone CE Sixth Form.  This will be completed online and there will be no need to come into school. If you have any queries about courses then there will be an opportunity to book an appointment to come into school. If you have not achieved your grades for the next step there will be the opportunity to make an appointment to come into school for advice and guidance.  Please don’t come into school without an appointment as we must limit the number of students on-site, for health and safety reasons.

 

We know that many of you will be anxious about the awarding of grades this year. It is important that you know that the School and your teachers went through a detailed and careful process in April and May in order to send off grades to the exam boards that reflected the grades that you deserved. This process started by looking at the work you produced throughout the eighteen months of your course, not just one piece of work or exam. Teachers carefully followed the guidance given by Ofqual to ensure that the grade profile was similar to previous years in the School’s data.  They met together to discuss each student and rank, then these grades were analysed independently to ensure they were free from bias and that they fitted our School’s data  profile. The School then used this information to submit Centre Assessed Grades to the exam boards.  Remember that the School’s data profile is very strong and robust.  The St Marylebone School has an excellent track record in exams which Ofqual has said will support the awarding of the grades.

 

The exam boards will be using the School’s Centre Assessed Grades and ranks to award the final grades, through a national standardisation process.  This process is independent of the School and we have no influence over it.

After the results are published for you in August,  you can only access the grades awarded by the School (the Centre Assessed Grades) if you make a formal Subject Access Request. The details of how to do this will be included with your results. The School will also run an autumn exam season for students to sit exams if their grades are not as they expected and if these grades limit the student’s choices in the next stage of education. We recommend these exams are entered with caution and only if the outcomes will plausibly change the student’s next step in education. The details for applying for the autumn will follow after the results in August.

 

Please note that school staff cannot, under any circumstances, discuss the grades awarded by the School, or the difference between these grades and the grades awarded in August, with students or their parents / carers.  It is considered malpractice by Ofqual for us to discuss individuals’ grades with students and their families. Thank you for understanding.  

 

While it is certainly an unusual situation, and unsettling for students and the School, we feel confident that we have put the best of our efforts into the grading process, based on the School’s robust data profile, knowledge of our students as individuals and their courses. 

 

Susan Anderson
Assistant Headteacher

Year 9 Award Celebration Parent Letter

15th July 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to begin by thanking you all for your support of your child’s Year 9 Award this year. I have been absolutely blown away by the incredible commitment shown by Year 9 to their Award, especially in the face of current challenges. The students have displayed the Marylebone 5 qualities both inside and outside of school to a wonderful extent and I am sure you are as proud of their achievements as I am.

At this point in the academic calendar, we would usually gather together in Church to celebrate the students’ fantastic work and they would find out the level they have achieved for their Year 9 Award. Unfortunately, this has not been possible this year and instead, myself and other members of staff have worked hard to put together a virtual celebration for the students instead. This was shared with students on Monday via Google Classroom, so they should already be aware of the level that they achieved. Furthermore, some students were also awarded the Wow Award or Outstanding in the Face of Covid-19 Award, both impressive additional accomplishments.

I would like to invite you to watch the virtual celebration video and join me in extending my warm congratulations to Year 9 upon the completion of their Award. You can find the video linked here

I also encourage you to look through the virtual gallery of Independent Projects that the students have compiled. It has been a pleasure to see their hard work come to fruition and I hope you also enjoy looking at the gallery. You can find the virtual gallery linked here. Please note, if your child is yet to include their work in the gallery, there is still time to add to it, but please ensure this is completed as soon as possible.

Once again, thank you for your support and I wish you a pleasant summer break.

 

Kind regards,

 

Miss Emma Harrison Beesley

History teacher and i/c of Year 9 Award

School closure

Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear students, parents and carers,

In line with last night’s announcement from the Prime Minister and Education Secretary, we are closing St Marylebone School from tomorrow until further notice.  

Tomorrow (Friday 20th March) only Year 11 and Year 13 students will be coming to school for final arrangements and assembly.

Other than arrangements for Year 11 and 13 tomorrow, all lessons, all school activities, clubs, trips and enrichment are cancelled for all students from now on.  We realise that this is very disruptive for the education of our young people. 

Last night’s announcement also suggested that schools are to open for certain students, including children of keyworkers and some children in other categories.  We have not been given full guidance on how this will be operationally possible and safe. When we do have clear information on this, we will let you know. Please bear with us while we try to find the best way forward. 

How will students’ learning continue during the school closure?
All students have been informed about accessing learning activities via Google Classroom, as they would usually for homework.  They should log into this daily to ensure they complete school work at home. Teachers will be making every reasonable effort to set work which students can do off-site.  Students’ engagement with and completion of work via Google Classroom will be monitored. The expectation is that all students complete the work set for them. 

Please note: the setting of work will not be timed according to the exact time when lessons would have happened.  We are not able to do real-time lessons from home-to-home. Students will be set (eg) History work to do, with a reasonable deadline of a few days or a week. Students are not expected to log in at the precise moment when they would have had (eg) a History lesson.  Students are doing homework, in their own time, at home. Each piece of work should come with instructions about length or time to spend on it. All communication with teachers about the work should be done through Google Classroom; students can ask questions, submit work and learn from each other via Google Classroom.

We are establishing a system which will update parents and carers on what work is on Google Classroom for your children also.   Please bear with us as we adjust to a new way of working under strange and difficult circumstances.

What if we don’t have internet access at home?
We are also making every reasonable effort to support the learning of students who do not have online access at home or who have additional learning needs which make the use of Google Classroom difficult. Resources are being gathered to post to you.  If you do not have internet access at home and you don’t think the School knows this, please contact your child’s Head of Year as soon as you can.


What about trips and extra-curricular activities and events?
All trips and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice.  All overseas trips have already been cancelled for this school year. Other local and national trips will be re-considered when the School re-opens.  We are seeking refunds for trips for which parents / carers have paid and will be in touch about these when we are able. 

What about the GCSEs and A-Levels?
It was announced last night that the public exams are cancelled.  The School learned about this just as you did: on the news last night.  We have held assemblies with Years 10, 11 and 13 about this today and have sent messages to their parents and carers separately to this letter.  As soon as we have any further information about the plans for the awarding of qualifications this summer, we will communicate it to you. All students across the UK will be in a similar position.  

Can we come to school to get belongings or books or see a teacher about something? 

The school site will have only very limited access, for health, safety and security reasons. We hope you understand why that means we cannot agree to let parents, carers or students on-site during the closure.

My child receives / I receive Free School Meals; how will these be arranged? 
We know that Westminster Council are making plans for this and as soon as we know that plan, we will let you know.

What about students with mental health and wellbeing concerns?
Some students will already be familiar with these great sources of support for mental health and wellbeing: 

https://www.kooth.com/  

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

Do use these and refer to the health and wellbeing pages in the Student Planner for more ideas.

What if I have a Child Protection or safeguarding concern?
Child Protection or safeguarding concerns should still be directed to our Designated Safeguarding Officers: KS3: Mr Winn, Head of Lower School  (p.winn@stmaryleboneschool.com)
KS4: Ms Sainsbury, Head of Upper School (e.sainsbury@stmaryleboneschool.com)
KS5: Ms Read, Director of Post 16 Education (f.read@stmaryleboneschool.com)
Ms Sarah Swan, Deputy Headteacher (s.swan@stmaryleboneschool.com)

 

Where can I get more information about what is happening with the Coronavirus?
Information from Public Health England is available from gov.uk here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


It is important to support young people’s understanding of the Coronavirus and what is going on. 
Here is a useful article for parents / carers about discussing this with your children: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855
BBC Newsround is also a good source of explanation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456

The DfE’s helpline for schools, staff, students, parents, carers can be accessed by phone or email:
Phone: 0800 046 8687     Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 


During the closure, the School will continue to follow Public Health England and Department for Education advice. We will keep you updated with any developments, notably when we have information about re-opening. 

Meantime, please stay safe, follow Public Health advice and look after each other and yourselves.  We are calling on everyone’s good community spirit and sensible, calm, can-do attitude to help our young people and all our community through this very disruptive and unsettling chapter.    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Peace, courage and love to you all.

 

Ms Pugh

Headteacher

Partial closure of St Marylebone School from tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Partial closure of St Marylebone School from tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March

This is the second message you will have received from us today.  It really is a very rapidly-changing situation and we really appreciate your support at a time when no doubt this is difficult for you also to manage.  

In response to last night’s advice from the Government about managing the spread of the Coronavirus, an increasing number of staff and students are following Public Health advice and are not coming to school.    As a result, with lowered staff levels, we cannot safely and effectively staff the normal running of the School and so we will have to close partially.

As such, starting tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March, we will open school for students in Years 10, 11 and 13 only.  We are prioritising students with imminent public examinations. This means that students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 12 should not come to school tomorrow until further notice.  We regret that this is short notice for parents and carers.

Students are all advised to do school work at home independently.  They all know how to log into Google Classroom and complete work and all students have private reading books either from the school library or of their own.  We will of course step up all reasonable efforts to enable learning to continue at home. Currently the staff who are here are very busy ensuring we can effectively teach and supervise lessons in school.

I must emphasise that at this point we do not have any confirmed cases of the Coronavirus at the School and all action being taken is in response to Public Health advice.


Further information
Last night’s announcement by the Government’s Health Secretary can be found at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/controlling-the-spread-of-covid-19-health-secretarys-statement-to-parliament

In terms of attendance for staff and students at school, these are the most important words from his speech to note: “… we are today advising that if you or anyone in your home has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then you should stay at home for 14 days.”   If this applies to you, please follow this advice and inform the school of your child’s absence in the usual ways.

Meantime, the latest information from Public Health England for schools can be found via this link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

Meantime, in case you did not see it in this morning’s letter, we have have had to take mitigating action on the following things:

1. As mentioned last week, we have had to cancel overseas trips.  This process can take some time so please bear with us as we work through each trip and make contact with the relevant travel agencies and families.   We are also in the process of re-risk-assessing local and national trips and will communicate with families in good time about these.

2. With regret, we are also cancelling the following school events:
– A-Level Dance Showcase: Wednesday 18th March, evening
– Spring Concert, Thursday 26th March
We are cancelling these as they are large public gatherings, asking many visitors and families to come into the School. We will use our energies better in the coming weeks on teaching and learning.

3. We are also cancelling Academic Review Day on Friday this week, 20th March.  Lessons will run for students in years 10, 11 and 13  usual on Friday. This is because we want to make the most of teaching and learning time and we know we are better able to staff a normal teaching day than, in the event of staff absences, Academic Review Day.  Please ensure your child knows that Friday is a normal day of lessons and comes to school ready to learn as usual.

The School continues to inform and advise students of the importance of good hygiene, notably use of tissues and hand-washing.  Please do the same at home.

In terms of your child’s attendance at school, please use the usual means of informing us.  Please note that the School cannot diagnose your child’s symptoms. If your child is unwell and has symptoms that concern you, please follow Public Health England advice.

We understand that this is a very unsettling situation, causing anxiety and alarm for many.  The School will continue to try to keep you informed as relevant and meantime, we thank you for your ongoing good communication and support. 

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Best regards,

 

Ms Pugh

Headteacher

Latest update re Coronavirus from St Marylebone School

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re. latest updates on COVID-19 or Coronavirus

We hope all St Marylebone families are coping with this highly unusual and unsettling situation.  As ever, we are trying to keep you updated as relevant though the guidance is changing daily. Thank you for the messages of support and encouragement many of you have sent.

Last night, the Government’s Health Secretary made a further announcement.  His full announcement can be found at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/controlling-the-spread-of-covid-19-health-secretarys-statement-to-parliament

In terms of attendance for staff and students at school, these are the most important words from his speech to note: “… we are today advising that if you or anyone in your home has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then you should stay at home for 14 days.”

If this applies to you, please follow this advice and inform the school of your child’s absence in the usual ways.

Meantime, the latest information from Public Health England for schools can be found via this link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

I have pasted the most important wording for parents and carers below:
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Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today (Monday 16th March), the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

– staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal

– if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

– clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products

– supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
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As such, school remains open and we continue to do our best to enable learning, support and development for your children.   We realise that last night’s announcement will make this very difficult and in many ways, it is hard to follow fully both the advice of the Health Secretary and the advice to run school as normal. 

If staff attendance is affected to the extent that we cannot safely and effectively run the school as normal, we may have to close partially if not fully.  This might mean, for example, that we can only run lessons for certain year groups. If this is going to happen, we will let you know at the soonest opportunity.  

Meantime, te have have had to take mitigating action on the following things:

1. As mentioned last week, we have had to cancel overseas trips.  This process can take some time so please bear with us as we work through each trip and make contact with the relevant travel agencies and families.   We are also in the process of re-risk-assessing local and national trips and will communicate with families in good time about these.

2. With regret, we are also cancelling the following school events:
– A-Level Dance Showcase: Wednesday 18th March, evening
– Spring Concert, Thursday 26th March
We are cancelling these as they are large public gatherings, asking many visitors and families to come into the School. We will use our energies better in the coming weeks on teaching and learning.

3. We are also cancelling Academic Review Day on Friday this week, 20th March.  Lessons will run as usual on Friday.  This is because we want to make the most of teaching and learning time and we know we are better able to staff a normal teaching day than, in the event of staff absences, Academic Review Day.  Please ensure your child knows that Friday is a normal day of lessons and comes to school ready to learn as usual.

4. This means that the Year 12 UCAS Day planned for Friday will be postponed and Year 12 students will have their normal lessons instead.

The School continues to inform and advise students of the importance of good hygiene, notably use of tissues and hand-washing.  Please do the same at home.

In terms of your child’s attendance at school, please use the usual means of informing us.  Please note that the School cannot diagnose your child’s symptoms. If your child is unwell and has symptoms that concern you, please follow Public Health England advice.

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

The DfE’s helpline for schools, staff, students, parents, carers can be accessed by phone or email:
Phone: 0800 046 8687     Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 


We understand that this is a very unusual and unsettling situation, causing anxiety and alarm for many.  It is also a rapidly-changing situation. Learning and study continues as ever here, despite this. The School will continue to try to keep you informed as relevant and meantime, we thank you for your ongoing good communication and support. 

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Best regards,

 

Ms Pugh

Headteacher

Coronavirus COVID–19 advice for schools 

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Re: Coronavirus COVID–19 advice for schools 

Regrettably, it’s important to update you again on the School’s position on COVID-19, or Coronavirus.  We continue to monitor and follow PHE advice daily, while continuing to operate our school day as normal, keeping an informed, calm perspective.   The School has contingency plans which are being followed and updated as relevant.  

We have ensured that staff and students are appropriately informed, including all-important messages about good hygiene, hand-washing and use of tissues.  Posters about this are displayed in school and students have been briefed in form time a number of times. The DfE Helpline has confirmed that our approach, action and planning is correct and proportionate.  As far as we are reasonably able to know and according to all advice, the School does not have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus. 

If your child is unwell and has symptoms that concern you, you should call 111 to seek advice. The School is not in a position to diagnose students’ illnesses.  It is of course your decision if you choose not to send your child to school because he or she is unwell. At present, since we have not been asked to close the School, it is not appropriate to require teachers to plan both for lessons in school and for off-site learning at the same time.  However, a good deal of school work is posted on Google Classroom as a matter of course. This can be accessed online by students who are unwell.    

If and when school trips or activities have to be cancelled, we will keep you informed. We are seeking advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on trips planned.  

It is possible that schools will be told to close.  In the event that we are instructed to close the School, you will be informed of arrangements at the soonest opportunity.  School work will be made available via Google Classroom for students to do off-site. We suggest that parents and carers consider plans for the care of their  children should the School be closed. To emphasise: we have not been told that this is going to happen; it is just important to think ahead. 

Below are links to the most reliable, non-sensationalised information about the Coronavirus from Public Health England.  This is the advice we are following. 

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

The DfE’s helpline for schools, staff, students, parents, carers can be accessed by phone or email: 

Phone: 0800 046 8687     Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The School will continue to follow Public Health England advice and will keep you informed of any implications for school as appropriate in as timely a way as we can.  Our priorities are to ensure that our students and staff keep safe and well and to do all that we can to ensure we can continue to run our school day as normal, keeping things in perspective. 

Best regards,

 

Ms Pugh

Headteacher