Newsletter 18th January 2019


Because of elections we moved our published INSET of 25th February 2019 to

2nd May 2019


18th January 2018

The Next Fortnight

24th          Soundwaves to Young Voices, Birmingham

30th          Y5 to Shugborough residential

31st          PTFA


Looking Forward


The PTFA are meeting in school on Thursday 31st January to discuss events this term.


Please return your club applications as soon as possible so that we can allocate them.

Term Dates

Please read the term dates listed below. Our theme weeks often clash with Red Nose Day and World Book Day so I thought we’d give these an opportunity this term.


Looking Back

Young Voices

A simply fantastic performance to the parents on Thursday. Well done to all involved.



We are getting to that time of year again. We love snow days at The William Amory (well, the first one at least) because we can spend some time building snowmen and making snow angels on the playground. If it is snowy, please send your child in with (LABELLED) waterproof shoes/boots/wellies, plenty of socks and waterproof gloves. Warm coats etc go without saying.


On a more practical level, please can I remind parents of our snow plan which can be found on the school website here.

We make every attempt to remain open, even if we need to double up classes and scrap the curriculum for that day. However, this is not always possible and we do have a duty to ensure we have sufficient staff to cover our legal responsibilities. Below are reminders of how we aim to operate on snow days:

  • Our local schools share information from 06:00 though we make our own decisions mostly based on staffing.
  • Staff inform me of the possibility of getting to school and nursery. Please remember that some staff commute for up to an hour and many live in the Peaks so they may be better or worse off than Blythe Bridge for snow.
  • I make a decision with this information, along with Met Office and BBC weather forecasts. I publish via text to all parents/carers by 06:45 if the school and nursery are to close. I then inform the authorities who publish it. Please do not rely on websites or radio – your text is best.
  • Once the decision to close is made, that is final.
  • We make every attempt to clear paths to the school but conditions dictate what we do on the day.
  • I may well close the school the night before if it is clear that the weather overnight is worsening.

To help us out please:

  • Make sure we have your correct and current mobile number.
  • Don’t call school to see if we are open. If you have not heard by 06:45, we shall be open.
  • Don’t call school to see if you should send your child to school – we cannot make that decision on your behalf. If you do not think it is safe to come in then please call and leave a message.

And a final reminder – If you have not received a text by 06:45, the school is open.

As always, I will always do my best to speak to you about any concerns you may have on the day so please feel free to approach me, either on the playground or book an appointment if you prefer.


Mr B Wilken




7th      Term starts for all

9th      Swimming starts Y3 Y4

15th    Shugborough parents meeting Y5

17th    Soundwaves – perform to parents

24th    Soundwaves to Young Voices

30th    Y5 to Shugborough 2 nights

31st     PTFA meeting



4th      Academy Photos – class photos and groups, leavers, sports and musicians

7th      Level II Bikeability Y5

Level I Bikeability Y4

12th    Y6 WWII theme day including parent assembly

15th    End of first half term

25th    Start of second half term. CHILDREN IN TODAY.  INSET moved to 2nd May for elections



5th      Parents Evening

6th      Cluster music event at Forsbrook

7th      World Book Day

15th    Red Nose Day

21st     PTFA Charity Fashion Show



2nd     BBHS Physics Fest for selected pupils

12th    Last day of term

No After School Club tonight


Additional Events this term

CADSSA sports

BBSSA sports

PTFA meetings