Re: Key Worker


Dear Parents and Carers,

Guidance for schools remaining open from Monday was posted in the early hours of this morning (see link below). The guidance is clear “If children can stay safely at home, they should.” 

My view as your Headteacher, based on the guidance, is that all parents should endeavour to keep their children at home safely. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread across the wider community. Outside of school, parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way that can continue to spread the virus.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors, our school staff are committed to providing childcare whilst you are at work. We are also committed to keeping our opening hours from 8am to 4pm to enable you to keep the country operating.

Furthermore, we will take all practical steps to keep our vulnerable children safe and we will endeavour to provide care, when and if it is needed.

In summary, the scientific guidance is clear – the fewer children we have in school each day, the greater chance we have of limiting the risk of the virus spreading.

These are testing times and is our civic and moral duty to keep our community safe, whilst at the same time keeping our critical services operating.

Can I ask that you email If you will need to take advantage of the Key Worker provision for St Mary’s pupils then can I ask that you email as soon as possible to the email address

[email protected]

identifying the name of your child(ren), your own name, your employer and their contact details.

I appreciate that this is very short notice but you might be aware of how late this list has been in coming.

Thanks for your support and encouragement at these challenging times for us all.

Yours faithfully

Mr A Boyle