Our Aspire Programme

"Alexandra park primary school staff go above and beyond for the pupils and families in the community. I am proud that my children have attended/attend there."


“The scientist from NASA has blown my mind!” Joanne Street, parent and governor, following a visit from a scientist speaking to Year 6.

We want our children to be inspired to learn more about both the world around them and about the opportunities open to them so that they can become the scientists, leaders, musicians, sports people and entrepreneurs of the future. All of our children are enrolled on the Aspire Programme when they start at Alexandra Park Primary School. Through The Aspire Programme, children have opportunities to work with businesses on a range of projects, meet members of parliament, scientists, work with artists and musicians and engage in a range of sporting opportunities. Recently, our children have listened to Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary, met Prince Harry and worked on business projects with John Lewis and Sainsburys. They have had the opportunity to play guitars with The Halle Orchestra, cycle at Manchester Velodrome and BMX track and work with local artists. Each class has an Aspire Book that travels with them through school. The Aspire Book gives our children the chance to reflect on the range of opportunities that they have experienced at Alexandra Park Primary School. Our aim is that as a result of these experiences, our children have the curiosity, ambition and confidence to achieve in their futures.

Musical Theatre

This year we have had some amazing performances for our KS2 children after working with our Musical Theatre teacher Anne-Marie. Take a look at these fabulous videos. 


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Reception Updates

Reception had fun during Explorer Day! We have been finding out about different landscapes, climates and environments focusing on the desert, mountains and the rainforest. We have been finding out about how these environments are different to where we live.
Reception had fun celebrating Chinese New Year and performing a dragon dance! They also enjoyed the challenge of using chopsticks in water play! We also enjoyed developing our physical skills during Pedal Day.

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Y4's Recent Aspire Opportunities

As we were learning all about the Ancient Greeks, we took on the challenge to make our own togas using only sheets and ribbon. We really had to put our thinking caps on and use collaboration to get the job done! 


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We also went out to our Alex Wood area and recreated a campfire scene to help us to describe a setting in our stories. We loved "toasting" marshmallows by the "fire.

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UKS2's Recent Aspire Opportunities

The children in UKS2 have recently had the opportunity to visit Crucial Crew where a range a local organisations discussed staying safe within the community. They have also visited the National BMX Centre in Manchester and joined a Zoom call with Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who talked about her new book - 'The Primrose Railway Children.'


Reconnecting with Nature

We were very fortunate to receive a grant to take 30 Year 4 and 5 children to the Lake District for a ‘Reconnecting with Nature” residential. We stayed close to Lake Coniston in a YHA. Whilst there, the children went on a nature walk where they got to see lots on wild mushrooms, beautiful scenery and even a rainbow over the lake. In the evening they roasted marshmallows, sang songs and listened to stories around a camp fire. The following day it rained - it really rained! However, the children were amazing and did not let this deter them from building some fabulous shelters which ‘almost’ kept them dry. All the children were a credit to themselves and the school. A fantastic experience was had by all.


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Aspire Programme BMX

During assemblies, we will often learn about people who have demonstrated our school values. One such person is Sam Willoughby who aspired to be a BMX racer and eventually become a BMX World Champion. We learnt how it was not easy for him as he had to leave his home in Australia to pursue his dream and move to America. Initially, he did not even have enough money to pay rent so he slept on friend’s settees!

Sam Willoughby also taught us that it is not just enough to aspire - your aspirations need to be supported with hard work and commitment. We also learnt that there may be times in our lives where we face huge challenges. In Sam’s case, he was paralysed after a training accident. His response to this was something we all learnt from as he went on to be a coach and coached his wife, Alise Willoughby, and she too became the World Champion!

Following on from these assemblies, as part of our Aspire Programme, some of our children went to the National BMX track in Manchester so they could experience racing BMXs too. We were very fortunate that the British Olympic team were on the track before us. After seeing how brave our children were we may have some future Olympians at Alexandra Park.


The Oscars 2021

The Alexandra Park Oscars are always a very special day in our school year, and one we all particularly look forward to. They were created to reward the outstanding effort of the children who excelled in demonstrating our school values of Care, Aspire, Achieve. However, over the years they have become much more than this! They are a celebration of everything which is great about all of the children in our school. The effort, talent and commitment of the Year 5 children and staff in creating such an amazing event for the other children is something very special. There are also our Oscar winners, who have consistently demonstrated our school values and should be extremely proud of their awards. However, it is the sense of pride, and happiness the children have for their classmates, friends, and siblings when they win is what makes them truly special. I think the moment when the winners are announced and the whole class smile and cheer is the best part of the school year.

We are very proud of every child at our school and their desire to Care, to Aspire and to Achieve! This has never been more evident than the 2021 Oscars where, due to Covid, we could not hold our collective celebration. However, in true showbiz style, we were determined that the show would go on and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the Year 5 children and staff for making sure this happened! The online Oscars were truly a fantastic way to end such a challenging year. They were not only a highlight of the year but, for all the reasons I have already mentioned, probably the best day our school has had!

It is hard to do it justice in words, so please enjoy this short video of some of the highlights.


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As seen in the M.E.N.

We were recently featured in the Manchester Evening News as "The primary school giving kids a lie-in after the England game" after Mr Brook told our parents "We just want everyone to enjoy it properly."


See the full article here

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Green Week 2021

Green Week - What a fantastic week! Across school we have been thinking about global issues such as reducing plastic waste, recycling, fair trade and sustainability. We have also been improving our school environment by planting vegetables and hanging baskets.


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Greek Food Tasting

Year 4 have been learning all about Ancient Greece. As a special treat at the end of the unit we had a Greek food tasting session. We tried olives, feta cheese, Tzatziki dip and breadsticks. Some of the children loved it but some... not so much! 

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Y2 Bang Drum

Year 2 had an amazing day with Bangdrum experiencing African music and dance. They all got to play and learn about different African instruments as well as sing a few African songs with Rome. Danny taught traditional African dance moves where the children needed to move their bodies to the beat and chant at the same time.
They gave a fantastic performance to parents who also enjoyed the cultural experience with Danny and Rome!
Well done Year 2!


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Young Voices 2020

This Year was the 24th year of the Young Voices event. We joined around 8000 school children to sing as part of the largest choir in the world! We had an amazing evening and enjoyed singing with Tony Hadley, The Shires and Huti – the 2018 winner of The Voice UK! We danced with Urban Strides and boogied the night away! We are looking forward to the 25th anniversary in 2021.


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Schools' Award - Inspirational Primary School

We were very proud that our ‘Aspire Programme’ was recognised in the North West Educate Schools Awards. For 2019, Alexandra Park was the runner up in the ‘Most Inspiration Primary School’ Category. We are hugely ambitious for our children and want them to be ambitious for themselves. Our Aspire Programme provides the children with the special events and experiences, which broaden the children’s horizons for what they can achieve. However, our focus on aspiration is more than these events and runs through everything we do, from the units of work we create, to the books we read and encourage the children to read. We are determined to help provide every child with the confidence, awareness and skills they need to achieve great things.

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Stockport Schools Book Awards

Recently, Miss Garratt and a group of Year 5 pupils had the opportunity to attend the Stockport Book Award Ceremony. The presentation ceremony took place at Stockport Town Hall on Thursday 11 July 2019 and was attended by local schools and invited guests. Nominated authors and illustrators including Tom Percival, Lucy Rowland, Ben Mantle, Michelle Robinson and Tor Freeman attended. Each author and illustrator received a piece of original artwork created by local children. Special guests included Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet member for Citizen Focus and Engagement and the Deputy Mayor of Stockport, Councillor John Wright, who presented reader of the year medals to all children who have been recognised for their reading achievements.


The winner of Best Picture Book was Ten Fat Sausages written by Michelle Robinson. Illustrated by Tor Freeman. Published by Anderson Press.

The winner of Best Junior Fiction was Boy Underwater written by Adam Baron. Published by Harper Collins.

We were lucky enough to meet both authors on the night. 


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The Velodrome

This week, Year 5 enjoyed the opportunity to visit Manchester Velodrome. They showed excellent teamwork and respect throughout the whole trip. They even got to see Team GB train and ride around the track, which was so inspiring. Well done Year 5.

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Learning to Love Art

As a school we strive to foster a love of learning in all of our children. We constantly look to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities that will enhance the children's time at school. As part of our History and Art units of study, Y2 have been learning about LS Lowry. We recently went on a day trip to the Lowry Gallery and also had a workshop with local artist Lucy Burgess whose own work is heavily influenced by LS Lowry. The children enjoyed both  experiences and showed themselves to be artists in the making! 


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STEM Ambassador

Year 4 had a visit from Gwen Tway, a research associate in biology at Manchester University. She specializes in bones and knee replacements. She spoke to the children about her research and even had a real knee replacement that the children were able to handle. They looked at x-ray images and tried to piece them together to make a model skeleton. The children were really inspired by her work and asked her some fantastic questions. Maybe one of the children will be performing Mr Seneviratne’s knee replacement surgery in the future.

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Rocksteady have given workshops for all children so they can have a go at being in their very own rock band. What an amazing experience! They will be providing opportunities for children to learn instruments by playing in their own rock band either playing a bass guitar, electric guitar, electric keyboard, drums or sing.

If you wish your child to sign up for sessions with Rocksteady then you have to enrol them online. Please go to the Rocksteady website where you can access all the information needed.

If you would like to see more of the work of Rocksteady or enrol your child for lessons, please go to their website www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/

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Care for our Community

Recently the Year 2 children have been visiting Rose Mount Care Home on Cheadle Old Road to read to the residents. Bringing two very different generations together like this has been a rewarding experience for the children. Seeing them together has been a true joy for the Alex Park staff and the Rose Mount staff alike. It has quickly become the highlight of our week! 


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Commemorating Veterans

This half term, six of our Year 6 children took part in an amazing event at Stockport Town Hall, commemorating the 80th year of the start of World War 2 and the 75th anniversary of the Normandy campaign. At the event, which was attended by some very important people including the Stockport Normandy Veterans, the Deputy Mayor and local MPs, the children had the opportunity to exhibit and talk about their writing, artwork and other historical projects they have completed this year. All of our children made the school incredibly proud and received lots of compliments on their achievements this year. Fantastic job! Well done Year 6. 



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Visits from BBC Sport and Newsround Producer

Recently, Year 4 have been learning how to write newspaper reports and to help them with this, we have had some amazing visitors come and talk to the children about their jobs. We had a visit from a BBC Sports journalist, Alex Bysouth who spoke to the children about his job but also gave some tips and advice on how to write an engaging newspaper report. The children got to ask Alex lots of questions and were fascinated by all the sports Alex gets to report on.
Year 4 had yet another fantastic Aspire opportunity when the producer of Newsround, Verity Stockdale came to talk to the children about her job. She showed the children some videos of what it is like behind the scenes at Newsround and the children had the opportunity to ask questions about how she got into her job. The children learnt lots from both of the visitors and hopefully we might see some of our children reporting on Newsround in the near future!

Caring in the Community

On Thursday 14th December the KS2 Choir of Alexandra Park sang Christmas carols to the residents of Rosemount Care Home in Edgeley. The choir brought much joy to all of the residents and we are very proud of all of them. Well done Alex Park Choir!


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Mother's Day

At Alexandra Park Primary we love having family members come into share experiences with us. Our Mother's Day event has become one of the most looked forward to days of the year for many. Thank you to everyone who came in the plant seeds and craft with our children. We hope you enjoyed the cakes too! 

More photos can be seen here

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Reception, Year 1 and 2 had an amazing experience of being able to listen and play along with members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which will help us to become aspiring musicians!

The Early Ears is an exciting award-winning project designed to cover many aspects of the KS1 and EYFS curriculum. It has been devised by three members of the BBC Philharmonic who are all mums as well as musicians!

This lively, informative presentation explored the character of the different instruments through music, singing and retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man. There were opportunities to dress up and conduct the musicians as well as the chance to just sit back and enjoy some beautiful classical music!


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Y3 Business Project

Today we had a visit from Alison who is a successful entrepreneur. She talked to us about how she became successful and what it means to be successful as well as what it means to have a growth mind-set. Alison invested £100 into our business project and any profit that we make we get to keep!                                         


Y4 Engineering Competition

This year, Year 4 entered an engineering competition designed to increase the number of young children who aspire to become engineers. The children had to research engineering and interview an engineer. We had two live webchats with people currently working in engineering. They were able to ask them questions about their current work and what inspired them to become engineers. The children then had to research a real life problem and come up with an invention to solve the problem. The children came up with some amazing ideas from friendship robots to talking backpacks. The children then had to submit an annotated drawing and a letter to the competition. Out of all the entrants in the Greater Manchester region, two of our children’s ideas were shortlisted and displayed at Salford University. This was a fantastic achievement for our children and we couldn’t be more proud!

The Sun Our Star

Helen Mason OBE and Helen Schell came to Alexandra Park Primary School to work with our Year 6 children on a project called ‘The Sun: Our Star’.

Helen Mason OBE is a leading physicist in the field of space and has worked with world renowned organisations such as NASA. She shared her knowledge of the sun, satellites and our solar system with the children.

Helen Schell has worked with leading solar physicists to present a series of large and dramatic artworks exploring features of the Sun and of solar science. Schell’s work is inspired by space exploration and science of the cosmos.

This project brought together science and the arts and the children designed and created an artistic booklet, which represented facts and information about the sun and beyond.

Both professionals commented about the behaviour, enthusiasm and intrigue the children demonstrated within the workshop. Well done Class 13!

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World Book Day

At Alexandra Park Primary school we valued the importance of ensuring that "Every Child is a Reader." Events such as World Book Day help us to Achieve that goal. Yet again the children amazed us with their creativity in choosing their words and costumes for our Annual Vocabulary Parade.


See all of our photographs here


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Year 5 Technology Day

Recently Year 5  worked with several visitors to explore a range of technology and devices. We learnt more about their jobs and also had the opportunity to work with the technology. We discovered more about programming/coding with a Sphero Robot, 3D printers, interactive floor mats and Lego games design.

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Y4 Business Project

For the third year running, we have teamed up with John Lewis to run our Year 4 business project. The project started with a trip to the Cheadle store when the challenge was set; design a product to sell at the summer fair. Teams of children then designed a product and developed a pitch to explain their idea. They pitched their ideas to three experts from John Lewis in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ format. The John Lewis staff were blown away by the hard work, courage and care that the children showed. The operations manager of John Lewis said, “Every year I have been here, I am amazed at how caring the children are to each other."
At this year’s summer fair, two stall were run by the winning teams. Class 10 sold bird feeders made from recycled plastic bottles and Class 9 sold strawberry and marshmallow kebabs. We raised an amazing £155 for school.

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Inspirational Poet Tony Walsh Visits Alexandra Park

In our continuing commitment to inspire our children, we were fortunate enough to have a visit by the very talented Manchester poet Tony Walsh(Longfella). The day consisted of Tony reading some of his poems to all the children in assemblies followed by hour long workshops for KS2. Tony’s poems were both funny and thought provoking this was especially true when he read his now very famous poem ‘This is the place’ in the KS2 The whole day was an inspiration to all involved and has hopefully given the children a passion for poetryassembly, children and staff alike were visibly moved. DSC 0642DSC 0632DSC 0603unnamed

Teachers Change Lives

On Monday 21t May 2018, Mr Read, along with one hundred teachers from across the country, was invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street, which was hosted by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education. He was welcomed to Downing Street to celebrate teacher’s hard work, talent and commitment to giving every child an excellent education.
This opportunity came about due to his position on the Teacher Reference Group for the Department for Education in London. As part of this role, Mr Read is responsible for discussing government policy developments and providing feedback and ideas to the department on how to raise standards of teaching and learning.



The 100th Anniversary of WWI

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have enjoyed making poppies to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. They have been displayed in our local Morrisons store and look fabulous!

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The Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC

The school choir were very lucky to visit the BBC at Media City to participate in a concert performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra. It was an incredible experience that introduced the children to classical music and the story of the musical arrangements in each piece.



Year 5’s Day at Challenge 4 Change

Year 5 had an amazing day at Challenge 4 Change. The children showed great courage and resilience to tackle a range of challenges including a devilishly high beam and a fearsome zip wire. We were particularly proud of the way in which the children supported each other throughout the day. Well done Year 5!

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Father's Day 2019

At Alexandra Park we feel that including the whole family in our children's school life is invaluable. Every year for Father's Day we invite dads, grandads and uncles to come into school and spend some quality time with our children. We are always happy to have so many family members attend the event. We take part in paper craft challenges; quizzes; sports and we eat the delicious cakes. Thank you to everyone who helps to make this such a wonderful park of belonging to the Alexandra Park family!

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The Alex Park Science Lab

This week, our amazing science lab was opened. A lot of hard work has been put in over the last few months to get it ready for today. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us, and continues to support us, with this fantastic project.
Last year, we ran a competition to design what the lab should look like. From a lot of entries, we picked 16 winners. As well as taking home a book full of experiments, they were given the privilege of being the first children to see the finished lab.
All children will get the chance to experience the lab this week during their science lesson.

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Recently, Gary, the location scout for the Cadbury’s advert, visited Year 5 to tell us all about his career. We had the opportunity to plan and ask questions to learn more about the skills, attitude and other qualities needed to be successful. What an inspirational visit!

See our school in the Cadbury's advert here.

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