In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, St Peter’s School, York has implemented a strict visitor policy to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the whole school community. Following instructions from the government, the school site will be closed to pupils (apart from children of key workers) from the end of the day on Friday 20 March with no indication given of when that situation will change. We ask that all non-essential visitors also stay away from the school at this time. If your visit is essential, please read our visitor policy before you visit the school.

Read Visitor Policy
NHS

At St Peter’s School, York we are doing all we can to support our neighbours at this difficult time, especially the most vulnerable and those working with them.

Donation of PPE

We donated over 6,500 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The donation included four infection protection kits (complete with mask, visor, coverall, gloves, shoe covers, tape and a waste bag), 48 filtering facepieces, 626 surgical face masks, 150 pieces of eye protection (goggles and glasses), 5,500 latex free gloves, 350 disposable aprons and 25 disposable decorators coveralls.  The items of PPE have been sourced from St Peter’s School’s on-site medical centre, its science, design and technology departments, and donations from pupils. The equipment was delivered to York Hospital on Thursday 26 March. Read more here.

Rory’s Soup Run

A lower sixth pupil from St Peter’s School, York, has dedicated his spare time to helping people in need in his local community.  Rory, aged 16, has launched a soup run for the over 60s living in the village of Husthwaite who have been advised to self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic. The service also offers a point of contact for residents who live alone with no family to check on them. Rory usually spends an hour each day commuting to school in York but he has decided to use this time to restart the soup run which he originally set up for his silver Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2018.  Following the closure of St Peter’s School on Friday 20 March, Rory wasted no time in distributing letters to the older residents of Husthwaite with information about the soup run and his contact details. Now he delivers nourishing soup to the villagers twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, and has 15 customers so far. 

Rory delivers the soup himself to people in need, using a delivery vehicle fashioned out of a golf trolley and two folding plastic crates. He is observing government guidelines on social distancing and uses disinfected containers, gloves and masks to deliver the food, which he leaves on the doorstep. Read more here.

Facing Up to Coronavirus

Mr Paul Cooper, Head of Design and Technology at St Peter’s School, has been manufacturing visors in his classroom to supplement the 6,500 items of protective equipment donated by the school to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  After hearing about the shortage of face masks for health professionals, Mr Cooper realised that his Design and Technology department has the machinery and equipment to manufacture visors for staff working on the front line against coronavirus. With the support of Head Master Mr Jeremy Walker, Mr Cooper proceeded with the production of the visors in his workshop at the school.  Mr Cooper initially made 5 sample face masks for the approval of York Teaching Hospital Trust and was given the go ahead to produce a further 60 visors which were collected from St Peter’s School by Dr Nigel Durham on Thursday 2 April. He has now produced over 200 visors and is waiting for new materials in order to fulfil further demand. Read more here

Letters of Hope

Our youngest pupils have been writing letters and drawing pictures for the residents of Fulford Nursing Home. 24 pupils aged 5-6 selected one name each from a list of residents. The children then used paints, crayons, colouring pencils and other materials to create their pictures and letters, which were posted to the Nursing Home on Thursday 19 March. Popular themes included rainbows, hearts and flowers. Read more here

And in other news...

The school has remained open every day through the Easter holiday, providing childcare for children of critical workers. The children are having a great time and our catering team are providing a hot meal every day so that parents can carry out their essential work without having to worry.

One of our boarding houses is being used as accommodation for doctors at nearby York Hospital. The first doctors moved in at the weekend and we hope they will get the rest they need to continue their vital work.

Our car park is available to staff at York Hospital, along with parking throughout the city centre.

Many staff have signed up for coordinated volunteering through the NHS and the city council, carrying out vital tasks in the city.