COVID-19 information

Covid Update

Update - March 2021

After the Prime Minister's announcement last week, all pupils are required to return to school on the 8th March. Pupils will be tested for Covid-19 twice a week on return provisionally Monday and Friday. Staff will have the option of home tests or in-school testing.

We will continue with a staggered start on Mondays to allow our testing team to manage the task of testing all pupils. The start times are as follows - 

  • Lower school 9.00am 
  • Upper School 10.00am
  • Middle School 11.00am

Some pupils will be on a phased return in the three weeks leading up to the Easter break. These pupils will be contacted by their Tutors or Head of Year. Pupils on a phased return will be expected to access remote learning at the times they are not in school. An updated timetable of remote learning will be published this week.

Face coverings must be worn inside secondary schools, including classrooms and corridors. Face coverings are recommended in primary schools where social distancing between adults is not possible.


The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson announced that students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught. No algorithms will be used.

Teachers will submit grades to exam boards by Friday 18 June. This allows as much teaching time as possible before teachers make their assessments.

News from ESCC

  • School swimming can take place in the schools own pool or a public pool if open. 
  • It is advised that educational visits do not take place at this time.
  • If you have sole access to a learning environment that is in close proximity to the school i.e. you can walk to it, this may be considered appropriate to use for educational purposes with small groups, as long as appropriate measures and assessments are in place. Shared spaces such as local play areas are not seen as appropriate at this time.
  • Duke of Edinburgh activities can take place on the school grounds in line with the government guidance, as long as bubbles  are not mixed. Group sizes may need to be reduced if bubbles cannot be separated and or social distancing is not possible. No overnight stays.
  • Masks do not need to be worn for PE activities.
  • After school clubs can resume.


February 2021

Please be aware that following the Prime Minister's announcement on 22nd February 2021, we will be updating this page to reflect the new "road map".

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November 2020

Thank you again for your patience and support during this difficult time. Since our second national lock down started on 5th November, we would like to bring your attention to some of the procedures we are putting in place at St. Mary's to help keep students and staff safe.

We have conducted a thorough COVID specific risk assessment of all areas of school life in order to highlight potential risk areas and more importantly develop control measures to minimise those risks. This will include lesson time, breaks, social gathering and also journeying to and from school.

We have developed a method of delivering quality lessons via remote learning through the Teams platform in the event of our school having to close due to a COVID outbreak. A timetable of lessons has been created to allow pupils to access a range of subjects at specific times during the week - similar to how the normal school day works.

Further details of how to access these lessons, methods of communication and other COVID related procedures can be found below. 

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Sabden School COVID Risk Assessment 1.5 26th Jan 2021 Download
Remote Learning letter to Lower School p... 08th Nov 2020 Download
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St Mary's Whole school protocols for Nov... 05th Nov 2020 Download
Remote Learning Policy Nov 2020 08th Nov 2020 Download
Home school communication 10th Nov 2020 Download