Barlaston First School

Weekly Newsletter

9th Feb 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.”


Payments Open

Payments are now open for toast and milk for the next half term and will close on Sunday 18th February. Payments will not be reopened after this date.

Payments are also now open for the Mother’s Day Breakfast and the discos, and also for the Squirrels and Badgers STEM day.



Teacher led clubs will start again in the week commencing 26th February. The teachers will introduce the clubs in worship on Tuesday 20th February and booking will open that evening.


Wraparound Care

A big thank you to all of those booking in advance.  This is an enormous help in planning the provision.


Parents’ Evening

Parents’ evenings will take place on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the first week back after the half term break.


Key Stage 1 Performance

We have moved the Key Stage 1 performance from Easter to the summer term.  The performances from Squirrels and Badgers will now take place on the afternoon of 25th June and the evening of 26th  June. The Key Stage 2 summer performances are unaffected and will go ahead on the planned dates in July.


Mrs Hewitt Returns

Mrs Hewitt will return from her maternity leave after the half term break. She will come back for a few individual days before starting back full time from Monday 11th March.

I’m delighted to say that Mrs Edge has agreed to stay with us for the summer term and will remain Deer Class teacher to the end of this school year. Mrs Hewitt will provide cover in the Deer Class, as well as other classes, and help provide support to individual children as needed, before resuming her position with her own class from September 2024.



A polite reminder that whilst all of our teachers are happy to receive emails outside of normal school hours, there is no requirement at all that they respond outside of those hours or during school holiday periods. Responses may well not be received, therefore, until the next school day.


Half Term

School opens again for the second half of the spring term on Monday 19th February at 8.45am.



From time to time we get passed information relating to courses or workshops which are aimed at parents, grandparents and carers.  Below are links to two short safeguarding information sessions on Childline and Online Safety for those who are interested.


NSPCC Online Safety

Tuesday 27th February, 14:00 – 15:00


NSPCC Childline Today

Wednesday 28th February 13.00-14.00


From all of us at school have a lovely half term break!



Mr J Gordon


Dates for the Diary


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

Friday 8th March

Mother’s Day Breakfast

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