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Latest Newsletter January 2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break. Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas performances, all the children had a fantastic time putting them together for you. We have lots of things planned this term including a Pancake breakfast, World book day, Superhero day, our Book Fair and we will also be attending lots of sporting events over the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you all in school over the next few weeks.

Well Done!

As a school we take part in many external moderations and our Early Years team were moderated on 19th November with extremely positive results.
“The Early Years Foundation Stage at Picknalls is a positive and thriving environment for learners to begin their learning journey in. The staff work collaboratively as a team and are clearly very passionate about creating the best possible learning experience for all learners in the setting, regardless of background or attainment and are lead expertly by the phase leader.”


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 your co-operation in this matter.

Interim Reports

It has been decided by senior leaders and Governors not to continue to issue interim reports. We would like to emphasise our open door policy in which you can see the Headteacher or class teacher if you have any queries, concerns or compliments. The class teacher is available at the end of the day after pick up or same day appointments can be made with the Headteacher or Senior Leaders.
We will still be issuing our end of year reports and we also have our termly parents evenings.

After School Clubs

This half term we have several clubs running, dates are listed below:
Monday PM—Tri Golf for Key Stage 1. Beginning 13th January — 3rd February, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Tuesday PM—Book and Craft Club for whole school. Beginning 7th January—4th February, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Tuesday PM—Conquerors Club for Year 2, 3 and 4. Beginning 7th January—31st March, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Tuesday PM—Dodgeball Club for Key Stage 2. Beginning 14th January—4th February, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Wednesday PM—Boccia Club for Key Stage 2. Beginning 15th January—5th February, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Thursday PM—Choir Club for Key Stage 2. Beginning 9th January—13th February, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Thursday PM—Commando Joe Activity Club for Key Stage 1. Beginning 23rd January—26th March (running fortnightly), 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Thursday PM—Early Years Activity Club for Early Years. Beginning 16th January —13th February (except 30th Jan), 3:30pm—4:15pm.
Friday PM—Spotlight Dance for whole school. Beginning 10th January—14th February, 3:30pm—4:30pm.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas tree festival, your Christmas tree donations looked amazing and we raised £70.00 for the National Brain Tumour Society and £60.00 for the Donna Louise Trust.

Happy Hours

We can now offer nursery places for 2-year olds with the Think2 funding. Please enquire with Happy Hours directly on 07518 383 775 or

5-Star Rating

A huge well done to Mandy Ball, Laura Handley and Nicola Sanbrooke who run our school kitchen. The ladies achieved a 5 star rating in their recent health inspector visit. We are very proud of them all!


Thanks to all the staff at Picknalls who run numerous additional activities. As you are aware we have introduced a £3 charge for these sessions with 100% of this income being used to purchase club and school resources. We are very excited to announce we have recently purchased 2 outdoor table tennis tables with the money generated from the after school Sports Clubs held during the Autumn term.


We are awaiting our next Ofsted inspection and would urge you to go onto Parentview to share your views of the school. Please visit Parentview and click ‘Give your views’. Please rate us in the 12 questions so that we can continue to celebrate what we do well and to make improvements where necessary.


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:



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.
Thank you for your support.


To ensure the safeguarding of our children please ensure you collect your child from the correct playground.
EYFS—EYFS playground
Year 1 and Year 3—top playground
Year 2 and Year 4— bottom playground
Please make yourself visible at pick up time and be mindful of hoods and umbrellas that may be obscuring your face.
If there is someone different collecting your child or they are going home with a friend, please inform the school office or the class teacher.

Wellbeing Corner

Thank you

Huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise just over £1000 in our Well being fundraisers. The children's wellbeing champions voted for us to spend £200 per class on new sparkle time and wet play games along with some wellbeing books for our school library.
We look forward to continuing to highlight children's mental health during our Mental Health Week w/c 3rd March 2020.


If you are worried about a child please speak to a member of our safeguarding team straight away. Our designated safeguarding leads are Mrs Tapp, Mr Cope, Miss Harris, Mrs Jones and Mrs Plant along with Mr Mark Underwood who is our Safeguarding Governor.
All updated safeguarding information can been found at the school entrance along with external contact numbers, if you would rather speak to someone outside of school.

Governors Corner

We currently have a parent Governor vacancy on our Governing Board. Ideally, we would like to find an additional member for our Governing Board who has a background in either the legal profession, human resources, or financial services, but, if you are willing to give up at least one evening every half term to support the strategic development of the school, then I would very much like to hear from you. Please can any interested parents contact either myself, at, or Mrs Tapp, at by Friday 14th February. In the event of multiple applicants for the vacancy there will be a parental ballot. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon, Paul (Chair of Governors).


Wednesday 29th

Class 4 Assembly—parent are invited to attend from 2:45pm


Monday 3rd

Children’s Mental Health Week

Wednesday 5th

World Mental Health Day—Non uniform day, Dress up as a superhero (or just simple non       uniform), donations will be split between the school and Young Minds

Thursday 6th

Year 2 trip to Redfern Cottage

Friday 7th

KS2 Boccia and New Age Kurling event at Dove First School

Monday 10th &    Wednesday 12th

Book Fair available after school in the hall as part of our parents evening

Monday 10th

Parents Evening 3:30pm—7:00pm

Tuesday 11th

Internet Safety Day

Wednesday 12th

Parents Evening 3:30pm—7:00pm

Monday 17th—Friday 21st

Half Term—Back to school on Monday 24th February

Tuesday 25th

Pancake Breakfast—details to follow

MARCH 2020

Monday 2nd

World Book week

Thursday 5th

World Book dress up Day—please come to school dress as your favourite character/author

Theatre production in school performing an adaptation of Robin Hood

Monday 9th

Science Day—Various workshops going on throughout the school day

Thursday 12th

Sport Relief Activity Day—My personal best challenges

Thursday 19th

EYFS Trip to see Zog at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Friday 20th

Mother’s Day Tea Party, 2:30pm—3:00pm for EYFS and 3:25pm for the rest of the school

APRIL 2020

Thursday 2nd

Easter Activity Day

Friday 3rd

Last Day of term! - Non uniform—please bring a donation to continue to purchase curriculum resources.

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