Information from September 2020

Information for Year 11 

GCSE Examination Results Day - Thursday 20th August 2020

We are looking forward to seeing you at this year's GCSE results day. This year, results day will take place on Thursday 20th August between 10.00am and 12.00pm.

School will continue to follow the government guidelines regarding social distancing, so it is important that you come to collect your results at the following times:

10.00 - 10.30: Oak Family

10.30 - 11.00: Maple Family

11.00 - 11.30: Lime Family

11.30 - 12.00: Beech Family

Please see the attached letter for further information.

How will GCSE Grades be Awarded?

Following the decision to close schools and not go ahead with this summer’s exams, the government has announced more details of how grades will be awarded this summer. 

Letter to Students from Ofqual


How will GCSE Grades be Awarded?

Here are the main points:

  • Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
  • To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and school-based assessments and classwork.
  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student.
  • Regulators and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach, to ensure that it’s as fair as possible. 
  • These grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.
  • The aim will be to ensure that grades follow a similar pattern to that in previous years, so that this year’s students aren’t disadvantaged. 
  • There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to.


Useful links:

Positive Steps Poster

What will September look like?

Guidance has been issued to all parents and carers highlighting key points to consider in readiness for school reopening in September.  The letter can be found here.

What time does school start and finish?

In September each Year group will have their own entrance and exit to school. 

On Thursday 3rd September school is open to Year 7 only.  Year 7 will enter school via Learner Services and will need to be at school for 8:50am.

To enable school to welcome everyone back on Friday 4th September each year group will arrive at a different time and through their allocated entrance. This is to allow all learners to use hand sanitiser in a timely manner.

Members of staff will be at the front of school to support learners.






Learner Services



Sports Hall



New Building (Humanities)


11.30 am

Front of School


12.00 pm

Front of School

From Monday 7th September all learners need to be in school for 8:50am in time for registration. The above entrances will be used until further notice.

School doors will be open from 8:30am and learners will need to be at school by 8:50am to enable them to wash their hands and get to their form room.

School finishes at 3:25pm and learners will leave via the doors they enter. 

Learners must go immediately home and not congregate outside school.

How will I pay for school dinners?

From September it is likely that school will be unable to accept cash to pay for school dinners.  Therefore, please ensure that you have a ParentPay account set up.

If you would like assistance with this please contact school.  For those learners starting in September more information will be provided.

Term Dates

The list of term dates can be found here.

School opens on Thursday 3rd September for Year 7 only from 8:30am for a 8:50am start.

The other Year groups will return on Friday 4th September

Admission Information

To learn more about how to apply for a place at Matthew Moss High School, please complete the attached form and submit to Rochdale Borough Metropolitan Council, School Admissions Team, Floor 4, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU.

Free School Meals

If your child was entitled to a Free School Meal in primary school (as of the 1st April 2018) you don’t need to do anything, their eligibility will transfer automatically - no paperwork needed.
If you would like to make a new claim for free school meals or check your child's eligibility, please complete the 'Free School Meals Application Form' on the Watergrove Trust website.

If you think you MAY be eligible please apply, this brings extra funding to school that can be used to your child’s benefit. Please complete the form linked above or contact school and speak with our finance team who are happy to help.


If you have any concerns regarding a child or you would like some further advice please contact the safeguarding team at school via If it is an emergency please contact 999. 

The contact for Rochdale Children’s Social Services is 0300 303 0440.

The Government has published useful information and guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which can be found here.

Further information on advice about talking to young people about Coronavirus can be found here.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) Consultation

From September 2020 every pupil in England will be guaranteed a PSHE education that covers health education, relationships and sex education (in all secondary schools). These are major steps from the DfE towards what parents, pupils and educators are crying out for. The DfE guidance states that secondary schools must provide the following to all pupils:

  • Relationships and Sex Education 
  • Health education

As part of our consultation process for the implementation of the RSE curriculum we have attached an outline of the content below.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Respectful relationships, including friendships


Respectful relationships, including friendships

Physical health and fitness

Mental wellbeing

Online and media

Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health

Online and media

Health and prevention


Internet safety and harms

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Being safe



Healthy eating


Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health





Mental wellbeing



As parents / carers we would greatly appreciate your input on the below questions:

What are your thoughts on our current curriculum for RSE? 

Do you think this curriculum meets your child’s needs?

What do we do well? What could we do better?

Is there anything we’re not covering that you think we need to address?

Is there something we could cover more/less?

What do you think about the way we currently deliver RSE to pupils?

As a parent, do you feel like you need more information or guidance on specific topics?

You may find the link useful regarding wider questions around the RSE curriculum.

Please email any comments to and once we’ve considered all the feedback, we’ll draft an updated RSE policy, which will set out our proposed curriculum.

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