Priestnall School News Archive

World Book Day

Dear Parents/Carers of Year 7

Dressing as a Book Character: Thursday 5th March

Thursday 5th March is World Book Day, and in celebration of this event we will be holding a week of events at school to encourage our students to keep reading for pleasure.
We would like to invite all Year 7 students to attend school on that Thursday dressed in the costume of a character from their favourite novel. All students in costume will receive a certificate and there will be a prize of a book token to the winning costume. We are also asking for a £1 donation for our Well Being Centre.

We would like to remind parents, carers and students of Priestnall’s dress code and request that all costumes are appropriate and must relate to a novel, rather than a television, film or game character. The character can be from a current book, or from the student’s favourite book as a younger child.

We hope the Year 7 students will enjoy the day celebrating their favourite books, and we thank you in advance for your support.

For more information about the activities we have planned please click here.

Yours faithfully
Mrs R Mekonnen
Literacy Co-ordinator

World Book Day Letter 16th Feb 2020

Year 9 GCSE Options Information

The Frog Platform Y9 Options Pre –Opt site is now operational. Please can the Y9 Options Pre-Opt be completed by the deadline of Friday 28th February (the day after Y9 Parents Evening).  Please consult the Options Booklet and provisionally decide on your choices.  Please can you also check that you are able to log on to the FROG Platform (Parents/Carers and students) and if you are experiencing any difficulties please email:

Washington DC 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to you with details of a planned visit to Washington DC in July 2021.  We have secured a provisional booking with Rayburn Tours for the proposed visit which will be departing on Thursday 8th July and returning on Thursday 15th July 2021.The visit is open to all Year 9 students who have a keen interest in pursuing the History GCSE in Year 10.

The total cost of this trip will be approximately £1,750 per student and includes, flights, accommodation, meals and tours.  This will be an 8-day (6 night) Washington DC Tour in relation to History pupils Edexcel GCSE paper 3-USA: Home and Abroad 1954-1975. The visit will provide the opportunity for your child to experience the importance of what is arguably, one of the most important Capital Cities in the World: Our trip will be planned by the knowledgeable and very experienced Rayburn Tours and will include all of the expected highlights some of which are detailed below:

  • Guided walking tour of Mall and Monuments,
  • White House Visitor Centre
  • National Archives
  • Capitol Tour
  • Library of Congress,
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Ford’s Theatre Museum,
  • Pentagon
  • Arlington Cemetery

There are only 40 places available. Please note that should the numbers wanting to go on this visit exceed the 40 places, students will then be randomly selected. Once full to capacity all other pupils will be placed on a reserve list.

If you would like your child to apply for a place on this visit, please return the reply slip. Once we have all the reply slips in we will contact you and let you know if your child has secured a place.  It is at this point that we will request the deposit from you.  Please do not send any money until we have advised you that your child has secured a place.

Once students have been selected we will write to you requesting a non-refundable deposit of £300 which can be paid in two instalments: £150 to be paid initially and a further £150 to be paid 4 weeks later.

Following receipt of your full deposit (£300) you will then be asked to pay £150 4 weeks later and another payment of £150 8 weeks after that. We will then write to you again giving you the full payment schedule for the subsequent payments.

Please note in line with our Charges and Remissions policy, all contributions are voluntary and no student will be excluded from the trip on the grounds of inability to pay.  However, if we have insufficient contributions the trip may not take place.  The School’s Charging and Remission Policy can be found on the school website:

As you would expect with a visit of this nature, students who apply will only be permitted to go on the visit if they currently meet, and continue to meet, the high standards of behaviour that Priestnall expects.

It is important to emphasise that signing up for this visit at this stage must be viewed as a firm commitment. Once deposits have been paid we will write to you with information regarding further payments and a request for medical and emergency contact details.

I would like to stress that once the deposit is paid this is non-refundable.  If you cancel once subsequent payments are made these may only be refunded if we can find another student willing to take that place or if there is a legitimate insurance claim.  The Local Authority will be providing insurance for this trip and the insurance schedule can be found on our website:

As a school, we have our own deadline to meet, in order to secure the visit at this cost. Please could all replies be returned Friday 20th March 2020

Please do not send any money at this point we will write to you again with payment details if your child is selected.

Should your child be selected, we will need to be provided with their passport information. This includes first name and family names (as passports) with dates of birth for students and gender to book flights. This can be done at the same time as you pay the deposit.

Yours faithfully

Miss Halfacre

Curriculum Leader of History

Washington 2021

Washington Letter

New underground electricity cable

Dear Priestnall School,

I wanted to let you know that in the new year we’ll start work on Didsbury Road and in Crescent Park to install the new underground electricity cable that will replace the existing cable in your area.

We’ll work from the passageway beside the Co-op on Didsbury Road, across Didsbury Road and into Crescent Park opposite. We plan to work between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday. There may be occasions when we need to work later, in which case we’ll work no later than 8pm. Please find attached a letter for more information on our works in your area.

We’d be very grateful if you could display a community information poster about our works at Priestnall School – we’ve attached a digital version of the poster for you to print and use. If you’d like to receive paper copies of the poster, please do let us know.

If you have any questions about our work, please contact our Community Relations team on 0800 073 1047 or They’re available daily from 7am to 7pm.

Best wishes,


Alexandra Taylor
National Grid Community Relations team
Freephone helpline:  0800 073 1047

You can download the attachments mentioned below.

Bredbury South Manchester cable replacement A4 DIGITAL
NG Bredbury Works Letter Dids Rd


Priestnall School pupils win Manchester Airport Dragons’ Den competition

A group of six pupils from Priestnall School are celebrating after securing the first prize in Manchester Airport’s annual Dragons’ Den competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The group’s selection of Manchester worker bee tote bags, Christmas cards and badges impressed a panel of Dragons including representatives from the Airport, Singapore Airlines, Enterprise Rent a Car, John Lewis and Macdonald Hotels.

The full news article can be found on the South Manchester News website.

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