Barlaston First School

Weekly Newsletter

26th April 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.”


Swimming Opportunity

We would like to let you know of a special opportunity to take your child for a free hour of swimming at GUST Swim School on Friday 3rd May (inset day).  GUST are running a training course and would like help for potential swimming instructors.  If your child is 4 years or older and a non-swimmer or beginner then please feel free to contact GUST on to book a space!  Some of the children have been to GUST previously and have thoroughly enjoyed it!


Feed the Hungry and to Hand Foodpacking Event.

This event is taking place in school tomorrow morning.


Barlaston First School 27th April 2024

Sessions 10:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-2:30pm


Volunteers can use this link  .


Alternatively, you can contact Sarah Broome for more information.


Donations can also be forwarded to Steve Parkhouse at St John’s Church marked with Kibera Appeal.


Thank you to all those who have signed up so far.


Sports Day

We are holding our sports day, weather permitting, on Friday 17th May.  Dormice and Reception will hold their event on the field at 9.30am.  For years 1 – 4 the start time will be 1.30pm.

If the weather defeats us we will reschedule to Friday 24th May.


Standon Bowers

Our year 4 children are very excited about their residential trip to Standon Bowers, leaving on Monday morning and returning to school on Wednesday afternoon.


First Aid

West Midlands Ambulance Service have been in school over the last couple of days, working with children in years 2 ,3 and 4 on first knowledge and skills.


Author Visit

Yesterday we had a visit from Ruth Pearson, a local author, who talked to the children about her books and the process and writing and illustrating a book.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting an insight into the work of an author.



A polite reminder that if your child is sick or has a tummy bug they cannot return to school for 48hrs.



Our policy on administering medicines is that we only administer in school if the medication is prescribed for 4 doses a day.  Medicines prescribed for fewer doses must be administered at home.


Holiday Club

Sports Coaching Group will once again be providing holiday club at May half term.  The club will run from Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May.


School Closed to Children- Friday 3rd May

Next Friday is a Staff Development Day and the school is closed to children.  School will open again on Tuesday 7th May at 8.45am.




Mr J Gordon



Dates for the Diary


Summer Term 2024

(Saturday) 27 April

Feed the Hungry Food Packing Event 10am

29 April – 1 May

Year 4 Residential – Standon Bowers


3 May

Staff Development Day – School Closed to children

6 May

Spring Bank Holiday – School Closed

17 May

Sports Day 1.30pm

24 May

(Reserve) Sports Day 1.30pm

24 May

Break for Half Term

3 June

Return to school 8.45am

7 June

Records of Achievement Afternoon 2.15pm

24th and 25th June

Transition (children to new classes / schools)

2 July

Key Stage 1 Afternoon Performance 2.15pm

3 July

Key Stage 1 Evening Performance 6.15pm

9 July

Key Stage 2 Afternoon Performance 2pm

10 July

Key Stage 2 Evening Performance 6.15pm

19 July

Year 4 Leavers Picnic 12.30pm

19 July

End of Year Service 9am in Church

19 July

Break for the Summer

2 & 3 September

Staff Development Days – School Closed to Children

4 September

Autumn Term Starts 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