Indian Variant Confirmed in Leek

02 Jun 2021 | BY leekhigh

Please find below a letter from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care, Staffordshire County Council

Dear Resident,

Indian Variant Confirmed in Leek

The Variant of Concern Identified in India has now been confirmed in Leek, after an outbreak across three schools in the town.

More than 30 positive coronavirus cases have been recorded, with many of these confirmed as Indian Variant of Concern. The vast majority of these are linked to the outbreak across Westwood College, St Edward’s Middle School and Leek High School.

It is important that we do everything we can to contain this outbreak quickly and reduce the risk to everyone in the town.

We are therefore asking anyone who has links to ALL schools in Leek to get a PCR test, so any positive tests can be sent to the labs to check if they are the Variant of Concern.

A national Mobile Testing Unit will be in Leek at the former Britannia Building Site HQ from Thursday (June 4). This should be booked online at Select the option “my council has asked me to book a test.”

We are also putting in place additional testing locally. The following is taking place from 9.30am to 4pm.

– Thursday 3rd St Edward’s Middle School and Leek High School
– Friday 4th St Edward’s Middle School and Leek High School
– Saturday 5th St Edward’s Middle School

People who attended the following venues on the specified dates are also being asked to get tested. This is linked to people who may visited the venues while infectious only and people can continue to visit and support the businesses.

– The Three Horseshoes Country Inn & Spa, Blackshaw Moor between 24-26 May
– The Black Lion, Cheddleton between 22-23 May

You can find out more and book a test at  Walk-ins are also accepted subject to availability. If you have any further concerns or questions you can also contact our dedicated Covid Helpline on 0300 111 8050

We are also asking everyone who is eligible to have the vaccine to book an appointment if they haven’t already. We know that 600 people in Leek who are eligible have not booked to have their first dose.

We have a small window of opportunity to stop the spread of this variant and we need the support of families in Leek to do this.

So please, if you have any contact with pupils or staff at any Leek school or have visited one of the venues on the specified dates, book a test as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support in helping keep Leek safe.

Yours sincerely

Dr Richard Harling MBE
Director of Health and Care
Staffordshire County Council

Ltr to Leek residents RH 020621

Latest news from our academies

  • All Saint's First School

    September 17th Newsletter

    17 Sep 2021 | BY asf

    Click on the link to view our September Newsletter.    

  • Beresford Memorial CE First School

    National Day of Reflection

    23 Mar 2021 | BY talentum

    At Beresford we have marked the National Day of Reflection with a Prayer Space entitled Empty Chair.

  • Blackshaw Moor CE First School

    Newsletter 20th September 2021

    20 Sep 2021 | BY blackshawmoor

    Newsletter 20th September 2021

  • Churnet View Middle School

    News section

    11 Feb 2019 | BY churnetview

  • Leek First School

    LFS Newsletter – Week Commencing 28th June 2021

    25 Jun 2021 | BY lfs

    LFS Weekly Newsletter 25-06-2021

  • Leek High

    Leek High 5 – Friday 17th September

    20 Sep 2021 | BY leekhigh

    The 17th September issue of “Leek High 5” can be found at:

  • Rushton CE Primary School

    Newsletter 17th September 2021

    17 Sep 2021 | BY rps

    At the start of term we mentioned the new school logo to go with our First school status and we […]

  • Westwood First School

    Full reopening of school – March 8th

    25 Feb 2021 | BY wfs

    Please click on the link to read about the arrangements for the full reopening of school on Monday 8th March. […]

  • Westwood College

    COVID 19 Update

    14 Sep 2021 | BY talentum

    Since the return of students to school, we have been monitoring Covid-19 cases and liaising with the Local Outbreak Control […]

Latest events from our academies

  • All Saint's First School

    Leavers’ Service and Graduation

    12 Jul 2021 | BY asf

      Join us for our two final events of the year…   Watch the Year 4 Leavers’ Service with us […]

  • Churnet View Middle School

    News section

    11 Feb 2019 | BY churnetview

  • Leek First School

    PATCH Fashion Show

    03 Feb 2020 | BY lfs

    PATCH Fashion show poster

  • Leek High

    Inclusion Hub parent/carer drop in

    10 Mar 2020 | BY leekhigh

    We are offering parent / carer drop in sessions on Friday Mornings from 9.15am – 10.00am. Feel free to pop […]

  • Westwood College

    Westwood College Year 8 Open Evening

    13 Sep 2021 | BY talentum

    Westwood College Year 8 Open Evening 21st September 2021 We look forward to welcoming you to Westwood College. We hope […]

Latest video from our academies

  • All Saint's First School

    All Saints’ Positivity Video

    01 Feb 2021 | BY asf

    Well done everyone. This will keep the blues away, and will make you smile. If you’re feeling fed up, put […]

  • Churnet View Middle School


    28 Jun 2017 | BY somarketing

  • Westwood College

    Welcome to Leek Sixth Form

    11 Nov 2020 | BY talentum

    Welcome to Leek Sixth Form from the Headteacher and the Head of Sixth Form