The New Islington ‘Wraparound Club’ provides high quality childcare for the start and end of the day – we literally ‘wrap around’ the school day!

Our doors open at 7:45 and children can arrive to have their breakfast with us – we serve a choice of cereals, toast and muffins or crumpets, milk and water. Then, until 8:50 when the classroom doors open, the children are well supervised by a team of dedicated Playworkers. The children have a wide range of age appropriate activities to fill their time in a supportive, friendly and happy atmosphere.

After school, children can be in our Wraparound Club until 6pm. Once again, supervised by a team of Playworkers, the children are fed a wholesome yet child friendly ‘tea’ which varies from day to day. The menu may be a range of sandwiches, pittas and hummus, crackers and cheese. There may be vegetables to crunch on and there is always plenty of fresh fruit – watermelon is a favourite!

Then, with a full stomach off they all go to play. If the weather is fine, children have free access to the playground, our field and our Multi-Use Games Area. We have a football table and a huge range of games and cards. Crafts are always popular with our younger pupils, as is the dressing up and the ‘home corner’. As the children begin to tire towards the end of the session, we may put on a short video – otherwise the club is ‘tech free’ with no iPads, laptops or other gadgets.

Our prices are reviewed annually and we are confident that we offer great value for money. For the academic year 2020/21, the breakfast club session is just £3:00. We offer a flexible system in the afternoon – if you can collect your child by 4:30pm then we charge just £5:00 and if you collect any time up to 6pm, the charge is just £10:00

We never turn a child away from either the breakfast session or the after school session, but it is essential that you book your sessions online a week ahead, so that we can staff the sessions appropriately. Booking and paying (we accept childcare vouchers) is very simple via our online system called School Gateway. You may at times need to cancel a session – we request that 24 hours’ notice is given to avoid a charge. Our office staff help new parents to set this up as an App on your phone.

Our children are happy and well cared for; it is an essential facility for working parents. We want to work together with our families to provide this service, but we do request that bookings are made ahead of time, that payments are made promptly, and that collection is by 6pm at the latest.

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Term Dates

Autumn term

Back to school for pupils: Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Finish for Autumn half term holiday: Friday 23rd October 2020
Back to school for pupils: Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Finish for Christmas holiday: Friday 18th December 2020

Spring Term

Back to school for pupils: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Finish for Spring half term holiday: Friday 12th February 2021
Back to school for pupils: Monday 22nd February 2021
Finish for Easter holiday: Wednesday 31st March 2021

Summer Term

Back to school for pupils: Monday 19th April 2021
Finish for summer half term holiday: Friday 28th May 2021
Back to school for pupils: Tuesday 8th June 2021
Finish for summer holiday: Wednesday 21th July 2021

All primary schools have an annual allocation of five days for staff development. We have scheduled the following days when the school will be closed to children:

Tuesday 1st September 2020
Monday 2nd November 2020
Monday 4th January 2021
Thursday 1st April 2021
Monday 7th June 2021



New Islington Free School
New Islington Free School

We have a school uniform, which is as follows:

  • Grey pinafore dress/skirt
  • Classic cut grey trousers
  • Summer dress in red/white check
  • Grey pullover/slipover/cardigan, ready-embroidered with the school logo*
  • Short sleeved red polo shirt, ready-embroidered with the school logo*
  • Grey tights
  • Grey socks (white alternative for girls)
  • Brown or black shoes (not trainers)
  • A warm outdoor coat (waterproof coats embroidered with the school logo are available)

Jewellery is not permitted at school (with the exception of stud earrings and watches, which must be removed by your child for PE lessons).
A book bag is issued to all children when they join the school.
Please ensure that every item is named so that, if lost, it can be returned to its owner! A Sharpie pen is excellent for naming clothing.

Uniform Suppliers
* Items marked with an asterisk can be purchased from:


Unit 45, Harpurhey Shopping Centre, Manchester, M9 4DH
0161 205 6171

Link: http://www.newislington.uniform4you.co.uk/
Password: Jerseystreet1 (Capital J)

The office staff will be happy to advise.
Items other than jumpers, cardigans and polo shirts can be purchased from many high street shops and supermarkets.


PE Uniform (to be kept in a drawstring bag on cloakroom peg)

Plain white T–shirt
Plain black shorts


Plain white T–shirt
Plain black shorts
Plain tracksuit top and bottoms
Black or white trainers (please ensure the sole has sufficient grip)


Year 4 children need the following items in school every Wednesday:
Swimming costume (not loose fitting)
Swimming cap (if hair is long)

School swimming lessons are provided by Manchester City Council, whose guidelines state that goggles must not be worn unless there is a medical need and that children must stay in school if they do not bring their swimming kit on swimming day.

The New Islington Parents Association

New Islington Parent Teacher Association


The New Islington Free School Parent Teacher Association is a friendly and approachable group of parents who organise fun, affordable events for our children to enjoy whilst raising money for the school. The New Islington Parents Association is very new – come join us on our journey; especially as all parents and carers are automatically members!

Why have a PTA?

To enhance both the school’s provision and your child’s experiences whilst at school.

When & Where?

The PTA meet once a month – usually after school on a Friday (4pm to 5pm).

The date and location of each meeting advertised in the weekly New Islington News.


To find out what’s going on, look out for our newsletters, or approach a PTA rep; we promise we don’t bite! There are class PTA WhatsApp groups that are another source of information for you.

NIFS PTA Documents

NIFS PTA Newsletter

You can contact New Islington Free School PTA by email on pta@newislingtonschool.co.uk

New Islington Parent Teacher Association are proud members of Parent Kind, the leading membership organisation for parent bodies across the UK. With Parent Kind membership all parents can access a wealth of useful information to help with supporting both the PTA and school in providing the best possible education for your children. Click the link for more information: https://www.parentkind.org.uk/