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Happy 80th Birthday Alkrington Primary School

As you will know our school will soon be 80 years old.  To mark this occasion, we are planning to have a party – based around a theme of the 1940s as the official opening was on 9th December 1940.

We encourage you to dress your children up; there are some suggestions below.  I do not want you to feel under pressure to spend any money so the suggestions are intended to be at little or no cost.

We are arranging for gentleman with a good knowledge of local history, Geoff Wellens, to speak to the children, via Zoom about the early days of our school and about life in the 1940s.


Ideas for dressing up for our 1940s Party on Wednesday 9th December

For boys – short or long trousers, long socks with short trousers, caps, tank tops, buttoned shirt (school one will do) and plain shoes.

For girls – long hair in bunches or plaits, school shirt and skirt, long dark socks or a summer dress.

Boys and girls could be carrying their ration book and gas mask box.

These pictures will give you a few ideas, or Google 1940s theme day.

Parents'/Carers' Survey November 2020

Thank you again to all who have completed a Questionnaire at our online site. We had a total of 164 responses and the results are available to view below and will be emailed out to those on our mailing list.  The survey is now closed.

Summary of results



Happy 80th Birthday Alkrington Primary School

Next month our school will be 80 years old.  To mark this occasion, we are planning to have a party – based around a theme of the 1940s and the school officially opened on 9th December 1940.

We encourage you to dress your children up and will send out some suggestions shortly.  I am mindful that you may, as a result, feel under pressure to spend money and I do not want this to be the case so our suggestions will be focussed on dressing up suggestions at little or no cost.

See the picture below taken at around the time of the school opening and a class photograph from the 1950s

Home Learning Policy

As the likelihood of classes being sent to self isolate grows, we have been thinking about the policy we have for managing Home Learning for the children.  See below our draft policy. If you have any comments or suggestions, email the school office on: and put Home Learning Policy in the subject bar.

Draft Home Learning Policy

Shoe Box Appeal

Teachers have shown to their classes a presentation explaining the support you can provide to this Rotary Club activity which supports children in Eastern Europe at Christmas time.

With a £1 donation, a cardboard (shoe)box is filled with toys/felt tips/games, which might help to make Christmas more enjoyable for children who have so little.

See the letter on the link below - letter distributed to children on Wednesday 14th October

Shoe Box Appeal letter


School Places at Alkrington
For anyone who might be interested: Our school is almost full but we have a few spare places in:
Y1, Y4 & Y6
Contact the school office for more details on 0161 643 6357
There is a process with Rochdale LA to follow, but we can help.

COVID Risk Assessment

We have updated our RA in light of recent events.  The new measures, as detailed in a post below, are on the final page of the linked document below:

Updated Risk Assessment

Please remember to bring a face covering to wear whilst on the playground and dropping off/collecting your child(ren) from school!

COVID Advice for Parents/Carers
It's all rather confusing, I know. Chart below may help.
Our Y6 will be isolating until 22nd Sept. This may happen with other year groups too. We are working on ways to reduce the impact & number of children affected when an outbreak occurs. Look out for more posts!

Face Coverings

In line with advice from Rochdale Council; please wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting your child from school.

PE Kits

From next week PE lessons will begin again.  Please send you child to school in their PE kit on that day - specified below.  PE kit consists of:
 Navy Alkrington PE T-Shirt
 Navy blue or black shorts
 Black pumps (indoor)
 Trainers (outdoor)
They will stay in their kit for the whole day.  Therefore it would be wise to come also with sweatshirt and
leggings/tracksuit bottoms and a coat.

Formal PE lessons will start later for the new Nursery and REception children, but for the other year groups, their PE day is as follows:

Y1 - Monday

Y2 - Wednesday

Y3 - Wednesday

Y4 - Thursday

Y5 - Thursday

Y6 - Monday

  • There is a system of staggered starting and finishing times, to reduce congestion, according to the chart below:

    Year Group


    Drop off/Pick up Location

    Drop off/Pick up times

    Rising 3s

    Manor Road

    Usual place

    12.00 noon Drop

    3.00 p.m. Collection


    EY Roundabout

    Usual place

    8.45 a.m. Drop

    3.15 p.m. Collection


    EY Roundabout

    Usual place

    9.00 a.m. Drop

    3.10 p.m. Collection


    Manor Road

    Pedestrian gate

    Usual place

    8.50 a.m. Drop

    3.05 p.m. Collection


    Manor Road

    Pedestrian gate

    Usual place

    9.00 a.m. Drop

    3.15 p.m. Collection


    Manor Road

    Pedestrian gate

    Usual place

    8.50 a.m. Drop

    3.05 p.m. Collection


    Manor Road

    Pedestrian gate

    Usual place

    9.00 a.m. Drop

    3.15 p.m. Collection


    Playground vehicle gate

    Kitchen/Hall door

    8.50 a.m. Drop

    3.05 p.m. Collection


    Playground vehicle gate

    Kitchen/Hall door

    9.00 a.m. Drop

    3.15 p.m. Collection

New Starters for September 2020

Nursery and Reception

The COVID situation has made things tricky for our new starters.  We have not had the usual Parents' Meetings or the Open Mornings for the children.  Consequently there have been lots of parents asking questions about how to be prepared.

Mrs Roberts - Reception Teacher and Early Years lead, and Mrs Leigh - Nursery Teacher, have produced some guidance to help, which is available on the links below:

FAQs for Nursery New Starters

FAQs for Reception New Starters

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.

Racing to Read

From week commencing 18/11, school will be running a reading incentive to encourage our pupils to be reading at home as often as possible. The planners will be checked weekly to update how many times a child has read at home, which will be logged on our school reward chart. Please can you ensure that your child is reading at home regularly (not necessarily always with an adult or the school band book) and planners are signed to show this. 

Times Table Rock Stars

After the October holiday, we will be launching TT Rockstars across school for children from Y1 upwards.  It is an online ‘game’ used by many schools across the country which encourages and rewards the learning of times tables. Your child should have their login details in the front of their planners. Please check that they can log in at home  and if there are any issues, please let your child’s teacher know.


Phonics and Welcome event in Reception

Thank you to all those parents/carers who attended our phonics/welcome event. As requested, the PowerPoint is available below.

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


Holiday Pattern for 2019 - 2020

The holiday schedule for the current school year and next is available by clicking: Here


Latest Alkrington Primary Events

Break up for Christmas Holiday18Dec2020

12:00 am - 1:00 am

Christmas Holiday21Dec2020

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