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Alkrington Primary School


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!


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:

Meeting for parents/carers and children on Thursday 17th May, at 6.00 p.m. for Nursery and 6.30 p.m. for Reception

Induction mornings on Wednesday 20th and 27th June.

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


PTA Summer Fair

This event takes place on Saturday 16th June from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Any parent/carer willing to help at the Fair please contact the school office.

Your support would be most appreciated.  There are three Non-Uniform days leading up to the Fair and your donations of items would be gratefully received:

Friday 25th May - Bottles

Friday 8th June – Chocolate items

Friday 15th June - Cakes


Official Opening of the Outdoor Classroom

On the afternoon of Friday 18th May, at around 2.45 p.m. there will be the official opening of the structure on the playground.

All children will be present and the cutting of the ribbon will fall to two very special guests.  Parents are welcome to come and watch. Refreshments will be on sale, provided by the PTA afterwards in the hall and outside ( weather permitting ).


Chocolate Bingo

Make sure that you have your tickets for the PTA Chocolate Bingo!

It is taking place from 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. on Friday 11th May. Tickets on sale now from school office priced £2.50 per adult and 50p per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Royal Wedding Party Day

We are going to have a party to celebrate the forthcoming royal wedding.

This will be on Thursday 17th May.  At lunchtime a picnic will be provided for ALL children, FREE of charge.  If the weather permits, we will eat outdoors. The letter has opportunity for you to provide any dietary needs that we need to be aware of.   A range of foods will be available, including vegetarian options.

If you pay for school meals, the charge will be £8.40 for that week, instead of the usual £10.50.

Children are also invited to come to school dressed in red, white and blue.


Dates and Events for the coming weeks

Dates / Events

Friday 11th May – PTA Chocolate Bingo at 3.20 p.m.

Monday 14th May – SATs week begins for Y6

Tuesday 15th May – Nursery visit to Windmill Farm

Thursday 17th May – Royal Wedding Day

Thursday 17th May – Meeting for parents of new Nursery at 6.00 p.m. and Reception at 6.30 p.m. Parents and carers

Friday 18th May – PTA Afternoon Tea at 3.20 p.m. in the hall

Monday 21st May – Outdoor Learning Week and Walk to School Week

Friday 25th May – School closes for the Whit Holiday – 1 week and 1 day and Non-Uniform Day – Bottles please


Tuesday 5th June – school re-opens

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

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

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

Rochdale Children's Champion 2018

Applications are invited from children currently in Y4 and Y5 to put themselves forward to be elected as the Children's Champion in Rochdale for 2018.

In 2017 Molly Judge, then in Y4, was in the final shortlist of 6 and on the ballot paper sent to all participating Rochdale primary school.

If you are interested, the application form and more details can be found below

Application Form Rochdale Children's Champion 2018 

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!


Outdoor Learning Day

Remember the day in May when we enjoyed the sunshine and spent the day learning outdoors? Have a look at the report on the Eco-Schools Blog by clicking on the link below:



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!


£4123.92 for RMCH

Thank you to all for your generosity and help with the event for Dylan, a magnificent total raised for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  Dylan presented a cheque from school to Philippa on Thursday 15th June.

Balloon Release for Dylan Dey Day and RMCH

You might remember the occasion, at the end of March, when we released balloons as part of the support for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The prize for the balloon which travelled furthest in the allotted time was awarded to Daniel Hadfield in Y3, whose balloon reach Whitby in North Yorkshire.

However, since then, we have had returns of tags from further afield, one in Sweden, and the one picture below was found in Denmark, by some tourists who live in Berlin, in Germany.

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.


Outdoor Learning Day

Thursday 18th May was Outdoor Learning Day.  Children took part in lessons and activities outdoors!  Some have been on the school field or in the local woods, but where-ever they were; they were having fun, getting dirty and learning in the fresh air!

To make the occasion extra special our school was involved with a broadcast for BBC radio. There are pictures on the BBC Radio Facebook and Twitter feeds, apparently. Not quite the TV show we were promised but the BBC had a better offer - apparently. Sorry for the disappointment.



Dylan Dey Day

Thank you so much for the generosity and hard work you have shown over the last week or so to support our special day for Dylan.  There have been fantastic efforts by staff and parents and donations from local businesses and others in the community in raising funds and awareness for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Dylan, who is in Y4, is being treated for a very serious condition at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  He has been off school since the turn of the new year.

Dylan spent the day in school. We had a visit from a nurse from RMCH on the morning, and she talked to the children in assembly about Dylan's treatment and his condition.

His Special Day has included:

  • Balloon release with over 450 balloons, Dylan did the countdown and Humphrey, the RMCH mascot, joined us
  • Sale of donated items, such as rugs and cakes
  • Saucy Sandwich breakfast – bacon and sausage butties during the morning
  • Collections during other events for parents this week, like our Dance Show
  • Staff have made pakoras and samosas for sale to other staff
  • Children have made Easter Egg nests for sale

The Raffle draw has been made.  A list of prize winners is available if you click here - RMCH Raffle Prize Winners

The provisional overall total for the collection/donation is £3,850.  Here's Dylan with Humphrey:

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