MOST primary schools in East Lancashire have re-opened today despite concerns over the new strain Covid-19, however some schools have decided to remain closed for most pupils.

The new strain is believed to spread more easily in children, sparking concern about children returning to the classroom when the government have decided to close London schools for a fortnight.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I understand people’s frustrations, I understand people’s anxieties, but there is no doubt in my mind that schools are safe and that education is a priority.”

Here is a list of the schools in East Lancashire which are keeping their doors closed or are opening partially from today.


- Lammack Primary School, Blackburn will remain closed to pupils today due to fears raised by teaching unions about the coronavirus infection rate.

- Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Bank Top, Darwen, have confirmed that they will remain closed to most pupils. The school will only open for children of key workers for the next two weeks.

- Holy Souls RC Primary School, Blackburn will remain closed for the next fortnight. The school will remain open for children of key workers.

- Heasandford School, Burnley will remain closed today due to staff shortages.

A spokesperson for the school said: "Due to significant staff absences related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Heasandford School will not be reopening to all pupils on Monday 4th January 2021 and therefore will remain closed until further notice.

"This action has been taken in full consultation with the Governing Body due to the fact that from tomorrow, there will not be enough staff available in school to ensure a safe working environment for all pupils."

UPDATE: - St Mary's RC Primary School, Burnley has remained closed today to all children except those of key workers and vulnerable.

Speaking on Facebook, a spokesperson for the school said: "After much consideration and discussions with staff, governors and union representatives, we have made the decision to keep school closed for all children (except those of key workers and vulnerable who came in previously) until Monday 18th January.

"Online learning will be available from Tuesday."

UPDATE: - Audley Community Junior School, Queens Park, Blackburn, has stayed closed today. A statement on the school website read: "School will be closed to all pupils on Monday 4th January. Remote learning for all learners."


- St Antony's R.C Primary, Shadworth, Blackburn will open on a partial return, with some pupils learning from home and some attending school.

- Longshaw Community Junior School, Blackburn will remain closed to most children but will continue to take in Year 6 and some vulnerable pupils.

Longshaw Community Junior School will now be welcoming back classes 4A and 4B tomorrow.

- Intack Primary School, Blackburn will be open on a partial return, with some pupils receiving in class teaching and some receiving remote learning.

Owls, Sparrows, Kingfishers, Kestrels and Eagles will all receive learning in school.

Nursery, Swallows, Penguins, Woodpeckers, Robins, Magpies, Parrots, Toucans, Jays and Pelicans will all be learning remotely.

The school has confirmed they will assist parents with access to laptops, meals and services.

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