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  • 07 Jul 2017
    Newsletter - Friday 7th July 2017

    In the final newsletter of the year you will find information on: PTA Summer Fayre Congratulations Governor Corner Proms at Picknalls Crazy Hair Day Summer Holiday Activity Clubs Important Dates.

  • 08 May 2017
    Newsletter - Monday 8th May 2017

    In this edition please find information on: Arts Week Class 5 Assembly Dinner Money Increase Theme Meal-18th May 2017 Governor Corner Important Dates and more

  • 28 Mar 2017
    28th March 2017 Newsletter

    In this edition you will find information on: Red Nose Day, World Book Day Cake Sale, Dinner Money increase, Travel survey, Easter Activities Important Dates

  • 10 Feb 2017
    Newsletter - Friday 10th February 2017

    In this newsletter you will find information on: Friendship Day theme meal Dogs Star Foundation Stoke City 7's World Book Week Performance Important Dates

  • 16 Jan 2017
    Picknalls Newsletter - 13th January 2017

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Latest Newsletter 7th July 2017

Thank you and Well Done!

  • Thank you for supporting the PTA Summer Fayre. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of your donations.  The total raised was £1,555.30.
  • Our Den-Building and Scarecrow Making Day was also a great success, again due to your amazing donations of materials. We really appreciate your support, thank you.
  • Congratulations to Mrs Tapp and the school choir for their dedication to the Oldfields Summer performance of Oliver! Despite some of the highest temperatures on record they performed to their absolute best.
  • As this will be the last newsletter of the year we would like to wish all of our leavers the best of luck for their future endeavours and we hope you will always remember your time here at Picknalls.
  • To everyone else we hope you have a fantastic summer and we look forward to seeing you again in September!

Parking at Picknalls

If you park on school grounds at anytime please be mindful of other vehicles as we have had a number of incidents to staff cars recently.  If an accident occurs please inform the school office immediately.

Please also remember to adhere to the 5mph speed limit on site, at all times.


We hope you will join with us in congratulating Mrs N Jones (Nursery) as she is expecting her first baby.  She will begin her Maternity Leave at the end of this term.

We wish Mr and Mrs Jones all the best for their growing family!

Phone Number Change

Our phone number has now changed despite a few technical problems to begin with!

Please update your records and let everyone on your pick ups and contact list aware that we can now be contacted on

01889 228700.

Scooters and Bikes

Please remember to take your child’s scooter or bike home at the end of the day.  The school is used after hours and we cannot guarantee security overnight.

Summer Fayre 2017 Winners

The following were winners during the summer fayre:

Main Raffle

Kyle Proctor                    Emma Bridgewater Voucher

Leah Tompkinson            Gladstone Pottery voucher

India Stanton                 Gladstone Pottery Vouchers

Lucie Bliss                      Cinebowl Tickets

Ashleigh Tsang               ’I Skate’ voucher

L Beech                         National Forest Adventure tickets

A Wells £15 Gifts Galore Voucher

Austin Smith Snow Dome Toboggan, Tamworth


Rebecca Smith Treasure Hunt

Thomas Archer Beanbag Throw

James Watson Beanbag throw (adults)  

Ollie Bastock Penalty Shoot-Out

Ella Watson Fred Bear Raffle      


Chinese Auction

George Ufton Opulence voucher

Sophie Watson Clubbercise Tickets

R Wilson PortmeironVase

Katie Flanaghan New Vic Theatre Tickets

Derren Lawley Alton Towers tickets

Sharon Walker              Snugbury’s Ice-cream

Cameron Hodson Stoke Ski Centre Voucher     

Harry Oakde Legoland Manchester Tickets 

Rihanna Fry Sealife Manchester Tickets    

Jack Lee Bathroom set

Katie Flanaghan Handmade Jewellery

Derren Lawley Home sign

Joshua Lamburn Kids Bundle

Libby Russell Pick-a-Square

Governors Corner

Welcome back to the final term, which seems to be flying by, what with Sports Days, Summer Fayres and the like.  For those children and parents who move on from Picknalls at the end of this year, I hope that you’ve very much enjoyed your time here and leave with happy memories.  I was in school recently chatting to children across the year groups and, as always, it was a joy to hear their views on the school. 

You may remember that in a newsletter last term I asked whether there were any Parents who were interested in joining the governing body.  I’d therefore like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our latest Parent Governor, Charlotte Gallimore.  Charlotte has a son in Miss Harris’ class and a daughter who will be joining nursery in September.  She runs an events business and will bring a range of experience (from Accounting to Health and Safety) to our governing body.

Although the school may be shut over the summer holidays, the governing body never sleeps (!), so if you ever need to contact us, please do so via our email address ( 

Best wishes, Paul

Proms at Picknalls

Thank you to everyone who came and supported our second ‘Proms’.  Once again the weather thwarted the original plan for the performance to be held outside, especially after Mrs Jones, Mr Bruce and everyone else’s efforts to make the back playground look so spectacular!  Fortunately this didn’t put a complete dampener on proceedings and the show went on!  Well done to everyone who was able to come back to school and join in the performances.

Goodbye and Good Luck!

We come to the end of another academic year and sadly have to say goodbye to a member of staff.  Mrs Roe has worked in our Nursery for several years until her maternity break. She will finish as a class teacher at the end of this term but will continue to come in to provide classroom cover when required.

Crazy Hair Day

Mrs Richardson has been growing her in order to donate it to the ‘Little Princess Trust’ a charity that makes real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to illness. On Friday 14th July children can come to school with crazy hair and from Monday 10th can buy raffle tickets (£1 for 5) to win the chance to cut Mrs Richardson’s hair in Fridays assembly!!


Tuesday 4th July was all change morning at Picknalls.  You should have received a letter informing you about the class/es your children will be moving to in September.  If not the movement will be as follows:

  • FS1 (Mrs Jones) → Class 1 - (Mrs Jordi & Mrs Hunt)
  • FS2 (Miss Harris) → Class 2 (Miss Bedson)
  • Class 1 → Class 3 (Mr Cope)
  • Class 2 → Class 4 (Mrs De Soyza)
  • Class 3 → Class 5 (Miss Turner)
  • Class 4 → Class 6 (Mrs Kasperowicz)
  • Class 5 → Class 7 (Miss Tinto)
  • Class 6 → Class 8 (Mrs Richardson)

Trutex School Uniform

Trutex will be selling school uniform during the school holidays from Thomas Alleynes High School on the following dates:

  • Wed 9th August—between 10.00a.m and 2.00p.m..
  • Wed 23rd Aug—between 10.00am and 2.00p.m.

Please note: Only orders made by 9th August will be guaranteed to arrive before September Term.

Summer Holiday Activities and Clubs

Progressive Sports at Picknalls

Progressive Sports will be at Picknalls for the first 3 weeks of the Summer Holidays:

24th-28th July 8.30am-5.30pm

31st July-4th Aug– 8.30am-5.30pm

7th-11th Aug—8.30am-5.30pm

Suitable for 4-13 years.

For more details and to book please visit:

Happy Hours Holiday Club

Venue: Treetops, Picknalls First School

Time: 7.00am-6.00pm

Dates: Mon 24th –Fri 28th July

           Mon 31st Jul—Fri 4th Aug

           Mon 7th—Fri 11th Aug

           Mon 14th—Fri 18th Aug

           Mon 21st—Fri 25th Aug

           Tue 29th—Fri 31st Aug

Price:  Full day = £17.50

            Half day (7am-12.30pm/12.30pm-6.00pm) = £12.50

Every week is themed with lots of exciting activities and trips. 

For more information please ring:

01889 566678


07518 383775

Burton Albion Football Courses

Venue: Windsor Park  Age group: 5-12 years 

Time: 8.30am-3.30pm

2 different courses on offer; Mixed and Girls


Mixed—24th-28th July, 21st-25th Aug

Girls—24th and 25th July, 21st and 22nd Aug


Whole week = £50 (mixed), £20 (girls)

Pre-booked day = £12        or       Pay on the Day = £14

More dates available at Burton Albion Community Centre. 

Please visit:


D.A.S.H is a programme of activities run by East Staffordshire Borough Council, every school holiday, for children of all ages.

To view the brochure please visit:

Messy Family Fun

Join in the Fun This Summer here in Uttoxeter!

‘Uttoxeter Churches Together’ will be running a Holiday Club for The Whole Family.

‘Messy Family Fun’ at St. Marys First School.

Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th July 2017 from 10am to 2pm.

Each day is packed with Bible themed activities, crafts, games, lunch and afternoon entertainment.

£2 per Person and Under 4’s free.

(Inclusive of refreshments and lunch)

This is a family event. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who will remain responsible for the children they bring. Maximum of four children per adult. Mums, Dads, Carers, Childminders, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles…all welcome!

Early booking is advised due to limited places.

Forms are available from your school reception.

For more details contact Holiday Club Co-ordinator Val Laflin 01889 500547

Spotlight Academy Summer School

Venue: Abbots Bromley Village Hall

Dates: 21st, 22nd and 23rd August 2017

Times: 10.00am-3.30pm

Age groups: 4-6yrs, 7-11yrs, 12-18yrs

For more information and booking email: or call 07801659540


Important Dates and Events

July 2017

Friday 7th

Year 4 Languages Festival at Thomas Alleynes High School

Monday 10th

Raffle tickets on sale through the week for Mrs Richardson’s haircut—£1 for 5

Tuesday 11th

9.30am—Year 1-Tesco providing Seaside Picnic


9.30am-1.00pm—Year 3 and 4—Athletics at Northwood Stadium

Wednesday 12th

EYFS Summer trip to Tanglewood


2.50pm—Class 2 assembly

Thursday 13th

Year 2 Summer trip to Carsington Water


9.30am—Year 3– Tesco providing local produce


3.30-4.30pm—Final Burton Albion girls football club


5.00-6.30pm-Year 4 Leavers Disco

Friday 14th

Crazy Hair Day-come to school with crazy hair to support Mrs Richardson’s hair donation to ‘Little Princess Trust’ to make real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss.


Annual Reports sent home

Wednesday 19th

9.15am—Live music performance


2.50pm-Class 1 assembly

Thursday 20th

2.00pm-Year 4 Leavers Service

Friday 21st

Last day of term—Non-Uniform day

Monday 24th

INSET day - school closed to pupils

Tuesday 25th

INSET day - school closed to pupils


8.30am-5.30pm—Progressive Sports at Picknalls

August 2017

31st Jul-4th Aug

8.30am-5.30pm—Progressive Sports at Picknalls

Wednesday 9th

10.00am-2.00pm Trutex selling school uniform at Thomas Alleynes


8.30am-5.30pm—Progressive Sports at Picknalls

Wednesday 23rd

10.00am-2.00pm Trutex selling school uniform at Thomas Alleynes

September 2017

Monday 4th

INSET day—school closed to pupils

Tuesday 5th

Autumn Term 2017 begins

Wednesday 27th

8.00am– Tempest photography –family and individuals

October 2017

Friday 21st

Last day of half term

Monday 30th

INSET day—school closed to pupils

Tuesday 31st

Second part od Autumn Term 2017 begins

 Due to circumstances beyond our control dates are liable to change so please double check on our website.