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Alkrington Primary School

Class Photographs

The photographer is coming on Tuesday 26th March to take traditional photographs of each class and staff members.

Please make sure that your child has correct winter uniform:

White shirt,

School tie,

Black school shoes

Y4 Girls’ Football Champions

Congratulations to our Y4 team and their coach, Mr Kelly, after victory in the tournament held at Hollin Primary School on 20th March. Pictured below are: Imogen, Ruby, Lilia, Rosie, Hope and Mr Kelly (Grace missed the picture).

Easter Disco and Talent Show

There will be events for KS1 ( Y1 and Y2 ) and KS2 ( Y3-6 ) on Thursday 4th April.

This is a chance to show off your talents and have fun, and for us to raise some more funds for the Robinwood Y5 trip next December.

The KS1 Disco is from 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. children may bring some party clothes to chance into, and:

KS2 from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. both in the main hall.

Limited numbers of tickets will be on sale at breaktime and from the school office from Monday 18th March, price £3.00 each, including a drink and a snack.

Easter Events

On the last day of term, Friday 5th April, we will have an Easter Bonnet Parade for children in the Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2 and a Decorated Egg Competition for children in KS2.

Dancing to Success

Congratulation to those children in Y5 who competed at the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts on Friday 1st March.

Children in 5H, under the direction of Sally, the dance teacher, finished in 2nd place with 88/100 marks and from 5E in 1st place with 89/100 marks.

Pictured: 5E in 1st place and below 5H in 2nd place



Raising Awareness about Down's Syndrome

Thank you for your support for the DS West Pennine support group, who organise activities for families with Down's Syndrome members.

The odd socks looked great - pictures of many were on our Twitter account. The gingerbread biscuits were sold out, not sure yet but this will have raised around £450.


Easter and Summer Holiday Clubs

School is operating childcare clubs in each of these holiday. A letter to parents/carers to follow this week. Ask at the school office for details.

In short:

Easter Holiday

Monday 8th to Friday 12th April, and;

Monday 15th to Thursday 18th April

Full day 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Part day sessions 8.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. or 12.45 to 5.00 p.m.

Cost £16 per day or £8 per session

Lower rates for 5 days in total or the full 9 days

Additional sibling rate also available. 

Summer Holiday

The first four full weeks of the summer break, beginning; 

Monday 22nd, 29th July

Monday 5th and 12th August

Click here for details: Holiday Club letter

Parents' Evening March 2019

The vast majority of you have returned an appointment request slip and will now know the appointment time allocated.

Many class teachers have already notified their parents of the time of each appointment, the rest will do so by tomorrow.

Appointments take place on Wednesday 20th or Thursday 21st March, though some in the Nursery are also scheduled for Tuesday 19th.

Parents' Evening March 2019 letter


The visit for next year's Y5 has been booked for Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th December 2019.  More details for Y4 children in the letter - click on the link below:

Robinwood 2019 - Letter for parents

See the picture below for excited children from the trip last December:

Operation Encompass

As part of Alkrington Primary School’s commitment to keeping children safe, we are proud to be part of Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Being part of Encompass means our school will receive a notification from Greater Manchester Police before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved in or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous day.  The information is given in confidence to the schools Key Adult and will enable us to provide the best possible support for the child.

The Key Adults at our school are Tim Barnes – Headteacher, Andrew Nott – Deputy Headteacher and Donna Hill – Children’s Welfare Officer.  If you have any questions or wish to know more about our involvement in Operation Encompass, please do not hesitate to contact school on 0161 643 6357 or office@alkrington.rochdale.sch.uk

Internet Safety Day

Representatives from Google came to school to talk to children in KS2 about using the internet safely.  See pictures below.

Florence Nightingale and Class 2C Assembly

Well done for a great show 2C!

Y5 & 6 Spelling and Times Table

Competition winners

Congratulations to our winning team, in the recent competition against Boarshaw and Elm Wood Primary Schools

Our winning team, pictured below:

Y5 Madiha, Isa, George and Aimee

Y6 Arwen, Molly, Amber and Niamh

SATs Meeting for Y6 Parents/carers

I invite the parents and carers of children in Y6 to a meeting to discuss the events and assessments in the coming months for Y6 children, including SATs tests.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 31st January in the Y6 classrooms.  I strongly encourage all parents/carers to attend.  Children are also encouraged to attend.  The meeting will run from 3.30 to around 4.00 p.m.

Daily Run Weekly Class Champions

As you know we promote an active and healthy lifestyle at school, and one important aspect of this is the Daily Run.  Children are encouraged to run 8 laps of the playground in the 10 minutes available.


Number of laps is recorded each day and a weekly trophy awarded to the best year group and the most improved year group.

Staff also choose a weekly winner from each class, who has shown great determination over the course of the week.

In the first week of this term I gave ‘healthy goody bags’ to the winners, but unfortunately, we can’t continue with this prize.  For last week and beyond, each winner will:

  • Be named in the weekly Newsletter
  • Receive a special sticker
  • Be entered into a half-termly draw for a special, health related, prize.



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Proposal for 2 and 3 yr olds at

Alkrington Primary School

It is our intention to extend the provision at our school to include children aged 2 and 3.

The basic details are as follows:

8 places available for children aged 2 on 1st September of that particular school year.

  • Place offered to children who are identified as in greatest need ( with clear admission criteria ).
  • Provision will be for a total of 15 hours per week, 3 hours per day from 12.00 to 3.00 p.m. in term time only.
  • No charge to users/parents.  The scheme is funded by the Government.
  • Based in the Community Rooms – Where Toddlers and the After School and Breakfast Clubs for younger children are based

These proposals have been open to your comments, closing on 18th January 2019.  No objections have been received, so plans will be put into for the scheme to operate as from 1st September 2019.

The full text of the proposal can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Rising 3s Proposal

Safeguarding Newsletter

Click on the link below to look at our Autumn Term Safeguarding Newsletter

Safeguarding Autumn 2018

The Nursery Class at Christmas

Children in the Nursery have not performed a Nativity for you this year, but have recorded some Christmas songs for your pleasure.  You can access them using the link below:



MIddleton Y4 Dodgeball Champions

Congratulations to our dodgeball team, led by Mr Kelly, who were crowned champions for 2018.  See the picture below:

Thank You!

…for your support with a number of events in recent weeks:

  • The PTA Christmas Fair  last Friday was a great success raising over £1,500 for PTA funds.  Also thanks to Daisy Eagleton and friends whose stall raised £23.30 fro RMCH.
  • A special ‘Thank you!’ to some of our sponsors:

    Domino’s Pizza and Kirkway Meats

  • The collection of loose change for Children in Needs in November raised £580
  • The collection for the British Legion for Remembrance items raised £201

Safe after School Campaign

Rochdale Local Authority safeguarding team are raising awareness of the issues surrounding the safety of children at clubs and groups outside of school.  Your assistance would be appreciated by completing this short survey.


The Parliamentary Review

Our school is included in a prestigious document called the Parliamentary Review.  This recognises the great work done at our school, and the massive improvements made in recent years.  Click below for images taken from the publication, which is forwarded by the Prime Minister.

Parliamentary Review - Alkrington Primary School 2018

Alkrington Primary School

Middleton Cross Country Champions 2018

The 2018 Cross Country season for Middleton Primary Schools reached its conclusion at St. Mary’s School, with the last of five races. 

I am delighted to report that our school were crowned champions overall and also in the Y3 and Y4 categories.

This has been a magnificent effort by our children.  Thank you to the staff and parents/carers who have supported our runners.

The results for our school in Race #5 were:

Y3        1st place

Y4        1st place

Y5        1st place

Y6        4th place

Over the course of the five races the results for our school were:

Y3        1st place

Y4        1st place

Y5        2nd place

Y6        4th place

Individual awards are not presented, but if they were the following children would be crowned Middleton Cross Country Champions for 2018.

Chloe Millar Y3  4 x 1st place

Amelia Frater Y4  4 x 1st place

Molly Judge  Y6  4 x 1st place

Cross Country practice on Monday has now finished.

The team for this season is pictured below:

Harvest Collection

Your harvest gifts have been put to good use.  See the certificate below:

BBC Newsround

Some of our children are on the TV again.  This time a Newsround item about who should appear on the new design for the £50 note.  Click on the link to have a look:



Parents' and Carers' Questionnaire Results

Thank you to all who responded to our survey during Parents' Evening in October.  Well done also to Mrs Ellahi, who organised and collated the survey and to the children from the School Council, who were on 'duty' during the evening with their iPads.

Questionnaire Results Oct 2018

Questionnaire Comments Oct 2018


Be Healthy, Stay Safe Week

I hope that children enjoyed the activities with a range of activities and events planned; which included:

  • Healthy Eating Workshops
  • Yoga sessions
  • Dental Hygiene lessons
  • First Aid
  • Fire Safety awareness

I particularly enjoyed the visit to the Toby Carvery for a lesson in food preparation and identification.

Thank you to Mr Nott, who has co-ordinated the events.

Eco Club Members on TV

Have a look at members of our Eco Club on BBC Newsround at:



Supporting Good Causes

Thank you to all who helped with the MacMillan Coffee Morning on 28th September.  Total raised was over £500.

Your donations of Harvest gifts are welcome up to Friday 12th October.  Non-perishable items in tins boxes and packets please.

Donations will be given to the local Food Bank.

From Days Gone By.......

Anyone recognise a former pupil or two from the 1980s?  Thanks to Eric Hughes for the photograph.

Assessment Outcomes for 2018

The results of all key assessments are now available.  Result for individual children are included in their end of year report.

A summary of the outcomes for children at Alkrington Primary School are contained in the document below.  They include results in:

  • End of the Reception year
  • Y1 Phonics
  • Y2 SATs
  • Y6 SATs

Where possible national averages (NA) are included for comparison.

In 2018 at all stages, results for our pupils compare well with the NA, and in most cases exceed them.  Have a look:

Key Assessment Outcomes 2018

Green Flag Status

Congratulations to our Eco Team, led by Mrs Nixon, who have been successful in achieving Green Flag status for our school, in recognition of the work done in our school to protect the environment and educate our school community about environmental issues.

See below our team with their latest Green Flag.

Rochdale Children's Champion 2018

The results of the ballot were announced at Rochdale Town Hall on Tuesday 3rd July.  Molly Judge, Y5, was on the shortlist of six candidates, for whom votes were cast by over 8000 children from Rochdale primary schools.

The winner was Millie Connor from Holy Trinity CE Primary School, who will serve as Children's Champion for 2018 - 2019 and the runner up, who will serve as Deputy, was Isabelle Stott from Woodlands Primary School.

Commiserations to Molly, but congratulations on getting to this final stage for the second year running.  See below, Molly with the Mayor of Rochdale, she is holding her trophy after the presentation in the Council Chamber.

Plastic Straws

Please help us to ban plastic straws from children's school milk cartons.  Sign the petition using the link below:


Privacy Notice

In line with the new GDPR regulations, please click on the link below for a privacy statement which sets out how the school uses personal data:

Privacy Notice

Outdoor Learning Week

We have been lucky with the weather during the week beginning 21st May and the children and staff seem to have enjoyed their week of outdoor activities.  Thank you for those who have helped; including with providing tents or other equipment, helping out in person or sending in evidence of your Homework Challenge activities.

As you know, we believe that outdoor activities are an important part of a childhood and of a child’s development and we want to encourage this.  The letter, a copy still available on the website homepage, shows the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ designed by the National Trust. The letter has a Homework Challenge and asks you to aim to achieve this target. Good luck!

Click below for a presentation of the week's activities:

Outdoor Learning Powerpoint    Requires Microsoft Powerpoint


Royal Wedding / Outdoor Classroom

Our thanks to Prince Harry ( Daniel Hadfield ) and Meghan Markle ( Zaynab Ahmed ) for their opening of our Outdoor Classroom.  Pictured below:

Easter Competitions

The children who came dressed in their Easter Bonnets looked fantastic!  The decorated eggs were brilliant!  Well done and thanks to all who joined in.  Prizes were awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class and pictures and full details of the winners can be found by clicking on the link below, and pictures also below.

Easter 2018 winners

Alkrington Primary School - Old Pictures

Scroll down the page for more images from days gone by.  Some new ones added to the collection.  Thanks again to Colin Tunnicliffe.  Keep them coming folks!


OfSTED Inspection

Our school was the subject of an OfSTED Inspection on Tuesday 30th January 2018. The inspection was for for one day and was conducted by one inspector, Mr Ahmed Marikar.

The inspection was conducted under Section 8, for schools which were previously judged to be 'Good' 

The 'headline outcome' is that:

The school continues to be a 'Good' school and Safeguarding is effective

The letter to the school and parents, carers and governors is now available to view.  Click on the link below:

Alkrington Primary School OfSTED Letter February 2018

Thank you to those parents and carers and pupils who provided feedback to the Inspector in the various forms available, i.e. on Parent View, by text survey etc. 

Alkrington Primary School in 1940

In the year in which the school opened, this picture was taken, some parts of the school look unchanged, others not.  See below.

Thanks to Renee, who found the picture in the local library and forwarded a copy.

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You may have seen the advert on TV, promoting the NSPCC programme to support and protect young children from abuse.

In school children in the younger age groups, Nursery Reception, Y1 and Y2 will have some of this content delivered in class.

Click here for a copy of the letter sent out to parents/carers in Early Years and Key Stage 1

Cut and paste the link below into your browser for more information:



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'In days gone by'......at Alkrington Primary School

My thanks to Colin, one of our grandparents, who sent some pictures from our school in the 1950s.  The pictures show Miss Grundy's class hard at work during the year 1951/2 and other class photos from c. 1955.

Later additions are from 1958, 1959 and 1960 with teacher Mr Taylor.

If any other parents, former pupils or grandparents would like to share the images of their former school days with us, please send them in.

Y5 Children at Robinwood Outdoor Centre near Todmorden

Our year 5 children, all 58 of them, and staff, had a great time at Robinwood for their three day visit.

Parent View

The official way to tell OfSTED what you think about our school is through the Parent View website.

When we get a call from OfSTED about an impending inspection ( we are told on the afternoon of the day before the inspection ) we have only a short time to canvas the opinions of parents and carers.

I will, of course, share the outcomes of the regular questionnaires which are completed, most recently in October 2016, however your support would be appreciated by visiting Parent View.

Here's the link. A registration, with a valid email address, and log-in are required;


When I looked this recently there were just 2 responses for this school, this year, so the more we get, the more representative the survey will be and a truer reflection of what parents and carers think about our school.

Thank you for your help!

All letters and correspondence on the school website

Can't find that letter in your child's bag?  Don't worry, you will be able to find it on this website.

All weekly newsletters are already here, but additional letters to year groups, or groups of year groups can be found in the tab 'School News' and the year group of your choice.  

Many brief notes and reminders will now be sent by text message only, so make sure that we have the correct number and let us know if you want the message to be sent to more than one number in your family circle.

Rochdale Service for pupils with SEND

For more information on the provision for pupils with special needs and disabilities see the link below:

Link to Rochdale's SEND Local Offer Website