Please find attached 3 information items that are all related to the Year 9 Options process. These are:
1. Year 9 Options presentation with commentary from Ms George
2. Year 9 options presentation with no commentary
3. Year 9 Options Booklet 2021
I do hope you will find these information items useful when considering your child’s curriculum choices for Key Stage 4. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries at this stage.
Year 9 Options presentation with commentary
Options presentation 2021 – 2023.pdf
OPTIONS BOOKLET 2021.pdf
The St Marylebone CE School
Friday 8th January 2021
Dear St Marylebone students, parents, carers,
A week into the January term and the momentum is really motivating. Well done to all our students for facing this new challenge with minimal fuss and a positive attitude. There’s lots of information in this letter, so take your time to take it in.
GCSE and A-Level examinations: update
We had hoped this week for a clear plan as to what the alternative arrangements will be, since hearing that the public exams will not go ahead as planned. What we know so far is that there will be a “Teacher Assessed Grades” process, on which a consultation with Ofqual, the exams regulator is to start next week.
More information will come to Year 11 and 13 students and parents when we have it. It is important that Years 11 and 13 continue to log into their timetabled lessons and keep learning. Be assured that the School will support you all as fairly as we can through this process and that your learning meantime is valuable.
Remote learning update
We now know that students will be learning at home for at least six weeks, so we are working on a remote learning offer that is sustainable over this time. Students should continue to follow their usual full timetable and their learning will be a mixed diet of live online lessons, learning resources, audio / visual materials and activities which take them away from the screen. There will be times when the lesson requires the students to step away from their screens and / or to work independently. We’ve listened to student-voice this week to inform this planning. We hope you understand also that there will be times when teachers are unable to offer live online lessons because, for example, they are unwell, have childcare commitments or have other reasons why being live online at that point is difficult. In these instances, work will still be set for the class. This mixed diet is designed to support students’ learning, well-being, progress, independence and connection with each other.
If parents / carers have questions about the remote learning, please:
- first ask your child to show you on Google Classroom what they are doing
- contact the subject teacher for a subject-specific question
- contact the Form Tutor with a general question about learning or the child’s welfare
- contact the Head of Year for a more serious concern
Any safeguarding concerns should be directed to the School as usual. Please contact the Safeguarding Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online safety and safeguarding when students are learning at home.
We have established clear expectations and protocols to make sure students’ learning online at home is safe. You can read these here. If you have questions about these:
- for technical questions about Google Classroom / Google Meet, contact Mr Mead email@example.com
- for safeguarding questions, contact the safeguarding team on firstname.lastname@example.org
- for questions about data protection and privacy, please contact email@example.com or see our Privacy Statement here>>>.
In the live Form Time on Tuesday, students were reminded about being kind and thoughtful when using any social media. Cyber-bullying and any form of online unkindness or abuse is not to be tolerated. All our students know that they should not get involved in this, should report it if it happens, should think before they click and should “spread love not hate”. There is some very good advice on our website about keeping students safe when at home and using the internet. You can read this here>>>.
Supporting students’ wellbeing and learning at home
On our website, there is also information and support on learning at home and sustaining wellbeing and mental health. We really recommend families looking at these resources together.
Those attending on-site are following the same teaching as those at home, so that there is a consistent offer for everyone. Well done to all those who have attended this week for your focus and adaptability.
Slightly changed timings of the school day
We have made a change to the times of the school day because, without everyone on-site, we do not need staggered lunchtimes and because we would like students and staff to have a slightly longer break for lunch, fresh air, movement and time to connect with family.
The changes are highlighted below:
8.30am: registration and form time
8.50am: Period 1
9.45am: Period 2
11am: Period 3
11.55am: Period 4
1.30pm: Period 5
2.15pm: Period 6
This will begin from Monday 11th January.
Access to ICT for learning
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
Free School Meals vouchers will continue to be issued to eligible families. If you are experiencing any problems with these, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you think you’re eligible for Free School Meals, you can register here.
Parents’ Evenings ahead
Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Monday 25 January will go ahead online via School Cloud as planned. Information about this will be sent to Year 9 parents, carers and students.
Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Monday 1 February will be postponed until we know clearly what the alternative arrangements for GCSEs will be and what we can helpfully report to parents. We will keep in touch about developments.
Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Mon 8 February will go ahead online via School Cloud as planned. Information about this will be sent to Year 8 parents, carers and students in due course.
Updated school calendar
We will shortly share with parents / carers via MyEd and the website an updated school calendar for January – July 2021. Dates to note meantime:
Friday 12 February: students’ Academic Review mid-year reflection; staff mid-year appraisal and development day; no lessons this day; end of Term 3
Monday 15 – Friday 19 February: February half-term
Monday 22 February: Term 4 begins
Wednesday 31 March: lessons morning only; last day of Term 4 for students
Staff and students have worked hard to adapt quickly this week to an altered outlook on the term ahead. As the days pass, we’ll improve and adapt more.
Thank you all for your patience and trust.
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,
Monday 4th January 2021
Dear St Marylebone parents, carers and students,
Hello and happy new year to you!
Term began for staff today with an INSET day on plans for the next few weeks, unconscious bias, curriculum development, sharing good practice for remote learning and further covid-related health and safety.
As a brief reminder of what we sent out on 30 December:
- The only students to attend on-site Tues 5 – Fri 8 Jan will be vulnerable and children of critical workers.
- On-site in w/c Mon 11 Jan: vulnerable and critical worker children plus Year 11 and Year 13
- On-site w/c Mon 18 Jan: to be confirmed, all students attend on-site from Mon 18 Jan, except Year 12, who attend from Weds 20 Jan when their mocks start.
- Year 11 mocks will run from 11 – 19 Jan (the same timetable, just delayed by one week)
- Year 13 mocks will run from 13 – 20 Jan (the same timetable as originally planned)
- Year 12 mocks will run from 20 – 27 Jan (the same timetable, just delayed by one week)
- Free School Meals vouchers will continue to be issued to families of students not attending school on-site.
- All students not on-site should remain at home and connect with remote learning. This will start daily with live online registration via Google Meet at 8.30am on Tuesday 5th January.
- Remote learning means students should follow their usual timetable, logging into Google Classroom for each lesson. As far as possible, lessons will be live online via Google Meet. There will be occasions when teachers have childcare commitments, are unwell or have other difficulties providing live lessons. In these cases, learning will still be made available via Google Classroom, with learning resources and / or pre-recorded audio / visual materials. Students can always contact their teachers directly via Google Classroom.
There will be some date-changes to some up-coming parents’ evenings and other events, as a result of the changes above. We will soon issue an updated version of the “pink sheet” – the school calendar for this year. Look out for this in the Bulletin and on your email.
You can read the Government’s information about covid-testing in schools here. We will let you know if and when the School is in a position safely to implement this testing programme. Be assured that consent will be sought before any student is tested and we will issue information and consent forms before undertaking any testing. If and when we begin this process, it might affect the dates on which students return to the school sites. Meantime, there are now a number of local testing centres for symptomatic and asymptomatic people, which are free to access and which you can use if you want to.
Remember, no-one should come to school if they:
- have covid symptoms
- live with someone with covid symptoms
- are awaiting a covid test result
- live with someone who is awaiting a test result
- have recently tested positive for covid
- are a contact of or live with someone who has recently tested positive for covid
- have returned from abroad and are required to quarantine.
If in doubt, read the NHS advice here and / or call 111.
If you need to report your child’s non-attendance (for any reason, not just covid), please use the MyEd app in the usual way.
Our Epiphany service this morning highlighted the importance of our collective spirit, dedication, good faith and kindness. As we go forward into this new year, there are likely to be more developments, so we ask for your patience and trust. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Friday 4th September 2020
Dear St Marylebone students, parents and carers,
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.
- 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.
- 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:
Entrance / exit
Business / REP / MFL
Science (week A) / Maths (week B)
Maths (week A) / Science (week B)
Blandford front door
Year 12 Blandford zone
Blandford front door
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
- pencil sharpener
- glue stick
- colouring pencils
- scientific calculator
- scissors (round ended)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- students with COVID-19 symptoms
- students who are self-isolating for 10 days having had symptoms of, or having tested positive for, COVID-19
- students who should be self-isolating for 14 days, due to contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19
- 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!
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.
15th July 2020
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.
Miss Emma Harrison Beesley
History teacher and i/c of Year 9 Award
Please read our guide as to how to support your child’s wellbeing and keep them safe online during the school closure.
You can find it here.