We have links with St Andrew’s Church, where members of the church visit our school to deliver assemblies such as ‘Open the Book’ sessions, which are interactive and open discussions about morals and beliefs. The members of the church have also run after school clubs, such as ‘Prayers and Pancakes’, which involved both parents and child from our school. We also have strong links with a local Imam, who visits the school to deliver assemblies that are interactive and delivers broadly Islamic stories and open discussions with the children.
Our local police service offer us advice and support. They visit the children to deliver assemblies that raise the awareness of safety, in addition; the Mayor, health visitors, the fire service, local businesses, our local MP and charities all come into Kentmere Academy to discuss their role within our community. Furthermore, local Children’s Centres liaise closely with our school, recently working together to deliver a ‘readiness for school’ presentation for prospective pupils entering our Early Years classes.
A strong link has developed between our school and Music for Youth; our children participate on a regular basis in local music events, which have offered our children a wide range of competitive opportunities, including performances at local and national venues; including the Royal Albert Hall in London, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. These performances are always in partnership with Wardle Academy staff and pupils, whom we work closely with to provide such opportunities. Additionally, we maintain a link with Hurstead Nursing Home, a family run nursing home where residents enjoy listening to Kentmere’s Key Stage 2 choir sing carols every Christmas.
Strong links have been forged with our local community through the platform of workshops, the most successful being the Garment Making class every Thursday afternoon. Our school is proud to be the venue for a range of very popular Workers’ Educational Association courses. Our school additionally delivers half-termly workshops, which are open to parents and advertised in the local community, focussing on a variety of subjects and aspects of school life, to guide and support their children’s learning further.
Please contact Rehana Mohammed on 07813 68080 if you would like any information about the courses below.
Garment Making Thursdays 1pm - 3pm
The WEA North West region provides stimulating and diverse learning opportunities for adults, often targeted at some of the most deprived communities. Our courses dramatically improve confidence as we re-introduce people to study and encourage active engagement with their own needs and those of their community.
The majority of our courses are targeted to attract particular groups of adult students, but we also offer ‘open access’ courses, that bring together students of different ages, abilities and experience.
Why do students come to WEA?
Because each student is different, our tutors will want to know why each one has enrolled on a WEA course. Motives range from simply having an interest in a subject or wanting to develop knowledge/skills for work, to making a cautious first step back into education after a break. This means we must avoid making assumptions and take the time to understand what each individual student wants from the experience.
Further to workshops, parents are welcomed into school for regular open days, coffee mornings and events where they can observe and interact with their child within the learning environment. Children and parents greatly anticipate our annual Christmas and Summer Fairs, where children and parents are invited to buy from and take part in a variety of stalls, ranging from face painting, henna tattoos and hand-made products. Recently, we have collaborated with Falinge Park High School and local primary schools to take part in the Global Earthworks Project. This project aims to work collaboratively in a cross-curricular way to produce a final performance or exhibition piece/pieces using: The Arts, Languages, Design Technology, Science, Literacy, Music, Maths, Physical Education and Humanities. towards a final shared performance at The Peoples’ History Museum in Manchester.
We endeavour to utilise the local area when planning our school trips, a number of our classes have visited local establishments, such as Rochdale Training Centre, Smallbridge Library, Rochdale Fire Station, and Rochdale Leisure Centre. This has led to some fantastic activities for the children, such as painting T-shirts with thermochromic paint!
As a school, we continue to build links with other schools in a number of ways. Our sports teams regularly compete against local teams in fixtures across the Borough. Our Gifted and Talented writers meet with children from other schools, further extending their plethora of skills. Our Rights and Respecting school council attend regular local network meetings where they liaise with neighbouring primary schools to agree on local priorities and share good practice.
We are also involved with working with the local authority and nearby primary schools to develop our Healthy Schools work. We regularly take part in competitions and events that involve the community, such as ‘A Mayor for the Day’ competition, of which the Mayor commended pupils from our school on their high standard of applications. Faseel from 5/6 was the overall winner for the whole of Rochdale and won prestigious tickets to the Mayoral Ball in April. If you believe you can offer us a valuable community link, please contact Miss S Day by contacting the school office.