St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

News and Parent Information 

A good news update for the school - Our Section 48 report has been published. We are very proud of our outcome and I want to thank staff, children, parents and IEB for enabling this outcome. Thank You!

  • This part of the school website aims to provide parents with the day to day information they need to know what is going on in school and also to support their children and the work of the school.

Week Three Newsletter

(Week ending 18th September 2020)


Dear Parents, carers and children,

I hope that you all feel you are settling back into the swing of school. We have all enjoyed welcoming the children back to school and seeing them getting back into school routines.

As last Monday’s newsletter was quite long, I will try to keep this short and to the point.


Drop-off / Pick-up

Thank you for your cooperation and patience with respect to our staggered drop-off and pick up. As we did last year our goal is to reduce and streamline this as much as possible so that children can have the maximum time in school. We are also very aware of difficulties with dropping off and picking up siblings at different times and do not feel this is working as well as it could

We are therefore proposing a few small changes from Monday 21st September that we hope will make things better for all.

These changes are however dependent on how well the new arrangements work. Government guidance states that schools must create systems that prevent groups of parents from being forced to congregate at pick-up and drop-off. For this reason we may have to readopt our old routine if congestion in the car park increases and if our tighter time frames force more parents and children to congregate.

Please help us achieve this by:

  • Arriving on time for a drop-off / pick-up and not waiting in the car park.
  • Not forming groups to chat before or after drop-off / pick up.
  • Swiftly moving through our one-way system at the start and end of day, (please avoid talking to class teachers if possible)


Drop-off window

Key Stage 1 playground

Year 5 and Year 6 door


08:25 – 08:30

Year 1 and Year 2

Year 5


08:30 – 08:35

Year 3 and Year 4

Year 6


08:35 – 08:40

Nursery and Reception







Pick-up window



14:45 – 14:55

Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2


14:55 – 15:00


Year 5


Year 3 and Year 4

Year 6


To simplify things further for parents with siblings in different groups, please drop-off all children at the earlier time and please pick up all children at the later time.

As has been our practice from the start of the COVID 19 arrangements, we will try to make the drop-off and pick up as smooth as possible and will always endeavor to be as punctual as possible. If you need to talk to a teacher, e-mail and we will call you back.


Parent forum and Information

We are currently planning our parent forum and information sessions for the next two terms. These will be a mixture of live virtual events and pre-recorded information sessions. The dates for these will be published shortly but will include:

Session 1 The Recovery Curriculum (live with Q&A)

Session 2 Class organisation and home / school partnership (see below)

Session 3 School Improvement and school reorganisation (live with Q&A)

Session 4 Supporting your child with phonics (and spelling)

Session 5 How to support your child in asking excellent questions

Session 6 Supporting basic skills in maths

Session 7 Sex and Relationships Education – Policy consultation (live with Q&A)

To help us with the planning of these, teachers would welcome any questions you might have with respect your child’s class organisation this year. Please e-mail these to your child’s class teacher and we will endeavor to include these in session 2.

All live information sessions will be posted on the school website so that those unable to attend can view them at a later date.


What happens if someone becomes unwell:

We hope that the following infographic will provide a simple summary of what happens if a child or school adult becomes unwell. Please always err on the side of caution of your child is unwell. This will help protect our ability to remain open if cases rise.



What if classes close or children are sent home

If we have C-19 cases in school we will follow Public Health England directions on who to send home or which hubs have to close.

We are currently working on the school website and our plans to provide home learning to children not in school and will inform parents of these arrangements as soon as these are completed.

Finally thank you again for your patience and support. We truly value your positivity and cooperation and wish you all a safe and healthy weekend.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Bacon