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Headteacher’s Bulletin

7th October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

There have been some truly amazing sunrises over the past couple of weeks which have quite simply taken my breath away! The M56 is actually quite a nice stretch of motorway to travel down every day, especially when contrasting Helsby Hill on one side and the industrial landscape of Runcorn, with its wind turbines and Lowry-esque factory smoke!

It’s a great start to my day, taking time to notice what is all around me!


Autumn has arrived and with it, an uncharacteristic warmth….and torrential downpours! Thank you for ensuring your child is smartly dressed in the correct uniform every day. As the weather will inevitably grow colder and wetter, please remind them to wear a black/dark blue coat to school and not a hoodie. Hoodies are not permitted and will be confiscated if seen.

If you have any coats at home which your child has outgrown, please consider donating it to our school.

CAP Course for Families

With the current cost of living crisis dominating the news, the CAP in Trafford Team are running an in person course designed for everyone whether feeling the crunch or not.

The CAP Money Course is a FREE 3 part course to help you get in control of your finances and reduce your spending; it also gives you lifetime access to an online budgeting tool with CAP.  

Course details: (Wednesday 5th – this date has passed), 12th and 19th October 2022 starting 7.45pm-9.30pm at The Life Centre, 235 Washway Rd, Sale, M33 4BP. Please feel free to sign up to the remainder of the course!

You can sign up directly here or register your interest at To speak to the course leader Pete, please call 07854543095.

Festive Market

ACPA will be holding its first event on SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 1-4PM. Stalls will be run by local small businesses so this will be a good opportunity to do some shopping and support your local community at the same time! Please do come to support this event, bring family and friends!

It’s not too late to join ACPA – everyone welcome! Thank you!

Student Successes: Making an Impact!

Year 8 Football

An intrepid XI of year 8s ventured over to Broadoak and put in a good performance on an astrofturf so big it made Wembley look like a 5 a side court.

Theo L showed steady handling in goal and was unfortunate with 2 shots tipped onto the wood work that could have fallen anywhere but fell at the feet of a waiting striker. These 2 goals combined with 2 great strikes from Broadoak and a penalty gave an unflattering 1-5 scoreline.  

Aaron J was a no nonsense defender alongside the energetic Lewis R and Rufus J while captain Luke F gave a marvellously tiger-like display at right back, intercepting, tackling and cajoling his team-mates.

Tom D (with a deserved goal) was a commanding presence in central midfield surrounded by JoJo W snapping into tackles and the silky touches of Callum N.

On the flanks and up front Levi DCharlie P and Evan S covered endless distances and produced great link up play, Stanton in particular unlucky with a driving run and shot that whistled past the far post.

The boys grew into the game and huddled together to work out their problems, resulting in a really good shape in the second half and beginning their development as players in the 11 a side game. Their behaviour and attitude absolutely first class all the way through.

Photo credit: Ms Diffley

Other sporting news:

Cross Country: Molly I, Year 9,  came 3rd in Year the 7-11 Trafford school cross-country competition.

Rugby: Congratulations to Oscar R in Year 10 who has had trials for Sale Sharks this week!

Gymnastics: Akyra R  took part in a gymnastics competition and came 2nd on beam and 1st on bars, floor, vault and all around.

Netball: Year 7 students competed in their first tournament this week and came 8th

Football: Our Year 9 boys team played North Cestrian and secured a 2 -1 win.  Congratulations also to Ryan K, Will K and Thomas W for being part of the Trafford Schools FA team who beat Salford in the final to become the Greater Manchester Champions 2022!

News from our LRCs (Learning Resource Centres)

Our Main School LRC recently celebrated “Banned Book Week” which was a huge success! This is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Students borrowed a book without seeing the front cover and then went on to discover why the book was originally banned. Students were surprised to find that some books, such as Animal Farm, were on the list!

School Trips!

Yesterday, Y10 explored 'The People's History Museum' to support their understanding of contextual ideas explored in J.B. Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls'.  All students were engaged throughout and learnt about the politics that have shaped our world.  It's been great to see how the students have brought this new knowledge back to the classroom to develop their critical exploration of this seminal morality play!

We have two Student Stars of the Week this week! Theo L in Y8 went over and above with this home learning task set by Ms Gatward based on the Gothic genre! He created an amazing crow, sitting on top of a skull in a cage! It looks like something from a film set!

Well done Theo – if you continue to go over and above you will excel at Altrincham College! Great work!

Our second Student Star is also in Y8! A huge well done to Archit S! Archit was nominated by his teacher, Miss Musotova for always going over and above in his Spanish lessons and his Spanish home learning tasks! A huge WELL DONE Archit – you really are a STAR!

Staff Stars of the Week over the last two weeks were Mr Sumner (Science) and Mrs Parnaby (English)! Both members of staff were nominated for going over and above the day job – Mr Sumner for his outstanding efforts on Open Evening and Mrs Parnably for the amazing resources created for the English trip yesterday (her first since she’s returned to AC from her sabbatical at the Local Authority)! Congratulations to both of these staff!

Let’s hope the sun comes out and you and your families have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Ms K Earle