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Parents' Evening October 2022

For most classes this will take place on Wednesday 12th October 2022

The letter on the link below will be sent out, please complete and return to school by Monday 3rd October to request an appointment time.

Parents' Evening Letter for Reception to Y6 - October 2022

For the Nursery, the appointments will be on Tuesday 11th and Thursday 13th October.  See the letter below for details:

Parents' Evening for Nursery - October 2022

A Taster Meal - Free to children in Y3, 4, 5 & 6

If your child currently has packed lunches and they are in KS2, they may have a free school meal, if you request it, on Thursday 6th October.  See the letter below sent out and let the school office know by Wednesday 28th September.  SORRY - this offer is not available to Nursery children.

On the menu is:

Cheese & onion OR meat & potato pie

Peas or beans

Crusty bread

For those children who currently have a school meal and pay for it, it will be free on that day.  If your child currently has a school meal and does not pay, on FSM or in R, Y1 or Y2, - no change for you.

Reception Mini-Books

See the letter on the link below, sent out to the parents and carers of children in the Reception classes, about support your child with Early Reading

Mini-Books for Reception Leeter for Parents/Carers


Holiday Schedule

This has been updated and amended, a copy can be accessed on the link below.  An error in the previous schedule for 2022 - 2023 resulted in one day too many in the pupil year so an additional closure day has been added - Monday 5th June. This means that school will re-open after the Summer Half-Term week long holiday on Tuesday 6th June.

Holiday Schedule for 2022 - 2023 and 2023 - 2024


Open Evening for September 2023 starters in the Nursery & Reception Classes

This is an opportunity to come and look around school and the Early Years and meet the staff on:

Tuesday 18th October starting at 5.00 p.m.

Drop in any time between 5.00 and 6.30 p.m. if you are interested in applying for a place in Nursery or Reception.

Application forms for the Nursery are available from, and returnable to, school.

Applications for a place in Reception are available from and returned to Rochdale LA, via this link:


For important online safety information for parents and carers, please click the link below: 

What parents and carers need to know about ROBLOX

Dates and Events for the new school year - September 2022

Monday 5th September   School Re-opens for the new school year 

Friday 16th September  House Cross Country Competition for Y2 to Y6

Monday 19th September  Y6 Bikeability groups begin - two weeks

Wednesday 12th October  Parents' Evening

Tuesday 18th October  Open Evening for prospective new pupils to Nursery and Reception classes in Sept 2023

Thursday 20th October  Hallowe'en parties

Friday 21st October  School closes for the October Holiday

Monday 31st October  School Opens at 9.00 a.m.


Staff and Classes for September 2022

Guess Who? Staff Quiz

Have a go at this quiz, guess the staff member from their childhood photograph.  £1 per entry and 1/2 of the proceeds as the prize for the response with the most correct answers.  Paper copies also available from and returnable to, the school office.

Guess Who Quiz


Children in Y1 to Y6 have been given home access to Mathletics, a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to curriculum standards. Mathletics can be used to set homework and encourage children to practise and consolidate their learning at home, using fun and interactive games and challenges. Please click here to access a parents support pack.


Alkrington Poetry Book PDF 

The PDF of our Poetry Anthology can now be found as a permanent fixture on the school website. Look in Curriculum - Writing - Poetry book to find it. If you would like to read a physical copy, there are some in Alkrington local library as well!


Robinwood Trip for Y5

We have booked for the current Y4 children to visit Robinwood Outdoor Centre in Todmorden on Monday 5th December 2022 for 2 nights, returning on Wednesday 7th December.

A letter is on its way to the Y4 children with details of how to sign your child up.  A copy is on the link below. We are very keen that all children attend and, with your support, heavily subsidise the trip.

Robinwood Y5 Trip December 2022


Good attendance at school is essential for children to make good levels of progress and development.

Our overall attendance at school has dropped over the two years of the COVID pandemic, but now it needs to pick up again.

Attendance at school, overall, for this school year, to date, stands at 93.6%.  We want it to be higher. For an individual, 96%+ represents good attendance.

Children's Welfare Officer, Mrs Hill, and Assistant Head, Mr Torr, have been working with the Education Welfare Officer from Rochdale LA on ways to improve our school attendance and support children and families with low attendance.

They have produced a newsletter, a copy of which will be available below on the link and our Twitter account.  A copy will be emailed to all who have signed up to our email newsletter.

Those families where a pupil has attendance for this year below 90% will receive a paper copy along with a covering letter.

Where there is a genuine and understandable reason for low attendance, I accept this to be so, but many in this category may be guilty of keeping their child off school, when, in fact they should be in.  This may be a lingering uncertainty/anxiety post-COVID.

We want to help and support our families to improve school attendance. In some cases, however it will be necessary to obtain evidence to support the reasons for absence and, at times, use legal enforcement, with fixed penalty fines, where necessary.

Attendance Newsletter Spring 2022

The Strategic Direction of the School

After consultation with staff members, the Governing Board have finalised their aims and objectives for this school year, and the next two.  It is set out in the document below.

I welcome any thoughts or comments from parents/carers or pupils.

One Page Strategic Direction 2021 - 2024

Year 1's Nativity Show

We hope you enjoy watching the long awaited video of the Year 1's doing their nativity show. 

Survey of Parents and Carers November 2021

Thank you to all who contributed to our survey.  The results can be viewed on the links below:

Summary of Results


COVID Outbreaks

See the letter below, which is the generic version sent to the parents/carers of a class when there is a confirmed case ( PCR Tested ) of COVID-19 in the class.  This letter has been uodated since the last post from before Christmas.

Middleton Schools' Cross Country Races

During November we have had races between Middleton Primary schools on our school field.

Teams from Y2, Y3 and Y4 took part followed by Y5 and Y6 a few days later.

It was disappointing that only a limited number of children were allowed to take part, as we have many others keen to participate.  It might be possible in the new year to have another event which would allow this.

However, our children ran very well, and were, overall, the winning team.  We will keep the trophy won by our school in each year since 2015.

For the Team events:

Y2        1st Place

Y3        1st Place

Y4        2nd Place

Y5        =1st Place

Y6        =2nd Place

Individually we had success:


Dexter Keightley           1st  Mila Campbell              1st


Rose Bailey                   2nd  Evelina Kurti                 3rd


Christian Kagame         1st


Harry Ireland                1st  Adil Ajani                      2nd

Isla Wilkinson               3rd  Alim Ajani                     3rd


Chloe Millar                  1st  Jayden Godwin             3rd

See the pictures below:

Music Lessons at School for Children from Y2 to Y6

Opportunities to learn to play a musical instrument, with tuition from qualified music teachers, will begin after the October holiday.  There is a charge of £3.17 per lesson, which usually take place during lunchbreak or after school.

Some free places are available for those children who are on free school meals or in public care.

See letter on the link below has details, including which instruments are available and how to book a place. Completed forms should be returned to school

If your child is interested and is on FSM, please ask at the office.

Music Lessons Letter

A Guided Tour of Alkrington Primary School

It has been difficult during the last 18 months for parents and others to visit our school.  If you are interested in looking around, with a view to applying for a place for your child, please contact the school office and we will try to accommodate your request.

You can have a sneak preview in our virtual tour.  Click the link below to see

Survey of parents/carers about Home Learning Provision

Thanks to those of you who completed the survey in the last few weeks.

 The results provide a very positive picture of the provision and many complimentary comments, thank you! There are also constructive comments to help us improve. Have a look:

Summary of Results

Summary of Comments

Keeping Children Safe Online

For support and guidance about keeping your child/ren safe online please see the link below and read the attached help sheet.

Also, on the Home page of our school website and on the links below, you will find a number of information leaflets which relate to different aspects of online safety, which may be of interest/value to you, on topics of:

Remember this.....Happy 70th Birthday Alkrington Primary School

For those of you who have been with us for a while, you might recall the following event from 10 years ago, as reported in the Middleton Guardian.

Happy 80th Birthday Alkrington Primary School

Thank you to all who supported our special day by dressing up or sending in memorabilia to make the event an enjoyable and informative one.  Particular thanks to:

Local history expert Geoff Wellens, Vintage car owner Kevin Croft, Miss Ford & her mum who sourced lots of old artefacts, & Miss Pilkington’s Grandma, Pat.

There are plenty of pictures on our school Twitter account, which also appear on the school website Home page.

I enjoyed looking though the old school Log Books, which had to be completed by the Head Teacher in those days.

Alkrington Temporary school opened in 1937, situated in the hall at the United Reformed Church on Manchester New Road with 14 pupils.

Alkrington Junior and Infant School opened on this site on 9th December 1940, with 80 pupils.

The country was in the midst of the Second World War, so entries in the Log Book mention the building of shelters, school closures after air raids the night before and practice in shelters during the school day. Lots of entries mention low attendance due to illnesses such as scarlet fever, whooping cough, measles and chicken pox.  Also a number of closures due to severe winter weather.

I noted with interest that in 1938 the school closed for the Christmas holiday at 4.00 p.m. on 24th December. Not leaving much time to prepare for the big day!

I hope that the children enjoyed the day.  I enjoyed giving the children a taste of school discipline as a 1940s Headmaster!


See the pictures below, a sample of the outfuts worn on the day.


The school Governing Board

See below for details of membership of the Governing Board

Rochdale Additional Needs Service (RANS)

RANS are still working hard to support children with additional and special needs and their families

Have a look at the services available by opening the document below

RANS Services



Safe After School Campaign

Please read and cosider the information on the poster below - which wants to help you check that clubs and activities that your child might attend out of school are safely and appropriately organised.  For more information search for RBSCP Safe After School


Thank to your generous donations, we now have a community defibrillator fitted into a secure cabinet attached to our school fence. You can find it near to the entrance to the staff car park.

The defibrillator is for use by anyone in need, and can be accessed by calling 999 in an emergency.  The operator will tell you the code to open the cabinet.

Well done to Mr Nott, who has been the inspiration behind this scheme, and to those who raised the funds to pay for it, including Jenson Bleakley-White, who raised an incredible £400 towards our total.

Breakfast and After School Club ( BC and ASC )

To make sure that we have all of the correct information and can accomodate as many children as possible, please complete, where needed, and return to the school office the following forms:

  • If you want to apply for a place at the BC and/or the ASC: Click here
  • Information about how the BC+ASC works, costs, hours, location etc: Click here
  • If your child is already registered but you need to change hours/days:  Click here
  • If you no longer need a place at the BC and/or ASC for your child:  Click here

Latest Alkrington Primary Events

Individual Photographs06Oct2022

Nasal Flu Inoculations for R to Y607Oct2022

Parents' Evening12Oct2022

3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Open Evening for N & R prospective pupils for Sept 202318Oct2022

12:00 am - 1:00 am

Hallowe'en Party KS120Oct2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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