School Newsletters

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File icon: pdf March_2021_reopening_letter_.docx.pdf [pdf 329KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Minister Ford open letter to the SEND Parents and Carers - 9th November 2020.pdf [pdf 158KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf November 2020 Newsletter.pdf [pdf 132KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Remote learning letter Sept 2020.pdf [pdf 105KB] Click to download
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 4th January - 8:15pm - Government announcement

As per the announcment which has just been made school will close to all but a minority of pupils.  

On Tuesday 5th January remote learning will commence on Google Classroom (older pupils) and Class Dojo (younger pupils).  School will be open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are key workers from Wednesday 6th January.  

If your child meets the government definition of 'vulnerable' you will be contacted by school staff on Tuesday 5th Jan to discuss whether you want your child to continue to attend.

If you meet the government definition of a key/critical worker, then you must fill in this Key Worker Application Form in order to guarantee your child a place.  You will be contacted within 24 hours hours (during the working week) of submitting the key worker form.  However, it may take up to five working days, should you be eligible and school not be oversubscribed, for a place to be organised as there may be staffing implications, e.g. a new bubble needing creating, to enable your child to attend. 

Please note, we reserve the right to prioritise key worker places should this become necessary to ensure we do not go over 50% of the usual class size, which is in line with our risk assessment during this time. .  

Packed lunches for those children who are eligible for Free School Meals will be provided - school will be in touch with eligible parents as soon as possible. 

External Link Icon Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

Changes to Payment Systems for Parents

As from 1st September 2020, St Margaret’s C E Primary School will be operating a cashless system. This will mean that the school office will no longer be accepting cash or cheque payments from parents for school dinners, trips or uniforms etc  – payments will need to be made on-line using SchoolMoney.

If you have not already had a text from us informing you of the above then you will need to email the school office with your up-to-date contact number on info@stmargarets.oldham.sch.uk

Please see the attached documents for further information.

File icon: docx Schoolmoney Info Letter - Aug 2020.docx [docx 371KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Parent Guide Oct 2019.pdf [pdf 18MB] Click to download

Covid Related Absence Information for Parents

Please see the attached which explains what to do if you child is showing any of the recognised symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have recentely travelled abroad. 

File icon: pdf Covid-19 pupil absence guide v1 (1).pdf [pdf 208KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians.pdf [pdf 110KB] Click to download

August 2020 Info about Universal Free School Meals 

Please read the letter below if your child is currently in year two and will be going into year three in September 2020. 

File icon: pdf End of Universal Infant FSM 19.08.20.pdf [pdf 136KB] Click to download

Applying for a Secondary School Place 

The application window for children who are currently in year five (children who will be moving to year six in September) to apply for a secondary school place opens over the six week holidays.  See the letter for details. 

File icon: pdf Applying for a Secondary School Place.pdf [pdf 124KB] Click to download

Critical Worker Form

If you meet the government definition of a key/critical worker, then you must fill in this Key Worker Application Form in order to guarantee your child a place.  You will be contacted within 24 hours hours (during the working week) of submitting the key worker form.  However, it may take up to five working days, should you be eligible and school not be oversubscribed, for a place to be organised as there may be staffing implications, e.g. a new bubble needing creating, to enable your child to attend. 

Please note, we reserve the right to prioritise key worker places should this become necessary to ensure we do not go over 50% of the usual class size, which is in line with our risk assessment during this time. .  

Packed lunches for those children who are eligible for Free School Meals will be provided - school will be in touch with eligible parents as soon as possible. 

External Link Icon Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

Free School Meals Voucher System

For queries relating to the vouchers please email office@stmargaretsoldham.net

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During the first lockdown (March 2020) the government annouced its Free School Meal (FSM) voucher system: St Margaret's registered for this scheme and have been providing e-vouchers to parents since during times when we have been directed that this is permitted by the government. 

The FSM voucher system restarted again on Monday 18th January 2021.  Parents who are eligible for FSM will receive an email to redeem a voucher for £15 per child, per week. 

If you are unsure whether or not you may be eligible for free schools meals please follow this link to the coucil's website to find out more Oldham Council Free School Meals Info

Parents are advised to ensure they are checking their bulk/spam folders as it is possible the vouchers may appear there.  While you are waiting for your voucher to arrive you could familiarise yourself the process of redeeming it (see link below). 

To redeem your voucher (you must do this and not simply take your code to the shop) please visit this website.

If you have any queries please see the document for details about the voucher system including frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions DfE FSM Vouchers 

Oldham Library Services Family Support

With some children remaining at home, the home learning environment and parental engagement will be more important than ever.  To support families, Oldham Libraries are delivering an exciting online offer. From ‘Ask a Librarian’, live rhyme time sessions, quizzes to plenty of creative activities that you can do with your family, there’s something for everyone. Check the libraries website for the weekly programme through this link . You can also follow Oldham libraries on social media.