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Manchester Actors Theatre Company

Wednesday 14th December 2017


Today at Northern the children in Key Stage 2 were treated to an amazing performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by the Manchester Actors Company.  The actors' parting comments were how fantastic the children were and that they would love to come back again.

Carols around the tree 

Dear all
Could I offer a huge thanks to all concerned in the lights switch on. The event itself seemed to be a great success. 
The decorations made by the children are wonderful and we can see the hard work that went into making these special decorations for the tree. They look fantastic.
 The carols were performed to a high standard and it was really enjoyable to hear the children singing the carols accompanied by the musically talented Stacksteads Band. The children were well behaved and a credit to their schools and the staff who accompanied them. Sean did a marvellous job in assisting the children and then rousing the crowd to join in too.  It was evident that many of the parents and onlookers were moved by the children singing.
 On behalf of all at my firm and all at Bacup Rotary Club I offer a huge thankyou to all who have contributed to this event in one way or another. Could Kim and Sarah please pass on these thanks to all the staff and children at both Northern and St Mary’s. 
One slight problem after the event was that the lights on the Christmas tree were vandalised last weekend but we had a spare set which are now placed on the tree. They are slightly shorter in length and are different colours to the set on the large tree in the other garden. Nevertheless I think they look fine. Hopefully there will be no further acts of vandalism.
May I wish you all a very happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
 Yours sincerely
Mr David Connor
 Managing Partner
A:  61 Bank Street, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 7QN         DX 26251 RAWTENSTALL

Award winning Author Billy Bob Buttons

17 May 2017


The award winning author Billy Bob Buttons came into school today and delivered workshops in planning and character forming.
At the end of the afternoon he said "The children interacted and performed superbly in the workshops. After visiting over 1000 schools, Northern had the best classes he had ever worked with.

Inter Faith Assembly

13 Mar 2017


Today Mr Anwar from Burnley Faith Centre came to deliver an assembly on how diverse our community is. At the end he commented on how well behaved the children were and how well they joined in with the assembly.

Story Magic

1 Mar 2017


Today the children at Northern were treated to a fantastic performance of Robin Hood. Afterwards, the two actors commented on how amazing our children were. They noted their excellent behaviour and attention skills. They complimented the Year 6 children who were given roles and said how well spoken and well mannered they were too. A shining report for all the children at Northern.

Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

10 Feb 2017


I thought I would share with you a letter that arrived in school today from the Minister of State for School Standards, Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP.

Dear Mrs Marr

I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils for the very high standard that pupils in your school have achieved in writing and in mathematics for the 2016 key stage 2 assessments.

Your school's results, as published on 15 December, show that 100 per cent of your pupils attained the expected standard in writing and mathematics at the end of key stage 2. This means that your school is in the top 1% of primary schools in England for attainment in writing and mathematics.

We want to ensure that every child has the necessary fluency in writing and in mathematics to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, and your school has provided this to all your pupils.

Thank you for your hard work and professionalism in producing such high standards and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely

Nick Gibb MP

Deerplay Care Home

9 Feb 2017


The staff and children at Northern Primary school are so caring and thoughtful. They have donated a lovely supply of buns to our residents which were very well received. Parents should be proud!

Rugby League Final

24 Nov 2016


Rossendale born and famous opera singer Sean Ruane has been working with our Year 6 children for several weeks and it culminated in a performance at Anfield on Sunday. Sean has been in touch to say just how amazing our children were with their behaviour, singing and performance. He also credited them for the way they handled the event procedures around clearing the pitch and following instructions at all times. He ended by saying how they did Northern proud. What fantastic comments from our very own local celebrity!

What a parent had to say;

Dear Mrs Marr and Mrs Melvin, 

We would like to say a big thank you to you ladies and your staff for using your own time to take the year 6 children on this brilliant trip, yesterday. 

A great opportunity that won't be forgotten! 

Thank you again. 

Haslingden High School

23 Nov 2016


Miss Anthony comes into Northern to work with Year 6 children to promote creative writing through Drama. She is a highly talented Drama teacher from Haslingden High School. She sent me a lovely email which I have included below:

I am a drama teacher at Haslingden High School. I have been visiting Northern Primary School for over 5 years doing drama workshops and collaborative projects. I find the children at Northern a joy to work with - attentive,
imaginative, enthusiastic and impeccably behaved. The atmosphere in the school is alive with warmth and creativity. It is clear the children thrive here - it is a pleasure to visit.


9 Nov 2016


Year 6 were lucky to receive some essential life-saving skills today and Dawn and Alan from the HeartStart programme were amazed with our classes behaviour. 


Good morning Mrs Melvin and Year Six

A message from Alan and myself to thank you for such a lovely afternoon yesterday. We enjoyed ourselves very much and were impressed by the Year 6 pupils, who were very attentive and polite. Many of the children said 'Thank you' as we left the building, which was very nice.


Hopefully, we will be able to come again next year.


Kind regards

Dawn Taylor Heartstart Lancashire Volunteer Co-ordinator 07812 303856

Act of Remembrance

11 Nov 2015


Councillor Peter Steen praised pupils for their wonderful behaviour and readings when they shared again in the Act of remembrance at Deerplay Moor.

Don't ever leave!

16 Apr 2015


Supply teachers have said how much they enjoy working at Northern. Our own staff have been advised not to leave!