Archive | January, 2018

What will we do if we have to close the school for bad weather?

Bad weather has been forecast for tomorrow and the weekend, with snow and ice warnings issued for north-west England. Please bear in mind, that if school is open your child is expected to be here. Absences will not be authorised due to issues with weather.

If the decision is made not to open school on a particular day, we take multiple steps to let parent know as soon as possible:

* we will text parents and carers – if you have changed your number recently, please check with the school office that we have your correct number. If you have a ParentMail account, please update it with your new number. School staff are unable to update your personal ParentMail account.

* we will post a message here on our News Desk blog page

* we will tweet it from the main school Twitter account @Lowerplace_PS

* it will be listed on the council’s school closures website here: Rochdale Council Snow

* we will let local radio stations know, who will list it on their own websites and may announce it on-air.

Thank you!

Ready for the next generation of young scientists!

After the exciting Grand Opening of our brand new Phiz Lab on Tuesday this week, the children of Lowerplace have been getting stuck in to some real science!  We were delighted to show off our fantastic new facility to the people who made it all possible – The Ogden Trust – and to several VIPs, pupils from other local schools, and the press.  We shared the radio interview with BBC Radio Manchester yesterday, today you can read the story on Rochdale Online.


The first proper lesson in the Phiz Lab happened today, class 4c were the lucky ones who got to make the first sparks fly in the name of scientific advancement!   They were creating electrical circuits and investigating the use of switches.


Have you heard about our new Phiz Lab?

We’ve been busy for weeks converting a classroom into a dedicated science lab, so that the children of Lowerplace can get hands-on in their science lessons, and we’re delighted to announce that today is the grand opening!  The Phiz Lab has been made possible by the funding and support of The Odgen Trust which is a charitable trust set up to promote the teaching and learning of physics.

Sir Peter Ogden will be joining us later today to declare the Phiz Lab open, and he will be visiting classes around school to see how we teach science at Lowerplace.

We already had some exciting visitors this morning – a crew from BBC Radio Manchester arrived to interview our Science Lead Teacher, Mr Lowe, and two of our budding young scientists, Thomas and Tayba.

You can listen to the interview by clicking the play button below!

Be on time at quarter to nine!

Dear Parents and Carers

As you know, the school is on a rapid journey of improvement.  Historically, the children of Lowerplace have been coming into school between 8:45am and 9:00am or even later!   Our school day begins at 8:50am and the majority of children are here on time.  Unfortunately, latecomers mean that learning is disrupted, booster groups are delayed, and children are missing out on the preparation for their day of learning.

Our fantastic staff team are working very hard in school to drive up standards.  To achieve this, every available minute of the day is captured and invested into our children.  At 8:50am, the children should be in class, as this is the time that they are looking in their books at the teachers marking, making corrections, and preparing for the day ahead.  Sometimes this time is used to work with adults in small groups to give them a boost if they found the work from the previous day too hard.  Many other activities happen during this time to prepare the day as lessons begin at 9:00am.

Approximately 90 children arrive in school after 8:50am each day and are marked as late on our registers.  Over the next week, we are going to be tightening up our morning procedures to ensure that all of this vital morning work time is captured for the benefit of our children’s learning.  Children who arrive after 8:50am are missing this vital teacher input and are having to catch up at other times of the day, if at all.  Children who are here on time at 8:50am are often disrupted by the flow of children arriving after them.

The new morning routine is as follows:

  • 8:45am – Teachers will start to bring in their class lines into school (we aim to open the doors at 8:40am if it is raining)
  • 8:50am – Gates and doors are closed and lessons begin promptly
  • 8:51am and later – Late children must be brought to the office to be signed is as late.  Parents of children in EYFS should ring the bell to the unit and they will be signed in there.

I recognise that this may result in you changing your household routine to ensure your children are here on time at 8:45am, but I’m sure that these adjustments will positively impact on learning.

I trust we have your support and look forward to seeing an 8:50am prompt start to the day in all classrooms, with all of our children prepared and ready to learn!

Yours faithfully,

Garry Johnson


Christmas Fair fundraising!

We want to say a massive thank you to all of the fantastic parents who ran our Christmas Fair in December, and to all the pupils, staff and families who visited to make the event such a success.

We managed to raise an amazing £1,198.31 for school funds!

Happy New Year!

We’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year – and a healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2018!

We’ll see you back in school on Thursday 4th January, on time at 8:50am!