Barlaston First School

Weekly Newsletter

5 February 2024

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.”

Building Work outside Squirrel and Badger Classrooms

This week we are having a canopy installed along the full length of the area outside of the Squirrel and Badger classrooms. This work is expected to complete on Monday 12th February (the Monday of half term).


A polite reminder to make sure we are always thoughtful of and respectful to our neighbours.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Wraparound Care

We had some days last week where the numbers booked on to after-school club in particular varied greatly to the numbers actually stopping, including one day when we expected 4 to be stopping for tea, but had 14. Obviously this causes great difficulties in the planning and the catering.  Please book on if you know you need this provision.  There is now a dedicated phone number and email should you need to make last minute changes.

Parents’ Evening

Parents evening letters were sent home on Friday. Please try to get these back to us as soon as possible to secure your preferred appointment.


I will outline all teacher-led clubs for next half term in Friday’s newsletter.  Booking will open on the first Monday back (19th February), for clubs to start the following week.

Children’s Mental Health Week

Throughout this week the children will take part in various mental wellbeing activities in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Week.

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday is Safer Internet Day. Mrs Broome will deliver a worship after lunch and in the afternoon all of the children will discuss and take part in activities in their classrooms related to staying safe online.

Head Lice

We have been made aware of a case of head lice in school.  Please check whether you have been paid a visit.

Thank you very much for your continued co-operation in all of the above.  It is very much appreciated.


Mr J Gordon

Dates for the Diary

Monday 5th February

Children’s Mental Health Week

Monday 5th February

Building Work – Squirrels and Badgers

Tuesday 6th February

Safer Internet Day

Friday 9th February

Break for Half Term

Monday 19th February

Return to School 8.45am

Tuesday 20th February

Parents Evening

Wednesday 21st February


Parents Evening

Monday 26th February

Teacher led clubs recommence

Thursday 7th March

World Book Day- Details to follow

Monday March 11th

Science Week – Details to follow

Monday March 11th

Early Years Disco – Details to follow

Tuesday March 12th

Key Stage 1 Disco – Details to follow

Wednesday 13th

Key Stage 2 Disco – Details to follow

Friday 22nd March

Easter Service in Church 9am

Friday 22nd March

Records of Achievement Morning

Friday 22nd March

Break for Easter

Monday 8th April

Return to School for Summer Term 8.45am


2024/25 School Term and Holiday Dates

Staff Development Days

(School Closed to Children)


2nd and 3rd September

School Opens to Children

Wednesday 4th September

Half Term

28th October – 1st November

Staff Development Day

School Closed to Children


Monday 4th November

Christmas Break

23rd December – 3rd January

Spring 2025

School Opens

Monday 6th January 2025

Half Term

17th- 21st  February 2025

Easter Break

14th – 25th April 2025

Summer 2025

School Opens

Monday 28th April 2025

Staff Development Day

(School Closed to Children)


Friday 2nd May 2025

May Bank Holiday

Monday 5th May 2025

Half Term

26th – 30th May 2025

Last Day of Summer Term

Friday 17th July 2025