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St MAry's Virtual School

THE HOME LEARNING HUB

STATUS: ACTIVE USE

The school building is closed to most children
due to a local or national lock-down and the
Home Learning Hub is being widely used.

Our Remote Learning Policy

This policy details our ongoing approach to various home-learning and blended-learning scenarios. You can explore the interactive version here, or download a copy here: Remote Learning Policy

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The school is only open to a Key Workers (where no other childcare options are available) and other specific children.

If you are coming into school currently, please be very aware that the virus is active and spreading in our local communities and we urge everyone to strictly follow the rules that are essential to keep each other safe and to keep the school open. (School COVID map)

  • All adults must at least stay 2 metres away from one another at all times; 
  • There should be no socialising during the school pick up - please do not stand and chat on the playground;  
  • Please wear a mask on the school site;
  • Do not send your child to school if they are unwell;
  • Keep our staff safe - parents should not speak to school staff before or after school. Use email or telephone to contact staff:

      01793 770239
      admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk

  • There is no vehicular access on College Road for parents - the car park is only for staff or a permit holders.    
  • See further down for drop off and collection times and locations.  

Come on in and see how we shine!

 

St Mary’s will reopen to all year groups
on Monday 8th March.

We will continue to essentially have the same safety procedures in place as we had when we returned in January 2021. 

Please ensure you and your family are familiar with the following rules before coming to school on the 8th March.

  1. There will be the same one-way system as before. With your help, this worked extremely well in the autumn term and was a key part in keeping the school safe and functioning before Christmas. Please remember:
  • No use of the path to return to College Road after drop-off or pick up; 
  • There must be no coming back under the bridge onto the main playground at pick up time once you have gone round to the back of the building.
  1. We will continue to have a soft start to the day: children can arrive between 8.40am and 9.00am. (The gates will be closed at 9.00am and any children arriving after this time will be marked as late.
     
  2. No vehicular access onto the school site, unless by prior arrangement.

  3. There should be absolutely no parking in Bradon Forest at all.

  4. The end of the day collection times are as follows:
  • EYFS, Year 1, Year 2 &Year 3 from 3.00pm
  • Year 4 from 3.00pm
  • Year 5 from 3.10pm 
  • Year 6 from 3.15pm
    (Year 6 children are still able to leave the site and meet you in a pre-arrange place)
     
  • It is essential that you do not wait around on the playground. You should aim to arrive at the time your child is released from class. Arriving earlier just causes issues with too many adults on site. Currently, it is safer to arrive slightly late than too early. We will never let your child go until you are there.
  1. Do not talk to staff at drop-off and collection: please do not approach staff at the start and end of the school day to pass on information or ask questions. Whilst this is often important communication, such ‘quick words’ soon result in staff members having dozens of face-to-face interactions each week, which is not COVID-safe for them, or you. So, please follow our safety rules: if you need to get a message to a teacher, please contact the admin team via email (admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk) or phone (01793 770239), who will ensure your message or request is passed on. Members of staff can then contact you on the phone or email as appropriate, as soon as they are able.

  2. No mixing with others on the school run – this is so important:
  • Please ensure that you keep your distance from other parents, carers and children;
  • Do not allow your children to mix with other householdson the way to and from school. Until 29th March there should be no household mixing and that includes on the way to and from school;
  • We work so hard to ensure different year groups do not mix whilst they are in school and all this is of no use if you allow your children to mix outside school. This risks virus spread and the shutdown of parts or all of the school – and no one wants that!
  • Two households (or up to 6) will be allowed to mix outdoors from 29thMarch. Indoor mixing will not be permitted until 17th May at the earliest. Please ensure that you follow these rules to protect us all;
  • If you have children in Year 5 or 6DO NOT arrive until after 3.10pm to collect them and any younger children.
  1. All adults entering the site must wear a face covering (except if exempt).
     
  2. Children should wear school uniform with black trainers every day (the black trainers enable them to exercise outside each day) but on days they have PE they should come to school in their PE kit (suitable for the weather).

  3. Children will be taught and will socialise in year group bubbles just as they have been since September
     
  4. Hot school dinners will be available and bookable through Parent Pay as always. The menu for Term 4 will be published shortly. Please note, all children must book meals please, even those who have income related free school meals or universal infant school meals.

We are all very much looking forward to seeing all children back in school on Monday 8th March.

COVID 19 Pandemic - Information for Parents

Children should not be at school if they have ONE or more of the following symptoms (as defined by the NHS):

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

To find out more or to book a test, visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Advice from the Public Health England and the NHS.

St Mary's is very closely following the advice advice from the Government, Public Health England and the NHS. You can read the advice and find out more about keeping yourself and others safe here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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Welcome to St Mary’s CE Primary School

Mrs Naomi Clarke

}I am very proud to be able to welcome you to our wonderful school, where we have 'faith in everyone to shine brightly’. Our website should provide you with all the information you need, but we always welcome visits to the school if you need further information. 

As you enter our school, you will find us learning together in faith, love and friendship; we pride ourselves on our strong family atmosphere. At St Mary’s, a highly motivated and dedicated team ensure that all children aspire to achieve their full potential, both academically and socially.

Every child is valued for their uniqueness and our strong pastoral support enables them to develop the self-esteem and skills they will need to be successful in life; playing, learning and working together now and in the future. The support, challenge and determination to achieve exceptional outcomes for all within our school community is fostered by everyone.

Adults, children and families are all supported to achieve and thrive. We aim to nurture children who are inclusive, tolerant and, most importantly, enthusiastic about life itself; they are set superb examples of this by the caring members of our school community.

The children are enabled to successfully grow into citizens of the future through our diverse and creative curriculum, where learning is rooted in experience. We believe that ‘Learning Together’ with respect and tolerance provides the perfect start to a life-long journey of discovery and fulfilment.~

Mrs Naomi Clarke,

Headteacher

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Following the inspection on 16th November 2017, we are pleased to report that Ofsted concluded that St Mary’s “continues to be good.

We were proud Ofsted reported to Mrs Clarke that parents and the local community recognise the strengths of your leadership [and] would recommend the school.

If you would like to read more, please visit our Inspections and Reviews page

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A Challenge Partners Quality Assurance Review was undertaken by an experienced, external team over three days in March, 2018. They said:

"Relationships across the school are warm and productive and staff make very effective use of praise and rewards. Pupils say they feel safe and secure, and always have an adult to talk to and get help from. As a result, they are able to concentrate and most make good progress. They are engaged and exhibit positive attitudes towards learning. Pupils are happy, resilient and confident to talk to visitors."

You can read read the full review here.

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Disadvantaged Learners

We believe that every child should have equal opportunity and access to an excellent education. We know that disadvantaged learners can require greater support in order to achieve results that are in line with other children and young people. St Mary's follows the Disadvantaged Learner Charter. Read more on our Pupil Premium page.

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Safeguarding

At St Mary's CE Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and have a culture of vigilance in all aspects of safeguarding and child protection. Please see our Safeguarding page for more information about the school's policies and procedures (here).

St Mary's Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead:               Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: 

                

                 Mrs N Clarke                              Mr R Payne                                Mrs H Fudge                       Mrs L Tawn

              Head Teacher          Deputy Head Teacher           Early Years Leader                 Well-being             
& Pastoral Lead      

 
Child Protection Governor: Andrew Hargreaves

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Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH)

We pride ourselves that every member of the St Mary's team considers each child's broader well-being as being of paramount importance. Therefore, we create opportunities and take the time to get to know the children in our care well and, when necessary, aim to support them and their families in addressing any issues in their emotional well-being and mental health. You can find out more here.

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Our 'Early Years Foundation Stage' have been awarded The Bristol Standard again for 2019-2020. The validation group commended "the opportunities and learning experiences that children access within your school," and added that St Mary's staff, "demonstrate a strong insight in the children and families you have."

Our recent Challenge Partners Review (4th March 2019) also praised our Foundation Stage provision, saying there is, "...very effective teaching in the Reception classes. Staff have created lively and stimulating environments, inside and outside, related to all of the early years areas of learning. Adults have high expectations of children and interact with them well, encouraging them to speak clearly. Children collaborate well with each other, behave sensibly and are learning to be independent and to persevere with tasks." 

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 If you require a printed copy of any website pages please email
admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school

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Admissions 

We warmly welcome visits to our school. We are a totally inclusive school and welcome all children. Please telephone our school office on 01793 770239 and speak to a member of the office team who will be happy to make an appointment for you to look around or email admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk  to arrange a visit.  Applications to our school are managed by Wiltshire Council, please click on the link to access Wiltshire Council School Admissions. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any admission related query.

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