Priestnall School News Archive

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.

Non Uniform Day and End of Term Arrangements

Dear Parents and Carers,

Non Uniform Day and End of Term Arrangements

I am writing to inform you of our arrangements for the end of our Christmas term.

School will finish for Christmas on Friday 20th December and students will be dismissed from 12.30pm at two minute intervals by year group, to allow for a smooth departure. School re-opens for all students on Monday 6th January 2020 at the normal school time.

I know we have already had 2 non-uniform days this term (both for very worthy causes: one for our Well Being Centre and the other for Manchester Childrens’ Hospital), however I would also like to invite students to take part in National Christmas Jumper Day which we will be celebrating on the last day of term (Friday 20th December). Christmas Jumper Day is a fantastic opportunity for us to have some end-of-term festive fun while raising money to help a very worthy cause, Save the Children charity. In taking part in this non-uniform day, students will be allowed to wear their own clothes – including Christmas themed items – for a voluntary contribution of up to £1.00.

Even though it is a non-uniform day, I would be grateful if you could ensure your child comes to school appropriately dressed for the school day and that the usual school rules about piercings, jewellery, make-up and hair colouring are adhered to. The usual banned items are also not permitted.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support and to wish you and your families a peaceful, healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

With my very best wishes,

Yours faithfully,

Mr C Burns

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