William Amory Remembers William Brain

6th October 2016

Our Deputy and Head Boys and Girls remembered William Brian, and Old Boy of The William Amory who died in action 100 years ago today.

The following information was taken from the Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society

Born:  1888 in Trentham

Died:  6th October 1016 28 of wounds.

Son of:   Ephraim and Sarah Brain


Farm Waggoner

Regiment:  Prince of Wales, North Staffs Reg, 1st/5th Battalion.

Awarded the Victory and British War medals.


North Staffordshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion Territorial Force

In 1916 the 46th North Midland Division, 137th Staffordshire Brigade included the 1/5th North Staffordshire Reg. The Battle of the Somme which commenced on the I July 1916 lasted throughout much of the summer months and extended into the early autumn. The 46th Division suffered numerous casualties during this period yet remained in the Front Line or near to throughout the entire battle.

During the early phases of the battle the Division was seriously depleted in numbers following the diversionary attack on the Gommecourt salient and was still present in the sector by October.

Pte Brain could have been wounded during any of these ensuing actions as the German artillery barrage to recapture lost ground was continuous through these months.

Refer to Lt. W. A. Bowers for more information regarding this period of the disastrous Somme offensive. It was most likely that Pte Brain was present with him at this time.


William Amory Remembers John Hawley

27th September 2016

Our Deputy and Head Boys and Girls remembered John Hawley, and Old Boy of The William Amory who died in action 100 years ago today.

The following information was taken from the Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society

Born:  April 1893 in Sandon

Died:  27th September 2016 aged 23 and buried at Caterpillar Valley, NZ memorial, Longueville.

Son of:   Robert Edward and Julia Goodwin Perkin


Apprentice Grocer

Regiment:  Wellington Reg 1st Battalion


“At the outbreak of war the New Zealand Expeditionary Force contained a single infantry brigade which was combined with the unattached Australian 4th Infantry Brigade to form the New Zealand and Australian Division which served at Gallipoli. By the end of 1915, New Zealand’s contingent had expanded such that they could now field a complete division of their own.

In the summer of 1916 the New Zealand Division found themselves serving on the Somme. In May – Aug 1916 they were in the Northern Zone of operations located in the Armentieres Sector Trenches (L’Epinette and Houplines sub-sectors) and as of the 13th Sep-Oct 1916 they took a direct part in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. It was during this battle that John Hawley lost his life.


An excellent account of the New Zealand Div during WWI can be found online ‘May 1916-1918’ by John H. Grey refer p87 onwards for the action in which John Hawley was engaged. Extract as follows;25 to 28 September 1916:
Improvements in the weather and thus to the ground permitted a resumption of the offensive. The Fourth Army was to complete and extend the operations of the 15th. It is significant that far from achieving a breakthrough and releasing the cavalry towards Bapaume, even some of the original objectives of Day I remained unfulfilled. At zero hour the infantry advanced 25 yards behind the creeping barrage.
In the afternoon, by prior arrangement a company of the reserve battalion, 1st Wellington took over Flers Support and the southern section of Goose Alley. The night 25t1/26rh was relatively quiet and the New Zealand posts on the ridge were converted into a continuous line before dawn 25th September had been a day of success. Two days later Pte Hawley was killed in action



Autumn Fixtures

14th September 2016

Note these are liable to change at the last minute. Please be aware of this.


Football ‘A’ League

At various venues around the district      Years 5/6

Thursday, 22nd September

Thursday, 29th September

Thursday, 6th October

Thursday, 13th October

Thursday, 20th October


Football ‘B’League   at Cicily Haughton School/St. Johns

Tuesday, 20th September

Tuesday, 27th September

Tuesday 4th October

Tuesday 11th October


Cross-Country Relay –At Oakamoor Cricket Club (Boltons Sports Ground)

Tuesday, 18th   October


Dates for 2016/2017

Term Dates for School Terms and Holiday Dates 2016 / 2017
Autumn Term 2016:
Staff:                            Monday 5 September – Friday 21 October
Pupils:                         Wednesday 7th September – Friday 21 October
INSET:                        Monday and Tuesday 5th and 6th September 2016

Holiday:                      Monday 24 October – Friday 28 October
Staff  Pupils:               Monday 31 October – Friday 16 December
Pupils:                         Tuesday 1st November – Friday 16th December
INSET:                        Monday 31st October 2016

Holiday:                      Monday 19 December – Monday 2 January
Spring Term 2017:
Staff & Pupils:             Tuesday 3 January – Friday 17 February
Holiday:                      Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February
Staff & Pupils:             Monday 27 February – Friday 7 April

Holiday:                      Monday 10 April – Friday 21 April
Easter Sunday:          Sunday 16 April
Summer Term 2017:
Staff & Pupils:             Monday 24 April – Friday 26 May
May Day:                    Monday 1 May

Holiday:                      Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June
Staff & Pupils:             Monday 5 June – Tuesday 25 July
Pupils                          Monday 5th June – Friday 21st July
INSET:                        Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July

Staff Total: 195 days



Autumn Dates

Dates for Autumn Term 2016

Whilst we will try to keep these dates, it is not always possible. Please keep an eye on the newsletter where we let parents know if there is a change to dates.



7th      Term Starts for children

12th     Y2 Scootability

14th     R & Y1 Bike Balance with follow up sessions

15th     Arch workshop starts for Y5 & Y6 – PSHE

21st     Swimming starts Y5 & Y6

23rd    KSI playground resurfaced

26th     Academy Photographs – Families, Siblings & Individuals

27th     William Amory remembers the fallen from WWI– John Hawley

30th     Macmillan Coffee Afternoon



3rd      Charity Bag collection

Bikeability Level 1 – Year 4 (after school – and 4th Oct as well)

Bikeability Year 5 (and 4th as well)

6th      William Amory remembers the fallen from WWI – William Brian

11th     Prospective parents’ open day and evening

17th     Assessment week for the pupils in Key Stage I and Key Stage II

Numicon workshop evening

24th     HALF TERM

31st     INSET day



1st      Theme week (four days) Fashion

09th     Theme day Parents’ workshop am Fashion show pm

14th     Flu immunisation Y1, Y2, Y3

16th     Parents’ evening

23rd    Soundwaves perform at Alzheimer’s Club



05th     KSI Dress rehearsal (Care & Fun Club Children)

06th     KSI Matinee performance

07th     KSI Evening performance

9th      Christmas Jumper Day

12th     KSI Christmas Party

13th     Christmas lunch

14th     KSII Christmas party

15th     Panto Trip

16th     End of year church service

End of term


Dates to be confirmed:

PTFA – Christmas Fayre and other events


Governors – to date:

11th October     Leadership and Management @ 18.30

17th October     Finance @ 18.30

14th November  Full governors @ 18.30