Parents


St Marylebone School plans for September 2020
 
Dear parents, carers and students,
 
Here is a filmed message from Ms Pugh about St Marylebone’s plans for opening in the autumn.  Please watch and listen.  For reference, the slides are also attached, but we recommend watching the short film first. 
 
Best regards,
St Marylebone
 
 

Friday 10th July 2020

Dear students, parents and carers,

The theme of the week has been “participation”.   In this week’s Thought for the Day, students explored this theme in terms of Black Lives Matter and how to participate in anti-racism.  Participating in this Thought for the the Day are Ms Sainsbury, Natasha (Y7), Patricia (Y7), Philippine (Y9), Leyya (Y9), Madison (Y9), Kenya’h (Y11), Miss Harrison-Beesley, Ms Free, Miss Dunworth, Ms Active and Miss Cooper.   

I encourage you to watch it on YouTube here or on Planet eStream here. At the end of this letter are the web links from Thought for the Day, should you want to explore further.   

This week the School has also welcomed a letter signed by 610 former and current students asking that our curriculum reflects better the experiences, history and culture of people from BAME backgrounds.   This letter adds to what we are hearing in our student focus groups and discussions, to our teachers views and the work we are doing to improve the School’s approach to anti-racism. 

On the same topic, and in case you missed last week’s Bulletin, I encourage you to watch Kezia, Anu and Isabelle in Year 11 interview Mark Winston Griffith, a social and political thinker, policy-influencer, broadcaster and Director of Brooklyn Movement Centre. You can watch it on Planet eStream here.  

This Wednesday, we held a memorial service for Divine (Y10)  in the St Marylebone Church.  Divine’s friends and teachers put thought, creativity and compassion into the service, sharing their memories, giving each other love and support, and commemorating Divine with a really moving combination of grace, joy and sadness.

Next week, the Year 7 and Year 8 Creative Curriculum lessons culminate in a showcase of their work and I am excited to join the online audience.  Years 7 and 8: make sure you are participating!  

And next week we will also share with you what we hope to be able to do in September to welcome all students back to school.  There will be an end of term assembly for all students which they will access via their Form Group Google Classroom on the morning of Friday 17th July.

Best regards,

Ms Pugh

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Links from Thought for the Day
Participation: Black Lives Matter and how to participate in anti-racism

If you are in Year 7, the age-rating for Instagram is 13+ so ask an adult before following these links. For all students, it is important that you ask a parent or carer’s permission before signing petitions or sharing personal details.

Artwork by Shirien

Artwork by FÀNDÉ – a black owned fashion line

Homescreen for Petitions – UK Government and Parliament

Homescreen for Change.org

Homescreen for BeLeve’s website

Instagram for BeLeve

Black British History Book: Black Influence on British Culture (1948 – 2016) by Robin Walker, Vanika Marshall, Paula Perry and Anthony Vaughan.

The workshops BeLeve has to offer

Artwork by April Moralba


  • A Letter from the Headteacher
  • SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 22ND FEBRUARY 2021

    The bulletin for the academic year (week starting Monday 22nd February 2021) is available using the following link.   (You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).  

    School Bulletin WB 22nd February 2021

  • SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 8TH FEBRUARY 2021

    The bulletin for the academic year (week starting Monday 8th February 2021) is available using the following link.   (You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).  

    School Bulletin WB 8th February 2021
  • SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 1ST FEBRUARY 2021

    The bulletin for the academic year (week starting Monday 1st February 2021) is available using the following link.   (You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).  

    School Bulletin WB 1st February 2021

  • SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 25TH JANUARY 2021

    The bulletin for the academic year (week starting Monday 25th January 2021) is available using the following link.   (You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above). 

    School Bulletin WB 25th January 2021

  • Year 9 Options

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    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.

    Kind regards

    Ms George

     FhpsDDFKV33v.1d03f5706bfa Year 9 Options presentation with commentary

    pdf Options presentation 2021 – 2023.pdf

    pdf OPTIONS BOOKLET 2021.pdf
     

    The St Marylebone CE School

  • SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 18TH JANUARY 2021

    The bulletin for the academic year (week starting Monday 18th January 2021) is available using the following link.   (You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above). 

    School Bulletin WB 18th January 2021

  • KP letter Fri 8 Jan 2021

    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 safeguarding@stmaryleboneschool.com.

    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 i.mead@stmaryleboneschool.com 
    • for safeguarding questions, contact the safeguarding team on safeguarding@stmaryleboneschool.com 
    • for questions about data protection and privacy, please contact dataprotection@stmaryleboneschool.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. 

    Students on-site
    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

    10.40am: Break

    11am: Period 3

    11.55am: Period 4

    12.45pm: LUNCH

    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 v.bostom@stmaryleboneschool.com.  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

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    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.  

    Best regards,

    Ms Pugh

  • SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 11TH JANUARY 2021

    The bulletin for the academic year (week starting Monday 11th January 2021) is available using the following link.   (You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above). 

    School Bulletin WB 11th January 2021

  • update from St Marylebone School

    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.  

    On our website, there is information and support on learning at home and sustaining wellbeing and mental health.  We really recommend families looking at these resources together. 

    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,

    Ms Pugh