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Our Lady's Catholic
High School

For Parents

Reducing risks to stay safe

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 see here for the Risk Assessment for the full school opening

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



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:

Testing site Address Opening times and dates
Bentley Road Bentley Road car par, Dalston, N1 4DB 8am -8pm seven days a week
Stamford Hill Yesodey Hatorah School, Egerton Road, N16 6UB

10.30am to 3.30pm on the following days:

13, 27, 29 & 30 September

1, 18 and 25 October

If an individual is unable to book a test at a local site, they can attend the Bentley Road test site, where walk-up tests are available seven days a week, 8am-8pm.

Parking is available if you wish to drive to the centre.

If they do not have an appointment, they will be asked to register on arrival and may be asked to queue, but they will be offered a test.

Details of the above test sites and how to get to them can be found on this  flyer.

Up to date information about where testing sites in Hackney are can also be found on the Council website  here