St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus

School News

2nd December 2020

Guidance Update - 02.12.2020

Guidance update:

Sutton is in Tier 2  High alert level from today  This poster helps demonstrate what this means.

23rd October 2020

Parent Consultations - Autumn Term

Dear Parents and Carers,

Parent Consultations: Autumn Term


After much discussion with management and consulting with other schools, it has been decided that due to the current COVID situation we will not be holding Parent Consultation Meetings this term.  However, we do value these opportunities to work together for the benefit of pupil progress and attainment.


We are not currently inviting parents into school other than for those times that take priority for safeguarding or health and safety reasons or discussion of and provision that comes within a dedicated government group.  As an alternative measure this term, staff will continue to make contact as the need arises and for teachers will write a short response your individual enquiries. 

In order to work in partnership with parents we are asking for you to list your top two enquires by priority, for the class teacher to consider within the overview; to be completed and returned by Tuesday 3rd November 2020. Teachers will then prepare a brief report to send to each of you in Autumn 2.


We think this is the best way to gather your thoughts whilst also giving you an update for this first half term. For your information we will include an indicator about attainment compared to age appropriate expectations at this point in the year and relevant comments about behaviour and attitude.


Thank you in anticipation of your support and co-operation for this initiative.


Please complete the following and return to the school as a hard copy direct to the class teacher or via the school office by email, stating the class name by Tuesday 3rd November 2020.


Please note if more than 2 queries are listed only the top two will be responded to at this time.


With kind regards


Mrs S Hulme MA, NPQH

Executive Headteacher  














20th October 2020

Transfer to Secondary School Application - Reminder

Dear Parent or Carer,

As half term is fast approaching I just wanted to remind you to make your child's Transfer to Secondary school applications as soon as possible. The closing date is still the 31st October, which is a Saturday. Therefore there will be no eadmissions online contact available on that day as they operate Monday to Friday 9-6.

The school admissions team also operate 9-5 Monday to Friday but currently have a 5 working day turnaround time on all calls and 10 days on all emails. Therefore if they are contacted with problems and queries in half term they will do their best to get back to families but may not be able to do it before the closing date. Additionally the school is also closed for half term and will not have any staff available for telephone/email queries.

Please can I also remind you may name up to six schools on the form. The schools do not have to be in Sutton, they can be in any borough.


If you have any questions or are having any issues completing your child's Transfer to Secondary school application, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Sutton School Admissions before Friday 23rd October 2020.


Kind regards

Ms Nicol

PA to the Executive Headteacher

25th September 2020

School Uniform Direct - Uniform Update




Due to reduced customer footfall across all our stores, we have had to amend our opening times.
The new opening times will be reviewed in January.


It is now no longer necessary to book an appointment to come to visit our stores.
We had an extremely successful back to school period using the appointment based system. Many of you may have heard the nightmare stories across the media of School Uniform stores across the country that had 5-hour queues... Including one in Croydon with people starting the queue at 5am in the morning!
We were extremely pleased with our system of appointments which meant that those that did have to queue, also known as ‘Walk-ins’ (as they did not book an appointment), had to wait for an average of 30 mins.



23rd September 2020

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

 23 September 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.

Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:

? You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)

2. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

3. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

? Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

? If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly:

? Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.

 ? If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

? If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.

 No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful:

It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.

Yours sincerely, Professor   Viv Bennett CBE Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years | Public   Health England

Head of World Health   Organisation Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery

Follow me on Twitter:   @VivJBennett

Dr Susan Hopkins

Interim Chief Medical Officer   | NHS Test & Trace

Deputy Director | Public   Health England

Consultant in Infectious   Diseases & Microbiology

Royal Free, London