Free School Meals provision during school closure

Please find updated information here.

https://stmarylebone.school/2020/04/18/free-school-meals/

 

 

St Marylebone families receiving Free School Meals (FSM) should receive another Sainsbury’s voucher today, valid from Sunday 5th April for two weeks.  

Usually schools don’t provide FSM during school holidays but we know how difficult a time this is for families and hope this will at least make a small difference.  

After Easter, St Marylebone will start using the DfE’s scheme for FSM  during the school closure (see details recently announced by clicking here). 
 
If you receive FSM but have not received your voucher by Monday morning, please email info@stmaryleboneschool.com, giving your name, your child’s name and form, and using “FSM voucher not received” as the title of the email. 

St Marylebone School is closed.

St Marylebone School is closed, in line with government instruction. 

Certain vulnerable children and children of keyworkers:
If you are a family whose child falls into one of the categories for which the School is asked to open, you will have been contacted either by phone or via email and a Google Form about this.  The School is risk-assessing its ability to do offer this provision and hopes to have it in place by Tuesday morning.

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Students learning at home:
As per the closure letters last week, students are all being set work on Google Classroom to complete at home.  All communication with teachers about this school work should be via Google Classroom. In the course of the week, we hope also to have set up a way for parents to get weekly updates about what school work has been set on Google Classroom for their child.  

The situation may change daily or weekly.  We will be in touch if developments affect the School’s position and / or provision. 

We wish everyone in our community safety, health and peace in this difficult time.



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

COVID–19 advice for schools and educational settings

Friday 6th March 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Re: COVID–19 advice for schools and educational settings 

I am writing again to update you on the School’s position on COVID-19, or Coronavirus.  This week’s updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England have not changed the School’s approach.  We continue to monitor and follow PHE advice, while continuing to operate our school day as normal, keeping an informed, calm perspective. 

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. We have also used the DfE Helpline, launched this week, to check that our approach, action and planning is correct and proportionate and we have been assured that it is. 

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

COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings

Dear parents and carers,

Re: COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings 

I am writing to you again following the receipt of updated guidance about the possible impact of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. 

We are receiving regular updates from the Department for Education, from Westminster council and from the London Diocesan Board for Schools.  All these bodies, like us, are guided by the advice from Public Health England. While following this advice, we will continue to operate our school day as normal unless the situation changes or until we are instructed to do otherwise. We have emphasised to staff and to students the importance of good hygiene routines.   The most recent advice about returning from travel overseas is pasted below, but please note that this might change so you are advised also to follow the advice from Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

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Call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:

 – Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms

Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
– other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
– other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

Lockdown areas in northern Italy:

– in Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano

– in Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo

Special care zones in South Korea:
Daegu
Cheongdo

See maps of the specified areas.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call NHS 111.

This guidance is based on the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical officers. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

For areas with direct flights to the UK we are carrying out enhanced monitoring. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.

Read more about what you should do if you’re asked to self-isolate.

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Please contact the School if this applies to you.  The Public Health advice to schools is summarised here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

In addition, you may find this information useful: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Please read and see how this advice applies to you.   The School meantime 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.  

Best regards,

Ms Pugh

Headteacher

Coronavirus Public Health Advice

Dear parents and carers,

Please find below the latest information about the COVID 19 coronavirus from Public Health.  The situation is evolving daily and the advice for returning travellers has been updated on the Public Health England website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers

We recommend that you continue to check this website for the most up-to-date information.

 

Returning Travellers:

The guidance for Italy, Iran, and Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea) applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19th  February 2020. All other advice is for travellers who have returned within the last 14 days.

 

  • Anyone who has returned from the following areas should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, even if not experiencing any symptoms:

 

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (10 towns in the Lombardy region and 1 town in the Veneto region see map)
  • Special care zones in the Republic of Korea  (Daegu and Cheongdo see map)
  • Wuhan city and Hubei province 

 

  • Anyone who has returned from the following areas and develops symptoms should  call NHS 111, stay indoors, avoid contact with other people, even if the symptoms are mild.
    • Cambodia
    • China (outside of Hubei province)
    • Hong Kong
    • Northern Italy (see map)
    • Japan
    • Laos
    • Macau
    • Malaysia
    • Myanmar
    • Republic of Korea (other than regions specified as special care zones above see map)
    • Singapore
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam

If this applies to you, please follow this advice and inform the School immediately.

Best regards,

Ms Pugh