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Latest Newsletter July 2019

Proud to be Picknalls!

With the end of the school year in sight we would like to wish all our Picknalls families a wonderful summer holiday. Good luck to our Year 4’s as they move on to the next phase in their education. Thank you to everyone who attended our sports day this year. We hope everyone enjoyed the day, it was lovely to see so many parents take part in the parent races. Thank you for all the support you have given during the course of the year, the success of the school is reliant on the support received from the community and we continue to receive an overwhelming amount of support. We look forward to the next academic year and all the exciting events we have planned.

Proms@Picknalls - The Album

As part of the new Ofsted framework we focus on delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We are very proud here at Picknalls to offer a wide variety of enrichment activities. Our latest project has been Proms @ Picknalls—The Album!
On Monday 1st July we invited a professional sound engineer into school to record each year group, the school choir and the whole school.
Post production has now been completed in the studio and the finished product will be ready during the last week of term. For a sneak peak check out our website
Please help support the school and purchase your copy today via ParentPay for £4.99 (multiple copies can be ordered) and you can spend the summer relaxing in the garden with Proms @ Picknalls—The Album!!

P.E. Kit

From September can you please ensure your child has both an indoor and an outdoor PE kit in school. We will be aiming to teach a minimum of 2 lessons of PE a week and will go outside whenever possible.
Indoor PE Kit—Black shorts, Red t-shirt, Pumps (optional)
Outdoor PE Kit—Black tracksuit bottoms, Black long sleeved jumper, Trainers, White socks. Thank you

Happy Hours Holiday Club @ Picknalls

Happy Hours run a holiday club based at Picknalls all through the summer holidays. They have lots of fun activities planned including baking, woodland walks and film days. For more information you can find them on Facebook or call 07518 383 775.


We have a growing number of children in school with allergies. Please be considerate when packing your child’s lunch and snacks. In particular try to avoid nuts and sesame. Thank you for you co-operation in this matter.

Geography Competition

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Geography competition. Mrs Hunt was extremely impressed with the level of detail and workmanship that had gone into each entry. Winners from each class were presented with a   certificate during a special assembly celebrating their achievements.

Uttoxeter Learning Trust Website

Please spare a minute to look at our brand new ULT website a link can also be found on Picknalls website. There are lots of images and videos from all 8 school in the trust, with many pictures featuring Picknalls.

Sporting Achievements

Key stage 2 have competed in a variety of events over the last half term. Year 4 were runners up in the Uttoxeter Kwik Cricket tournament. Year 3 and 4 were also runners up in the CADSSA Tag Rugby tournament. Huge well done to Year 3 and 4 who took part in the East Staffs Quicksticks Hockey tournament and came 1st, 2nd and 3rd!


The roofing work is currently on schedule. Sorry for any inconvenience it may be causing, in particular with regards to parking. We continue to get high numbers of local resident complaints. Please avoid using the lane during the start and end of the day.
We are very fortunate to be able to use the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre car park for free at the beginning and end of the day. The agreed times for use are 8:40am—9:00am and 3:20pm—3:35pm.
Please only park in official bays and adhere to the agreed times of use. If you need to use the Leisure Centre car park at any other time of the day you must obtain a ticket from one of the machines.

School Games Mark - Gold! (again!)

We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark for 2018-2019. This is a Government scheme which assesses a broad spectrum of criteria. We have been awarded gold due to our inclusive, intra-school and inter-school sports activities.

Swimming in Open Water

As we break up for the summer holidays we would like to remind parents of the dangers of swimming in open water. Inland water can be as cold as two degrees, even in summer. Cold water can seriously affect the strength and stamina of even the strongest and most confident swimmers. It can also cause ‘cold water shock’ which can lead to sudden loss of consciousness and drowning. Prolonged periods in cold water can also lead to hypothermia. There are lots of helpful resources available about the dangers of open water swimming. Visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident website for more information.


Please support us in sharing your views by going on to: and click ‘Give your views’.  Please rate us in the 12 questions so that Governors can continue to celebrate what we do well and continue to make improvements.

Thank You

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jordan and his team who spent a day tackling the forest of weeds outside the Year 4 mobiles. They have done an outstanding job and the Eco Committee are planning to build some raised beds and plant some vegetables..

Governors Corner

Thank you to everyone who showed interest in our Parent Governor vacancies.  In the end we had two applicants so we’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Alan Curtis and Amanda Forshaw to our Governing board. Please find below a brief introduction to our new Governors.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Year 4’s good luck as they transition up to their chosen middle school.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday and I look forward to see you all in September.

Paul Johnson (Chair of Governors)

Mr Alan Curtis

I currently have two children at Picknalls; Oliver who is in Year 3 and Charlie who is in Year 1. My third son, Toby, will be joining  Picknalls pre-school in September. My nephews and nieces are benefitting from, or have already had the benefit of their initial education within Picknalls. Having had this close relationship with the school, particularly through my own children, throughout the year groups I feel I have a good understanding of the ethos and the aims and objectives of the school.

Picknalls has many strengths which I will support the leadership team to continue their focus on including the work in safeguarding, the strength of relationships between our children, the staff and the parents, and the focus on the wider curriculum including the broader aspects of the children’s’ development in their formative years.

In my professional life, I am a General Manager for one of the businesses at JCB. My focus is on developing, growing and improving the business by understanding the strategic gaps, and supporting and challenging the business and those within and associated to it to strive for more, not accept the norm and do things differently. It is with these skills I feel I can support and assist the school on their journey towards becoming ‘outstanding’.

Mrs Amanda Forshaw

Having moved back to my home town of Uttoxeter a year ago, my oldest son attends Picknalls Nursery and is moving into Reception this September. I work as a People Manager in the Human Resources profession for a private employer in Birmingham. My strategic HR experience at board-level and change management skills would contribute to helping the Board of Governors to support people practices and strategies. I offer specific expertise in recruitment, retention and reward. I can help the school to recruit more cost-effectively, think more strategically and stay within the law on sensitive employment matters.

I am currently on maternity leave enjoying the flexibility of being greatly involved in my child’s learning. As such I am a member of the school’s PTA which has helped me develop good knowledge of the school, understanding both its strengths and where there may be room for improvement. Within the community I also volunteer at Uttoxeter Go Garden and hold the voluntary role of Treasurer for the Woman of Uttoxeter (WI).

I would describe myself as sociable, a good communicator, well organised and a team player. If elected I would work with energy and enthusiasm to help Picknalls First School maintain its high standards, and meet future challenges. As I am at the school gates daily, I hope that I would be approachable and accessible to other parents. I would be privileged to represent parents and carers in this way.

July 2019

Wednesday 10th

Class 6 trip to Redfern Cottage

Thursday 11th

Class 5 trip to Redfern Cottage

Thursday 11th

Year 3 Recorder concert to Parents from 3:00pm

Friday 12th

Den Building

Tuesday 16th

EYFS trip to Conkers

Tuesday 16th

Transition to Year 1 meeting for reception parents from 2:45pm

Thursday 18th

Year 4 Leaver’s service—Parents are invited to attend, 1:45pm start

Thursday 18th

Year 4 Leaver’s disco 5:00pm—6:30pm

Friday 19th

Last day of term—non uniform day

We hope you have a wonderful summer break! - See you back in school on Tuesday 3rd September!

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