St Mary’s CE Primary School is currently partially open to all pupils as a result of the response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The school reopened to pupils from Reception (Infant Site), Year 1 (Middle Site) and Year 6 (Junior Site) on 3rd June. Pupils from these year groups attend school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week. On 29th June, we extended our provision to include all other year groups: Year 4 (Mondays mornings – Junior Site); Years 2 and 3 (half days on Tuesdays – Middle Site); and Year 5 (all day Tuesdays – Junior Site).

Each year group is split into six ‘pods’ of no more than 15 pupils, with the exception of Year 5 which is split into eight pods. Each pod is taught by a teacher. In addition, we continue to cater for vulnerable pupils and children of Key Workers – both based on our Junior Site – for whom there are now four separate pods.

Staggered arrival and departure times for each pod on each site ensures groups do not mix. This is also the case for break and lunch times during the school day. Lunches are eaten in classrooms. The playgrounds are divided into zones and each pod has their own set of play equipment. Classrooms are arranged so that each pupil has their own desk and equipment – desks are spaced out to keep pupils well apart.

Rigorous cleaning and hygiene systems and practices are in place across the school.

Home Learning remains in place for all pupils. A weekly timetable and associated activities are in place Monday to Friday for all. As of 8th June, our learning platform for pupils in Years 1-6 has shifted from the school website to Google Classroom where teachers share videos of themselves and give individual feedback on learning. Reception children continue to use Tapestry as their online platform. Our Home Learning page, however, continues to provide a wealth of resources, advice and support for parents, carers and pupils; previous learning before our shift to Google Classroom remain for those interested. For more information, click on our Home Learning page.

We continue to regularly update our Twitter feed with outstanding learning and achievements, keeping our school community connected.

We understand this is a challenging time for families in our school community. For those families with children who have Special Educational Needs, the following video might be helpful: Supporting Neurodiverse Children in challenging times

Information and Advice Regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus from the school

For the latest Government updates to the Coronavirus outbreak, click on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

For primary school children, especially our youngest, the pandemic is a confusing and potentially worrying time. You may find the following ‘child-friendly’ explanation of the Coronavirus helpful to show to your children: I am a virus  and the story: The oyster and the butterfly and My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19

Please see the link to additional guidance to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy resulting from Covid-19.  Within the policy, we provide links to supportive services children and young people can access during this time: KOOTH is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people https://www.kooth.com/ and https://www.childline.org.uk/

Please see the following for information and support for those who are experiencing domestic abuse : Support for those suffering Domestic Abuse

Please see below letters sent from the Headteacher to the school community regarding the Coronavirus and the school’s response: