COVID-19 Information & Updates

Risk Assessment

The Academy Risk Assessment is reviewed every 2 weeks and updated where necessary

Covid Risk Assessment - 28.02.22

Updated Guidance


On 21 February, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the Government’s COVID19 response. COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains. The DFE priority is to support schools to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances and mental and physical health. The DFE have worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to revise their guidance and at Woodlands, our Risk Assessment reflects this.

National Guidance 

Coronavirus remains a risk. You should continue to protect yourself and others.

  • Get vaccinated 
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • If you have symptoms, get tested and self-isolate if required - GOV.UK website
  • The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. 

Full details of the rules and government guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website:

At Woodlands, we have conducted our own risk assessment which can be viewed on the link at the top of this page. In addition to this, below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.  

How is school minimising the risk of COVID outbreaks?
As stated in the DFE Guidance, Woodlands has the following 4 control measures in place.
1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.


If my child has symptoms, can they come to school?
Children who are too unwell to come to school should remain at home to get better. If you think your child has symptoms of COVID the current advice is that you should still access a test and keep them home for 5 days if this is positive. This is no longer a legal requirement but we would appreciate your support in keeping our community safe where you know your child has received a positive test result. 

If someone else in the household has symptoms, can my child come to school?
Yes, the child can continue to attend school if they have no symptoms. The above comes into play should symptoms then develop.

If someone in the household tests positive, can my child come to school?
Yes, as above, if they do not have any symptoms. 

If someone in the class has symptoms, what happens?
If a child comes to school unwell, normal policy will be implemented. Where there are concerns re COVID symptoms, a child will be sent home and parents will be advised to seek a test.

Does my child need to take regular lateral flow tests?
Though not a requirement for primary school aged children, guidance recommends that children take regular LFD tests to ensure they are not carrying the virus. However, this remains parental choice. 

What happens if lots of children at school tests positive?
If this happens, we will inform the Academy Trust and Public Health Oldham and they will advise us if any additional action is required, such as implementing elements of our outbreak management plan. This may include wider testing or targeted closures of certain groups or classes.

What happens if the staff member tests positive?
Staff members with a positive test result will not come into work. The children will either be taught by a cover member of staff or supply teacher. If the teacher is well enough, they may be able to teacher remotely into the classroom. If the teacher is unwell, they will not be teaching remotely and will be resting and recovering.

If my child is self-isolating, will they get work?
Yes. We will implement our remote education plan for any child self-isolating at home and if they are well enough, we will expect them to complete all work set and submit this via See Saw. Staff will liaise with parents as appropriate

Will children be in bubbles?
No. Children are no longer in "bubbles" within school. 


Updated Policies & Plans

These policies have been updated to reflect changes to routines and provision within the Academy to ensure we are COVID safe

COVID-19 Catch up Funding - 2020-21

Blended Learning Action Plan

Annex to safeguarding policy - v 4.0 Updated March 21

COVID-19 Addendum to Behaviour Policy

Remote Teaching & Learning Policy - Sept 2021

Useful Links

Oldham Council - COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus - Symptoms, Restrictions and Advice

DFE Guidance for Schools

DfE - Updated Guidance for Schools for National Lockdown