COVID – 19

The measures for combatting the spread of Coronavirus, and the knock-on effects on schools, colleges and education, is rapidly changing and can be difficult to keep on top of.

On this page, we have compiled below our latest and essential information, information from central government and Oldham Council, to help you quickly find the answers you need.

Parent/Carer update: 01/04/21

Arrangements for Internal Assessments

As you know we have internal assessments for A Level, AS Level and GCSE students when we return after Easter from 19th to 28th April. These are being conducted under exam conditions with all students 2m apart. Students will be expected to wear masks throughout unless they are exempt.Effective Study Checklist

To help students with their preparation for internal assessments we have shared the following document through Tutorial. The effective Study Checklist is really useful in helping provide students with ideas on how study effectively. We want to encourage them to use Content, Skills and Feedback activities during each study session as the research shows that students who use this approach can remember more in the long-term and feel less stressed about exams and assessments.

Wellbeing resources have also been completed in tutorial and shared with students separately.

Our library, The Know, will be open for students in the second week of the Easter Holidays. As space is limited, students must book the day and time that they wish to use the facility.

Covid Testing

Easter reporting of positive casesDuring the Easter holidays, please inform the College if your son or daughter receives a positive test result, either LFD or PCR, by completing this form. It is important we get this information so that we can contact trace.

From Tuesday 6th the College will be open so you can also contact us by telephone on 0161 287 8000, between 9am and 4pm.

Student and Parent/Carer update: 24/03/21

Dear Parents and carers

As promised we are writing to confirm arrangements for next week. Next week (w/c Monday 29th March) we are continuing with our phased approach to students on site while students get into a routine of home testing. Year 12 students will all be in college. Year 13 and Level 2 students will be working remotely from home with the exception of students from some practical subjects (see table below). These students will be emailed separately.

Covid testing
By the end of this week all students will have had the opportunity to have three assisted tests and collect home testing kits.
This week and next week, we have a small drop-in testing facility available in the main building, on Monday and Thursday, 10am – 1.30pm (entry via the entrance opposite the Sports Centre, next to the lecture theatre). This can be used by anyone onsite who has missed any of their three tests.
Students working remotely this week should have had their second and/or third test(s) at a community testing site this week, followed by the collection of home test kits from the Science Centre. No booking is required at the community sites for asymptomatic testing, but students should inform staff there that they are students at OSFC. College should be notified of the test results using this form. College should also be telephoned if the result is positive.
The latest guidance from the Department of Education recommends students:
  • test twice a week at home from now on
  • continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays
  • report results online as positive, negative or void
  • test before returning to college for the summer term, either the night before, or morning of, the first day back, to find and isolate any positive cases
Two tests should be completed at home each week, 3 to 5 days apart, ideally on Monday and Thursday mornings. Students are being given a full instructional leaflet when they collect their home test kits. It is this leaflet that should be used and not the instructions contained within the test kit box – that should be discarded.
The DfE has published a step-by-step guide on YouTube to support the transition to home testing. Translated guidance on how to self-test is also now available. Click here to read a quick guide to home testing.
Results should be recorded on the NHS Test and Trace system and the college form.
A positive result will need to be confirmed by a PCR Test, however you should self-isolate immediately and follow public health guidance. You should also inform College on 0161 287 8000.
Families and households can also access home test kits for adults.
Test and Trace support payment for parents
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Covid absence reporting
Students should not attend college and self-isolate immediately if they, or a member of their household, displays symptoms of a high temperature, a persistent cough, or loses their sense of smell or taste (or if they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace).

Arrange a PCR test and inform the college by calling 0161 287 8000 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) or emailing, if out of hours. Inform college as soon as possible when the results are received, whether it is negative or positive. If the test is positive, guidance for possible or confirmed cases.

Best wishes

Suzannah Reeves and Pam McIlroy
Vice Principals



Goverment Information

If you have any coronavirus symptoms: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste visit: Get a test and stay at home

Bursary support during COVID

Bursary remains open for new applications all year. The process is fully online and all the information needed about applications and eligibility is available at

The half termly bursary payment is largely unaffected by COVID, though is still contingent on satisfactory attendance so students as always need to ensure they attend all classes virtually.

Eligible bursary students are entitled to Free College Meals while onsite and during weeks that students are offsite due to COVID restrictions, alternative arrangements will be made to ensure this support continues (via payments, vouchers etc).

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