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Our Lady's Catholic
High School

For Parents

Reducing risks to stay safe

Please see presentation below that has been shared with your child to reiterate our expectations as this half-term draws to a close and we prepare for our return in November:

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As part of the re-opening of the school we have had to make substantial changes to the running of the school in order  to meet government guidance and to reduce risk to your child and our staff.  It has be an enormous undertaking to put in place such substantial change in an incredibly short amount of time.  But it is worth it to have your children back here, in the classroom learning. We now need the full support of students and families to ensure that these measure are adhered to and therefore reduce the likelihood of partial or full closure in the coming months.

Please click here to read the Covid Risk Assessment on the School Policy page

There is a lot of new information and different ways of doing things that your child will get used to over the coming weeks.  One of the biggest changes, and where we could really do with your support, is with the staggered starts.  In order to reduce overcrowding on the way into school and to prevent groups of students gathering before school each year group starts and enters the school at a different time and entrance.  it is a tough ask, but we really need students to work on not being too early,, but also to not be late!  Lessons START at the time indicated.  There is no morning form time.

8.45am - Year 11 - Main Entrance

8.45am - Sixth Form - Hillside Entrance

9.00am - Year 10 - Main Entrance

9.00am - Year 9 - Stamford Hill, top gate, Entrance

9.15am - Year 8 - Main Entrance

9.15am - Year 7 - Stamford Hill, top gate, Entrance

Please see below for further details of changes. This has been shared with your daughter. A pdf version for printing is available here: Reducing risks to stay safe

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At the end of the day:

2:25pm -  Year 8 - Main Entrance

2:25pm - Year 10 - Main Entrance 2:25pm-- Year 9 - Stamford Hill, top gate, Entrance

2:45pm - Sixth Form - Hillside Entrance (Sixth Form exit via main entrance if leaving early)

2:45pm - Year 11 - Stamford Hill, top gate, Entrance

2:45pm - Year 7 - Hillside Entrance


If your child (our student) or a member of their household have any symptoms of coronavirus:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste

Stay at home - please phone the school on 0202 8800 2158 to explain this absence

Arrange to get a test!

COVID-19 test sites in Hackney and how to access them

If anyone is showing COVID-19 symptoms, a test should be booked asap.

This can be done online here or by calling 119.

In Hackney there are two local test sites:

Bentley Road - Walk through only

Bentley Road car park, Dalston, N1 4DB

8am - 8pm seven days a week

Hackney Central - Walk through only

340 Mare St, E8 1HA

8am - 8pm seven days a week

Stamford Hill - Walk & drive through

Yesodey Hatorah School, Egerton Road, N16 6UB

10.30am-3.30pm on the following days:18 and 25 October

Hackney Marshes - Walk & drive through

Hackney Marshes Leisure Centre,

Homerton Rd, London E9 5PF

10.30am-3.30pm on the following days: 12, 15, 21, 27 and 30 October

Anyone requiring a COVID-19 test must book this in advance either online or by calling 119.

For more information on coronavirus testing, please visit the NHS website.