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Alkrington Primary School

A Fond Farewell!

Two teachers will be leaving school at the end of this school year, both have been stalwarts of our school for many years:

Miss Butterworth is retiring.  She has worked at Alkrington since September 2001.  She was the person who set up and ran our Nursery unit from its inception.

Those of you who have had children in out Nursery will agree that during that time she has made a magnificent contribution to our school and to the lives of our children.

She will be greatly missed but we all wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.

Mrs Milnes is leaving to take up a post of Deputy Headteacher in another Rochdale school.

She started here at Easter 2010, at a time when our school was in a difficult situation, but has been at the forefront of the improvements which have taken us to the much stronger position we are in now.  As Assistant Headteacher she has taught in Y5 but mostly in Y6 and has had a fantastic impact on our school and its children.

Best wishes and good luck to her in her new job.

Thank you to Miss Butterworth and Mrs Milnes for all that you have done for the children at Alkrington Primary School.

Walk to school week

This starts on Monday 20th May. Children can be dropped off outside Thornberries/Tesco at the top of Mainway from 8.35 a.m. to depart at 8.40 a.m. each day until Friday 24th May.


There will be an opportunity for children in Y6 to participate in a Safe Cycling scheme. This takes place over two Fridays, 21st and 28th June during the school day.

Details will be sent out to Y6 children soon and will be available by clicking here.

Sun Cream

It is wise to apply sun cream to protect your child’s skin on sunny summer days, but please do it when getting ready in the morning, and do not bring along bottles and tubes to school.

Hats and caps are also welcome.

Y5 Greek Day

This takes place next week on Wednesday 22nd May

Class 3A Assembly on 22nd May

Come along to see the performance by Miss Hill’s class on Wednesday afternoon, starts at 2.40 p.m.

School Council Fair 23rd May

The children in our School Council invite you to attend a Spring Fair on the afternoon of Thurs 23rd May in the Main Hall.

The Fair begins at 2.30 p.m. and will run until around 3.30 p.m.  There will be gifts for sale, games and activities.  All proceeds to Cancer Research UK.


Pokemon and Match Attack Cards

Sorry! Due to arguments / disputes / upset we suggest that these cards are not brought to school.

Spelling and Times Table Competition Success

Congratulations to our team of Y5 and Y6 children who won the most recent competition against our partner school teams from Boarshaw and Elm Wood.  The team consisted of:

Darcy (not pictured), Alfie, Shantel and Daniel in Y5 and Karis, Oliver, Derren and Jessica in Y6 – pictured below:

Headteacher and 100% Attendance Awards for the Spring Term 2019

Congratulations to those children chosen for the Headteacher's Award, who will have received a letter at the end of last term, just before the Easter holiday. A list of the winners is available by clicking on the link below:

Spring Term 2019 Headteacher Award Winners

Badges for 100% attendance fore the term will be awarded during the first week after the Easter Holiday.  For those who have had 100% attendance during the spring term - a bronze badge.  For those who also had 100% attendance during the Autumn term - a silver badge.

Provision for the 'Rising 3s'

You may be aware of our plans to extend our provision to children aged 2 – becoming 3 during the next school year.

This consists of a facility based in our Community Rooms, each school day, from 12 to 3.00 p.m.

Depending on your family circumstances, this may be available to your child free of charge.  The facility is open to all families to apply, though for those not eligible for funding, there is a charge.

If you are interested, please contact the school office for an application form. Places limited.

PTA Events and Activities

A reminder of the Non-Uniform Days in the coming months – leading up to the Summer Fair on Saturday 8th June:

*Friday 24th May – Chocolate items

*Friday 7th June – Cakes

If anyone is interested in having a stall at the Summer Fair please contact the school office and let them know.

Also- Your donations of items which can be sold at a Father’s Day stall, in the weeks leading to Sunday 16th June, would be gratefully received

Arrangements for New Nursery and

Reception Pupils

Places for the Reception and Nursery Classes for September have now been allocated.

A few events are planned as part of the induction process for new starters.  They are:

Meeting for parents/carers and children on Tuesday 21st May, at 6.00 p.m. for Nursery and 6.30 p.m. for Reception

Easter Bonnets and Decorated Egg Competitions

Well done to all who joined in the fun on the last day of term.  Winners from each class were chosen and you can see the names of the children in the link below:

Easter Competition Winners 2019

There were also many others which were brilliantly done.  Have a look at the pictures below, for winners and all of the decorated egg competition entries:


DS West Pennine Down's Syndrome Support Group

Thank you for your generous support - buying gingerbread biscuits - which raised £484 for this group.

Community Week

During the week beginning 1st April, the children will be involved in a week of activities aimed at increasing involvement in the local community and supporting local causes. Activities during the week include:

  • Working with the local Countryside Ranger
  • Church visits
  • Litter Picking – Wince Brook Park
  • Community focussed assemblies
  • Workshops delivered by the WE Charity
  • Careers workshops delivered by Hopwood Hall College.

During the week we will be introducing to the children a plan for a sponsored ‘Community Clean Up’. We aim to raise a £1000 which, with the support of North West Ambulance Service will pay for a defibrillator to be placed on the outside of the school gates.

We want the children to see that, in the short and long term, they can make a difference to the community they live in.

Rochdale Spelling Bee

Congratulations and good luck to Niamh Dolan in Y6.

She was victorious in our school competition to find the Alkrington Spelling Bee Champion a few weeks ago. She was then victorious in the Rochdale semi final and next heads for the Greater Manchester final. Good luck Niamh!

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).

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 £484.


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


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

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.  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

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:

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.

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:

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.

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