Staff at Harrop Fold School in Salford tested positive for coronavirus – but it remains open


The Harrop Fold School in Salford underwent a thorough cleaning after two staff members tested positive for Covid 19. The staff concerned, as well as colleagues and children who may have been in contact with them, were invited to isolate themselves.

But health and education bosses decided the school was safe enough to open key workers’ children as usual on Monday.

The two positive tests were confirmed on Friday when the school principal, Claire Wright, was absent from school “for personal reasons”.

The bosses of education granted him a leave without pay.

Little Hulton’s school was made famous by on-the-air documentary on Channel 4 Educating Greater Manchester.

School principal Claire Wright was granted leave of absence on Friday

But it was taken under the wing of the United Learning Academy Trust after being set up by Ofsted in 2018.

The secondary school was deemed “inadequate” in the five inspection zones by the watchdog No. 2018.

The bosses of C4 have confirmed that the second series of Educating, filmed during the tumultuous period when former chef Drew Povey was suspended, will not be released in light of Ofsted’s findings. Mr. Povey then resigned.

The first positive Covid 19 test was confirmed Thursday evening, followed by a second Friday.

Coun John Merry, city deputy mayor and senior member of the Salford Child and Youth Services, said in a news release: “School principal Harrop Fold was given leave to take leave without pay Friday for personal reasons, but was in constant contact with the school during the day.

“Unfortunately, two staff members tested positive. The director had not been in physical contact with either of the two staff members.

“On the advice of Public Health England (PHE), staff and children who may have been in contact with them were asked to isolate themselves. Their number is limited due to the fact that the school is currently only open to a small number of students and staff.

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“The situation was dealt with on Friday with the decision to remain open made by senior staff, including the school head in liaison with Salford City Council and PHE.

“Following PHE’s advice, the school will be properly cleaned and will remain open as usual on Monday for appropriate priority groups such as the children of key workers. ”

The MEN contacted Ms. Wright for a comment.


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