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Alkrington Primary School

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:

Children in Need

This day is on Friday 16th November.  We invite you to bring along any loose change that you might have and we will try to cover our Pudsey Bears with coins.

All donations, of course, to the Children in Need appeal.

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

Keeping Safe in Autumn

Autumn is a fun time of the year for children, with Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night, amongst other things.  Follow the link below with some tips to keep everyone safe.



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.

Cross Country Races

Well done to the participants in the most recent race at St. Peter’s earlier this week.  The results are now in, Alkrington finished – out of 14 schools:

Y3 – 1st Place

Y4 – 1st Place

Y5 – 2nd Place

Y6 – 4th Place =

Overall for race #3 – 2nd Place

Overall after 3 races – 1st  Place

The next race is at Elm Wood School, on Thursday 8th November.

Staff and children travel to the race by coach at the end of the school day.

This restricts the number of children that we can take to about 65. Letters have been sent to those children invited.

The last race is:

Monday 19th November at St. Mary’s, Langley

Eco Club Members on TV

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



PTA events and Activities

The Cauliflower Cards are being sent home this week and next.  If you wish to purchase a set, return the completed order and pay via the Agora online payment system.

If you need some help with this, please ask at the school office.

The Christmas fair will be held from 3.20 p.m. on Friday 7th December.  In the lead up to the Fair, we ask for donations of gifts at Non-Uniform Days.  The ones planned are:

Friday 19th October – Chocolate

Friday 23rd November – Bottles

Friday 7th December – Cakes/sweets

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.

Hallowe’en Parties

The party for KS2 takes place on Thursday 18th October from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Entry is by ticket only – tickets are limited – price £3.00 each and on sale from Monday at break time at Tuck Shop or from the school office - Sorry, but this event is now SOLD OUT

The parties for Nursery, Reception Y1 and Y2 will be on Hallowe’en day, Wednesday 31st October.

Nursery and Reception children can come for the day dressed in their costumes.  Y1 and Y2 should bring a costume – if they wish to take part – in a bag and change at lunchtime.

More instructions to follow for N, R, Y1 and Y2.

Starting School in September 2019?

Applications for Secondary, 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

Open Evening on 1st November 5.30 – 7.00 p.m.

Prospective parents and carers are welcome to visit our school on this evening if they are interested in applying for a place in the Nursery or Reception classes, in September 2019.

Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested, but does not attend our school.

Complete a FSM Application and win a bike

Would you like to win a bike for your child?  To enter our competition is easy….complete an application form – available from the office – for Free School Meals – even if you don’t think that your child(ren) will be entitled, and hand the form the the office by the extended deadline of 28th September.  The application form is below:

FSM Application Form letter

FSM Application Form

From Days Gone By.......

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

Sickness Bug

In recent weeks, at the end of the first week of term in particular, there were a higher than normal number of cases of sickness.  This seems to have passed, thankfully, but please be aware of the need for good hygiene to prevent a further outbreak.  See the advice on the documents below.

Sickness Letter

NHS Advice leaflet

School Online Payment System

A letter with the details was sent to parents and carers.  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 Friday 14th September at 9.00 a.m. in the Community Rooms. Ask for Mrs Hill.


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

Asthma Inhalers

To those parents whose child(ren) require an inhaler in school, there is important information below.  

Please can you ensure that your child returns to school with their asthma inhaler, spacer together in a plastic bag with the child’s name clearly marked.

We are also sending out Care Plans for each child on our asthma register for parents to complete with the details regarding medication, as this needs to be updated annually. 

We would appreciate it if you could send the Care Plans back into school, completed and signed, ready for the new academic year on Wednesday 5th September, 2018.

Here's a full copy of the letter:

Asthma Letter

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.


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!


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