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Latest Newsletter 19th September 2018


For all new parents and children that have joined the Picknalls family may I warmly welcome you to our school. We are proud to be a part the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT); Uttoxeter Learning Trust (ULT), which currently also includes Thomas Alleynes High School, Windsor Park Middle School, Oldfields Hall Middle School, Ryecroft Middle School, Hutchinson Memorial C.E. (A) First School and All Saints C.E. First School.I am thrilled to be continuing the role of Acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) for the Uttoxeter Learning Trust (ULT). Mr Cope will be Acting Headteacher during the times I am away from Picknalls and the Senior Leadership team will continue to support the school. I am contactable on my email address: even during CEO days. Otherwise please contact the school office on 01889 228700 or email: 

I will be writing regular newsletters to keep you as updated as possible with current and future events. I will inform you when the newsletters are being sent out by text message. 

Some changes to this year:

  • Miss Bedson got married over the Summer Holidays and is now Mrs Cornes.

  • Mrs Richardson left us in July to become an Assistant Head, we wish her well in her new role.

  • Miss Turner has relocated to a new area.

  • Callum Jones, cleaner, is about to begin his university course in Wales.

  • Miss Adams has joined us as Class 1’s new teacher.

  • Miss Goodwin is now leading our ever popular Nursery.

  • Mrs Fallows has become a KS1 lunchtime supervisor.

  • Mrs Tuckwell is our new cleaner joining Mrs Palmer.

  • Mrs Fenton and Mrs Wilkinson are currently on Maternity leave.

  • Miss Stott is covering Mrs Fenton’s leave and job sharing the Class 5 role with Mrs N. Jones.

Balloon Release

On the final day of the last school year we released 200 balloons in aid of cancer charities.
The balloon which went the furthest travelled 76 miles and landed in Lincoln! The owner was Toby Nicholls who wins £20.
With your help we raised:

  • £165—Kidney Cancer
  • £165—Brain Cancer
  • £80—MacMillan

Thank you.

Collecting Pupils

Collection of children at the end of the day is as follows:
Years 2 and 4—bottom playground
EYFS—EYFS playground
Years 1 and 3—back playground
Please only collect your children from these specific playgrounds to ease congestion and enable us to ensure the health and safety of all our children. Thank you.


Tempest Photography

Whole School Photo
If you would like a copy of the whole school photograph taken in July for our 50th anniversary please return the order form to school by Friday 21st September 2018.
Individual and Family Groups
From 8.00am on Wednesday 26th September families with children not attending Picknalls are welcome to come to school to have a group photo. During the morning every child will also have an individual picture taken as well as one with any siblings in school. Proof copies will be sent home on the day including order details.

Governor Corner

On behalf of the Governors, welcome to another school year.  I hope that your child/children are settling in to their new year group and are enjoying learning. 
For those unfamiliar with what the governing body (alongside the MAT board) of the school is, we are a number of volunteers responsible for holding the school to account.  The governing body consists of both parent-elected and staff-elected Governors, along with a number of co-opted Governors, that can be appointed when vacancies in our skills occur.  We need a skillset that covers all aspects of running what some days feels like a small business rather than a school(!); people management, finances, etc. 

Your governing body currently consists of:Paul Johnson, James Russell, Clare Goodenough, George Holland, Tessa Clay, Heidi Elsmore, Charlotte Gallimore and Mark Underwood most of whom have children throughout the school, from Nursery to Year 4, Mrs Tapp, Mr Cope, Mrs Plant and Mrs A Jones.

As terms of office expire we look to fill vacancies and, if you are interested in joining the governing body, either myself of Mrs Tapp would be quite happy to have a chat about what the role and its responsibility entails, so please do get in touch.  Whilst we won’t have any parent Governor vacancies until 2019, we are currently looking to co-opt a Governor who has experiences in human resources and also co-opt a Governor who has legal knowledge.  You don’t need to be the parent of a child at the school to be a co-opted Governor, so if you know of anyone that would be interested in attending an early evening meeting once a half-term for a couple of hours, please do recommend that they get in touch. 

If you ever have an issue with the school that you wish to discuss, then please don’t delay in contacting your child’s class teacher in the first instance or the headteacher if you would prefer, or, if you feel unable to do either, the governing body.  Our e-mail address is – we will try to respond within 48 hours (but please remember that we do have ‘proper’ jobs and families that take up our time and so may sometimes take slightly longer to get back to you) and we aim to close out issues within 28 days. 

Finally for now, although it’s still a few weeks off, we are keen to ensure that, on parents’ evenings, you have the opportunity to speak to a Governor.  An appointment system will be in place alongside the teachers’ appointments.  However, don’t feel that this is the only time you can contact us; if you are unable to e-mail, leave a message at the school office to arrange a time to meet, or for me (or one of my fellow Governors if you’d prefer) to call.

I look forward to seeing you around the school,

Paul Johnson
Chair of Governors

Data Collection Sheets

Thank you to everyone who has amended and returned the data sheet which was sent home last week. If you have not received yours please contact the school office and please send them back to school as soon as possible.

Privacy Notice

A copy of our updated Privacy Notice was included with your child’s data collection sheet. There is also a copy of this on our website at

Violin Lessons

If your child is in Year 2, 3 or 4 and you are interested in them beginning violin lessons please enquire at the office. Lessons are on Wednesdays from 11.30am and cost £60 per term plus an initial £25 deposit.

Collection List

Please ensure you keep the office up-to-date with your collection arrangements. If any changes occur please notify the office or class teacher as soon as possible to change the information kept on file. A password system is in operation only if it is a one time collection or the person is unknown to staff.

Parents' Evening Booking

We are changing our method of choosing appointments for Parents Evening. Teachers2Parents, who currently provide our texting service also host a secure online booking service which will automatically send you reminders about your meeting. Please make sure you update your mobile number and email address so that you can receive notification of how and when to book. A letter will be sent home nearer the time giving further details.

Yummy Club

If you have outstanding money owing from last year please ensure this is paid promptly through ParentPay.
If you are using the Yummy Club this year please ensure that your fees are paid each week or month. Please ensure you do not fall into more than a month in arrears, thank you.

Lost Property

Alex Norman, in Year 1, Class 2, has lost a school sweatshirt. Please check to see if you have this by mistake and return to class.



The following information has been provided by Staffordshire County Council:

With children back to school for the new term, parents are being urged to put safety first by parking responsibly during drop-off and pick-up times.

The Staffordshire County Council campaign is calling on people to park considerately  and reminding drivers that Civil Enforcement Officers will be visiting roads near schools right across the county.  Any vehicle observed parked on yellow lines or in a restricted area could be issued with a penalty notice, if not observed picking up or dropping off a passenger.

The campaign is also reminding drivers to switch off their engines when parked up, which is good for the environment and people’s health, and helps reduce pollution.

It is hoped that the campaign will also urge parents to consider alternative modes of transport such as walking, cycling, scooting ‘park and stride’ or a walking bus.  These all help to reduce congestion and pollution outside schools which is good for the environment, good for parents pockets,  and helps keep people active.

Also on the subject of parking:

We are very fortunate to be able to use the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre carpark for free at the beginning and end of school times.  The agreed times for use are:

  • 8.40am-9.00am
  • 3.20pm-3.35pm

Please help us to maintain good relationships with our neighbours by parking only in official spaces and adhering to the agreed times of use.  If you need to use the Leisure Centre carpark at any other time of day you must obtain a ticket from one of the machines.


We would also ask that you do not park in Picknalls Lane, especially if you block one of the residents driveways.  This road is too narrow to turn around in without mounting the curb and causing danger to pedestrians. If you do have to drive into the school drive please remember that the speed limit is 5mph.  We appeal to pedestrians to use the pavements at all times.  Please help us to keep everyone safe on site.

Family Halloween Party

Party games, disco, competitions, bouncy castle and face painting

Burton-on-Trent Town Hall

Sunday 28th October 2018—4.30pm-7.00pm

£5 per ticket, under 2’s free


Phone: 01283 508547

Uttoxeter Rugby Juniors RFC

Uttoxeter Rugby Juniors RFC are wanting to recruit new players.  This is open to girls and boys aged 6-16 and training takes places at Oldfields Sports and Social Club as follows:

  • Sunday 9.30am-10.30am—7 and 8 year olds
  • Sunday 10.30am-12.00pm— 9 to 16 year olds

If you are interested please attend a session.

School Lunches and Pupil Premium

Just a reminder that school lunches are £2.25 a day or £11.25 a week if your child/children are in Year 3 or 4, please be aware that should you fall behind with payments over £11 meals will be withdrawn until the debt is cleared. You are free to order daily or weekly. The menu is available on the school website, on the main reception door or ask at the office for a copy.

Since the introduction of the Universal Free School Meals (from September 2014) for pupils in Reception  up to and including Year 2,  you may be unaware that you can still claim for Free School Meals for families receiving certain benefits.

Did you know if your child has been adopted, is a ‘looked after child’ or any parent has served in the armed forces you could be eligible for extra funds towards trips, additional intervention, music fees etc.

To be eligible for Free School Meals and extra funds you need to be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

This will generate Pupil Premium funding to the school and would mean that you could also receive financial help with school trips, school uniform and music tuition and other benefits.

Our Ofsted inspection states that we use Pupil Premium money very effectively.  We have used some of the money to provide focused teaching interventions which has improved progress and means that at Picknalls there is ’no attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils’ (Ofsted, April 2016).

Even if you don’t want your child to take the meals we encourage you to claim.

An online application can be made through

(a paper form can be downloaded from here also).  If you do not have access to the internet or need more advice please contact the school office.

 Service Pupil Premium

 The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

Pupils are eligible for SPP if they meet the following criteria:

  • One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces,
  • They have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011,
  • One of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme,
  • Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children.

Service personnel with children in state schools in England only have until 17 January 2019 to notify schools of their children’s eligibility for the Service Pupil Premium (SPP).

Connected Curriculum

We are continuing to teach our connected curriculum topics throughout the year. The structure of the day will continue to consist of the mornings remaining as phonics sessions, English lessons, Maths lessons, guided reading activities etc with the afternoons being taught on a topic based approach. We call this a ‘connected curriculum’ as links are made between the subjects whenever possible so that the learning is seamless and connects together. Links between the topic and the morning’s English and Maths lessons will also be made. Topics for this half term include:

  • Early Years – My Favourite Things
  • Year 1 – On Safari in Africa
  • Year 2 –The Isle of Struay
  • Year 3 – The Stone Age
  • Year 4 – Vikings

The topics throughout the school follow the same process. We start with a ‘launch day’ where a fascinator will be used to introduce the topic and hook the children into their topic. Fascinators may include: a trip, a visitor, a special object, a display etc. Each classroom throughout the school is building a special ‘Learning Journey Tree.’ The trunk of the tree includes the topic name, the roots of the tree show what the children already know about the topic and what they would like to know over their learning, and the leaves on the tree show what their new learning has been. Each year group works through their learning journey and finishes with an outcome day where they complete an assessment to show the progress they have made in their learning. Please ask your child about their new lessons and topic, and when you call into the classrooms have a look at their learning journey tree. For each new topic you will receive a ‘parent’s information sheet’ outlining the learning that will be covered so that you can support them at home. This will be sent home as a paper copy at the start of each half term and can always be found on the website.

If you would like any further information please contact myself or the teacher and we will be happy to update you further. I look forward to seeing the impact on the children’s thirst for learning and their progress and achievement over the year.


We aim to achieve at least 96% attendance across the whole school.  This is something which is monitored and reviewed at the end of every half term and any child falling below 96% will initially be sent a letter.  We endeavour to support all families struggling to keep up their attendance so please don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice should this apply to you.

We also monitor persistent lateness as this can also have a detrimental effect on any child’s education.  Please ensure that your child arrives on time i.e. between 8.45am and 8.55am, as learning starts as soon as the school day begins.

Medicine in School

Please be aware of our policy regarding administering medicine in school.

We can only dispense certain medications to a child if:

  • It has been prescribed by a GP/Consultant etc
  • It is prescribed to be given 4 times a day and has a dispensing label on the container

This rule may not apply if the medication is to be taken for a long period of time, medical evidence must be provided.

You will need to come to the office to fill in a medical form for us to issue this.

If your child needs pain killers, such as Calpol, during the day for a mild condition we can only allow them in sachet form which your child must self-administer.  A similar principle applies to cream for skin conditions such as eczema if it is in a bottle with pump dispenser.  If they need any other medication during the day you are welcome to come into school to give it to your child yourself.

Please ensure that any medication to be left in school is brought directly to the school office and is not left in your child’s bag.


Sadly, during the Summer holiday a few of our windows were broken around school.  If you witness any suspicious behaviour around school please notify the local police on 0300 123 4455.

New School Library

We have separated the Library and Computer room during the Summer break and are very proud of the results.  The Library is now where the resource room once was and is furnished with new bookshelves and is a very inviting area in which to enjoy a book or two.

Parent Volunteers

We have been staggered by the number of volunteers who either attended or expressed their interest in becoming a parent helper in school.  Burton-on-Trent college have agreed to use any hours of support given in school towards their NVQ2 or NVQ3 childcare qualifications.  Mrs A Jones is co-ordinating this initiative so please contact her or the school office if you are interested in knowing more.

Happy Hours

We are pleased to continue our partnership with Happy Hours who provide wrap around care for our Nursery as well as before and after school cover. They are open from 7.00am until 6.00pm and their phone number is 07518 383775.  Childcare will also be available during every school holiday except Christmas.

Theme Meal

On Thursday 4th October our first theme meal will be available.  This will be an Italian meal and the menu is described below:


Mac ‘n’ Cheese


Garlic Bread Slices

Salad bar


Shortbread and Chocolate Sponge with Custard

Morning Break Snacks for KS2

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 are able to purchase a snack from the school kitchen during morning playtime. The current menu is as follows:



Cheese on Toast


Jam on Toast




Half Bagel, toasted


Half Cheese Bagel


Oatcake with Cheese


Fruit Pot


Veggie Sticks




Scotch Pancakes





Fresh Milk


Flavoured Milk


Orange shot 85ml


Orange and Apple Juice


Hot Chocolate


Important Dates and Events

September 2018

Friday 21st

9.30am—Uttoxeter Echo to take Reception photos for ‘First Day at School’ article

Wednesday 26th

8.00am 8.45 am–Tempest Photography family groups for children not at Picknalls

9.00am -Individual and sibling groups within school taken during the morning

Friday 28th

3.00pm—MacMillan Tea Party

October 2018

Monday 1st

7.30pm—PTA AGM—all new members welcome

Wednesday 3rd

5.00pm—Nursery Sub Committee meeting


6.00pm—Full Governors meeting

Thursday 4th

Theme meal

Monday 8th

10.20am—assembly led by United Reform Church

Wednesday 10th

2.30pm—Harvest Festival assembly—proceeds to be donated to local food bank (children only)

Thursday 18th

7.30pm—PTA Fashion Show—further details to follow

Monday 22nd

3.30pm-onwards—Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 24th

3.30pm-onwards—Parents’ Evening

Friday 26th

9.45am—Flu vaccination in school for Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, and 4


Last day of half term

Mon 29th Oct-Fri 2nd Nov

Half term holiday

November 2018

Monday 5th

INSET day (no pupils in school)

Tuesday 6th

Back to school


1.30pm –Stoke City 7’s presentation to Year 2

Thursday 8th

9.30am—’Power of One’ anti-bullying performance to KS1


10.20am—’Power of One’ anti-bullying performance to KS2, Hutchinson Memorial and All Saints First  School’s joining us

Friday 9th

10.45am—Remembrance Assembly

Mon 12th– Fri 16th

Anti-Bullying Week

Wednesday 14th

Children in Need Ramble for Pudsey—more details to follow

Friday 16th

Children in Need Day

December 2018

Tuesday 4th

Last swimming session of the term


2.30pm—EYFS Christingle service –parents invited

Wednesday 5th

5.00pm—Nursery Sub Committee meeting


6.00pm –Full Governors meeting

Tuesday 11th

10.00am—KS2 Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal to school


2.00pm—KS2 Christmas Performance to parents


6.00pm—KS2 Christmas Performance to parents

Monday 17th

10.00am –EYFS Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal to school

Tuesday 18th

10.00am—KS1 Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal to school


2.00pm—KS1 Christmas Performance Dress Rehearsal in St Marys C.E Church


1.00pm—EYFS Christmas Party


6.00pm—KS1 Christmas Performance to Parents in St Mary’s C.E. Church

Wednesday 19th

10.00am—EYFS Christmas Performance to parents


2.00pm—EYFS Christmas Performance to parents

Thursday 20th

1.30pm—KS1 Christmas Party


Last Day of Term

Friday 21st

INSET day (no pupils in school)

Mon 24th Dec—Fri 4th Jan

Christmas Holidays

Monday 7th January 2019

INSET day (no pupils in school)

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Back to school—Spring Term begins

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