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Coronavirus - Key Worker Childcare Provision

We cannot stress enough - this childcare is last resort care.  It is about doing all that we can to suppress the virus, it is not about letting everyone carry on as normal. Even if you are a key worker, the Government has been very clear, if you can keep your child at home, you should do that.

If we become aware of someone abusing the system, we will reserve the right to withdraw the care for that family.

Remember, this is about responding to a national emergency and everyone needs to play their part.


Updated Guidance 


All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK:

Childcare arrangements for Keyworkers W/B 14th April (3.05pm 3rd April)

Childcare arrangements for Key Workers W/B 6th April 2020 (2.59pm 31st March)

Free School Meal Arrangements W/B 6th April 2020 (2.58pm 31st March)

Tuesday 24th March (3.10pm) Letter re Key Worker Childcare

Monday 23rd March (3.10pm) LETTER FROM SEFTON LA TO PARENTS

Key Worker Information (Friday 20th March 2.55pm)

Friday 20th March (3pm)


School lunches and free school dinners

As you are aware the school is obliged to provide a meal for those eligible for free school meals. For those children not attending school, from Monday a packed lunch will be available for collection from the school office from 11.30am – 1.00pm for those who wish to collect it.


If required, the kitchen can provide a packed lunch for the children of key workers in Key Stage 1 on the days they attend. Children of key workers who attend in Key stage 2 must bring their own packed lunch.

Friday 20th March  (12:15pm)

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those of you who have emailed school to indicate you are a key worker. We will communicate with you further later today.

There will be a letter available with all of the relevant information, on our website for you from 2.30pm today regarding next week.

Friday 20th March (10.30am) - home work for pupils

Thursday 19th March (9.45pm)


We understand the list of Key Workers will now be published tomorrow.  We will update the website as soon as this becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday 19th March


Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you all for your patience in these challenging times. As you know our school will close for the vast majority of our pupils tomorrow, until further notice. The government have announced that schools will be open for specific children, including those whose parents are classed as key workers. We are currently awaiting guidance from the government over their criteria for a key worker.


When this criteria has been confirmed, please email the school( if you are a key worker and will be sending your child to school. We would greatly appreciate it if you could email by 8.30am tomorrow morning, as this will help us as we try to make plans for the upcoming weeks. In the event you are working part time, we would be grateful if you could advise us of which days you wish your child to attend school. We recognise that this may change on a weekly basis.


There is a great deal of uncertainty at the moment and we are keen to provide as much clarity as we can, as quickly as possible. With this in mind, we will upload the arrangements for providing children with work by 2.30pm tomorrow.


In terms of wider communications, we will continue to update the website as we learn more. We will provide an update again on Monday afternoon. When there are updates on the website we will text you to ask you to check the website.


Thanks again for your ongoing support.

Wednesday 18th March


The KS1 class Mass due to take place in St.Patrick's church on Tuesday 24th March has been cancelled.

Tuesday 17th March


La Fiestaval, involving some Year 4 pupils and due to take place at Greenbank High School, has been cancelled.

Tuesday 17th March

Dear Parents / Carers


Yesterday we received new and direct guidance from the Government to ensure we are protecting ourselves and the communities in which we live.


We will remain open until advised otherwise by Public Health England or it becomes logistically impossible to do so. As a school we have a duty to ensure we continue to provide education for our students, and to protect the most vulnerable in our community and support our families.


The latest current guidance and advice is:

"If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days."


It is important that all in our school are following this advice to restrict any possible transmission of the virus.


If you are concerned about the transmission of the virus at home due to family members having serious, underlying health issues, family members living in the household who are over 70 or if members of your household are pregnant, the advice at this time would be to self-isolate.


Please see this important advice regarding vulnerable group and social distancing:


We are getting updates from the DFE with regards to the Coronavirus. Due to the fast-evolving nature of this situation, however, it is important that you use the following link to the UK Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page for the most up to date information. You can access this information by clicking the link below:


 If you have any questions, please contact the school office or contact NHS 111 for medical advice.  


Thank you for your continued support for our school and community.

Monday 16th March

Dear Parents,

As you aware, we are in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please follow the guidance from Public Health England. If any members of your family display symptoms, please keep your son/daughter at home for 7 days. All absences are authorised at this time. 

We are taking actions in school to minimise the risk as much as is possible and following guidance. With this in mind, we are postponing all our school celebrations for tomorrow. We will celebrate our feast day later in the school year when it is safe to do so. We are also cancelling all whole school events until further notice.

If you plan on keeping your son/daughter at home, please email school on where possible or call the school office. 

Be assured, we will update you as we receive further information. 

Monday 16th March

Dear Parents,

In light of recent developments we have cancelled the Easter production for Years 3 and 4.

I know our children will be disappointed, however, the well-being of our children, staff and families is paramount.

Thank you for your support.

St Patricks St Maries