Coronavirus Update 2nd April 2020

Dear all,

I hope everyone is well and getting used to life in lock down. We continue to work to support the students of front line workers so that they can carry out their amazing work. I would like to thank all of our parents who are working so hard to look after the sick, and keep the nation fed and working. Thank you also to everybody else who is praying for them and supporting them by following the lockdown rules set out by the government. Tonight should have been our Year 10 parents evening. This cannot go ahead due to the Lockdown. Year 10 students will receive a written report and we will schedule a parents evening as soon, after restrictions have been lifted, as possible.

Staff continue to set work on INSIGHT. We will be refining and updating the work we set in the coming days, there are lots of offers from online platforms which we are looking at to put a package together for students to supplement the work currently offered. I am still very frustrated as I wait for an update from OFQUAL in relation to GCSE and A Level grades. As soon as I have any information I will be in touch. In the meantime Year 13 students should be working through their usual revision and accessing precourse materials which universities are all providing. Year 11 should be working through their revision program. We will also be sending out bridging units for prospective A Level students in the coming weeks.

I will continue to update you through the website in the coming weeks,

Regards,
Mr Eccles.

Information for parents (Friday 27th March)

Dear Pupils,

Now that you have got into the swing of remote learning, we would like to remind you about the importance of keeping up your good reading habits.

You should be reading for 30 minutes every day, like you do when you are in school.

As you don’t have your Literary Canon book at home you can choose your own book. This could be a book you already have at home or an e-book. The links below take you to free e-books:

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html

We would also like you to keep a Reading Record to help you keep track of your independent reading. Please download the Reading Record below and start completing this each week. You may wish to print this out or store it electronically. When we return to school you can hand your Reading Record in at the library and receive a prize.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE READING RECORD DOCUMENT 

We encourage you to keep in contact about your reading and would love to upload your book reviews to St Mary’s Literary Canon blog. Once you have finished a book, please send your book review to;

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The Literary Canon blog can be accessed from the St Mary’s homepage (please see the image below). The blog will be updated each day with words of the day, author biographies, book recommendations, book reviews and much more. Mrs Williams and Mrs Dyson are busy putting these updates together for you.

Literary Canon Menu

Keep reading and take care.

Miss Jones

COVID update Friday 27th March

Dear all,

As we reach the end of our first week can I thank you for your ongoing support at this difficult time. Staff parents and students have been amazing. The round of applause last night at 8pm for front line workers was very moving and shows how strong we are together as a community.
Work continues to be set on INSIGHT and Y11 and 13 students have been emailed this week in relation to what they need to do. 
 
I have received information that there is a scam aimed at the parents of free school meal students asking for you to share bank details so money can be placed in your account. We will be posting vouchers to you and will never ask for your account details in this way. If you receive a request like this please pass it on to the police. You can log it on the 101 website.
 
We will continue to do all we can to support our students and their families in the coming weeks. The local Parish of St Kentigerns and Christ The King is live streaming Mass on Sundays, some prayer times and children's liturgy on Youtube and Facebook. You can join the congregation live and watch past streams through their website at https://www.ctkstkents.org.uk . We need to continue praying at this difficult time.
 
Regards
Mr Eccles

COVID 19 update Thursday 26th March

 

Dear all,
Hopefully you are getting into a routine during lock down and students are managing to keep busy with work. 
We received a lovely thank you letter from a very grateful parent this morning who is able to carry on with their key worker role. We will continue to support some students within the Academy and are grateful to parents for keeping this to a minimum and making it manageable.
Y11 and 13 now have the information they need via email in relation to work they need to do. Please contact subject staff if you are unsure. 
Once again PE with Joe Wicks at 9am at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl was a great way to start the day, our PE staff are loving hearing from students who have completed this.
Please encourage your children to keep up with their reading whilst at home for which resources have been provided.  
Don't forget there are also prayer resources on the Academy website and a well being section. Please keep joining the millions of people around the world praying at this difficult time.
I would like to repeat my reminder to students how important it is that we observe the lockdown that the government has requested to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Try and stay focused on your work and being helpful at home.
Please get in touch if you have any concerns and we will do our best to help,
 
Regards,
 
Mr Eccles

 

COVID 19 update 25th March

Dear all,

It has been an interesting few days now that we are in lock down. We continue to support some students within the Academy and are grateful to parents for keeping this to a minimum and making it manageable. 
I have emailed Y11 and attached a letter to INSIGHT for your parents in relation to GCSEs and work to complete during lockdown. Please get in touch if you have any concerns..

I have also emailed Y13 students with relation to A Levels and work during lockdown, again please contact us if you have any worries. 

Staff continue to set work each day through INSIGHT. I have found with my own children that keeping to a routine is important. PE with Joe Wicks at 9am at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl is a great way to start the day, or you can schedule this later in the day and use it when it fits.

It is also important to keep up with your reading whilst at home for which resources have been provided.  
There are lots of other free resources now available and staff will start to sign post these in the work they set on INSIGHT.
There are also prayer resources on the Academy website and a well being section. 
I would like to remind students how important it is that we observe the lockdown that the government has requested to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Try and stay focused on your work and being helpful at home.
Please get in touch if you have any concerns and we will do our best to help,

regards
Mr Eccles

 

COVID 19 update 23rd March 2020

 

Dear all,
 
I hope you have managed day 1 of our virtual school community! It has been a very strange experience today with the Academy so quiet and most staff and students working from home. I will update the website most evenings to keep in touch with you all.
A small number of students have been cared for in the Academy today to allow their parents to carry on their vital key work. Thank you to the staff who have helped with this supervision and to the parents who are carrying out such vital jobs. Thank you also to key worker parents who have managed to organise child care themselves. This keeps the Academy as a last resort and minimises the chance of the virus spreading.
Students in Y7,8,9,10 and 12 should have received work through INSIGHT today. At times it has been slow to respond and I know Heggarty Maths has also been a little slow. We are working with the respective software companies to resolve this.
Please make sure you have a place set out at home to work from and that you are keeping to a good routine. Some physical exercise each day (try the body coach on YouTube each morning) and some time to catch up with friends on a group chat will also help the days pass.
I will be in touch tomorrow with Year 11 and 13 by email to explain about your work, thanks for your patience with this.
Remember we are here for you if you need us, get in touch if you need to and most of all, stay safe and keep praying,
 
Mr Eccles

 

Corona virus update March 21st

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your understanding and support over the last week. Your children have been excellent. We have kept in our thoughts and prayers those of you in self isolation, let’s all keep praying at this difficult time.

School closure:
School is now closed except to children of frontline workers who are unable to arrange to look after them at home and to vulnerable children. These families should receive a letter in the post outlining arrangements for Monday. If you don’t receive a letter, please contact school on Monday morning and we will be able to help.
I am aware the situation is changing day to day. If you are a frontline worker and able to care for your children, this is a huge help, if your circumstances change please contact us and we will do our best to help.
 

Pupils working from home:

Pupils have been given guidance on the arrangements which will involve setting work through INSIGHT. They will need to check their account each morning.
 

Self-isolation

  • Guidance from Monday for children of key workers and vulnerable groups continues. We follow government guidance in relation to self-isolation which can be found here.
  • Parents / Carers should follow this advice and self-isolate for 14 days if they, or any members of their household experience a new cough or a fever.
  • If students exhibit symptoms during the school day they will be assessed by first aiders, isolated to an area of school and you will be contacted to come and collect them. They will then be expected to
  • Isolate as per government advice.

GCSE and A Level Examinations

  • Public examinations for GCSE, AS and A Level are now cancelled, we have now received government advice and will be in touch soon to update students and parents in what will happen.

Wellbeing

We are working on a section for the Academy website for well being. This will include prayer and liturgy activities and some advice and activities around mindfulness.
 
We will continue to update you regularly via the Academy website and through your INSIGHT accounts,
 
Yours sincerely,
Mr Eccles

Coronavirus update 19th March 5pm

Dear Parents,

Having reviewed our staffing levels today I have made the difficult decision to ask Y11 and 13 to stay at home tomorrow. We had assembly and a liturgy with students in these year groups today and we are hoping to have a proper end of year celebration for them when things return to normal. 

St Mary’s will remain open tomorrow for Y7, 8, 9, 10, & 12. Where possible classes will run as normal for these year groups but we may need to join some groups together within subject areas. We will ensure we operate our usual protocols in terms of class sizes. Our normal catering arrangements will be in place.  School will then close tomorrow except for vulnerable students and the children of front line workers. 

  • As the period and nature of isolation has been intensified, it is not unreasonable to expect large numbers of staff and students to be impacted, in order to keep themselves and others safe. Each morning, we assess the number of children in school and the number of staff available.  If there are challenges, we will try to manage these during the course of the day, but will contact parents via text about any arrangements.  This may include sending students in a particular year group home. 

School closure:

  • School will be closed from 3:10pm on Friday. We have carried out detailed planning for this. Pupils have been given guidance on these arrangements which will involve setting work through INSIGHT.

Front line workers and vulnerable students:

  • We are currently looking at government advice in relation to these groups. We want to do everything we can to support you and will release further information tomorrow as soon as we have it.
  • The Academy will text all parents today asking to complete a new survey in relation to front line workers once we have a list from the government of who this affects. Please complete this even if you have completed it already. 

Self-isolation

  • Guidance for tomorrow and for subsequent days for children of key workers and vulnerable groups continues. We follow government guidance in relation to self-isolation which can be found here.
  • Parents / Carers should follow this advice and self-isolate for 14 days if they, or any members of their household experience a new cough or a fever.
  • If students exhibit symptoms during the school day they will be assessed by first aiders, isolated to an area of school and you will be contacted to come and collect them. They will then be expected to
    isolate as per government advice.
  • Whilst the Academy remains open students who are self-isolating can find work here.

GCSE and A Level Examinations

  • Public examinations for GCSE, AS and A Level are now cancelled, we will need to review this as soon as further guidance is available. It is vital that students should continue to keep up to date with their work to assist us with whatever alternative system the government asks of us. 
We will continue to update you via the Academy website on a daily basis. Please rest assured that the health of your child, your family, our staff and their families remains our highest priority,

Yours sincerely,
Mr Eccles

 

Corona virus update Wednesday 18th March 6pm

As per the government’s announcement St Mary’s will remain open tomorrow. Where possible classes will run as normal but some groups may need to be joined together within subject areas. We will ensure we operate our usual protocols in terms of class sizes. Our normal catering arrangements will be in place. It is our intention to remain open on Friday and we will update you in relation to this tomorrow.

  • As the period and nature of isolation has been intensified, it is not unreasonable to expect large numbers of staff and students to be impacted, in order to keep themselves and others safe. Each morning, we assess the number of children in school and the number of staff available.  If there are challenges, we will try to manage these during the course of the day, but will contact parents via text about any arrangements.  This may include sending students in a particular year group home. 
  • Absence rates remained stable today with a much smaller number of new students self-isolating due to displaying symptoms of COVID 19, we still have no confirmed cases of the virus in our school currently.

School closure:

  • School will be closed from 3:10pm on Friday. We have carried out detailed planning for this. Pupils have been given guidance on these arrangements which will involve setting work through INSIGHT.

Front line workers and vulnerable students:

  • We are currently looking at government advice in relation to these groups. We want to do everything we can to support you and will release further information tomorrow as soon as we have it.
  • The Academy texted all parents today asking for you to complete a short survey. Please complete this survey if you haven’t had chance so far. This is helping us to plan how best to support students
    and their families.

Self-isolation

  • Guidance for the next two days and for subsequent days for children of key workers and vulnerable groups continues. We follow government guidance in relation to self-isolation which can be found here.
  • Parents / Carers should follow this advice and self-isolate for 14 days if they, or any members of their household experience a new cough or a fever.
  • If students exhibit symptoms during the school day they will be assessed by first aiders, isolated to an area of school and you will be contacted to come and collect them. They will then be expected to
    isolate as per government advice.
  • Whilst the Academy remains open students who are self-isolating can find work here.

GCSE and A Level Examinations

  • Currently, public examinations are postponed, we will need to review this as soon as further guidance is available. It is vital that students should continue to complete their work and their revision to assist us with whatever alternative system the government asks of us. We will continue to update you via the Academy website on a daily basis. Please rest assured that the health of your child, your family, our staff and their families remains our highest priority,

Yours sincerely,
Mr Eccles

 

Corona virus update 17th March 6pm

St Mary’s remains open. We continue to review this on a day by day basis but as you know the situation changes daily. We continue to monitor government advice in matters relating to the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils and other members of our school community.

  • Absence rates in school have increased in the last two days with a number of student self-isolating due to displaying symptoms of COVID 19, although we have no confirmed cases of the virus in our school currently.

Planning for school closure:

  • We have carried out detailed planning in case of the need for a school closure. Pupils have been given guidance on these arrangements which will involve setting work through INSIGHT.
  • Please let the academy know using the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email or by contacting reception if you have worries in relation to internet access.
  • As the period and nature of isolation has been intensified, it is not unreasonable to expect large numbers to be impacted, in order to keep themselves and others safe. Each morning, we assess the number of children in school and the number of staff available.  If there are challenges, we will try to manage these during the course of the day, but will contact parents via text about any arrangements.  This may include sending students in a particular year group home.

Self-isolation

  • We follow government guidance in relation to self-isolation which can be found here
  • Parents / Carers should follow this advice and self-isolate for 14 days if they, or any members of their household experience a new cough or a fever.
  • If students exhibit symptoms during the school day they will be assessed by first aiders, isolated to an area of school and you will be contacted to come and collect them. They will then be expected to isolate as per government advice.
  • Whilst the Academy remains open students who are self-isolating can find work here.

GCSE and A Level Examinations

  • We await guidance from OFQUAL regarding arrangements for this year’s GCSE and A Level examinations. We will continue to update you via the Academy website on a daily basis. Please rest assured that the health of your child, your family, our staff and their families remains our highest priority.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Eccles