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Latest Newsletter 30th November 2018

Last Few Weeks of Term

As we are nearing the end of the Autumn term we would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support of the school. We have had a hugely successful first term and all the pupils are now busy rehearsing for their Christmas performances. Thank you to everyone who sent in donations for the Christmas Fayre. We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 2nd December,1pm-3pm.


Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit - provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

To apply online please click here.

Emergency Closure Procedure

Now that we are approaching Winter we would like to remind you of our procedure regarding snowy weather.

If after severe weather it looks as if staff from outlying areas will have difficulty in getting to school a decision will be made as quickly as possible by the Headteacher and Chair of Governors. This decision will be made after consultation with other local schools.

  • Closure will be the last resort.
  • Radio Stoke and Radio Derby will be contacted.
  • Parents are requested to tune to these stations to be kept fully informed.
  • A notice will be posted on the school website
  • Priority one parents will be made aware of the closure via text message on ’Teachers2Parents’ (Please make sure we have up-to-date mobile phone details)
  • The Staffordshire County Council School Closure list will be updated (see our homepage for a link) or click here.
  • Parents can sign up on the Staffordshire County Council website for free email or text message alerts (see our homepage for a link) or click here.

Anti-Bullying Assembly

Soren Bennick’s Power of One performed an anti-bullying assembly to all the children at Picknalls First School along with Year 3 and 4 from Hutchinson Memorial First School and All Saints First School. The production reinforced the schools messages on bullying, that is a repeated action that you don’t like which can be physical or verbal. All the children have signed a anti bullying pledge board which will be displayed in school.

Parents Evening Questionnaires

Thank you for taking the time to complete the annual  parents evening questionnaire during the recent parents evening. These are currently being analysed by senior leaders and governors and we look forward to sharing the outcome with you.

School Categorisation

We are pleased to inform you that Picknalls First School has been awarded a Category 1 for 2018. This means that the  Local Authority, when considering Key Performance Indicators and 3 Year trends, have no concerns with us.

Children in Need

We had a hugely successful Children in Need week. The children took part in a number of themed activities including the Pudsey 2 mile Ramble around the park and also spotty non uniform day. In total we raised £1945.46!! Which will be split 50/50 between Children in Need and Picknalls.

Eco Day

Thank you to everyone who took part in Eco day! We managed to raise £206.78 some of which has already been used to  rejuvenate the poppy garden. The Eco committee would also like to thank all the volunteers who came out on Saturday 24th and put their gardening skills to good use

Children in Need

Severe allergy support  group  beginning Saturday 3rd November, 2-3pm at Waitrose community room, Uttoxeter. Chance to meet others in your area who are living with the day to day challenges of allergies.

New Head Bump Procedure

From Monday 3rd December we will be trialling a new bumped head procedure. In place of the bumped head notes we currently use, a text will be sent informing you of the incident.  We will continue to call home in cases of more serious head injuries.  We hope this will cut down on notes getting lost and generally be a more efficient way to get the information home.

Governor Corner

I’ve been a resident of Picknalls Lane for more years than I’ve been a Governor at the school, so am used to parents dropping off/collecting children using the lane rather than the Leisure Centre car park. My  fellow residents and I, accept that there are occasions when our driveways will be blocked, and whilst this is frustrating, it is something we accept.  However this academic year there has been a number of parents that are maneuvering their vehicle in the lane and mounting the kerb whilst there are pedestrians using the pavements.  It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. In order to avoid such circumstances I ask you to use the Leisure Centre car park rather than the lane. I thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Stay safe, have a good Christmas break and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Late Policy

Please be aware that, alongside the Education Welfare    Officer we are monitoring attendance and lateness . A  penalty notice may be issued for cases of  persistent lateness (10 or more late marks   recorded within a 12 week period). Please  ensure you child arrives at school by 8:55am.

HOPE has been hugely successful at Picknalls over the last year. HOPE aims to provide emotional support for pupils during difficult or challenging times. We have had some lovely feedback from parents of children who have accessed the program.

"The HOPE project has helped my child understand and come to terms with her Grandad's death."

"HOPE has given my child good coping strategies."

"My child will now talk about her feelings with me."

"Discussing problems outside of the family has allowed my child to accept her feelings are normal."

"My child has liked the different approaches taken to help her to talk about the way she is feeling."

 "I have seen changes in my son’s confidence."

Important Dates and Events


December 2018

Sunday 2nd

Christmas Fayre 1pm-3pm

Tuesday 4th

Last swimming session of the term

2:30pm—EYFS Christingle service—parents invited

Tuesday 11th

10am—KS2 Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal to school

2pm—KS2 Christmas Performance to parents

6pm—KS2 Christmas Performance to parents

Friday 14th

Christmas Disco, EYFS & KS1 5:45pm—7pm, KS2 7pm—8:15pm

Monday 17th

10am—EYFS Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal to school

Tuesday 18th

10am—KS1 Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal to school

1pm—EYFS Christmas Party

2pm—KS1 Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal in St Mary’s C. E. Church

6pm—KS1 Christmas Performance to parents in St Mary’s C. E. Church

Wednesday 19th

10am—EYFS Christmas Performance to Parents

2pm—EYFS Christmas Performance to Parents

Thursday 20th

1:30pm—KS1 Christmas Party

LAST DAY OF TERM—Back in school on 8th January

Happy Christmas!!! See you in 2019


Tuesday 8th

Back to School

Tuesday 15th

Cupcake making day

Monday 28th

PTA Meeting 7:30pm

Wednesday 30th

Class 3 Assembly 2:45pm


Wednesday 6th—Friday 8th

Year 4 trip to Shugborough

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