Connecting ethnically divided schools in Oldham Oldham is a divided town. Some of its primary schools cover a 100% white catchment area whilst others are 100% Asian. In 2000, the LEA set up a linking project to connect primary schools divided along ethnic lines. Freehold Primary has children of mainly Asian heritage and Mather Street Primary is predominantly white. They are two of the 50 schools in the linking project.
In this programme Year 3 from Freehold join children from Mather Street for an RE lesson, whilst Mather Street’s Year 5 does philosophy at Freehold. Two other schools in the scheme have organised shared activities at an outdoor pursuits centre.