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Alkrington Primary School


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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.

Key Stage 2 SATs results

Congratulations, also, to our children in Y6 who have, this week, received their results.

Overall our results are good.  They are still subject to validation and re-marking, but in brief, they exceed national averages (NA) in all of the main headline results    ( % of children achieving expected standard):














Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling




A document which shows the summary of outcomes, for this year and previous years, will shortly be available on this website, with national averages for comparison.  Just a few more details needed to complete the chart.  These include at the end of the Reception year, Y1 phonics, Y2 SATs and Y6 SATs


Concerns have been raised about the impact that this game can have on children.  Have a look at the advice attached for how to deal with it.

Advice re. Fortnite

Green Flag Status

The good work of our Eco Team, led by Mrs Nixon, has resulted in our second award of the Green Flag status for the school.

You will have noticed the flag flying at the front of school, awarded two years ago.  This recent assessment confirms our status as a school which works well to safeguard the environment and raise awareness of environmental issues with our children.


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.

Parent Governor Election

Thank you to those who voted in our election.  The result was:

Karl Ellis 29 votes

Clinton Judge 25 votes

Thereby, Karl Ellis will serve as Parent Governor on our Governing Board

Summer Holiday activities in Rochdale Borough ( Incl Middleton )

Have a look at the brochure on the link below which lists the events and activities in the coming months

https://bit.ly/2ILJwGa .

Plastic Straws

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


Classes and Staff for September 2018

Click on the link below for a full list of staff and classes for the September 2018 start.

Children, in almost all cases, return to school on Wednesday 5th September at 9.00 a.m.

The exceptions are for some starters in the new Nursery and Reception classes.  If you are not sure, please ask at the school office.

New Classes for Sept 2018 Letter

In July the following staff will be leaving us – thanks and best wishes to all of them:

  • Mr Charnley Y6
  • Mr Hopkins Y3
  • Miss Wood, TA in Y2

We welcome some new staff

  • Ms Ellahi in Y5
  • Mrs Harasiwka in Y5
  • Mr Cummisky TA in Y2
  • Mrs Erkal TA in Nursery

Star Wars - Train like a Jedi Programme

Packs containing stickers, wallcharts and secret messages have been distributed to children in KS2.  You can see the letter which accompanied the pack by clicking the link below.

We have some spare packs, if anyone missed out, please ask at the school office.

Star Wars - Train like a Jedi letter

Important Safeguarding Information

There is a Phoenix Week of Action across Greater Manchester in respect of Child Sexual Exploitation running from today 18th June 2018. The focus of this Week of Action is raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) with parents and carers.

Below is a link for PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) where parents can undertake an online course in respect of CSE. This course is also relevant for safeguarding professionals.


Breakfast and After School Club for September

Thank you for the applications we have received for Breakfast and After School Club for September.

It look likely that we will be able to accommodate all requests for places - made by 15th June - by increasing the capacity of both facilities.  However both will be at or very close to being full.

Notification will be sent out, including to those parents and carers of children new to our school, in the Nursery or Reception classes.  

A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Breakfast and After School Clubs for Sept 2018

Summer Holiday Club

School is intending to organise a holiday club providing childcare during the summer holiday 2018.  The club will be open for the first TWO weeks of the summer holiday, weeks beginning:

Monday 23rd July

Monday 30th July


Opening hours are from 8.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. each day.  Full and half day, and weekly rates are available and a discounted rate for additional siblings.

A copy of the letter inviting applications, with the charges is available by clicking HERE

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:

Y1, Y2, Y4 and Y5

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:

Arrangements for New Nursery and Reception Pupils starting in September 2018

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

Induction mornings on Wednesday 20th and 27th June from 9.15 to 11.15 a.m.

Letters have been sent to all concerned. You can see a copy of the letter by clicking on the link below:

New Starters Letter for Sept 2018

Breakfast Club Changes

Beginning on Tuesday 8th May some children who use Breakfast Club will be accommodated in the Community Rooms ( Used by After School Club, by the staff car park )

All arrivals between 7.30 and 8.00 a.m. will continue to use the main ‘Kitchen’ door as before.

Children in Nursery, Reception and Y1 will, after 8.00 a.m., use the blue door to the Community Rooms.  This allows younger children to be accommodated in a more age appropriate way. Younger children who arrive before 8.00 a.m. will be escorted by staff to that area.


Plastic Bottles and Straws

We are working towards being free of single use plastic drinks bottles to reduce waste.  Please, therefore, ensure that your child has a re-usable bottle, refilled each day.

Similarly we will be working with the LA to eliminate the use of the plastic drinks straws which are provided with the daily milk delivery.

Please help us to protect our planet from plastic waste!

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


Dates and Events for the coming weeks and months

Summer Term Trips

Reception  Tuesday 19th June to Smithills Farm

Y1  Thursday 12th July to St. Anne’s

Y2  2B on Tuesday 3rd July and 2C on Friday 13th July to Communitree

Y3  Thursday 7th June to Smithill’s Farm

Y4  4W on Friday 29th June and 4K on Friday 6th July to Hollingworth Lake Water sports Centre

Y5  Wednesday 11th July to Tatton Park

Y6  Thursday 19th July to Sandbrook Park, Rochdale

Dates / Events

Tuesday 5th June – school re-opens

Wednesdays 6th and 13th June - Bikeability for Y6

Friday 8th June - Non-Uniform Day – donations for the Summer Fair of chocolate items

Monday 11th June - Y1 Phonics Screening Testing begins 

Friday 15th June - Non-Uniform Day – donations for the Summer Fair of cakes/sweets/lollies

Saturday 16th June – Summer Fair 11.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Monday 18th June - Assessment Week for Y1 to Y5

Wednesday 20th June - Induction morning for new Nursery and Reception starters from 9.15 to 11.15 a.m.

Wednesday 27th June - Induction morning for new Nursery and Reception starters from 9.15 to 11.15 a.m.

Tuesday 10th July - Sports Day - for all

Thursday 12th July - Y6 Concert 'Oliver' at 6.30 p.m.

Monday 16th July - End of Year Reports to parents and carers

Tuesday 17th July - Awards Evening at 6.30 p.m.by invitation only

Wednesday 18th July - Y6 Leavers' Party

Friday 20th July - Leavers' Assembly at 10.45 a.m. and close for the summer holiday.


Wednesday 5th September - School re-opens for pupils - Arrangements for new Nursery and Reception pupils is different - see the information provided in the starter booklets

Rochdale Children's Champion 2018

The deadline for applications from children currently in Y4 and Y5 to be elected as the Children's Champion in Rochdale for 2018 has now passed.

Molly Judge in Y5 has again been shortlisted for the final 6 and will be on the ballot paper sent to all participating Rochdale primary schools.

Congratulations and Good Luck to Molly!

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

Sport Relief and Bags2school scheme

Thank you for the support you provided in recent charitable events. £345 was donated to Sport Relief and £130 raised for the school EcoTeam following donations of old clothes etc as part of the Bag2School scheme.


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. 

Admission to the Nursery Class for September 2018

The Governing Board have agreed to increase the capacity of our Nursery Class, for 3 and 4 year old pupils, with effect from the 1st September 2018.

Capacity will increase from 30 full time equivalent places to 43.

This will be achieved by making alterations to the Nursery classroom, including part use of the adjoining room and some adjustments to the cloakroom areas.  Also an additional member of staff will be deployed to work in the Nursery.

The Governors have agreed an admissions criteria for the nursery, which the school controls, unlike other age groups in the school, which are managed by the LA,  They are:

  1. Children with an EHC Plan or undergoing an assessment to be considered for an EHC Plan
  2. Children in public care, or who have been looked after by the Local Authority
  3. Children who have a brother or sister in the school on the date of their admission.
  4. Distance from the school, closest has priority.

To those parents and carers who have applied for a place for the September 2018 start; they will be notified in the coming weeks as to whether their application has been successful.

Any questions?  Ask at the school office.


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School Online Payment System

This system will begin, for just dinner money at first, on Monday 19th February.

A letter with the details was sent to parents and carers this week.  It contained personal, individual log-in details.  If you have not accessed this please let us know.

An anonymised version of the letter is available by clicking below:

School Online Payment System letter

If you are unsure, please ask.  A 'Drop-In' help session will be available on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th February and Thursday 1st March from 2.30 - 4.00 p.m.  Ask for Mrs Hill.


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.


Access to Health Services

The NHS have notified us about the availability of health services in Rochdale for children.

If your child has a minor ailment and you are not able to get an appointment with the GP, you can telephone 01706 676777 and been seen by a medical practitioner subject to their availability.

The full details are on a letter available if you click here

Middleton Schools' Cross Country Champions 2017

Congratulation again to our magnificent cross country runners who were crowned champions for 2017 after the final race of the season at St. Mary's Primary School on 5th December. This was managed without our Y5 team, as the children were at Robinwood.  Their score for that race is calculated as the last two boys and the last two girls in each race, hence in Race #5 we didn't win the event as in the previous four races.

However, overall our school finished in 1st place. Our teams finished:

Y3 – 1st Place

Y4 – 2nd Place

Y5 – 1st Place

Y6 – 2nd Place

Click here for a link to the overall results.

Thanks to Mr Kelly, for training and organising the squad, Mrs Harrison, who helped with training and collected scores after the races and Mr Nott who helped organise the events and teams for the races.

Some of our individual runners deserve a special mention too, for their high finishes.  No individual awards are made, but if they were these children would have been in strong contention:


Ethan McGovern finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st and 1st

Grace Foster: 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 2nd

Amelia Frater; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd


Matthew Ireland: 1st, 1st, 2nd, and 1st

Niamh Dolan: 3rd, 1st, 1st, 1st


Yasin Al Abbas: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 4th

Nesly Esposito: 5th, 7th, 1st and 3rd

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!


End of Year Awards for 2016 - 2017

Congratulations to those pupils who have been presented with an award.  There were class awards and awards for 100% attendance during the year 2016 - 2017.

Winners of the 100% attendance Awards were:

Adil and Alim Ajani in Reception

Oliver Marsh, Mason McCarthy, Jayden Godwin and Jayden Parr in Y1

Arthur Kelsall, Dejuan Sayers, Dylan Chingo and Faith McKenna in Y2

Anas Ajani and Talia Sutton in Y3

Nifemi Akinwande, Louis Kagame, Stanley Morrison and Isabelle Palmer-Jameson,

Jessica Bonar, Toby Farrington, Alfie Halliday, Luke Smith and Eve Williamson also in Y4

Paige Kibbler, Maddison Oxley-Parnell, Luara Aideyan, Grace Beswick & Abigail Wellens in Y5

Stephen and Mark Edwards, Daniel Turner and Millie Willcox in Y6


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.

Hate Crime Workshops

Children in our Y6 classes have had input from the LA's Equalities Officer, Yasin Khan, and have participated in workshops intended to aid understanding of hate crime and how best to manage it.


Congratulations to the winners of:

Alkrington's Got Talent

Nooriyah and Madiha Hussain

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