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Adverse Weather January 2019

The weather is changing again,  so just in case,  here are a few reminders.

In the event of bad weather every effort will be taken to keep school open and get your children in and home safely.

The Head will be advised by site staff early in the morning if,  for any reason,  school cannot open to pupils. If necessary, blanket closures will come out from the LA,  but this is extremely rare. Although school may be open,  there may be transport delays and some local areas may be more badly affected than others.   Please make sure you child is suitably dressed for the weather and has a warm coat with them,  just in case.  Please allow your guide and transport a little flexibility with timings.  The safety of pupils remains paramount.  The drivers have to make their own judgements with regard to the safety of the roads,  so you will be advised if anything changes. 

If school is closed a ring round will be initiated and it will be announced on the radio.  Staff will endeavour to contact independent travellers directly and guides may ring some parents. Tune in to BRMB (96.4 fm) or Radio WM.  Both stations also have websites with closure information,,    as does Birmingham City Council:  

Information will also appear on the school website- in News and Events,  ,

also on the school twitter feed and our facebook page.

Useful Numbers

Priestley Smith Primary                  0121 325 3900

Priestley Smith Secondary            0121 325 3905

Education Transport                       0121 303 4955

Mobility Office                                 0121 325 3904

Preparing for Adulthood, 21 November 2018

Josh Feehan from Thomas Pocklington Trust talking to Sixth Form at Priestley Smith

Sixth Form at Priestley Smith were very fortunate to have visitors from Thomas Pocklington Trust and RNIB today to share strategies and skills for getting into employment.  Preparing students for work is an integral part of our Preparation for Adulthood provision. 

Josh Feehan from Thomas Pocklington,  himself registered severely sight impaired came to tell us all about his personal experience of seeking and obtaining employment.  Jane Manley, apprenticeship co-ordinator from RNIB, brought her apprentice Matt Stubbs in with her, so students could find out about apprenticeships from his perspective.

Jane also brought her lovely guide dog,  Rosie.  Griff was very pleased to have another dog visiting school.


Student Ambassador Elections 2018

And the results are in!

Follow the story  of the election on our twitter and facebook feeds.

Well Done to all our Candidates!

Welcome to our new Student Ambassador!

Allotment September 2018

It may only be slow, but there is definite progress. There will be more updates on Facebook and twitter.

September 2018

The Allotment

Priestley Smith has started a new venture this week,  with the acquisition of an allotment.

It will want some work doing on it,  before pupils are really able to benefit,  but the possibilities are enormous.

Watch this space for new developments

Jolly postman

Writing week was the book The Jolly Postman 


The Jolly postman was a real hit with the children they all loved doing role play and pretending to be a postman in Lower juniors. Infants enjoyed creating letters and posting them to their friends. Upper juniors went to the post office and sent letters in the post!  

Health week

Health week at Priestley Smith



Apple juicing in Lower juniors


Spooky Soup making on Halloween but its also healthy! 

Upper Juniors taking part in Health week this week


Harvest week

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Before the half term holiday the primary department took part in a range of activities to raise money for our chosen charity Oxfam. The pupils raised a grand total of £118 and each class chose which gift items they would like to buy. The Foundation Stage chose honey bees, Infants chose a goat, Lower Juniors chose a shelter, seeds and safe water, Upper Juniors chose mother and baby care, a toilet and to feed a family. An amazing result! Thank you to everyone for your support.

UJ went to Cadbury World

Upper Juniors had a fab time at Cadbury world and learnt how chocolate was made from a bean! A cocoa bean!


We had lots of fun at Woodlands on Friday! We did lots of climbing and we made our own stick den. Everybody did canoeing and some children over come their fears and were super brave! We made a camp fire with two metal sticks there was a lot of smoke ever such a pong!  Every one had a super time and didn’t want to come home! See you next year Woodlands! Thanks for having us again!

Lower juniors went to Woodlands of Friday we had lots of fun!