Visit from Corpus Christi College: Cambridge University- Oxplore Debate session.
On Tuesday (25h January), Priestnall welcomed a guest speaker from Cambridge university. 35 MAWS students in years 8 and 9 …
Afternoon tea Celebration with the Headteacher
On Tuesday, 25 students were invited to a celebratory afternoon tea with myself and the Headteacher. This was in recognition …
History Mark Award
Priestnall History Department awarded prestigious Historical Association’s History Mark Award. I’d also like to share with you the recent success …
I am delighted to invite you to attend our Open Evening from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd September 2022. This evening is designed for perspective Year 6 students and their parents/carers.
It will be a pleasure to welcome you and your child to our exciting and dynamic learning community, a year when we are celebrating our best ever GCSE results! Due to the limited number of seats in the Main Hall I shall be formally addressing parents, carers and students on 3 occasions at 5.30pm, 6.15pm and 7pm. Please complete the Microsoft form to confirm which session you will be attending. Please note, this is to allow us to estimate numbers, places in the Headteacher talk cannot be guaranteed at your chosen time.
By attending our Open Evening, you will be able to gain invaluable first-hand information about our school and see for yourself how our philosophy of ‘educating for life’ is central to our entire organisation. You will have the opportunity to tour the school, visit our classrooms and learning spaces and speak to our talented team of teachers and support staff. You will also have the chance to meet representatives from our superb cohort of students, who are undoubtedly our greatest ambassadors and advocates!
If you have any specific access requirements please contact our Business Manager, Matt Myers, who will ensure appropriate arrangements are in place.
I look forward to meeting you.
Mr C Burns
We are delighted to be able to arrange a Year 7 residential trip from Monday 21st November 2022 to Tuesday 22nd November 2022 to the Conway Centre in Anglesey, North Wales. The trip will be open to all Y7 students and is designed to assist with the transition from Primary School to Secondary School. Students will have the opportunity to get to know other pupils and staff and to take part in activities that they could not do in school.
The trip will depart on Monday 21st November. Pupils will travel by coach and arrive at the Conway Centre at midday. The Conway Centre is an Outdoor Adventure site that can provide all students with different learning experiences focussing on different skills. Pupils will be staying at the centre before returning to school on Tuesday evening.
The provisional cost of the trip will be £150.This covers the following:
- 1 night`s accommodation at the Conway Centre
- Coach travel to and from the centre
- All activities – choices include High ropes, zip wire, climbing, raft building, sailing, canoeing, problem solving, orienteering, night walk and quiz
- Comprehensive Insurance cover
- All equipment required for activities
- Meals provided: Monday – Evening Meal. Tuesday – Breakfast, cooked lunch and evening meal after which students will return home. Pupils will need to take a packed lunch on Monday morning as lunch won’t be provided on arrival.
If you would like to reserve a place on the trip then please complete the consent form found here by Monday the 3rd of October:
with a deposit of £75. Our preferred payment method is Wisepay – all Wisepay invites have been sent to the Primary contact as advised by the data received from your Primary school. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
Monday 12th October 2022 - £75 deposit
Monday 31st October 2022 - £75 Final Balance
Payments can be made into the school finance office or via the online WisePay system. Pupils are reminded that they are representing the school and as such are expected to display excellent behaviour and attitude. Any pupils whose behaviour is a cause for concern before the trip will not be permitted to attend.
In line with the School’s Charging and Remissions Policy the school can only request voluntary contributions (except for board and lodging on residential visits). No child will be discriminated against or treated differently according to how much their parents/carers have contributed. However, if there are insufficient contributions the visit may be cancelled.
For further information on charges for School visits please see our Charges and Remissions Policy which is on the school website:
I have also attached the link for the Insurance details:
School Journey Insurance Cover
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the transition team at school on 0161 432 7727 or via email email@example.com
Mr Sion Thomas
Head of Primary Transition
On Tuesday this week, The Headteacher and I, were delighted to host a celebratory Pizza Parlour event. This was to recognise the achievements of 27 students for their efforts with regards the Super Curriculum and their Personal Development Challenge Portfolios. All students involved had shown an incredible commitment to their own learning over the last academic year, and as such we wanted to celebrate their successes! I’d like to extend a massive thank you to all students who have taken part in either initiative last academic year, and challenge every student this year to get involved!!
A huge congratulations to all of our winners: a great afternoon enjoyed by all!
Jo Halfacre- Assistant Headteacher
A massive congratulations to the Y8 football team. After an incredible and record breaking season that took us all the way to the semi finals of the English Schools Cup before losing 1-0 to the eventual winners, we had the chance to do what no Priestnall team has done before, win the Greater Manchester Cup.
We were drawn against St Ambrose, the Salford champions. Priestnall were under pressure from the off with St Ambrose taking a well deserved lead after 15 minutes. In goal Ben was phenomenal and kept the score respectable making some incredible saves. As Priestnall tried to regroup we got hit on the counter attack and St Ambrose scored a ‘worldie’ for 30 yards out. Disaster!
2-0 down at half time and with a mountain to climb, Priestnall still nowhere near the type of form that saw them go so deep into the English schools competitions, things were looking grim.
Priestnall came out battling and made more of a competition of it in the second half with both teams looking dangerous. Clearly the next goal was going to be crucial. After some near misses from both teams, with 15 minutes to go our captain found himself 1 on 1 in the 18 yard box and Alex calmly placed the ball beyond the keeper making it 2-1. This galvanised Priestnall and we started to take the game to St Ambrose. Toby went clean through with 8 minutes to go and looked like making it all square when he was brought down on the edge of the box. Up stepped top marksman Euan who smashed in the equaliser making it 2-2 sparking scenes of jubilation.
With minutes remaining and teams preparing for extra time, Priestnall secured a corner. The ball was floated in and once again Euan, the man for the big occasion, reacted first and sent the ball goalward. It bobbled across the line before hitting the inside of the post and going in. Pandemonium! With injured players battling through the pain barrier, Priestnall controlled a nervy last few minutes before the referee blew for full time making Priestnall for the first time in our history the Greater Manchester Champions!
It was a fitting end to a rollercoaster of a season. This team do not know when they are beat and I could not be more proud of the students who have represented the school with distinction all year long.
Mr A Morrison
Priestnall Art department would like to invite you to attend our GCSE Art Exhibition, celebrating the work of our Year 11 Art students. Work from Art: Graphics and Art: Textiles will also be on show. The exhibition will take place in the art department between 4pm and 7pm and is open to all. We look forward to welcoming you!
Dear Parents and Carers
Year 9 will be attending a Knife Crime awareness session on either Monday 9th May and Tuesday 10th May for one hour. The students will attend as a form, so that students can follow up in LC time after having received exactly the same age-appropriate experience. The aim of the Knife crime session is to raise awareness of the statistics of knife crime, support students in understanding the law surrounding carrying, using or even being aware that someone has a knife and intends to use it. The sessions are delivered by trained staff from the Youth Offending Service. The Police service are represented, and we hope to have a surgeon from a Manchester hospital. The sessions are, as I state, age appropriate, but are also hard hitting. The team who deliver, have worked in some local primary settings but the sessions are still relevant to students who have attended before.
Unfortunately, the issue of knives in the community both nationally and locally is one of concern. Education and awareness is a key tool to support our young people make the correct life choices. This is a session we have run before, and are part of a one year programme to ensure all students in the school receive the experience. If you or your family have been affected by knife crime and feel your son or daughter may be affected by the session then please contact and discuss this with your Director of College.
Assistant Headteacher – Personal Development
Director of Studies - Rylands College
0161 432 7727 Ext 2041
Last Tuesday, I was delighted to invite 20 students to the reward ‘Pizza Parlour’ afternoon with myself and the Headteacher. The celebration afternoon was to recognise the hard work of the students in attendance who were in the top ten for their year group for Super Curriculum Points awarded last term. A big congratulations to all students involved, and also to James Taylor in Year 8 who achieved his Apprentice level (PDCP)Personal Development Challenge Portfolio badge and certificate. A great afternoon was enjoyed by all.