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Alkrington Primary School

Applications for Nursery Places for September 2018

We have had more applications for places than we normally receive.  Ordinarily we would notify parents and carers where a place is offered before Christmas, but I have arranged to meet with the Governing Board to consider how best to approach this issue, with a view to offering more places.  Therefore, it is likely to be some time in the New Year before we can confirm this. 


Miss Bevan

I am sorry to have to tell you that Miss Bevan, your child’s class teacher, has decided to retire from her teaching post with effect from the end of this term.  Her last day with the children will be Wednesday 20th December.

Miss Bevan has been a devoted and dedicated teacher at our school since 1999.  She is one of the longest serving members of staff.  She has taught in many different age groups, though mostly in the Junior classes.

She will be remembered fondly by thousands of children for her charm and care, for her enthusiasm and her passion.  She has the ability to make children enjoy their learning and enjoy coming to school each day.  In addition to being a much loved teacher, she has a passion for teaching French, makes sure that the children in her classes handwrite beautifully and produces witty and engaging shows, assemblies and performances.  We will miss her, and she us, I’m sure.

I’m also sure that you will wish her well, for a long, healthy and happy retirement.

A letter has been sent to parents and carers of children in 3B -  copy is on this website at: School News/Y3 

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

Spelling Bee Champions 2017

Congratulations to our teams of children who were victorious in both of the Spelling Competitions held between teams from Boarshaw, Elm Wood and Alkrington Primary Schools in November and December. 

Y5/6 team pictured below with

Y6:Alishba, Rhys, James and Yasin

Y5: Karis, Jessica, Oliver and Niamh



Y3/4 Team

Y4: Shantel, Madiha, Theo and Alfie

Y3: Dylan, Isa, Imogen and Noah

Measles Outbreak

There has been a confirmed outbreak of measles in children in the Manchester area

The full letter sent to school is available by clicking here - Measles Outbreak letter.

It advises that any child that has not had the 2 doses of the MMR vaccine should be immunised as measles is a ‘very infectious virus which can lead to permanent disability and even, occasionally, kill.

Measles is most commonly found in young children.  It begins with fever that lasts for a couple of days followed by a cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes). The rash starts on the face and upper neck, spreads down the upper body and then extends to the arms, hands, legs and feet.  After about 5 days the rash starts to fade.

PHE advises people with symptoms of measles to:

- Stay away from school, nursery or work until five days have elapsed after the onset of a rash.

- Telephone your GP or NHS walk-in centre before attending so that arrangements can be made for you to be treated in a separate area to prevent spread to other vulnerable patients.

- Avoid contact with people generally, but particularly babies, pregnant women and anyone who is known to have poor immunity to infection.

Online Safety

If you would like some information about the resources available to help you navigate your way through the complex world of online safety with your children, you might find the items below of interest. Click the title to access.

Online safety leaflets

PTA Christmas Fair


Many thanks to everyone who attended our Fair, and especially to those who helped to organise it.  Members of our PTA have done a brilliant job, well done!

A list of raffle prize winners will be circulated soon.

A set of car keys was found - please enquire at the school office if you think that they are yours.


Merry Christmas !

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!


MacMillan Coffee Morning

We would like to thank everyone who supported this event.

£212.47 was raised.

Click here for a list of winning raffle ticket numbers



Applications for Places in our Nursery Class, Reception Class and for Secondary School

Nursery Applications for September 2018

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 they will be eligible for a Nursery place next September. Application forms for Nursery are now available from the school office. The closing date for applications is Monday 4th December 2017.

Reception Applications for September 2018

If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 they will be eligible for a Reception place next September.

Application forms will be online at: www.rochdale.gov.uk/schooladmissions from Monday 2nd October 2017. There are no longer paper application forms. The closing date for applications is Monday 15th January 2018.

Secondary School Applications

As you may be aware, the secondary school application process for 2018 is open now and will close on 31st October 2017. 

The process has been made as simple as possible this year -  families can use a PC, smartphone or tablet and the system is open 24 hours a day seven days a week for their convenience. They can make changes to the application until the deadline and also track the application progress, meaning there’s no need to wait for the letter to drop through the letterbox.

Admissions staff at Number One Riverside are also on hand with a series of drop in sessions to help people with the application should they need it, or to set up an email address for those who don’t yet have one.  These will be held in the library every Tuesday in September and October 10-12 (with October 31 being 10am-5pm).

The following link that may be especially useful for siblings and current Year 6 children http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions


House Cross Country Competition

Congratulations to Assheton, overall winners for 2017.  The individual winners were:

Y2 Boys                                                        Y2 Girls

  1. Thomas Ibbott                                          1. Hope Hill
  2. Joshua Godfrey                                        2. Chloe Millar
  3. Jayden Godwin                                        3. Mayowa Fadahunsi

Y3 Boys                                                        Y3 Girls

  1. Ethan McGovern                                      1. Grace Foster
  2. Dylan Ramos                                            2. Amelia Frater
  3. George Ireland                                         3. Tilly Heil

Y4 Boys                                                         Y4 Girls

  1. Lucas Hadnum                                           1. Blossom Peters
  2. Jack McLean                                              2. Santel Kalolo
  3. Emmanuel Ohene                                      3. Ayelynne Johnston

Y5 Boys                                                         Y5 Girls

  1. Matthew Ireland                                          1. Niamh Dolan
  2. Louis Kagame                                             2. Molly Judge
  3. Toby Farrington                                           3. Zeina Kalifa

Y6 Boys                                                          Y6 Girls

  1. Yasin Al-Abbas                                            1. Nesly Esposito
  2. Joe McPeake-Ibbott                                    2. Fawziah Khalifa
  3. Kai Robinson-Clark                                     3. Eva Edmond

Winners pictured below:

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:



What else is coming up..........

Here are some of the events and activities planned for later in the Autumn term



Monday 13th November  Anti-Bullying Week begins

Monday 20th November  Assessment Week begins


Friday 1st December  PTA Christmas Fair at 3.30 p.m.

Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th December  Y5 Trip to Robinwood Outdoor Centre

Thursday 7th December  KS2 to Panto at Middleton Arena

Friday 8th December  Reception and KS1 to Panto at Middleton Arena

Wednesday 20th December  School closes for the Christmas Holiday


Thursday 4th January  School re-opens for the Spring Term


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:

Easter Bonnets and Decorated Eggs

Well done to all who came along today in their bonnets or brought along a decorated egg.  There were many fantastic efforts.  Some were chosen as winners.  See below for some pictures and for a list of winners click here.


Spelling Bee winners 2017

Following the victory of our Times Table team in the competition in October against our partner schools Boarshaw and Elm Wood Primary Schools, our Spelling team were winners of the competition.  Congratulations to the team of Y5 and Y6 children, who were:

Yasin, Sharon, Safia and Nooriyah in Y5 and;

Daniel, Ava, Chantelle and Fahm in Y6

World Book Day  Thursday 2nd March

Well done to all who came dressed up to celebrate this day of books and stories.  WInners were chosen from each class and are pictured below.  Each winner will receive a £5 book voucher to spend at the Book Fair, which begins at school next Tuesday.  All children will receive a £1 voucher to spend too.

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



Middleton Schools' Times Table Champions

Our school team, made up of pupils in Y5 and Y6, were victorious in the competition held at Elm Wood Primary School on Friday 14th October.  See pictured below the winning team, with teacher Aimee Hill.

Team members: Y6 - Mikey Farrington, Imogen Chadwick, Ava Walsh, Ali Al-Attar and Chantelle Chingo

Y5 - Louie Gagan, Sharon Peters, Connor Darbyshire, Nicole Povah




OfSTED Inspection

The OfSTED report has been published and is now available on the OfSTED website.  The full report can also be viewed on the link below:


Alkrington OfSTED Report July 2013


Or on the OfSTED website, click the link below:




Newsletters - can be found in School News/Newsletters