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Happy New Year with our best wishes for 2019


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Allocation of places for the Nursery Class in Sept 2019

Thank you for the applications which were received before Christmas.  We are in a position to notify parents/carers and will be doing so very soon.

There are only a very small number of places still available.  If you have not submitted an application already, and wish to do so, please enquire at the school office.

The allocation of places for the Reception year group for September 2019 is done by Rochdale Admissions and happens after the Easter holiday.

School Meals day

Claim a FREE school meal

As a special treat to welcome in the New Year, all students will be entitled to a free school meal on Thursday 17th January. If you would like your child to take part, please inform the school office as soon as possible.


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

If you have any objections or comments to make, please do so by 18th January 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

Parent Governor Election

The election has concluded and the result is as follows: 

Thomas Biggs  33 votes

James Mountford  21 votes

Adam Williams  22 votes

Therefore, Thomas Biggs is elected to serve a four-year term as Parent Governor.  He will take up his position in the new year.

Thank you to all who took part in the election.

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

Weather Conditions

As the cold weather approaches, please be aware of the following safety advice:

 *In icy conditions, only the main pathways across the playground and staff car park will be treated.  If you or your children stray from these designated areas, it is at your own risk.

*If the weather conditions are very poor, I will make every effort to keep the school open. If the conditions are such that I consider that attending school poses a safety risk to pupils, either in terms of the cold or of adequate supervision, the school may close.  Such decisions are rare.  In my time at Alkrington school closed in January 2010 and March 2018. In the event of a possible school closure, parents/cares will be notified via the school website, a text message and on Twitter.

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:

Mission Christmas

Donate your gifts for needy Manchester children here! Begins on 12th November


Christmas Shows

These are the dates for the shows leading up to Christmas:

Y1 and Y2 Show – Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December at 2.15 p.m.

Reception Nativity – Monday 17th December at 2.00 p.m.

Tickets will be made available to parents and carers closer to the time.  A small charge is made and all proceeds go to our fund to subsidise the cost of the Y5 residential visit to Robinwood.

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 which began on Monday 15th October, 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.

Starting School in September 2019?

Applications for Reception and Nursery School Places

If you have a child due to begin at any of these stages in their school career in September 2019, you need to be putting your application in.

Secondary school and Reception applications are made to Rochdale LA; Information is available online at:


If you need help, please ask.

Nursery applications for our school are made by completing a form – available from the school office and below - and returning to the school office by 21st December 2018

Nursery Application Form for Sept 2019


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


Come and join us!

Limited places available at Alkrington Primary School

Some places have appeared in some classes in our school as children and families have moved out of the local area.

You may know people who might be interested in joining our school family.

At the moment there is one or more places available in the following year groups:

Y2, Y3, Y5 and Y6

Please enquire at the school office if you are interested, or you know someone who is.  There is also limited space in Breakfast, from 7.30 a.m. and After School Club, until 5.40 p.m.

Places for September 2018 in our Nursery and Reception classes are all full – sorry!


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:

Y5 and Y6 Times Table Champions

Congratulations to our team of Y5 and Y6 children who won the competition with Boarshaw and Elm Wood Primary Schools.  Pictured below is the team:

Jessica Bonar, Arwen Mountford, Kurt Ward and Molly Judge  Y5

Francesca Davies, Fawziah Khalifa, Yasin Al Abbas and Joel Rawlinson  Y6


Easter Competitions 2018

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.

See a few images below, and for more visit Class Blogs/Year 5


Y3/4 Team

Y4: Shantel, Madiha, Theo and Alfie

Y3: Dylan, Isa, Imogen and Noah

Year 3 & 4 Times Table Champions

Well done to our team who won the competition on Friday 20th October against teams from Boarshaw and Elm Wood Primary Schools.  The team consisted of:

Y3 Zaynab Ahmad, Isa Hussain, Daisy Eagleton and David Pop

Y4 Shayla Nene, Anas Ajani, Theo Pearson and Madiha Hussain - all pictured below:

Hallowe'en Party

I hope that everyone who attended one of the parties on Thursday 19th October enjoyed them selves.  See some pictures below from the KS2 party during the evening.

Be Healthy, Stay Safe Week

Classes have been, during the week beginning 16th October, involved in activities which encourage them to be healthy and stay safe. Activities include visits from the Fire Service, with training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques for Y5 and Y6, Yoga sessions, talks from the School Nurse and from Oral Health Professionals and a talk from a charity representative, who might put into perspective the lives of our children with those of children from Uganda.  Pictures to appear below; soon!


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