Following the Government announcement to reopen schools on 1st June we have been very busy preparing for a wider opening as well as trying to maintain learning opportunities for all children via our VLE.
Our Covid-19 Risk Assessment can be found here if you would like to read it. Please note, we do review it at least weekly and expect we will need to update it frequently as guidance changes. However, our main aim remains the same as we try to keep all our children, staff and wider community safe.
Thank you to everyone who has sent a photo and message, we love to hear what you have been learning at home so please continue to keep in touch and remember, we are always here to help.
Take care and stay safe.
Sending our love to everyone x
The Esafety area of our website has been updated with advice on using Zoom and the BBC Own It app. To find out more click Parents – esafety.
St. Mary’s COVID-19 update
Stockport Health Visiting and School Nursing Advice Line
Stockport Health Visiting & School Nursing Service have launched an advice line on 0161 835 6789 for families of children aged 0-16.
The Advice Line is available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am – 5pm and provides support from Health Visitors and School Nurses on all aspects of child health, development and parenting including:
* Infant Feeding
* Introducing family foods & solids
* Healthy eating
* Management of minor illnesses
* Child development
* Speech & communication
* General health & emotional wellbeing
* Special educational needs
* School Nursing service
Stockport Helpline for the most vulnerable residents
Stockport Local Authority have set up a brand new helpline so that the most vulnerable residents. The helpline will provide advice and tell you how you can access support. You can call the helpline if do not have a network of family and friends you can call upon for support, particularly if :
• you are over the age of 70 and you are self isolating
• you have received a letter from the NHS advising you are high risk and should stay at home
• you are medically vulnerable according to the government criteria and should stay at home.
You will be able to access support Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, by calling 0161 217 6046.
Talking to your child about COVID-19
Are you unsure about how to talk to your children about coronavirus? This children’s guide has been created to help explain the situation. It aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.
Apply for Free School Meals
If your child is entitled to a Free School meal, they will continue to receive this during the period of school closure.
You can get free school meals if you are responsible for a child (for example, you receive Child Benefit for them) who is still at school – including nursery children who attend full days and sixth form students – as long as you get one of these qualifying incomes:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit (provided your earned income is no more than £616.67 in the last Universal Credit assessment period)
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you think you may be eligible, follow the link: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/start/free-school-meals-application-form
A number of social media apps enable families to keep in touch during these unprecendented times. One of the most popular is HouseParty, Check out this guide for parents and carers which explains more about the safety aspects of using this app.
Further esafety advice is available on the e-safety page of this website.
In light of the fast moving nature of COVID-19 we would like to assure you that we are taking the safety and well being of all our children seriously. We act upon daily guidance and updates from the LA and DFE.
The NHS advice can be found by following the link here:
Welcome to St Mary’s…
We are delighted you have taken the time to find out about life and learning at St Mary’s. This website has been written especially for you and we hope you find it interesting and informative.
As a Church of England primary school, we are inclusive and everything we do is underpinned by our Christian ethos. Christian values are taught and encouraged at school and we see ourselves as belonging to one large school family. The warm, nurturing atmosphere in school has been commented on by many visitors and it is why so many families have chosen our school for their children. We strive to develop a sense of community which helps all pupils to develop confidence in themselves and their ability to succeed.
St Mary’s is a welcoming school where the education and happiness of every child is our main concern. We offer a very high standard of education based firmly on the individual needs and abilities of each child and we work hard to provide stimulating and challenging activities which help to make learning enjoyable. Our varied and balanced curriculum is provided by a team of highly qualified, enthusiastic and hard-working teaching and support staff. They ensure that the atmosphere of the school promotes achievement in all areas of each child’s development.
Good relationships with parents and carers are essential to ensure the very best for all our children. High quality education is the result of effective teaching and a successful partnership between home and school. Please take time to read the information on our website and help ensure that the information and expectations are shared with your child.
We strongly believe that communication is vital for success and so school newsletters, the school website, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), parental events and curriculum information, to name but a few, provide further information about life and learning at St Mary’s throughout the year. Working together with you we can help provide an excellent and enjoyable start to every child’s education preparing them to meet the many opportunities and challenges their future will hold, whatever and wherever that may be.
However, without a visit to school to see us in action you will not see the full picture. Please do not hesitate to contact school to arrange a visit and to speak to myself if you have not already done so – you are most welcome!
Mrs Elizabeth Irvin