Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Google Classroom at St Mary’s

At St Mary’s we already use Google Classroom to support your child with Home Learning and to set homework. You can access Google Classroom in a number of different ways:

1)    from the St. Mary’s website

2)    by searching for it or going to

3)    by downloading the GoogleClassroom to a mobile device through the AppStore or equivalent.

Your child will have all their classes automatically populated in the classroom which staff will use to post and assign work.

Your child will be given instructions on how to access it, however, the following brief instructions will help you at home. Your child can login to the classroom by using their username and password which follow a generic format:

This is your child’s current username for the school’s network (year entered into St Mary’s followed by the first four letters of their first name, then a dot, then the first four letters of their surname) with the school domain following.

Example for Harry Smith

Harry Smith Year 7 (started in 2020)  – [email protected]      or


Harry Smith Year 8 (started in 2019)  – [email protected]


6 digit date of birth  followed by your child’s initials in capitals So, if for example Harry Smith’s date of birth is 7th of April 2008, his password is


If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • We will issue or lend laptops or tablets to pupils, wherever our resources allow and will continue to pursue additional devices to close any shortfall
  • We are able to provide some internet access for those who do not have good access or sufficient data at home by providing dongles and we have sourced some SIMs with a large data package
  • If this still proves to be problematic we can provide materials, please contact the school office to inform us of this
  • Pupils can bring completed work packs to the school reception to drop off but not enter the school buildings to their teachers if they do not have online access.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Teachers may utilise recorded teaching to support their lessons
  • Teachers may include workbooks, worksheets or other suitable materials
  • Pupils might be asked to use textbooks, revision guides and reading books pupils that they have at home
  • Teachers might utilise commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences eg Hegarty Maths
  • Long-term project work and/or internet research activities may be an element of the provision but this will not be typical as most provision will be individual lessons