COVID-19 Updates

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please be assured that we are committed to ensuring that we do all within our power to reduce the impact of the pandemic on students learning and attainment and to keep our students, staff and wider community safe.

All communication will be via the school website and emails to parents, please regularly check your emails and read all information carefully. The letters area of our website will be updated with all outgoing emails.

We thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging period.

Home Learning

If students have to isolate they must notify the school immediately via the school's main reception on 0207 561 7800.

Isolating students should follow their normal school timetable and log into to Google Classroom for each of their lessons. Attendance will be monitored.

For Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 all lessons will take place via Google Classroom, whilst homework will continue to be set via Go4Schools.

For Years 11, 12 and 13 all lessons, classwork and homework will take place via Google Classroom.

Please carefully read our Virtual Learning Guide. If your son has misplaced his login details please email enquiries@sta.islington.sch.uk

Do remind your child to take breaks away from screens as well, and also make time for having fun and connecting with friends and family.

Parent Support

We have all had to adapt to new ways of working, so we want to take the chance to say thank you for all you are doing in supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.

Dr Emma Silver and Highgate School have kindly shared a talk on 'Parenting in Times of Uncertainty' which provides information and ideas to support parents. The talk discusses how we might overcome some of the unique challenges the pandemic presents as parents. The talk contains Dr Emma Silver's thoughts on what a balanced digital diet looks like, and explores how to support your child’s online learning and how we can help our children manage anxiety and uncertainty among many other useful topics. 

We have put together a Parent Guide to GoogleClassroom for further guidance on how your son can use GoogleClassroom to access lessons and complete work during this period of remote learning.

We held a Parent Support Session on Tuesday 26th January, offering support and guidance covering;

  • E safety
  • Pupil well-being
  • Parental well-being
  • Healthy living
  • Using GoogleClassroom for remote learning

If you missed the session or would like to revisit the information, you can view the presentation slides here:

Virtual Parent Meetings and Events

Fortunately most large school events are taking place on site now, however where possible we will be offering the event virtually.

If you have been invited to a virtual meeting or event please read the invite email carefully and ensure you are able to log on and access the meeting. We recommend you attempt to access the meeting in the days prior to the event to allow time to resolve any log in issues. 

If you have been invited to a virtual meeting via GoogleMeet you can find access instructions below:

GCSE, A level and BTEC Qualifications

We are aware that this is an anxious time for many of our students. We will communicate any information we receive from Ofqual and the exam boards to our GCSE, A Level and BTEC students and parents as soon as we receive details. Please ensure you regularly check your emails for any updates.

Any students who require further support or guidance regarding their GCSE, A Level or BTEC qualifications are welcome to email our Exams Officer, Ms D Gaiu via gaiu.d@sta.islington.sch.uk 

Student Wellbeing

This is a challenging and unprecedented time. Understandably the situation will be causing some concern and distress to our students and their families. As a school we strive to support families in adapting to Home Learning and coping with the impacts of this pandemic.

Staff members will be calling the families of each and every student on a weekly basis to check on progress with subjects, resolve any online platform access issues, support Home Learning and monitor student wellbeing. Students and parents should feel free to raise any issues or concerns during these calls.

Please find below links to online resources that offer mental health support for children and young people.

  • Childline – offers ideas for managing mood and allows access to 1:1 counselling through a web chat; their advice line is 0800 1111
  • Kooth – offers access to resources for managing mood and has an online feelings diary
  • WoeBot – an app that has been developed for teenagers to help them manage low mood and to relax; it can be downloaded for free on a smartphone or tablet

If a young person is worrying about the coronavirus or struggling with self-isolation, there are a couple of websites that they might find helpful:

  • Young Minds
  • Mind
  • CARIS Bereavement Service – Children and young people bereavement support. For parents and teachers we can offer phone support about how to help children with their bereavement issues: 

Other useful links for further support:

We will provide more information on all of the above matters as and when we have it.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of our students and their families at this time.