Barlaston First School

Weekly Newsletter

6 October 2023


Let your light shine through family, friendship and faith

“Enabling our whole school community to flourish and let their light shine, preparing them for their role as gentle and humble agents for change in the world we share.”  

Harvest Service and Feed the Hungry 

Thank you to all those who attended our harvest service this morning.  As Vicar Stewart said, we will be working with the church and Feed the Hungry to hold a food packing event in the new year.  Between now and then we will also work with the church to raise the money to be able to carry out this event.  I will provide more information on this later in the year.  In the meantime, thank you all for your very kind donations today.

Mental Health Awareness Day

We will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Day on Tuesday 10th October.  We are asking the children to wear something yellow (please don’t buy anything specifically) and bring a donation.  

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

You will have seen in the news at the end of August that some schools in the country are affected by the presence of RAAC in their structure(s). We were not on the list of schools issued by DfE and have not been informed that any of our building is affected.  We do have regular surveys and reviews, and meetings and discussions regarding maintenance and any related issues with the local authority and a regular review from the DfE.  None of these have raised any issues.  

I want to assure you that the safety of the children in our school is our absolute priority at all times, and we wouldn’t hesitate in any decision or action we felt necessary to ensure this is always the case.

Parking in Broughton Crescent

Drop-offs and pick-ups from school are extremely busy times and space to park on Broughton Crescent is very limited.  Please be considerate and respectful in your parking at all times, taking care not to block driveways and access of our neighbours to their properties, or any potential access that might be needed for an emergency services vehicle to the Crescent or to individual properties.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Parents Evenings

Parents evenings will take place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October from 3.45pm to 6pm.  Forms have come home tonight.  Please select your preferred date and time and send the form back to us, and the class teacher will allocate an appointment time as close to your preference as possible and let you know.  

Holiday Club

Holiday club will run from Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November.  Monday 6th November is a staff development day, with the school not open to children, but there will be no holiday club on this day.

We have reviewed the prices and pricing structure of the holiday club and these are set out below.






9am – 3.30pm


8am – 1pm


12.30pm – 5.30pm


8am – 3.30pm


9am – 5.30pm


8am – 5.30pm



All of the above prices will be subject to a 10% discount where bookings are made at least 3 school days in advance.

Where 2 or more siblings attend the holiday club at the same time a 10% discount will be applied. Both discounts apply where siblings are booked into club before the cut-off date. 

To book into holiday club for the October half term please contact the officeTo qualify for the discount please do this by 5pm on Tuesday 24th October. After this time the full rate will apply.

Dates for the Diary



Tuesday 10th October

Mental Health Awareness Day. Wear something yellow, bring a donation.


Wednesday 11th October


Standon Bowers information evening 6.30pm


Tuesday 17th October


Parents Evening 3.45pm - 6.00pm


Wednesday 18th October


Parents Evening 3.45pm – 6.00pm


Monday 23rd October


Early Years Disco 4.30pm – 6pm


Tuesday 24th October


Key Stage 1 Disco 5.30pm – 7pm


Wednesday 25th October


Key Stage 2 Disco 5.30pm – 7pm


Friday 27th October - Break for Half Term


Monday 6th November

Staff Development Day.  School closed to Children.

There will be no holiday club on Monday 6th November.


Tuesday 7th November


School opens 8.45am.



Mr J Gordon