Let there be light!

Atherton Community School was “lit up” for National Poetry Day when students took part in a lunch time reading session with works on the theme of Light – this year’s countrywide topic. Nine poems including works by Henry Longfellow, Edward Lear, Louis MacNiece and the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy were read out and discussed by pupils. The event, organised by … Read More

Executive Principal Announces Retirement

We would like to share with you the following announcement from Russell Rook and Elizabeth Haddock: Announcement from Russell Rook After more than three years of leadership with Chapel St in the communities of Atherton and Burnley and following almost four decades of faithful service to children, families and communities as a full-time teacher and Principal, Elizabeth Haddock has decided … Read More

Zambia Challenge

All our Sixth Formers have the opportunity to spend a week at Vinjeru School in Zambia to support the young people at the school.  This is followed by a week sightseeing, visiting Victoria Falls and having a twilight cruise on the Zambezi River. Our first visit will be in June 2016.  Sixth Formers are expected to raise the funds needed through … Read More

Year 7 Readathon

Reading regularly makes a huge difference to how children develop and we want them all to build on the good habits they learnt at primary school.  This week we are launching Readathon, a sponsored reading event which raises money for charities for sick children.  This will also enable students to reach their charity graduation target. Each Year 7 student will … Read More

ACS Open Day – Fun for Everyone!

Everyone is welcome to visit Atherton Community School and Sixth Form on Saturday, 19 September between 10am-12pm when you will have the opportunity to view all departments and participate in some exciting events. The maths department will test your numeracy skills with the ‘Monkey Challenge’ and an assortment of mathematical problems whilst in English there will be poetry and drama based on the works of Wordsworth.  … Read More

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