Support for families
Please see the attached information about help and support for families - please don't hesitate to contact school if you need additional support.
School Calendar 2023/2024
Please see the calendar for the academic year 2023/4. Please note that Mather Street's school holidays may be slightly different to other local schools.
School Calendar 2022/3
Updated Covid-19 Advice - April 2022
Following the recent changes in guidance announced by the government on 1st April, we would like to clarify what you need to do if your child becomes ill.
Children and young people who are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 and who either have a high temperature or feel too poorly for school, should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
We are no longer being advised to test for COVID-19 even for individuals who have symptoms. Where families still have tests at home and decide to use them, the isolation guidance has been updated. Children with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days, which is when they are most infectious. Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should do the same for 5 days.
The list of symptoms of COVID-19 has been updated. They can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
We therefore remind you not to send your child into school if they are unwell. If we feel your child is unwell, in order to protect the other pupils and staff, we will ask you to collect them.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school safe.
FAO Parents of new Nursery and Year 6 children
Applications for Reception places for September 2023 are now open - please use the link below or refer to the letters from Oldham Council
Here are some of the arrangements we have in place to help to keep everyone safe.
- Parking space around school is very limited. Please avoid parking on the pavement at the entrance to school. For the safety of all the children, please be patient and show consideration to the neighbours and other drivers.
- Dogs are not allowed on the school premises.
- Children need to come to school, smartly dressed, in full school uniform.
Attendance and Punctuality
- The current guidance is very clear that all children should attend school every day. Oldham Council will issue fixed penalty notices where attendance at school is not good enough. Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time and is collected promptly at 3:15pm.
- If your child or a member of your household is displaying coronavirus symptoms, please follow government guidance and keep school informed.
Morning – children can enter school from 8:45am
Morning Drop-off – parents will not be allowed on site
- Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 – drop children off at the office gate.
- Children will walk to the junior playground and enter school as directed by staff.
- Year 1 and Year 2 – drop children off at the pylon car park gate.
- Children will walk to the infant playground and enter school as directed by staff.
- Reception and Nursery – drop children off at the pavement gate.
Collection (Nursery 12 noon; Reception 3:15pm)
- Nursery and reception – collect from the pavement gate
Gates will be open from 3:05pm
- Year 1 and Year 2 – wait for your children on the infant playground. Staff will bring the children to you.
- Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 – wait for your children on the junior playground. Staff will bring the children to you.
Families where the children are in different key stages. - School staff will direct Year3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children to the infant playground to meet their parents. (If there is a sibling in reception, collect the older children first.)
- Please contact school by telephone, text or e mail where possible.
- If you need to speak to someone in the office, please be prepared to queue.
- If you need to contact your child’s teacher, please wait until all the children have left the playground at the end of the day to speak to the teacher or get in touch by e mail or telephone and they will get back in touch with you.
Thank you for your continued support,
You can still contact class teachers via the class gmail accounts
Miss Adshead - email@example.com
Mr Ashley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Kantharia - email@example.com
Mrs Whalley/ Mrs Khatun - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Khan - email@example.com
Mr Turner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remind your children to stay safe online. There are lots of activities on our E-Safety page to help you.
50 Things to Do ...
Follow the link to find a menu of exciting activities for families in Oldham with young children.
There are lots of suggestions for how to have fun and learn at the same time.
We have seen the Facebook post from Infinity Initiatives C.I.C. and the messages of support from a number of kind people that have offered to help one of our children.
We have a stock of good quality 'new-to-you' uniform items and our families are really good at donating items that their children have outgrown - we try our best to help our children so they have access to appropriate uniform.
Our office staff are very helpful and will make sure any donations get to the child mentioned in the post.
Thank you for your kindness and the support you have offered.
Sally Brown, Head of School, Mather Street Primary School.