Further guidance from Public Health England are asking that pupils who feel unwell but do not have any of the three main symptoms of COVID - 19 get a PCR test. They should remain off school until they have a negative test result.
Updated guidance from the Director of Public Health June 2021
As you may be aware, we are once again seeing an increase in cases of COVID-19 in
Oldham. This increase is related in part to the relaxation of lockdown restrictions as well as
the spread of the Delta variant of the virus (originally identified in India).
I understand you might be concerned about the reported increase in cases of the Delta
variant. We are currently seeing higher case rates among children and young people,
however there is no evidence to suggest this variant causes more severe illness than any
other variant currently circulating in the UK. Our priority is to keep all students and staff
safe and well, and ensure we are able to identify any new cases at an early stage,
including when people have no symptoms. Early identification will help us to prevent
onward transmission and minimise our case rates in the borough.
Testing for contacts of confirmed cases
As a precautionary measure, following discussions with Public Health England, I am
asking all pupils who are identified as a contact of a positive COVID-19 case to
access PCR testing. By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent to specialist labs
to help us to identify variant of concern cases and their spread. Even if this PCR test result
is negative, contacts must continue to self-isolate for the full ten days in line with
government guidance. As always, if your child tests positive for COVID-19 please inform
their school or college as soon as possible.
You can go online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to book a free test by clicking the
box that says your local council has asked you to do this. For those without internet
access, you can also order or book a test over the phone by calling 119. If someone has
tested positive using a PCR swab test in the last 90 days, they do not need to take another
I recognise that for some children and young people, testing will not be appropriate. This
includes younger children or pupils who have additional needs that would make carrying
out the test distressing and/or challenging. Where this is the case, the household of the
contacts can access asymptomatic rapid testing instead. Details of these are available via
the Oldham Council website www.oldham.gov.uk/testing_without_symptoms
Testing for pupils who feel unwell
The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough
and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell.
Anyone who has these symptoms should stay at home or return home as soon as possible
to isolate and arrange a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
I am also asking that pupils who feel unwell but who do not have any of the three
main symptoms of COVID-19 to get a PCR test. In this situation your child does not
have to self-isolate unless the test result comes back as positive.
Secondary age children and their families should also continue with twice-weekly lateral
flow device tests. These are for people with no COVID-19 symptoms. A positive lateral
flow test result should be registered with NHS Test and Trace and a PCR test should be
taken to confirm the result. While waiting for the confirmatory PCR result, all contacts
should isolate immediately for 10 days.
Support to self-isolate
Keeping yourself away from other people when you could be infectious is the most
effective way of stopping COVID-19. You are not alone if you find doing this hard. Planning
ahead can make things easier. For more help and support go to
If you have to self-isolate due to COVID, then you may be eligible for self-isolation
payments. For more information go to https://www.oldham.gov.uk/selfisolationpayment.
I am also strongly advising that secondary school and college students should wear face
coverings in communal areas in school. This is due to the increasing number of cases
locally and in other parts of Greater Manchester. Students do not have to wear face
coverings in classrooms, however, some pupils may choose to wear a face covering in a
classroom due to their individual situation.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through our breath, our nose and mouth, when
we talk, sing, cough, sneeze, or do anything else that involves breathing. A face covering
greatly reduces the distance our breath can travel, and that helps to protect everyone.
The more cases we find, the better chance we have at stopping COVID-19 spreading.
My thanks for your continued support
Director of Public Health
"I come that they may have life and have it to the full" - John Chapter 10 verse 10
St Patrick’s is a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided school situated near the town centre of Oldham. We are a one form entry primary school with a part time nursery. There are currently 222 pupils on roll. St Patrick’s serves the parish of Our Lady & St Patrick and we are in the Werneth Ward. We are a very diverse school with children from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and we have approximately 20 different home languages. St Patrick’s is a happy, caring school where everyone tries their best. We don’t expect anybody to be perfect but we encourage hard work and mutual respect. We use ‘Christ as our vision’ and endeavour to live as Jesus taught us, to love one another and to be forgiving. Children who join our school become part of the St Patrick’s family along with their families and our parish.
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Latest School calendar Events
- Celebration Assembly14Jun2021
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm @ St. Patrick's
- Y4 - Swimming15Jun2021
10:30 am - 12:00 pm @ Oldham Sports Centre
- Music - Brass Y4 & Lessons16Jun2021
9:00 am - 11:30 am @ St. Patrick's
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Child Protection and Safeguarding
‘St. Patrick’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and members of the wider school community to share this commitment.
School Policies and Procedures
For full details regarding our safeguarding and child protection policy and procedures please refer to the 'SCHOOL' section on our website where you will find a list of policies.
Who to Contact With Concerns
Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact our designated persons for safeguarding:
- Mrs C Mitchell (Head Teacher - Designated Person for Child Protection)
- Mrs A McGlade (Deputy Head Teacher - Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection and SENCO)
Should you have any concerns in terms of Safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact the designated person above. If the allegation concerns the Headteacher you should contact Father P Sumner (Chair of Governors) via school who will call you as soon as possible.
Week commencing 21st May 2021
Attendance overall 2020-21
Secretary State for Education - Mar21
Click here to view the letter to young people from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education.
Nursery Places available for September 2021
Nursery Places - January 2021
If your child is 3 years old by the 31st August 2021 and you would like a part-time (9-12) Nursery place for them at St Patrick's RC Primary School. Please bring your application form into school or send it to us at: -
FROM THE 1st APRIL 2021.
SCHOOL MEAL PRICES WILL
INCREASE TO £2.55 PER DAY - £12.75 PER WEEK
If you think you may be eligible for free school meals please click on the link below to apply on line.
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St. Patrick’s is a Catholic school with Christ as
St. Patrick’s is a Catholic school with Christ as our vision.
" I come that they may have life and have it to the full" - John Chapter 10 verse 10
In our school, we foster an atmosphere of love and respect for God and each other.
We value and appreciate each member of our school community as unique.
We value different identities in order that each person may live life in all its fullness.
We aim to deliver a curriculum which meets the needs of all our children and is rooted in the Gospel stories.
We value the faith, culture and traditions of every child and we encourage partnership between parents, school, parish and local community.