Long serving member of local school staff retires

The end of term this year will see one of the longest serving members of staff leave Balsall Common Primary School. With 30 years of service Sue has the longest service record since the 1950’s and is the second longest serving member of staff in the schools 102 year history.

Sue said there are so many happy memories over the years but the thing she will miss most are the children, over the years she has taught nearly 1,000 children.

She is now looking forward to spending more time with her family and finally finishing lots of the DIY jobs she has started!

Graeme Burgess, Headteacher at Balsall Common Primary School said, “What an incredible achievement, I am sure Sue will be missed by both the children and staff. We all wish her a very happy retirement.”

Sue Law BCPS

“The Rock” smashed as Balsall Common Parish Council deprives Youth and Community Centre of funds

Balsall Parish Council have decided that the Jubilee Youth and Community Centre is unworthy of the annual £10K funding it has provided since the centre’s inception over a decade ago. The impact of this decision is that the centre will close and two part time youth workers will lose their jobs. Defenders of the centre, led by Mike Longfield, fear that this will weaken community cohesion and result in a worrying increase in vandalism and anti-social behaviour in Balsall Common, as bored youths will be driven out into the parks and onto our streets.


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Balsall Common Primary School children to play Aviva Premiership Tag Rugby final at Twickenham on 31st May

Children of 8 and 9 years from Balsall Common Primary School yesterday won the Aviva Tag Rugby Regional final at Worcester Warriors Sixways stadium. They secure a place in the Aviva Premiership Tag Final at Twickenham on the 31st May which takes place at half time during the Premiership Final in front of tens of thousands of spectators.



Balsall Common Primary School recently received an outstanding OFSTED inspection in all areas, which places it in the top 4% of schools in England.


Several of the children are also members of Berskwell and Balsall Rugby Club, who are currently running a comprehensive programme to forge links with local schools. In April the school team won a festival at the Honiley Lane based club, competing against several local schools.

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This Saturday (3rd May) the club celebrates the school’s achievement at their junior presentation day, bringing to an end a successful season at the club which now sports a junior membership upwards of 200. This family day starts at 1.30pm and includes BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Bucking Bronco, Sumo, Gladiator Dual, Dad & Lads match and Medal Presentations. Entrance is free and parents and children interested in joining the club in September are welcome.


They are also taking a party down to Twickenham to cheer the children on.


BBRFC offer mini and junior rugby to children aged 5 and upwards every Sunday from September-April. For more information on the junior section visit the club website http://www.bbrfc.com and follow them on twitter https://twitter.com/BBRFCMJ 



Article by Neil Cooke

Former pupils and staff of Balsall Common Primary School invited to Centenary Reception this Thursday 19th September at 6.30pm

Balsall Common primary school is 100 years old and celebrations are in full swing! Former pupils and staff of Balsall Common primary school are invited to a free Centenary Reception this Thursday 19th September starting at 6.30pm.

Balsall Common primary school

The school choir will perform songs circa 1913 and the children will perform country dances. There will be plenty of opportunity to share memories. Light refreshments will be provided. Continue reading “Former pupils and staff of Balsall Common Primary School invited to Centenary Reception this Thursday 19th September at 6.30pm”

John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings get behind village fete


John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings on Station Road has thrown its’ weight behind the 2nd Balsall Common Village Fete and Party in the Park by joining the event team as Main Sponsor, hot on the heels of providing major backing for the Balsall Common Primary School Centenary celebrations.


“We’re happy to be involved as the new main sponsor for the village fete, alongside other community events like the centenary celebrations at Balsall Common Primary School, plus the Lapworth Scarecrow Festival, which falls within the area we cover as a business.”

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