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This page will be updated regularly with information concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation at St Cuthbert Mayne School.

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03/04/2020

02/04/2020

Stay at Home

Protect our NHS

Save Lives

We know how hard it is to stay at home during these times. We are all missing seeing our friends and family. By staying at home and following the rules you are doing your bit to keep us all safe. Sleepovers and meet ups in the park are not essential. There are lots of other ways to keep in contact with your friends!
Stay safe

27/03/2020

Dear Parents,
We’ve made it to the end of the strangest week I’ve ever known!
Here is my last update before I leave you in peace to enjoy the Easter holiday, unless something urgent happens that I need to communicate to you. I know it’s going to be hard to switch off but please do try to escape the real world for a bit! It’s important that you have a break both physically and mentally because these have been the most testing of times.
I hope you joined in the ‘Clap for Carers’ last night at 8pm. There was a great sense of community, which I hope will make us stronger going forward. Tonight, Pope Francis will lead an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi at 5pm. The broadcast will be live from St Peter’s in Rome at 5pm. Please join in if you can.
As you know we have a number of staff in school at the moment who are critical to the day to day operation of the school. It is important that we keep the school running as we are part of the critical COVID-19 response. I’d like to thank all staff who have been on the front line here in school this week. Next week we remain open for those children who are vulnerable and those children whose parents are critical workers. This is only in an emergency and as a last resort if other provision can’t be found. Our staff have been in contact with all eligible families this week to confirm uptake. Students do not need to wear school uniform to the Easter provision but should be dressed to get active and be outdoors!
Next week, all the attention will shift to the issue of grading as Ofqual shares its approach to ensuring fairness in GCSE, A-Level and vocational qualifications. It will be a chance for us to reaffirm our expertise in assessing our students. We have had lots of questions about work being set for Y11 and Y13 students and if there is anything that needs to be done. The advice we have been given is to wait for the guidance to be published and don’t panic!
After Easter, school will remain closed to all children with the exception of those who are vulnerable and those whose parents are critical workers. Again, this is only as a last resort and if alternative provision can’t be made. Children attending will need to wear full school uniform to try and keep some sense of normality.
Our Ready Steady STCM boxes will be available again after Easter for students eligible for Free School Meals. Please bring a bag to box to transport your food parcel.
Collections slots are as follows:
  • Year 7 & 8  collection from 10am – 11am 
  • Year 9 & 10 collection from 11:30am – 12:30am
  • Year 11, 12 & 13 collection from 2pm – 3pm
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COLLECTION IS YOUR TRIP OUT TO GET ESSENTIAL FOOD IN LINE WITH STRICTER SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL.
 
After Easter, we will begin to provide more learning resources to support your child with their learning at home. We would like to thank all parents for the work they have done to support their children’s learning at home. 
Finally, In the chaos of the last few weeks you can be forgiven if you’ve forgotten we are about to celebrate the most important of Christian festivals – Easter. 
 
I hope you get the chance to unwind over the holiday and may the peace of the risen Christ be with you all this Easter. 
 
Stay safe!
 
Mr J. Down​
Headteacher

26/03/2020

URGENT MESSAGE FROM:

Counter Fraud and Investigations – Torbay Council

Please take note of this important information.

 

We have been alerted by the DFE that some parents have received an email stating :

‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

This is a scam email – do not respond, and delete immediately.

26/03/2020

Dear Parents,
Without wanting to sound like a broken record we would like to thank those parents who only sent their children into school today only as a last resort.
Today I was out on the yards at lunch time with the small number of students we’ve had in school. The beautiful weather is making it a surreal time – knowing there is a major health crisis intensifying around us, and yet the air never having felt fresher, nor the school and Teignmouth Road quieter. I hope that you are all getting out for you daily exercise session while adhering to the more stringent social distancing guidance.
In the coming days we are expecting the DfE to provide some more Q&A guidance to answer the big questions we all have.  Most of your questions now are around what GCSE and A Level grades will look like . Ofqual’s guidance will be published next week. There is an opportunity to re-emphasise to policymakers the we – the teaching profession – are the experts in assessment and have a myriad of information about our children already. Data can be something done by us, rather than to us!
My thoughts today have been very much focused on parents who are home schooling their children for the unforeseeable future. We know you will be doing an absolutely fantastic job but don’t forget to spend some time enjoying this opportunity with your child.  We will continue to keep our students and their families in our prayers.
Today we have confirmed our strategy for checking what work students are doing at home. This will start straight after Easter. Your child’s Tutor will be calling home to see how things are going.
Tonight, at 8pm I will be on my doorstep (While adhering to strict social distancing) clapping for NHS staff. Today we donated all our science goggles/glasses to the NHS because they haven’t got the equipment they need to look after us all. This is unacceptable so please raise this with your MP! While NHS staff and other critical workers absolutely deserve our thanks for the amazing work they are doing, I will also be clapping for all of you who are keeping things going at home.
Tomorrow in my final e-mail before the Easter holiday, I will be confirming the plans for Easter provision for vulnerable children and those children whose parents are critical workers. I will also share the arrangements for FSM parcels after Easter and the new work that will be coming home for students to complete from 14th April.
Have a great evening and stay safe.
Mr J. Down
Headteacher

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25/03/2020

Dear Parents,

Wednesday was originally the day of woe. I hope that at this midpoint in the week yours is proving rather more optimistic and manageable!

As the week in progressing more of us are finding a new rhythm and routine to our daily lives. Thank you to all parents for the work you are doing at home to support your children’s learning while they are away from school. We have really enjoyed seeing the photos you have sent us so keep on sending those in. We have been blown away by the number of messages of support and appreciation we have received from parents and these have helped to keep us going. Today, school staff held a community prayer session via Google Meet. We joined with the Holy Father Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Christians across the globe at 11am to say the Lords Prayer and ask for the Father’s healing in the world.

Only a small number of students have attended school this week, which has meant that more of our staff are able to stay at home and keep safe. We will remain here to look after vulnerable children and those whose parents are critical workers. This provision is only available as a last resort. We have contacted these families today to plan for Easter childcare if needed. Thank you to those who have responded.

We have been getting a number of enquiries through requesting the delivery of school work. All of our resources are online and are accessed via Google Classroom. We have sent home work to those families that requested it earlier in the week because their children were absent last week or do not have internet access. Due to the new restrictions in place limiting travel we are not able to deliver any further work to families. If your child has damaged their Chromebook we are not able to come and collect this to arrange a repair. We are sorry that we can’t offer any further assistance with this at this time.

As always, our dedicated website page is updated regularly. Please use this as your first port of call.

Wishing you all the very best.

Mr J. Down

Headteacher

24/03/2020

Dear Parents,
I would like to start by thanking all parents who were able to keep their children safe at home today. The new restrictions put in place last night are really tough and will cause disruption to our daily lives but they will help to save lives. Abiding by these new restrictions means we are all playing our part in helping this country to bring the spread of this virus under control.
Today we have run the school on a skeleton staff for those vulnerable children and the children of critical workers who needed us as a last resort. We will continue to do this for the rest of this week.
Our final deliveries of food and work have gone home today. Regrettably, the Government restrictions mean that we are unable to continue this work after today. All food left over has been sent to our local food banks so please access these if you need support. All class work is available online along with a list of useful websites that can support and extend learning at home. We would welcome our students sharing their learning via our social media channels if they wish to do so. There is no expectations for students to do this, nor is there an expectation for them to share pictures of their work with their teachers but we’d love to see what they’ve been up to. By the end of the week, school staff will be contacting home to see how your child is getting on with their learning and help resolve any issues you might have with learning.
We are currently putting together our Easter care provision for those vulnerable children and the children of critical workers who need us as a last resort. We will contact those families directly with our offer.
We have had a number of enquiries regarding food parcels over the Easter holidays. These will be available from your local food banks and the details of these are on our school website. Should we continue to receive deliveries from our suppliers we will relaunch our Ready Steady Cook boxes after the Easter break.
As you will appreciate we are currently experiencing a high level of calls and e-mails into school. Please be patient with us as we work our way through these. Our dedicated website page is constantly updated with the latest information so please visit this as a first port of call. If you are unable to find the answers you are looking for then please e-mail the Admin Team at: [email protected]
To ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest information please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please ensure we also have the most up to date contact information for you so we can keep in touch. You can e-mail these details through to our Admin Team.
Until tomorrow, have a good evening, stay safe and follow the Governments advice!
Best wishes,
Mr J Down
Headteacher

24/03/2020

Our final delivery of food and work booklets for students will be leaving at 11am. We will no longer be able to offer this service after this.

24/03/2020

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last night, the school will be operating on the minimum level of staff required to run the school safely from today. PLEASE DO NOT send your child to school today unless it is absolutely necessary as per Government guidance.
Further updates will be made via our communication channels throughout the day.

23/03/2020

Dear Parents,
Today we started our new rhythm and routines that will carry us through to the end of these uncertain times. Can I thank you for all for your continued support are for the work you are doing to support your children at home.
We are regularly updating our website with all the information parents need. Please continue to use this as a first point of contact before making contact with school. You will find answers regarding IT access, Google Classroom codes and much more. As you can imagine we are receiving a high volume of calls and emails so we aren’t able to respond immediately. We are also posting regularly on Social Media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If our admin team do not have your latest contact details then please e-mail them with the updated information so we can stay in contact with you.
Today we prepared and distributed 150 food boxes to families where children are eligible for Free School Meals. If you are eligible and haven’t been into school to collect your box of food then please do so tomorrow from 9:15am. Please let us know if you’re not able to attend due to self isolate.
Finally, we would like to thank all critical workers and those parents of vulnerable children for only sending their child into school today if it is absolutely necessary. School is closed unless it is an emergency for critical workers or parents of vulnerable children. The advice is that the best place for your children is at home. By doing this they stay safe, prevent further spread of the infection, reduce the strain on our NHS and by doing so save lives!
Thanks for your continued support.
Mr J.Down
Headteacher

23/03/2020

TORQUAY COMMUNITY LARDER:
The larder will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 10.30am to 1.00pm and we will still aim to provide basic food parcels to those in crisis.
 Paignton Community Larder to support those in need.

Riviera Life Store House and also Baby bank for the distribution of Food and basic household needs as well as distributing pre-owned and new baby items to vulnerable families. Please contact them via the details below.

Riviera Life Church, 527 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG T: 01803 291156 E: [email protected] Facebook @RLBabyBank

23/03/2020

Dear Parents,
Thank you to the vast majority of parents who are keeping their children safe at home today. We know this will be very difficult for some children and families but appreciate your support.
As a school we have been asked to remind our community of the seriousness of Coronavirus and it is vitally important that we follow Government guidance to keep ourselves safe and protect those on the front line, particularly staff in the NHS. Thank you for doing your bit!
Students should have plenty of work to keep them going. We’ve started to hear stories of creative learning happening at home. We would like to ask you to share your pictures of learning at home with us at via our Twitter pages, Instagram, and Facebook page if you are happy to do so.
This week we will be confirming what provision will be available for vulnerable children and those whose parents are critical workers over the Easter holiday.
Our staff team are out and about today sending work home for students. We are continuing to set work for examination classes in Year 11 and 13 because we are still are unsure what work the government will require to help confirm exam grades.
A number of families have been asking questions about Free School Meals. If your child is currently in receipt of FSM then a box of food is available for you to collect today. You should attend the school at the following times:
12:00 – 13:00 – Years 7&8
14:00 – 15:00 – Years 9&10
15:00 – 16:00 Years 11, 12 & 13
If you are not able to collect your box of food today then please let us know.
If you are not currently registered for FSM then it is important that you complete the form attached and send it back to Torbay Council so we can ensure your child has a free school meal when we reopen. In the interim you should visit one of the following food banks who would be happy to support.
More updates will be available on our website throughout the day.
STCM

22/03/2020

From tomorrow, school will be closed until further notice except for children of critical workers and the most vulnerable.

Please do not send your child to school. Please act on government guidance and keep your kids safe at home.

Visit our website for all the latest updates and information.

20/03/2020

The Government has now publish the official list of key workers.

Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities

If your child is in the vulnerable group or you are a key worker and you can’t make arrangements to look after your child at home from Monday then please let the Admin Team know by e-mailing [email protected]

This will enable us to plan for the number of children attending school next week and to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff.

19/03/2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times.

Tomorrow school will be closed to Year 11 students due to staff shortages and those members of staff who need to self-isolate. The school will remain open to all other year groups. Vulnerable students and the children of key workers in Year 11 can still attend school tomorrow if they wish.

A number of Year 11 and 13 students have been asking what is happening with regards to exams in the summer and their future qualifications. This information will be announced by the Government tomorrow.

Year 11 students who are planning to return to Sixth Form in September will be invited to a Sixth Form Taster Week and Freshers Fair later in the summer. We want to reassure all Year 11 and 13 students that the Summer Balls will still happen once a new date has been arranged. We will ensure that all Year 11 and 13 students will have the opportunity to celebrate the end of year.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, we are preparing boxes of food for families to use next week. These will be available from Monday and we will confirm how these will be distributed tomorrow.

Finally, we would like to remind all parents that their children should not be in school if they are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and should be following guidance on self isolation. Please contact the school if you are a Key Worker and your child will be attending school next week.

Please continue to act on the latest Government guidance and remember all members of the school community in your prayers.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J.Down

Headteacher

19/03/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE – To ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, school will be closed for Year 11 students on Friday 20th March. School will remain open for all other year groups. Children of key workers in Year 11 may attend school along with those in the vulnerable groups. Vulnerable children are classed as those who have an allocated social worker or an EHCP (Education Heath and Care Plan).

19/03/2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Last night the Government made the following announcement:

  • From Monday 23rd March all schools will close to children with the exception of those children classed as vulnerable or those classed as children of key workers. Vulnerable children are those who have a social worker or an Education Health and Care Plan. Children who are medically vulnerable should not attend school as per the guidance issued on 18.03.20. At this moment in time we understand key workers to be Police, Firefighters, NHS staff, school and nursery staff and delivery drivers. The Government are releasing an official list later today. The school will be closed to all other children who are expected to stay at home. 

If your child has a social worker a member of school staff will be contacting you to make arrangements for them to attend school next week.

Parents who are key workers are asked to e-mail us on the admin email address ([email protected]) by 4:00pm today to confirm the following:

  • name of their child
  • which key service they work for
  • name of their employer
  • in the subject line of the e-mail please write “Keyworker” followed by your child’s name

This information will be treated confidentially.

  • All exams in May and June have been cancelled. The Government have not confirmed any further details. As soon as we know what is happening we will share this via our usual communication channels. Please do not contact the school regarding this. Students should continue to complete class work sent home by their teachers. Over the next 24 hours we will be sending home our Knowledge Organisers for the Summer Term and packs of work. Information regarding digital learning was sent home on Wednesday 18.03.20.
  • The Government will be providing schools with food vouchers for those families who are eligible for Free School Meals. Once we receive the details of how this will work we will be sharing this information with parents /carers.

As you will appreciate this is a very challenging time for all of us. We are working at a reduced capacity at the moment so please bear with us.

Please do not ring or call the school unless it is absolutely essential. All information and updates will be posted on this page and via our social media channels.

Thanks your continued support and prayers at this time.

Mr J. Down (Headteacher)

18/03/2020

Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

We have been made aware of a post made on Face Book stating that there is a confirmed case of the Coronavirus at STCM.

As a school we continually review the advice and guidance from the Government and Public Health England. Over recent weeks we have raised our infection control measures and have done so again in response to Public Health England guidance.

This afternoon we have spoken to Public Health England regarding this report. They are not currently testing in the community so this is not a confirmed case.

Parents and students are reminded that if they have any of the symptoms of Cornonavirus they should stay at home and self isolate following the guidance below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection