How coronavirus is affecting schools in St Helens

More than a third of all education settings in St Helens have reported positive cases of coronavirus in the two weeks up to October 8, new figures have revealed.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 7:58 am
Updated Friday, 16th October 2020, 8:00 am
De La Salle School

Numerous schools have had to take action in recent weeks as a result of Covid-19, which has led to entire year groups and even full school closures.

Rainford High School reopened on Monday following a two-week closure, a decision taken after 40 people tested positive over a sustained period.

New data released by St Helens Borough Council has given the clearest picture yet as to the true impact of the pandemic on the borough’s schools.

The figures show that out of 89 education settings in the borough, 35 reported either staff or students testing positive for Covid-19 in the two weeks up to Thursday, October 8.

Primaries accounted for the vast majority of settings, with 23 schools affected. A total of seven high schools were affected during this period.

Carmel College was not included in the list released by the council, however, the sixth-form announced that it will move to an online timetable in the run up to half-term following a string of cases.

Carmel said there are currently only 10 active confirmed cases among students.

However, more than 200 students are isolating as a result of either being a close contact of those cases or others in their family or community.

Out of the 35 education settings affected overall, 27 reported members of staff who had tested positive for Covid-19 in the two weeks up to October 8. This includes custodial, administrative and teaching staff.

In the seven days up to October 8, a total of 16 education settings reported students who tested positive for the virus.

Here is the table in full:

Rainford High School - Students

Hope Academy - Students / Staff

De La Salle - Students / Staff

The Sutton Academy - Students

Legh Vale Primary - Students / Staff

Eaves Primary School - Students / Staff

Cowley International College - Students / Staff

Haydock English Martyrs Primary School - Students / Staff

St Anne’s Catholic Primary School - Students

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Blackbrook) - Students / Staff

Parish CE Primary School - Students

St Mary & St Thomas’ CE Primary School - Students

St Ann’s CE Primary School - Students

Nugent House School - Students

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Birchley) - Students / Staff

Rivington Primary School - Students

Mill Green School - Staff

Rivington Primary School - Staff

Queens Park Primary School - Staff

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School - Staff

Rainhill High School - Staff

Tower Tots Nursery Rainhill - Staff

Rainford Brook Lodge - Staff

St Peter’s CE Primary School - Staff

Sutton Manor Primary School - Staff

St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School - Staff

Bleak Hill Primary School - Staff

Rectory CE Primary School - Staff

St Mary’s Catholic Junior School - Staff

St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary School - Staff

St James’ CE Primary School - Staff

Lansbury Bridge School - Staff

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School - Staff

Eccleston Mere Primary School - Staff

Alternative education - Staff