School Newsletter – Friday 13th May 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

It is with great pride that we announce that we now have our Stonewall’s Bronze School Champion Award.  We are the first school in Rochdale and one of only a few nationally to gain this award.  We “surpassed the required standard in our commitment to eradicating homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and championing diversity”.

Please remember that any orders for the class photographs need to be returned to school on Monday 16th May.

We ask all parents to sign parental consent forms regarding photographs of their child being used in school for the website, school social media accounts and press every year.  Some parents choose not to consent to this for a variety of reasons including child protection.  As a school we hold this confidential list and operate a very strict system in relation to the photographing of pupils.  Unfortunately we have had a complaint from a parent about another parent taking photographs of their child.  We do not believe it is appropriate for parents to be taking photographs of other people’s children without express permission, and request that parents are very careful when taking photographs of their own children on school premises (especially with a dress up day coming up on the 26th May), that they do not have other children in the back ground.  If your child requests you to take their photo with friends; please make sure you ask the parents of all other children.

Tuesday 17th May is International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.  In celebrating diversity and treating everyone with respect we will be wearing ‘rainbow shoe laces’.  If your child has lace up trainers or shoes they may wear them on Tuesday with the special rainbow laces we are sending home on Monday night.  If your child only has Velcro or ‘slip’ on shoes then please return the laces to school on Tuesday and the children can practice lace tying on cardboard shoes in school.  

Thursday 19th May is a full Governing Board Meeting, we ask that that School Council stay after school and meet the governors for refreshments before the meeting from 4.15 to 5pm.


Thank you

Mr Walthall


Gulliver’s World – Tuesday 12th July

Gulliver’s World – Tuesday 12th July

Dear Parents,

Our Summer Trip this year is to Gulliver’s World

Children from Reception to Year 6 will be travelling by coach and spending the day at Gulliver’s World.  The children will be able to go on the rides (as appropriate to their age/height and ‘bravery’) as well as enjoy a fantastic day out.

The cost of the trip including the coach is very expensive but we are using School funds to heavily subsidise the trip so that it is the same price as our Camelot Theme Park trip in 2011.

 The cost of the trip is £15.00 per pupil.  Please sign and return the permission slip below before the May half term (27/05/16) with a £5.00 deposit or full payment.

More details to follow.

Yours sincerely 

Mr. R Walthall




I give permission for ____________________ to go on the school trip to Gulliver’s World on Tuesday 12th July.

I enclose £5.00 deposit                 

I enclose £15 payment in full

 Signed _____________________

School Newsletter – Friday 6th May 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

The children enjoyed a morning walk along the canal yesterday to Hollingworth Lake visitors Centre while downstairs was used as a polling station.

The summer whole school trip is on the 12th July and we are going to Gulliver’s World.  Separate letters have been sent home tonight. 

Children in Years 2 and Year 6 have received an Information for Parents leaflet about the national tests from the Standards and Testing Agency today.

The Year 6 SATS start on Monday, please make sure your children have a restful weekend with a good night’s sleep Sunday and all next week ready to show how hard they have worked all year and achieve their very best next week.

On Wednesday, 11th May, Maple and Sycamore Classes will be visiting St. James’ Church as part of their RE work. 

Last week we had a visit from Paul from the Blue Cross who talked to the children about keeping safe around dogs, both known family pets and strange dogs they may meet outside.  The simple responses to dogs when they display certain behaviours will help keep your children safe and greatly reduce any risk of injury from any dog. 

Reminder of dates for the half term

Throughout May                    Year 2 SATS

9th – 12th May                      Year 6 SATS

Thursday 19th May               Full Governing Board meeting

Thursday 26th May Topic Day (Dress as a Viking)

Friday 27th May                    Finish for half term.


Thank you

R. Walthall


Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.