In a new feature we are contacting past students that are working in various Key Roles during the Covid -19 Pandemic. We want to celebrate their service and thank them for their hard work.


Here’s an update from Courtney Kelsall, an apprentice Key Worker in one of our Newman Collegiate primary partner schools. Here’s what she told us:
I’m currently in my last year as an apprentice working at a primary school in the Foundation Stage, between the nursery and Reception classes. I’ve been working from home during the lock-down to complete coursework and online training provided and have also gone into the school to work with the children of NHS staff and other Key Workers, both through term time and voluntarily during the Easter holidays.
At first I felt apprehensive about going into work under the circumstances as I didn’t know what to expect, but naturally my role is to keep the children in my care both safe and happy and I knew that I must continue to do this through these uncertain times! Adhering to the guidelines, both myself and other staff will continue to provide a fun environment for the children!

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Here’s an update from Laura Richards:
I’m a respiratory physiotherapist working at a hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. I’m currently working on the Respiratory Ward assessing and treating patients with Covid-19. We had our first patient move from ITU to the ward on 19th April and are busy beginning his rehabilitation.

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Here’s an update from Siobhan Clews:

I am the registered manager for Austin Ben supported living. We provide domiciliary care, social care, companion service and provide 24 /7 care to service users within their own homes.  We operate predominantly in Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Kent.
My main responsibilities include maintaining the safety of the service users and that of the staff. Knowing that the service users are well cared for and able to remain within their own homes for as long as possible gives me job satisfaction and a feeling of pride for what I (and my team) do.
I am regulated by the Care Quality Commission, so I have standards under the Health and Social Care Act that I have to meet – even during the COVID19 pandemic.
During lock-down, it has been so much harder to maintain care delivery and to keep staff morale high. I lead by example so that all the staff can follow my lead to keep themselves and the service users as safe as possible.
My daughter still has to go to school – so I personally wanted to thank all the teachers who are still going into work to support the front-line key workers like myself. It is definitely true… that real super heroes don’t wear capes!
I would also like to give a mention to St Margaret ward Catholic Academy for their very generous donation of face shields and goggles for all of the front line staff – it has been a great help and we truly appreciate your kindness.
Thank you to everyone involved in Staying Safe during this difficult time.

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Here’s an update from Kerry Mayer and Michelle Quaile:

Kerry and Michele are both ex pupils, having left St Margaret Ward in ‘94. They now both work on Ward 222 NIVCC. They nurse patients with a variety of Respiratory conditions. The unit specialises in Non-Invasive-Ventilation, which is a type of ventilator that supports a patients breathing, without the need for invasive procedures such as intubation or a tracheotomy.
During Covid-19 the Unit has had to adapt its criteria to assist with supporting positive Covid-19 patients referred to them, that may require High Flow Oxygen or CPAP (a type of ventilator that delivers a constant and steady air pressure). Although this is a challenging time for the whole Team on Ward 222, it is also a rewarding time, as they have recently, successfully, discharged two patients home, who had previously tested positive for Covid-19.
We are so grateful for the public support shown towards the NHS/ healthcare and all frontline workers at this time, it is certainly boosting morale.
Also a huge Thank-you again to St Margaret Ward for our Visors. We truly appreciate them.

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