Information from September 2020

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.

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