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Essa Academy Open Evening

Date: 8th Sep 2019 @ 11:46am

Essa Academy Open Evening - Year 6 parents! You need to apply for a secondary school place this month. Please book an appointment with Mrs Pukiello Collier if you would like some help with this. Essa Academy celebrated their best results ever in 2019 so pop down to their open evening on Monday 23rd September 2019. 

Welcome Back!

Date: 7th Sep 2019 @ 7:43am

It has been fantastic to see the children back in school this week working incredibly hard. Everyone has settled in to their new classes well and continued to build on their efforts from last year. 

Welcome to our new members of staff - Mr Woodburn, Assistant Head, Mrs Morley Y6 teacher, Mrs Grime Y3 teacher, Miss Blackman Y1 teacher and our three new TAs Miss Mahomed, Miss Patel and Mr Smyth.

I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at our meet the teacher welcome meetings next week. Please try to come along and find out what your child is going to be learning about this year and how you can help them at home. 


I look forward to an amazing year ahead - All Will Succeed


Mrs Jo Atherton

School Timings

Date: 7th Sep 2019 @ 7:47am

The school doors open at 8:20 to allow children to be in class ready for the start of lessons at 8:30. The gate will be locked at this time. Any pupils arriving late will be recorded in the school late book and meetings will take place with parents of children who are continually late. Please avoid this by making sure your child is in school for the start of lessons at 8:30. 

At the end of the school day, the school gates open at 2:55 to allow you to collect your child from their allocated doors at 3:00pm. No more parents/ guardians will be allowed through the gates from 3:05 as the school gate closes automatically after this time. Any parents who are late collecting their child must walk around to the office.

Uniform Reminders

Date: 8th Sep 2019 @ 11:36am

As we return to school after the summer break, 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.


Date: 8th Sep 2019 @ 11:40am

RobinWood - The residential to Dobryd Castle is due to take place at the end of October. By now you should have paid the £30 deposit.

Please continue to send in a weekly payment of £12 to the office. Alternatively, you may pay the outstanding balance in full at the office.

A meeting to discuss what the children need to take with them will take place on Monday 16th September at 3:10 in the hall. 

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. 

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Summer Fair!

Date: 25th Jun 2019 @ 1:30pm

Essa Primary’s first Summer Fair was a huge success, raising over £750 for the school thanks to the work of staff, parents and governors who contributed their time and skills. Featuring a giant bouncy slide, games, activities, competitions, special visits from Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse, Marshall from Paw Patrol and “The Diva”, it was a wonderful opportunity for the local community to visit our school and enjoy the day with us. Special guests included The Mayor of Bolton, and we are very grateful for the support of Bolton Wanderers, Greenhalgh’s, Warbutons, Manchester United, GMP and Great Lever Connected. Special thanks also go to Mrs Atherton for being the willing (and very wet) victim of Soak-the-Teacher!


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. 


School Closure Information Page

Date: 11th Jun 2019 @ 7:07pm

Due to the unforeseen closure of Essa Primary this week, teachers have devised some home work tasks. Please complete work in home work books and hand in to your class teacher when school re-opens.













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


Thank you for your continued understanding

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. 

Reception 2019 Open Day

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 8:53am

Is your child due to start reception in September 2019?

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.

Early Excellence Trip (Year 1 and 2)

Date: 10th Oct 2018 @ 4:20pm

On 5th October 2018, 12 of our Y1 and 2 children represented our school at the Early Excellence Centre in Huddersfield. Our school was selected from all schools in the North of England to be included in the new Early Excellence publication which is a fantastic achievement. The children were excited to arrive at the wonderful Northern Centre and didn’t hesitate in settling into exploring the beautiful resources on offer. Lindsey, the photographer, worked with the children to create amazing photographs of them engaging with new resources. We can’t wait to see all the photos!



Year 2 visit to Manchester Airport

Date: 3rd Oct 2018 @ 10:04am

To start the new year, all classes at Essa Primary took part in the Transport Project. Each class focused on a particular form of transport. Year 2 were looking at aeroplanes and the life of Amelia Earhart. To help us learn more about flight, we went to Manchester Airport. We took a tour of the education centre. Along the way, we looked at Concorde, sat in the flight deck of a Monarch jet, talked to air traffic control and investigated a research plane.

We were able to ask lots of questions to the helpful staff and learnt that the easy way to remember Concorde’s top speed uses odd numbers! It was able to fly at 1350 miles per hour, so you just have to remember the first three odd numbers.

As the weather was fine, we were able to stand on the mound and watch lots of planes land and take off on what was a very busy day at the airport.
Once we were back in school, we wrote all about our trip and used things we had learnt to write a postcard to Emma-Jane, from the book ‘Emma-Jane in her aeroplane’. We had a great time at the airport and are looking forward to many more school trips in Year 2.

Essa Academy Open Evening

Date: 11th Sep 2018 @ 9:46am

Essa Academy Open Evening

Monday 24th September 2018

4pm - 8.30pm

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