Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We will be using this page to post our latest updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You will also receive key updates via SchoolPost.

Please do contact us, if you have any questions or concerns.

Current status - school closure

Following government advice, we have closed School to everyone except the children of key workers. While we no longer will be in the same place physically, we remain a community and are working to uphold all that is important at St Mary’s during this enforced closure.

Please use the information below, plus the additional materials on the Parent Portal during this period of closure.

For key worker children attending school: Your daughter can attend, unless your household is self-isolating for 14 days, in line with the current Government guidance. If your daughter, or anyone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19 (however mild), all household members must self-isolate for 14 days at home.

Remote learning

Junior School

We will send out detailed information about online home learning for the final 2.5 days of this Spring term. If we continue to be closed after the Easter break, we will endeavour to provide a richer curriculum provision, which will include all the specialist subjects, e.g. Languages, STEM and Music. We will also offer Microsoft Teams for Prep Year groups as a tool for class communication and potentially video content. As we move from a model of education, based on face-to-face classroom teaching to online, remote learning, please be patient as this will require training for both the girls and staff in a short space of time. 

Senior School and Sixth Form

Our plan for continuity of education defines four levels of provision:

  1. Video lessons with resources on St Mary’s Cloud
  2. Teams Messaging with resources on St Mary’s Cloud
  3. Email with resources on St Mary’s Cloud
  4. Access to documents in the Remote Learning folder

Please visit the Parent Portal for documents to support remote learning.

Parent Portal

Pastoral care and well-being

We are providing support for students, including access to our nursing, counselling and Chaplaincy support during the school closure.

Please see the Parent Portal for details on how to access this support.

Public examinations

The government has announced that GCSE and A-level exams will be cancelled this summer. We will be writing to the students and parents of these year groups as soon as we have confirmed details on how to proceed.

At present our advice is to carry on as normal in terms of academic work until the details of how qualifications are going to be managed are made public.  

IELTS tests

If you are waiting to sit an IELTS test, details of assessments can be found here.

University applications

UCAS have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus updates.  

Currently there are no details about what will happen to the applications for September 2020 or September 2021.

If students have received all their offers, it would be sensible to confirm the firm and insurance choices now.

Students still awaiting offers have a number of choices:

  • Make firm and insurance choices based on the offers received
  • Wait to see what happens
  • Phone the admissions departments of the universities you are waiting to hear from for advice  

It is a very anxious time, but please be careful not to make quick decisions before we have any reliable information.

Key workers

The Government has published a list of key worker roles.

Key Workers

School trips

It is increasingly clear that this situation is likely to go for an extended period, so we are beginning to look in detail at school events, trips and residentials for the remainder of the school year.

We will be in touch and provide information about each trip as soon as possible.

School transport - minibus service suspended

From 18 March, our drop-off and pick-up minibus services will be suspended. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.


We continue to emphasise the importance of hygiene. Please encourage your child to wash their hands more often at home, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water to reinforce the action we have taken in School.

Keeping in touch

We will be working hard to keep communication channels open whilst the School is closed. Please see below for the appropriate channels.

Contacting individual teachers or staff members

If you need to contact us, then the format for all St Mary's School email addresses is first initial, plus surname. For example, John Smith would be:

Situation Junior School Senior School or Sixth Form
General enquiries

To notify us of student absence (including from remote learning)

or via the Parent Portal

or via the Parent Portal

Remote learning - educational support

Email your class teacher

Email the relevant teacher or tutor

Remote learning - technical support

Access to pastoral care and support for students Email your class teacher Email your Tutor or Head of Year

Useful links

Government information

NHS information

Mind resources for caring for your mental health during self-isolation