Our schedule of events for Autumn 2 is below – events are subject to change depending on the situation and local advice regarding Coronavirus

26th Oct. to 30th Oct.  2020

Half Term Holiday

W/c 9th November 2020

Friendship week – Theme ‘United Against Bullying’

12th November 2020

Reception Reading Meeting – 3.30 p.m. – POWERPOINT WEBSITE

13th November 2020

Children in Need – Non-Uniform £1 Donation

17th November 2020

Flu Vaccines

26th November 2020

Nursery, Y1, Y3 and 5C (Cherry) and Absent Photos

15th December 2020

Christmas Dinner  -  Christmas Jumper Day

18th December 2020

Christmas Parties.

School closes as 1 p.m.



Can we please ask that everyone disposes of plastic gloves and face mask responsibly as there are many being left on the car park and on the playground – this is a hazard to all of the children. Please take them home or use the bins provided.



The link for the reception reading meeting PowerPoint is




Can we please remind parents that children who have packed lunches should be following healthy school guidelines:

·                     A main item such as a sandwich, rice or pasta salad – please note the sandwich filling should not be chocolate spreads

·                     A portion of fruit and vegetables such as cucumber, an apple etc

·                     Should only have crisps in once a week

·                     Should not contain chocolate or sweets or hot items or fizzy drinks

Your assistance in this is appreciated



We have vacancies on our Governing Board for 2 Parent Governors, parents serve for a term of four years. Please see attached letter – please return all nomination forms by the 23rd October for consideration. If you are unable to print out a nomination paper please contact the office for a copy.


The nasal flu spray is being offered in school again this year. Every primary school child in England is being offered this.

We need you to tell us if you would like your child to be vaccinated. It is really important that you return your child’s flu consent e-form – even if you are turning it down. We need to know that you are aware your child is being offered the vaccination.

Please see your attached link to consent or decline for this year’s nasal flu vaccinations ( https://www.nhsimms.uk/FLU/information?Id=105766&Type=FLU ) please note that the link will close (10/11/2020) If you have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0333 358 3397.​

The flu vaccination is more important than ever this year because of COVID-19. The symptoms of flu can be mistaken for COVID-19 which means that flu could cause school bubbles to close if mistaken for COVID-19.



In the event of any family receiving a positive COVID result can you please forward your positive test result by text to our welfare phone on 07563870951.

Please forward all test results through to office@shawclough.rochdale.sch.uk. On your first day back in school please report to the school office before going to class. Thank you



If your child is unable to attend school due to self-isolating it is important that they carry on with school work. All children who are off but are otherwise well should access the Oak Academy for work relevant to their school year group. https://classroom.thenational.academy/


In the event of a bubble closing then work will be sent via email – work that is sent out in a bubble closure if mandatory and the work should be emailed back. We appreciate home education can be difficult so we ask that you have a go at all the work set. If you need assistance with the work or can’t get through it just email the ‘ask the teacher’ address and someone will contact you to assist. If you are unable to access on line work it is important that you speak to the school office, paper packs will always be available, there is no expectation that you print anything out. If you have no computer resources at home please speak to the Office or Miss Sharp for further assistance.



Tuesday, 1 September 2020

The online admissions system opens for secondary school places​​​.​

Monday, 2 November 2020

Closing date ​for applications
Ensure your secondary school application is submitted before this date.​ Otherwise you will need to apply for a late application.

Monday, 1 March 2021

National offer day​.



Monday, 7 September 2020

The online admissions system opens for primary school places​​​.​

Friday, 15 January 2021

Closing date ​for applications
Ensure your primary school application is submitted before this date.​ Otherwise you will need to apply for a late application.

Friday, ​16 April 2021

National offer day​.

All admission information for children due to start Reception can be found at





Photos for Nursery, Year 1, Year 3, Cherry Class and anyone who was absent will now be on the 26th November.  If your nursery child does not attend school that day but you wish for them to have a photo taken please contact the school office at office@shawclough.rochdale.sch.uk to book a session time (Nursery only)



We will shortly be commencing some roofing works in the school grounds this will mean that scaffolding will be put up around the front of the building and at the path at the side of the building. Please be careful when walking in these areas and ensure your children are supervised in these areas. Thank you



Many thanks to all who are utilising our booking service for both breakfast and tea time club. If you book a session you are no longer able to use then bookings will be refunded and an alternative booking can be made. Please ensure you book each child in for each day. PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER HALF TERM – THEREAFTER UNUSED SESSIONS WILL NOT BE CREDITED AS STAFF ARE ALLOCATED BASED ON NUMBERS.



Thank you to all families who are wearing face masks in school grounds and also arriving on their own to collect children it does help us to maintain a safe environment. Please if you are arriving with a child from High School please can the High School child wait outside the gates to reduce the number of people on site. We would also ask that when waiting you do so in a manner that maintains social distancing. Reception parents please do not enter the gated area in phase 1 until after the Year 1 pupils have entered. Reception start time is 8:45am. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO ACCESS TO THE SCHOOL BUILDING FOR ANY VISITORS INCLUDING USE OF THE TOILETS.

We would also like to remind everyone that the school car park should not be used without a permit.

Due to congestion and issues with social distancing at home time at the phase 1 doors Y1 will be collected from the small playground near the ramp from 22nd September until further notice. Drop off remains unchanged.



Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to cancel some of our events that normally happen in the second half of the Autumn term. We are as disappointed as you are but we wanted to let you know early as we understand that many of you book time off work to see these events. We would hope at least to be able to do some of the parents breakfast events later in the year.


In terms of events that we are still running:

W/c 9th November 2020

Friendship week – We will be looking at friendships and relationships with others during class this week. The theme of this is ‘United Against Bullying’. We will be looking at what is bullying and what children can do to help themselves and others. Part of the theme this year is a launch day to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness – we invite children to wear odd socks on this day to celebrate individuality.

13th November 2020

Children in Need – Non-Uniform £1 Donation – We will once again be supporting Children In Need – children may wear non-uniform or Pudsey wear on this day – no football shirts please

15th December 2020

Christmas Dinner  -  Christmas Jumper Day/Non-Uniform Day - £1 donation please

18th December 2020

Christmas Parties  - Party clothes – sensible shoes please.

School closes as 1 p.m.



Two items that we are going to carry on with this year are our popular Christmas Raffle with prizes of a luxury hamper and also the biscuit sale. For anyone that has ever been to Shawclough the chocolate dipped biscuits we sell at Christmas are very popular. We are selling them for £2.50 on SIMs Pay. Put your orders in by the 11th December. Christmas raffle tickets are £1 per strip, prizes will be drawn on the last week of term and winners notified – again please purchase on SIMs Pay by the 11th December. Thank you for your support, these fund raising activities allows us to buy extra things for children during times such as the Christmas Party.