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20th March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,


Following Wednesday’s announcement by the Prime Minister about COVID-19, we will be closing the school with effect from Friday 20th March 2020. We hope to be able to resume to normal as soon as possible however, it is entirely possible that this could be a much longer closure.  From today, until further notice, pupils can no longer attend classes. The school will place details of work that can be undertaken at home on the school website. If appropriate we will update these as more resources become available.  The school will contact you at regular intervals via the text service and the website to keep you informed as soon as we get more information. It is therefore essential that you ensure your mobile phone details are up to date with the school.

If your child is currently absent, we have a home learning pack prepared for them and this can be collected from the office from Tuesday 24th March. However, if you are self-isolating you must not collect until the isolation period is over.


We will be providing a childcare facility for the children of Emergency and Essential workers.  It is important to note that the Government have asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. By having fewer children attending school, this will help to lower the risk of the virus spreading and infecting other children, staff and family members.

If you are a critical worker please contact school by Monday 23rd March 2020 at 12 noon at the very latest.   Please be advised that school will need to see evidence of your occupation to verify you fall into the critical workers category.

More information for parents can be found on the following link:


The Local Authority have undertaken the role of producing school dinners for those qualifying for Free School Meals.  Packed lunches will be available from Monday 23rd March between 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  If you are entitled to free school meals then please come to the school office to collect. Where possible,  minimise the number of family members coming to collect lunches as we want to maintain social distances as much as possible.  The following website details local foodbanks.

We are all looking forward to a time when we can get back to normal operations.  For now though, we must all commit to doing the best that we can to look after ourselves and each other in these extremely unusual and challenging circumstances. There will be hardship and heartache ahead as the virus touches our family and friends, we will, as your school family think of you all often, as we work together to beat coronavirus.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs G Mangnall



Tuesday 17th March 2020 16.30

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.

Public Health England have confirmed that the guidance on social distancing does apply to all ages, therefore includes school aged children.


17th March 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Firstly, may we thank you all for your ongoing support with regards to managing the safety of your children as they continue to attend school in the current health crisis.  As a school we are guided by governmental advice and thus far our actions have been directed by the latest advice.  We have consulted the various helplines over the last few weeks to ensure we make timely and correct decisions with regard to the well-being of your children and the wider community.


The government advice changed yesterday and I am sure you are all keeping up with the latest news but it is perhaps worth re-iterating the latest advice –

  • Anyone with a fever (above 37.8 degrees) or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help
  • Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those under 70 with underlying health conditions such as asthma and also pregnant women
  • People should work from home where they can
  • People should avoid places like pubs, clubs and theatres.
  • People should stop all unnecessary travel
  • By the weekend, those with the most serious health conditions should be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks

In light of the above advice we are advising that if your child has any of the symptoms above, they should not be in school or return to school within 14 days.  Furthermore, if a family member in the household has any of the symptoms, your child should also stay at home for 14 days.

In an attempt to reduce the number of people entering the school building and to maintain the safety and well-being of our school community, we have made a decision to postpone or cancel a number of events in school, as follows:

  • Parents Evening – Monday 30th March and Tuesday 31st March
  • Easter Service – Thursday 2nd April (cancelled)
  • Weekly reading café – postponed until further notice


It is, of course, possible that school closures will be ordered by the government at some point over the next few weeks.  We hope to avoid this eventuality but we can assure you that plans are in place to set work for pupils if this situation arises.

So we can keep you informed of any further updates that we receive as a school, please make sure that all your contact details are up-to-date with the school office.

I would like to thank you, on behalf of the staff, for your continued support especially at this very difficult time for us all.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Mangnall




St James has a long and proud tradition in the area and has served the people of Gorton for many years. Under the guidance of SS Simon and Jude Vantage Academy Trust we aim to ensure that we become the school of choice in the local area and build upon the schools existing strengths in order to provide a rigorous and relevant education for the children in the locality.

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St James re-opened in September 2015 having been subjected to a £350,000 face-lift that is the first stage of creating a truly inspiring learning environment for the pupils and staff.

In Autumn 2018 the school expanded to two form entry with a brand new £3 million junior block. From September 2019 St James will be a two form entry school up to year 5.


Dear Parents and Carers

We believe that St James CE Primary School is a fantastic place to be educated. Dedicated and talented staff  care deeply not only about your child as an individual, but equally as passionate about nurturing  every ounce of potential we can, in the academic, sporting, and musical spheres, as well as developing individual talents in a wider range of activities.

The achievement of very high standards coupled with outstanding behaviour is a bedrock of our success. Happy, secure children learning quickly and well is what we are known for.

We hope that you find our website clear and informative, and if you have any further questions or queries do not hesitate to call us.

Gill Mangnall Principal

St James CE Primary School is a barrier free school with full wheelchair access. They Key Stage 2 building has a lift to the second floor. If you have any questions about disabled access to the school, please contact Mrs Ryder the school administrator on 0161 223 2423.


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