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Wellbeing Award

Date: 17th Jun 2020 @ 11:53am

We are very proud to have successfully achieved The Wellbeing in School Award through Optimus Education.  The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils.  The focus of the award is on changing the long-term culture of a school and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.

 Our school has shown and continues to show commitment to:

•            Promoting mental health as part of everyday school life

•            Improving the emotional wellbeing of their staff and pupils

•            Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided

•            Offering provision and interventions that match the needs of our pupils and staff

•            Raising awareness of the importance of mental health awareness

•            Regularly capturing the views of parents, pupils, and teachers on mental health issues



“The wellbeing of all is the central principle of the school and the foundation on which all other developments are built upon”.

“The curriculum, including knowledge gained from assemblies and the work carried out by staff, provide the pupils with a range of strategies. Pupils had an excellent understanding of their own wellbeing and the importance of exercise and other factors which positively affect them. As a result, pupils are better equipped to deal with pressures as they progress through the school”.

“Very strong relationships exist between the staff and pupils. Should they have any worries, anxieties or concerns, pupils know that staff will support them. The staff work together effectively and support each other. They feel valued by the school leaders who manage staffs’ workload effectively”.

Helping Hands

Date: 4th May 2020 @ 10:57am


Date: 28th Apr 2020 @ 8:31am

Please go to the COVID 19 section of the school website to see how to claim meal vouchers. 

Place 2 B

Date: 28th Apr 2020 @ 8:30am

Place2Be provides mental health counselling support and training to schools to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and staff. Please take a look at some of their suggested websites to help those who are struggling at this difficult time. 



ThinkNinja  - App based services. Being offered free of charge during this time to Place2Be partner school students (aged 10-18 years). 


The app is guided by a ‘WiseNinja’, which is an automated virtual assistant, build on artificial intelligence and replication a clinical psychologist. The app provides psychoeducation on mental health and emotional well-being along with coaching tips for staying well and handling distress.

Website details https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1


Kooth - online web based service.  Offer is online counselling and well-being support. Young people (10-18) can sign up themselves with no referral needed. The service offers a range of therapeutic tools and activities. It is open 365 days a year, currently from 12-10pm weekdays

and 6-10 weekends (they are currently reviewing their opening hours). 


This is an anonymous service, everything is pre-moderated and confidential. No personal details or real names are gathered. All the counsellors are trained, qualified and experienced working with young people.  A specific drop down menu has been developed for Place2Be allowing us to review uptake of the service.

Website details https://www.kooth.com/


Shout - a 24 hour crisis texting service.  Place2Be have been working with for over eighteen months. This service is primarily aimed for students aged 10 years plus and is delivered by a team of crisis volunteers.  Children and young people text P2B to 85258 for support.

Website details https://www.giveusashout.org/

If you would like futher support from school please contact Mrs Akram. 


Remote Learning

Date: 13th Apr 2020 @ 11:19am

Remote learning for your children from Monday 27th April

Teachers will message classes through class dojo each morning by 9 am. Please make sure your child provides their teacher with a well-being number. 

We will be using the Oak National Academy online lessons for maths, english and foundation subjects daily. Please access this using: 


More information on how to access this is available on class dojo and the year group pages of our school website. Please continue to take pictures and send these to the class teachers through dojo or their email addresses. 

Please also continue with daily reading and times tables rock star.

If you are having any problems, please contact the school.

Uniform Reminders

Date: 8th Sep 2019 @ 11:36am

Please remember our expectations for uniform are as follows:

Uniform expectations - Class teachers will be checking uniform when children come into school. Any children wearing incorrect uniform will be sent to lost property to find a suitable item and a letter will be sent home about the uniform that children need to wear.
School uniform consists of an Essa blue jumper, yellow polo shirt, plain black/grey trousers or skirt (no leggings or denim ), grey or white socks, plain black head wear and plain black leather / imitation leather shoes (no branded items, trainers or markings). Children must also bring in a warm, waterproof coat. Please label all uniform items so that they do not get lost. 
Jewellery: One pair of stud earrings, maximum size 5mm in black, silver or diamante. Earrings only; no other piercings are permitted. 

Hair: Hair must be cut no shorter than a ‘number 3’ cut. No extreme hairstyles are permitted (for example tramlines, lines in eyebrows). No non-natural hair colourings are permitted. 

Make-up: No make-up is permitted.

PE uniform - On PE/ Commando Joe days children are expected to come into school in their PE kit. This consists of a white polo shirt, dark blue shorts (summer), plain blue jogging bottoms (winter) and trainers/plimsolls. Do not come into school in plimsolls during wet weather (please send plimsolls in a school bag and wear school shoes). School jumpers must be worn on PE days.

Healthy Living Week

Date: 15th Mar 2020 @ 9:52pm

We are excited for our Healthy Living Week from Monday 16th - Friday 20th March. Children should come into school in sports wear on Monday 16th March. They will be completing different activities throughout the day. On Tuesday and Thursday we will be thinking about Road Safety and learning how to stay safe on our roads. On Wednesday, Mrs Atherton, will be talking to classes about the Bolton marathon. The International Day of Happiness will be celebrated on Friday with two children receiving certificates of happiness for their contribution to our wellness week. We look forward to sharing our learning with you.

Advice on School Closures

Date: 11th Jun 2019 @ 7:07pm

Dear Parents/ Guardians

School is now only open to children of Key Workers and those with an EHCP. All other children are requested to 'Stay home! Stay safe' during this pandemic. School work will be available via the website, class dojo and in learning packs that were sent home with the children. 











Please update your phone number and email with the office if necesary so that you will receive important updates via text. 

Thank you for your continued understanding.


Date: 28th Nov 2019 @ 8:50pm

Inspectors who visited Essa Primary have praised the school, rating it as a good school with outstanding early years provision.

Inspectors visited the school on Lever Edge Lane last month and said:

‘This is a happy and caring school. Pupils behave well. They listen attentively during lessons and they follow teachers’ instructions carefully. No time is wasted in class.’

‘Pupils enjoy school. They are polite, and they respect the differences between themselves and their peers.’

Pupils also told inspectors that they feel safe and they were proud to share with inspectors what they learn at school.

Inspectors reserved their strongest praise for the school’s early years provision which they judged as outstanding:

‘Children get off to a flying start in Reception. Teachers in the early years have created classrooms brimming with exciting learning activities.’

Inspectors also praised the leadership of Principal Jo Atherton and her team who they said ‘have worked tirelessly to develop the school.’

Principal Jo Atherton said: ‘We are pleased the inspectors recognised the improvements that have taken place at Essa Primary and delighted they judged that we are a good school with outstanding features.’ 

Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of Essa Foundation Academies Trust, which runs the school said: ‘I’ve witnessed a massive transformation at Essa in the three and a half years I’ve been here. This very positive inspection report represents a big team effort and underlines our commitment that all will succeed.’

We are holding an open day on 11th December 9:30am-4:30pm for potential Reception parents for September 2020. Please come along.



Date: 8th Sep 2019 @ 11:40am

Robinwood Update - Please check our facebook page - Essa Primary to see how the children are getting on at Robinwood. 

Friends of Essa

Date: 8th Sep 2019 @ 11:43am

If you would like to be a Friend of Essa please make an appointment to see Mrs Banks or Mrs Pukiello Collier or just come along to the first meeting. 

Date (all 8:30am for coffee/ 9:00 start)

7th November

5th December

9th January

6th February

5th March

7th May

4th June

2nd July


Weekend Homework

Date: 14th Jun 2019 @ 10:56am

Please ensure that your child is reading at home daily and practising their times tables. All children have a times tables rockstar login they can use to practise these. 


Our article got published!

Date: 11th Jun 2019 @ 7:43pm

Two of our wonderful teachers (Matt Shurlock and Sayeh Mariner) have written an article about promoting high engagement in the early years.

This article has been published by the Impact Journal. We may be biased but we think it is a fantastic article and well worth a read.

Read the amazing article here.




Date: 4th Apr 2019 @ 2:41pm

Need to put name labels in your children's clothes? Follow this link to order yours today. No sewing, just stick in and job done!


For every order made online, a donation is made to school!


Year 3 Brazilian Dance

Date: 26th Mar 2019 @ 2:19pm

Year 3 took part in a Brazilian Dance Day. It linked with both our topics over the term - Natural Disasters and Mountains and Rivers. We were told stories through and in between dances about life in Brazil, including discussions around The Amazon River, Active Volcanoes and Ancient South American tales. Children were transported to a Traditional Brazilian Carnival and really enjoyed learning some traditional dances... the Samba was definitely our favourite!

Year 6 World Book Day

Date: 26th Mar 2019 @ 2:26pm

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, our chairs decided to quit because of how we have been treating them. Our task was simple: convince the chairs to return. Fortunately, our letter writing was good enough and after lunch our chairs decided to come back.

BBC Radio Manchester

Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 11:07am

BBC Radio Manchester visited Essa Primary this morning to find out about the work the supervised toothbrushing scheme they are involved in with their Reception classes. Through Greater Manchester health and Social Care Partnership Mrs Mariner has become a trained Dental Champion for school and has supported the EYFS team to implement daily toothbrushing as part of their school routines. Each child has their own toothbrush and takes part in two minutes tooth brushing everyday alongside the recommended morning and night routines. BBC Radio Manchester interviewed Mrs Mariner and observed the children taking part in supervised toothbrushing this morning. Please listen using the link below.

Online Safety Workshop

Date: 12th Mar 2019 @ 2:46pm

We had a very informative parent workshop with Matthew Bowman (Healthy Schools) where he discussed some ways to help keep our children safe when they are online. He specifically focussed on gaming safety. Here are some photos of the workshop. Please also find attached some photos from the meeting if you were not able to attend.

Year 5 Enterprise Day

Date: 8th Mar 2019 @ 8:18am

Enterprise day in year 5 was a wonderful experience working with Manchester United. In teams pupils had to work as a company: producing logo, company name, product, slogan, design a product, devise an advert jingle, focus on expenses and profit. They then had to present this to the dragons!! (Dragons Den) 

The pupils worked hard and we were extremely impressed with each team.

However only two teams could be selected and they will go forward to face other teams from different schools in Bolton. We will keep you posted on their success.

Young Voices

Date: 6th Mar 2019 @ 9:07pm

After weeks of preparation the choir visited Manchester Arena on Thursday 14th February to take part in 'Young Voices'. The event was sensational and the choir performed lots of different songs including singing along with Tony Hadley.  To finish the event we also sang a medley from 'The Greatest Showman.' The children had an amazing time and sang their hearts out.   Both parents and children thoroughly enjoyed watching and taking part in the final performance. 

Year 2 Legoland and Trafford Centre

Date: 6th Mar 2019 @ 9:03pm

Year 2 went on a trip to Lego Discovery Land and the Trafford Centre. We investigated what materials were suitable or unstable to build a shopping centre and enjoyed a scientific walk through the centre.. We had a great time at the Lego Discovery Land taking part in a workshop, visiting the 3D cinema, having fun on the rides and of course building lots of lego models!

Year 6 Church Visit

Date: 10th Dec 2018 @ 7:12pm

Year 6 had an exciting trip to a local church. 

Year 4 Oral Health

Date: 22nd Nov 2018 @ 10:54am

Year 4 had a visit by the local Oral Health team. They talked to the children about the importance of looking after our teeth and demonstrated the best way to clean teeth with some volunteers. 

Open Day for Reception 2020

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 8:53am

Is your child due to start reception in September 2020?

Please come along to our open day where our EYFS lead will be conducting tours around the reception classes and staff will be around to answer any questions you may have.

The Naughty Bus Visit

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 11:31am

Following on from our English unit about Transport and the story 'The Naughty Bus' by Jan and Jerry Oke, Year 1 were extremely excited to welcome the real Naughty Bus to school. We met the bus driver, Dave, who gave everyone a ticket for the bus. He spoke to the children about the story and we had some challenges to complete about Buses. Everyone had a turn at sitting in the drivers seat. We had a fantastic morning with the real Naughty Bus. Afterwards, the children made thank you cards to send to Dave.

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