Downing Street Visit

Atherton Community School and Burnley High School Executive Principal Mrs Elizabeth Haddock was a guest at 10 Downing Street when the Prime Minister thanked those involved in creating free schools across the country. Mrs Haddock and colleagues from Chapel St – Russell Rook (Chief Executive), Aredi Pitsiaeli (Project Manager), and the Principal of Tyndale Primary School, Oxford, Liz Russo – met … Read More

ACS exam results – getting the whole picture

The recent adverse publicity relating to some AS level results, doesn’t in any way give the complete or true picture of the excellent work done by our staff and students, as a paragraph from an email received from a very happy and grateful AS level student clearly shows: “…I also wanted to say thank you to you for all your help and … Read More

PRESS RELEASE – Putting the record straight

Putting the record straight A response to recent criticisms of AS level results.  The Leigh Journal published an article on 20 August 2015 featuring complaints from two parents whose children had received lower than predicted grades in their AS Level exams. We acknowledge the frustration of the students and their parents, and deeply regret any disparity between the predicted grades … Read More

Guide Dogs Boost from ACS

ACS young entertainer Ethan Jordan was greeted by an old pal when he helped hand over a charity cheque on behalf of the school. Ethan featured in a talent show fundraiser which raised £160 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Hobo, one of the guide dogs who called for the cash is no stranger either – he lives … Read More

Science fun for ACS students

Students made learning a fun activity when they took part in Atherton Community School’s science Olympics. Pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 came together in teams to battle it out for honours in the day long challenge.  Among the tasks they were asked to complete were constructing a spaghetti tower, making a model car from waste materials and building a … Read More

A rumble in the jungle

Atherton Community School turned itself into an Amazon adventure park to welcome the new students who will be joining after the summer holidays.  The school’s jungle themed taster day was intended to introduce the visitors from schools across Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley to their new surroundings. Over 70 pupils – armed with their own “passport” to the Amazon – took part in activities in … Read More

Salad days for ACS

Home grown produce is now on the menu at Atherton Community School.  For the first time, food provided by the school’s gardening club has found its way onto diners’ plates at ACS and, as club organiser Jeannie Willan says: “This is just the beginning.” The first crops harvested for the ACS canteen included salad leaves and chives.  A variety of fruit … Read More

Model students

Four students from Atherton Community School carried off a host of prizes from a prestigious chemistry competition. The team, Alan Dickinson and Megan Ackers from Year 8 and Callum Gregory and Kira Winstanley from Year 7, took on 20 other schools from across the North West in the Salters Festival held at the University of Manchester. The quartet finished second … Read More

ACS students at the DW stadium

Atherton Community School students scored top marks when they undertook an enterprise skills course hosted by Wigan Athletic FC. Staff from the club’s Latics Enterprise Academy visited the Atherton school to work with the pupils from Years 7 to 9. The pupils enjoyed a day at Wigan’s DW stadium where they took part in an orienteering contest and completed further … Read More

Parent/Carer Newsletter No.60

21 May 2015 Dear Parent/Carer We would like to update you concerning a number of forthcoming events at school. Celebration Assembly – Friday, 22 May 2.30pm You are invited to join us at our Celebration Assembly tomorrow at 2.45pm. We look forward to welcoming you at this special event. Examination Results Please note that all students will receive the results … Read More