What visitors say about us...

Visitors very often give verbal feedback about our school, frequently referring to the exemplary behaviour, beautiful manners, calmness in classes or the warm welcome given to them. Occasionally we receive written feedback which we thought we would share with you here...

On 18th February 2022 we received this letter from a student teaching assistant working two days a week:

"Since January I have been on a student placement at St Michael's, helping to support children and teaching staff in Year 5. I wanted to reach out and let you know how I have enjoyed my time at the school, and how impressed I have been by the dedication, behaviour, educational standards, and ethos of your school community.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teaching staff for their support, and the pupils for their excellent behaviour and passion for their studies. It has been wonderful to experience first-hand how young minds are shaped by keen students and devoted teachers.

Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to having the pleasure of continuing to support the pupils, staff and school for the remainder of my time with you."

What a testament to the standards we expect and strive for every day!

Our Edstart Sports Coach taught in every class from September 2021 to March 2022. Here is what she has to say about our school:

"During my sixth months spent working here I found St Michael’s to be a very well organised school with a high level of professionalism amongst the staff. The children are happy, well behaved and respectful, which is an ethos instilled in them by the Headteacher, Mrs Barratt and her dedicated staff. I was instantly made to feel very welcome by everyone and thoroughly enjoyed working at the school. There is a high skill level amongst the pupils in PE and I believe children can only grow and prosper in such a friendly and well disciplined environment. It was an absolute pleasure for me to work at such a wonderful school!"

For World Book Day 2022 and to celebrate the completion of our new forest library, we were thrilled to be able to welcome former pupil and newly-published illustrator, Ian Morris. Ian officially opened our library as well as sharing in assembly his journey from borrowing a book in our library to becoming a published illustrator with the release of 'The Library Book'. His parents joined him on his visit and were kind enough to share their thoughts with us:

"Dear Mrs Barratt, Teachers & Children, Mrs Abbott & Mrs Redfern, 

We’re e-mailing to thank you for inviting us to join you today celebrating World Book Day 2022 and the opening of your wonderfully re-furbished school library with Ian’s reading of The Library Book. It was a joy to see you all settling into the newly decorated space and we hope it will bring you many years of reading pleasure during your time at St. Michael’s.

It was lovely to see you all, catch up with some (old-er!) friends and meet some new ones. Thank you for letting us join in your assembly with Ian and for taking the time to show us round your amazing school, allowing us to sneak-a-peek at your classes. To see all the year groups linking up together on Zoom for Mr. Risby’s World Book Day Quiz was fantastic! 

St. Michael’s school, staff, children and families will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

Thank you again, for your very warm welcome today.

With kindest regards and our very best wishes

Janet & David Morris"


On Ash Wednesday 2022, our Year 5 and 6 children visited church to experience and take part in the service. Revd Hazel kindly took the time to write about our pupils:

"Just a quick email to let you know what wonderful feedback we had when your year 5 and year 6 class came to our Ash Wednesday service up at St Michael's Church. The children were beautifully behaved. They were respectful of the space and the tone of the service and remained engaged throughout. Several members of the congregation came and spoke to me afterwards to tell me that it had been a delight to have them join us."


On 17th July 2023 Rochdale Mayfield Rugby League Football Club wrote to thank us for participating in their Building the Future School Programme and to praise our Year 5 and 6 pupils:

"Rochdale Mayfield Amateur Rugby League Football Club
Steve Gartland Way Rochdale OL11 3BY

Dear Mrs Barratt,
Re: Building the Future
With the school end of year upon us, we want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you on behalf of everyone involved at Rochdale Mayfield ARLFC for giving us the opportunity to work with your staff and students and help us spread the word about Rugby League during our Building the Future School Programme...

Our coaches have thoroughly enjoyed every minute and want to highlight how amazing your Year 5 and 6 students have been during all our visits; they’ve been an absolute pleasure to coach and we can’t thank you enough for believing and trusting in our programme. Every child is a credit to your school and you should be very proud of them - we definitely are and we hope we can re-visit and spend more quality time with both your staff and your students...

Yours in Rugby League
C Abraham
Carl Abraham Development Officer Rochdale Mayfield ARLFC"

On 16th March 2024 our school choir sang at a Fair Trade Event at St Chad's Parish Church in Rochdale. We received this lovely email from the organiser:

I am writing to express the thanks of the Greater Manchester Fairtrade Network to the students and teacher who contributed to much to our Fairtrade event at St Chad's church, Rochdale on Saturday.   The choir sang absolutely beautifully and the enthusiasm of their teacher, Chris (whose surname I am afraid I don't have), was infectious.   We were all so impressed by their contribution, which really was one of the absolute highlights of the day.   The young people we a real credit to your school.   We were also delighted to welcome so many parents who involved themselves in the events and to whom we are also grateful.   Please would you pass on our thanks to everyone involved.    

Once again, many thanks to you and Chris - I was just so impressed with her enthusiasm, which was obviously conveyed to the children who responded so well, and for the way she spoke so positively about the school.  It sounds like a very special place.


on behalf of the Greater Manchester Fairtrade Network