Archive | October, 2016

Starting Primary School in 2017?

Starting Primary School in 2017?


Children born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 are due to start primary school in September 2017.

All parents of children born in this period should have received a letter in the post from the Local Authority encouraging them to apply for a school place. The application cycle is now open, and all applications must be submitted to the Local Authority by 15th January 2017. If you have not received this letter, please contact the Admissions Team on 01706 925982.

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If you are currently making an application, or know someone who is, we are holding an Open Day this term. Visitors will be given a tour of the classrooms, buildings and outdoor learning environments, as well as having the opportunity to meet staff and ask any questions.

Pre-school children are welcome to attend with their parents. No appointment is necessary. Our Open Day is on Tuesday 15th November 2016 at either 10am or 5pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

Kind regards,

The Early Years Team

Happy Halloween!


We’re very excited that school reopens on Halloween! We hope you’ll join us in dressing up in Halloween clothes, but if not, children are welcome to come in their own clothes for a £1 donation to our Winter Fair fundraising!

Have a spooky day!

Top food hygiene rating for Lowerplace School Kitchen!


This Wednesday the school kitchen had a visit from an Environmental Health Officer from Rochdale Council, to check our newly refurbished kitchen space under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. The scheme encourages businesses to improve hygiene standards, and the overarching aim is to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.

We’re delighted to say that we have been awarded the highest rating of 5! We want to very say well done to our Kitchen Supervisor Ms Carroll and her amazing team!


Before this visit, we had been at a rating of 4 (good) because the kitchen space wasn’t really big enough to cater for the number of children that we have in school, but now that the extension has been built and the rest of the space has been refurbished, we qualify for the higher rating. We hope you’re as proud as we are!

Autumn Disco – Thursday 20th October 2016


Dear Parents/Carers

We are having a school disco on Thursday 20th October. There will be a tuck shop, items sold from 30p.

The times are 4:30pm-5:30pm for KS1 and FS and 5:45pm-6:45pm for KS2.

The disco will be in the junior hall. There is an entry fee of £1.

If your child normally attends the Commando Joe after school club, Miss Edwards will accompany them when the club ends at 4:15pm. Please send your child’s party clothes, the £1 entry fee and any tuck shop money into school with them. Please also send a ‘packed tea’ with them if you wish.

Kind Regards

Lowerplace School Council

Lowerplace Goes GOLD!


We are so happy to announce that Lowerplace’s dedication and commitment to sport and PE has been recognised by the Sainsbury’s School Games Scheme which has awarded us the Gold standard. We received the award at the very end of the 2015-16 school year.

This award is very hard to obtain, as we had to fulfill a lot of different categories including:

• Participating in competitions with other schools
• Increasing attendance at extra-curricular sports clubs
• Forging links with local sports clubs
• Developing pupils’ leadership skills

We are so proud to have achieved this! At Lowerplace, we want our children to experience high quality learning in PE, to understand how regular physical activity improves their health and wellbeing, and to participate competitively in sports both in school and in the wider community. All our staff have put time, effort and enthusiasm into this, organising and supporting a huge range of opportunities and activities for the pupils at Lowerplace. We also want to congratulate the children for taking up all of the opportunities provided – we hope we’ve inspired you to try something new and to keep active!

Well done everyone – let’s keep it up!

Harvest Celebrations Thursday 13th October 2016

On Thursday 13th October 2016 we will be holding our Harvest Celebration Assemblies. Reverend Ford from the parish of St Mary’s Balderstone will be coming into school to speak to our children during Assembly. This is always a very successful and enjoyable occasion.

We are asking for donations from the children of one item of non-perishable food: tinned, packet, sugar, flour etc, anything which does not need refrigerating or freezing. Please do not send fresh fruit or vegetables. We will send all donated items to Rochdale Food Bank.

It is so important for our children to realise that we should be thankful for the produce we are able to receive and that not all people in the world are as fortunate as us, and that poverty even affects families within our local community.

Thank you in anticipation

Barbara Kelly (Learning Mentor)

Harvest Celebration 2016