Corona Virus Closure


Why are we closed?  

St Mary’s Catholic High School will be closed following instructions from Public Health England and the DFE.


Current Closure Dates

Now until further notice.


Home Learning

General advice to all students.

Pupils should work at home to complete the tasks set by their teachers, utilising the materials provided alongside suggested online resources.

Detailed information for each subject can be found in the ‘Closure Work’ folder set up in the Shared Area. This can be accessed through Home Access+, and pupils should check the information for updates on a regular basis. Pupils must also routinely check their emails for further communication from staff. Please check below for futher guidance.

Staff – Working from Home (

Students – Working from Home (


Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education - GOV.UK (


Domestic abuse is wrong under any circumstances, including during this unprecedented period of lockdown. We understand that the current climate may exacerbate existing issues and tensions and it may be more difficult to ask for help. Please remember that there is support out there and many discrete ways to make contact. If you or someone you care about may be at risk of suffering domestic abuse, please use the links below to signpost you to support: 



Advice and guidance on how to protect children from sexual abuse

Derbyshire Young Carers Information on Covid-19: useful information, links and advice.-Derbyshire Young Carers Information on Covid - useful information, links and advice

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental health & self-care- It is more important than ever that we prioritise our mental health and emotional wellbeing. There is a wealth of information and resources out there, but this website is particular useful for young people, parents and carers 

It has a simple and imaginative section on how to be proactive with your self-care. Take a look!

Random acts of kindness- There is no doubt that we are all facing one of the most challenging and worrying periods of our time. However, where there is darkness, there is light. It has been humbling to witness and participate in local and national acts of kindness and community spirit, such as the ‘Clap for our Carers’ each Thursday at 8pm. We can all do something thoughtful and kind for our loved ones, even if we are not with them. We can also extend our care and consideration to those who we do not know, especially the most vulnerable in our communities. Take a look at this website for some inspiration on how we can make others feel better and give our own mental health a boost! 

If you need help

There’s information here for those who need help during the corona virus outbreak and how to get it. (

We can help you if you have no friends or family you can call on during the corona virus pandemic.

Emotional health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak from Derbyshire County Council: 
How to support the mental health of your teen during the Coronavirus lockdown (

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – GOV.UK (


First Steps is a registered charity based in the East Midlands that support ALL people suffering with eating disorders. If you feel you would like to access our service’s you can complete our online referral form. You do not need an official mental health diagnosis or an official eating disorder diagnosis from a registered health professional and there is no criteria to accessing services from First Steps. We offer a range of services for anyone who is referred to us such as befriending, group sessions, counselling and one to one support; all of which we have established virtually to keep to government social distancing guidelines.


The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Wellbeing Challenge 2020 is designed to encourage young people to think positively about their mental health; it’s based around the ‘Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing ( ’: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give.

The idea is to encourage young people to think positively about their mental health; it’s based around the ‘Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing’: Give to others; Connect; Keep learning; Take no (


How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) | UNICEF (
6 strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal


 ( Corona advice and mental health support.

|YoungMinds - children and young people's mental health charity (
We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life's challenges.



Quaranteened: helping teenagers cope with lockdown | Parent Zone (
Being a teenager is a long, slow process of growing away from your family. Yet young people are suddenly being thrust back into the heart of their families, whether or not they want to be.


 ( This is a collection of downloadable self-help guides that we really like and hope may be useful to you. Some are aimed at adults but the ideas and suggestions in them can still be relevant for young people and parents



A practical guide to supporting pupils and students during periods of disruption.


7 ways to support children and young people who are worried, informed by a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach to managing anxiety.


Stay at home activities for children and young people | RCPCH (


RCPCH &Us have made fun things to do while you are staying home – a health diary to write or draw your questions or feelings between appointments, and an activity pack so you can help the NHS and entertained (plus get a certificate!)


Action for Happiness (
The world is in crisis. Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind.

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook | The Wellness Society | Self-Help, Therapy and Coaching Tools (
Download our free 28 page Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook containing tools and techniques to help you deal with stress and anxiety.
Creative work by Nifty Fox Creative, 2020 TIS-UK is committed to supporting and developing mentally healthy cultures in schools and other organisations, informed by trauma informed practice and the power of an emotionally available adult to buffer the impact of childhood adversity. There are a range of Covid-19 support resources for parents, schools and settings on … Continue reading Mental health and wellbeing support during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Mental health and wellbeing support during Coronavirus (Covid-19) - South Yorkshire Futures (

Creative work by Nifty Fox Creative, 2020 This is a time of huge anxiety and an unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in. Changes to everyday life are impacting on us as adults and on our children, who take their lead from us as parents, carers or guardians. It is difficult for us all to … Continue reading Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources - South Yorkshire Futures (

NHS Derby & Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing toolkit.


Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness. Follow this link for more information on strategies to support your mental health and ideas for some great activities that will boost your wellbeing! 


StarLine advisers are qualified teachers and education and parenting experts from schools, trusts and national organisations. They work in different types of schools, in different towns and cities and have different subject specialisms. They all understand the challenges of home learning and want to help parents support their children’s learning(

Key government updates

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday

10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak (updated 23/4/2020):

Letters to Parents and Carers