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.
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.
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:
- Video lessons with resources on St Mary’s Cloud
- Teams Messaging with resources on St Mary’s Cloud
- Email with resources on St Mary’s Cloud
- Access to documents in the Remote Learning folder
Please visit the Parent Portal for documents to support remote learning.
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.
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.
If you are waiting to sit an IELTS test, details of assessments can be found here.
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.
The Government has published a list of key worker roles.
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: email@example.com.