Barlaston C.E. (VC) First School

Weekly Newsletter

8th November 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.”


We will hold a service on Friday of this week (10th) at the Cenotaph in the village.  All of the children will gather around the Cenotaph at 10.50am.  Everyone is welcome to join us.


Poppies are being sold in school. Please send in a donation if your child would like one.


As promised the attendance figures for each class for this year, up to Friday 27th October, are as follows.

Hedgehogs            97.66%

Squirrels               96.23%

Badgers                 96.85%

Deer                     93.98%

Owls               98.25%

 Congratulations Owls!

The national average attendance in the period (data only available to 13 October 2023) is 95.4%. These are good results which we can build on and improve even further over the next half term.

Attendance figures can be somewhat deceptive in that when we achieve 90% in most things it’s a fantastic achievement, but 90% attendance represents 20 full school days missed, which is an enormous amount of missed learning.  We will continue to work hard to maximise our attendance and give our children every opportunity possible.  Thank you for your continued help in this.


Teacher led clubs this half-term will run from Monday 13 November to Friday 8th December (4 weeks) and will be as follows.




Date & Time

Year Groups



Mrs Broome

Miss Hulme


Monday 3.30 – 4.30


Years  1 - 4


Mrs Edge

Tuesday 3.30 – 4.30

Years 1 - 4

Word Wizards


Mr Peel

Miss Gill


Wednesday3.30 – 4.30


Year 1


Creative Club

Mrs Edge

Mrs Broome


Friday 3.30 – 4.30


Years 1&2


Sports Club


Mr Mellor


Friday 3.30 – 4.30


Years 3&4

Please note that all clubs will now be a 4.30pm finish.

Clubs will open for bookings tomorrow evening (Thursday 9th November at 6pm)

Dates for the Diary

10th November

Remembrance Service 10.50am War Memorial

17th November

Children in Need – Non-Uniform Day

24th November

NSPCC Safety Awareness  - Details to follow

8th December

Dougie Mac Christmas Jumper Day

11th December

EY Nativity Performance – Details to follow

12th December

School Theatre Trip – Details to follow

15th December

Christmas Hamper Raffle Draw in Family Worship

20th December

Christmas Dinner Day



22nd December

Christingle Service in Church 9am

Christmas Party Day

School Closes for Christmas


Mr J Gordon