Dear Parent, 


As you are aware, school is now closed to all pupils except those who are the children of keyworkers, or are deemed vulnerable.  These children will be able to come into school and access their online learning in the school building. This will be the same work that is provided for the children who are not able to come into school.  


Unfortunately, due to staffing constraints, we are unable to provide Breakfast and After School Clubs so the school day will start at 8:50am and end at 3:15pm. 


We are currently allocating places to key worker children and will be in touch with those parents today to request evidence of key worker status. Unfortunately, staffing levels will mean that these numbers will have to be kept to a minimum and children will have to be prioritised. If children have a parent at home who is not working, we will not be able to provide a school place for them. If parents have a rota for work days, we will only offer places for the days that are needed while they are in work.  


L Brown and K Race 

UPDATE from Rochdale Council

You must wear a face covering when dropping your child off at school / picking them up from school. This is part of the measures in place to protect everyone.Please don't make other parents/carers feel uncomfortable at the school gates by not wearing a face covering.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make sure St. Gabriel’s is a place where children can be safe and stay safe. We will review all our safety measures regularly and keep you up to date with any changes.

A Guide for September 2020

Risk Assessment 2021

What happens if there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on the premises?

Rochdale Education Psychology service have asked us to share this information with parents. It’s about supporting children through a bereavement. Obviously there has been a high number of COVID deaths. This may be useful to help support some of our children who have lost loved ones through COVID or other causes. Please use the Psychology Service link to view the information



Dear Parents,

I hope your children are all enjoying our new learning platform, DB Primary.
Currently, teachers are just beginning to use the platform to upload your child’s weekly homework.

If we need to close any further class bubbles due to Covid 19, teachers will provide your child’s daily work on DB Primary a link for DB Primary can be found on your child's class page.

As well as the Things to Do area where teachers put your child’s tasks, there are other features to try out. There are a series of fun games for your child to explore and enjoy whilst boosting their skills.

There is also a “safe mail” facility which allows children to send messages to each other and to school staff. Messages cannot be sent from DB Primary to external email addresses, and similarly external emails cannot be sent to your child’s safe mail address. Staff also have the ability to monitor emails sent by the children.

There is a whistle blowing facility which allows your child to alert a teacher if they receive something that upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
We advise that you supervise your child, as with any other online usage.
If you have any questions or concerns about DB Primary please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Staffing Update: Miss Johnson will return to school on the 7th of December, following her maternity leave. She will be going back into Year 6, alongside Mrs Walker.

Miss Pickering will remain at St Gabriel's in Year 5 until the end of the Summer Term. (She has settled in well and is doing a good job), alongside Mrs Dunning.

Miss Andrew will come out of class when Miss Johnson returns and will be leading the Covid Recovery Curriculum catch up sessions and covering in KS2 classes when teachers are on their release time until the end of the summer term.


Miss Andrew will also be covering the Deputy Head post on the days when Mrs Brown is Headteacher. 

Here is the staffing list for September 2020. The headship will continue to be a shared post between Mrs Race and Mrs Brown.

Kind regards,
Mrs Brown and Mrs Race.




It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to St. Gabriel’s C.E Primary School.

We hope that this website will help strengthen the links  between home, school, the church and community that we are  proud to serve.

St. Gabriel’s is a good school with an inclusive and caring Christian ethos. We have a dedicated, enthusiastic staff; a good and improving academic track record and successful OFSTED inspection history.
OFSTED November 2019 said ‘St Gabriel's Primary is a welcoming and happy place. Staff, pupils and parents are all proud of their school." "Reading is given a high priority. The phonics programme is structured and well sequenced to support pupils' progress with reading." "Teachers make activities interesting and challenging." "The nurturing and inclusive culture of the school enables pupils to succeed"

We are a happy friendly, family school where all the staff and governors work hard to ensure the children get the best education possible.

Our website gives instant access to information about events, contacts, the school calendar and much more.

Yours truly,

Mrs Karen Race and Mrs Linzy Brown


The staff wanted to send you all a little message to let you know that we miss you all! Here it is, we hope you like!


The safety, health and well-being of our pupils and staff is our top priority and I have had a number of people asking many questions regarding the Corona virus and how this is being dealt with in school.

Please click on the link here for the downloadable letter regarding our current situation and associated advice.

We currently have available places in our Nursery for September 2020.  

We have been give a list of NHS Dentist if you would like more information click here

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