Prae Wood Primary School

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´╗┐Community Events

We receive several notices, advertisements and invitations to events run in the local community. These are not run by the school and we do not take any role in the administration of such events, but we release them to parents for you to peruse at your leisure. We cannot assume responsibility for the events, nor can we endorse the events or activities.

Please hover and click on any item with blue text for further information.

Extended Childcare

Breakfast Club runs every day in Redwood, from 7:45am. Your child should arrive by 8:15 if they wish to have breakfast.

We provide after school childcare onsite at RASCals (Redwood After School Club) in our new Activity Studio (Redwood)

It is run by our fully qualified staff in our well-equipped activity studio, from 3:15-6:00pm.

 Term Time Activities  for Adults, in Redwood

TUESDAY Popdance Fit 19:00-20:00 back to back dance fitness Popdance 20:00-21:00 lower impact, where we have toning warm ups and then build upon a routine each week.

Book via the form at

WEDNESDAY YOGA Hatha Yoga for all abilities 20:30-21:30.

Please click here for more information regarding Adult Yoga classes with Gopa and Naomi

THURSDAY HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Beginners 19:30-20:25, Experienced 20:30-21:25.

Please click here for more information

Christmas Holiday Activities

Fab Science are bringing a selection box of festive science to St Albans this December. Children aged 5-12 can enjoy five hours of hands on experimenting, Garden Fields School, Friday 22nd December. Click here for details

Re:play Holiday Club, based at St John Fisher School, running from 8:00am to 6:00pm every day. Click here for further info

Football's Future, running a children's holiday club at Marlborough Academy, Watling Street in St Albans. Our holiday clubs give children an opportunity to do fun and healthy activities during the school holidays.

PW parents can use a 5% discount toward the holiday club. Please use unique coupon code: xmas17-pwd

Information on our Holiday Club in St Albans can be found here:

Saracens Rugby Club, Dates have been announced for the Saracens International Coaching Event, two-day Skills Clinic and 1st XV Clinic with… BILLY VUNIPOLA at Allianz Park this Christmas break.

 International Coaching Event: Our International Coaching Event (ICE) will see a host of Saracens players who have also represented their countries descend on Allianz Park on the evening of Wednesday the 20th of Dec to pass on some of their elite-level knowledge to young players from the Saracens Community. The session will allow young players to work in fun and enjoyable environment developing all aspects of their game alongside their heroes. The coaching session will be followed by an opportunity to collect autographs and mingle with the players responsible for some of the most expansive and entertaining rugby in the Aviva Premiership.

Two-Day Skills Clinic: Our two-day Skills Clinic will follow ICE on Wednesday and Thursday the 20th and 21st of December. The Saracens Skills Clinics are the staple of our Rugby Camps Programme and offer two full days of coaching led by Saracens Community Coaches at Allianz Park. Suitable for all players under-7 to under-14, players will be grouped among their own or similar ages to cover fundamentals as well as core content specific to their age grade.

1st XV Clinic with Billy Vunipola: After the success of our inaugural 1st XV Clinic with Liam Williams, the second instalment welcomes Saracens and England powerhouse, Billy Vunipola, to the programme at Allianz Park on the 29th of December. The day-long clinic is aimed at aspiring forwards with a view of taking their rugby further. The course content will cover core rugby fundamentals, wider principles such as organised attack and defence, and game-based decision making. We will later move toward more specific areas such as tackle technique, breakdown management and work from the set piece. Billy will be on-hand to pass on his elite-level knowledge to just 40 participants. So book now to avoid disappointment!

To book a place onto any of the above, or for more information, head to

Please note that we have a package available for those that may wish to attend both ICE and the two-day Skills Clinic which entitles you to a £15 discount!

For further enquiries, please contact          

 Local Events, Resources and Activities

St Michael's Christmas Events, for Advent and Christmas Highlights 2017 please click here

Christmas Craft Fair, Frogmore Paper Mill, Sunday 3rd December, 11am-4pm. For details click here

Abbey Line Santa Express, Saturday 9th December, for times and further information, please click here

Christmas Gift Fair, Parmiter's School, 11am-4pm, Saturday 18th November. Click here for more details

Vista, St Albans Schools partnership, various activities at various venues. Click here for further details.

Rennie Grove Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run, a festive 1.5km or 5km  fun run, Sunday 3rd December, Waterend Barn. To enter please visit or click here for further details.

Christmas Carol Concert, an evening of festive music with the Chiltern Ladies Choir, in support of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Thursday 7th December. £15 a ticket, which includes drink and mince pie. Click here for further details.

St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Children's concert, Sunday 19th November at 2pm and 3.30pm in St Saviour’s Church, St Albans. The concerts are informal and a great opportunity for children (of all ages!) to hear some famous and popular music, see an orchestra in action close-up and talk to the players. The opportunity to try out the instruments, under expert guidance, is always very popular. For further details click here

Perform Drama Classes. Click here for more information.

Hertfordshire Music Service, new electric guitar group project available for any pupils in Year 6 and above who might be interested. Click here for more information. Check out their website too via:

St Albans Young Farmers For ages 10-26. Weekly meetings, travel and competitions within this National Organisation.  For more information, please click here

St Albans Music School Please click here for information about Rock School and other activities offered by the St Albans Music School.

For more information on a new Strings Group please click here

Spanish music lessons

Click here for more information of music based Spanish lessons

French lessons

Would you or your child like to learn French with a native speaker (parent at Prae Wood School), click here for more information.

Art Explorers, Pre-school Art Class, Fleetville Community Centre

Click here for more details


Football's Future click here for details

Junior Indoor Hockey sessions run by Nakira Downes and Tariq Marcano are taking place Friday evenings in the Sports Hall at Marlborough Science Academy (Watling Street, St Albans, Herts AL1 2QA). All are welcome. Click here for further information.

Back to Netball, Harpenden and St Albans Back to Netball sessions provide a gentle re-introduction to netball, the emphasis is very much on having fun whilst learning the basics and getting a bit of exercise at the same time! The session is aimed at beginners and some people who come along haven't played for a number of years, usually since school. However, others have played a little more recently so there is a range of experiences and abilities, but new players are always very welcome! At a typical session, we start with a light, fun warm-up, followed by some simple ball skills and then a game. Click here for dates and details.

Generation Rugby UK

The Victoria Jane School of Dance, Disco, freestyle, Rock n Roll, Street and Tap dance classes in St Albans, Radlett, Bushey and Borehamwood

Click here for more details

Aweswim Swimming Lessons

For information on swimming lessons in the St Albans area click here


Other notices

Community Central St Albans are looking to recruit more volunteers. Please click here to see the form on how to contact them- they will then match you to a suitable charity
Local PCSO contact:

Che Ponton PCSO
Police Community Support Officer
Neighbourhood Watch

Tel: 01707 806311

Law change for using your mobile phone whilst driving

It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle - this is still the case stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

Did you know? It is also illegal to use a hand-held mobile when supervising a learner driver or rider.

New penalties now mean that motorists and motorcyclists caught using a phone while driving and riding will receive six penalty points on their licence and a £200 fine. This means that new drivers, within two years of passing their test, run the risk of losing their licence for a single offence.

Keep safe – put your phone away in the glove compartment!

There is soon to be a change in the law relating to 'No Idling Zones', please do not leave your car engine running (idling) when dropping off /collecting children from school. Please be considerate to our children & adults  and SWITCH OFF your car engines.  Thank you.

Homestart Volunteer Family Support prep courses- volunteers needed

Home-Start Hertfordshire will be running two volunteer family support prep courses this year, aiming to fulfil the capacity of families in need across the county.  Please click here for further information


Hertfordshire County Council Fostering Services are looking for Foster Families

Could you take up the challenge and inspire children and young people to fulfil their potential?

If you are passionate and enthusiastic, and have at least one spare room in your home, you could foster for Hertfordshire!

Call: 0800 917 0925 for more information or visit or

Family Resources

Applying for a school place for September 2018. Apply online at 

Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle: Monday 15th January 2018

Keystone Workshops 

Primary School Maths - the Basics for Parents  **This workshop quickly sold out in October, and is back due to requests from parents**
Mon 20th Nov 2017 | 19.30-21.00  
St Paul's Church, Blandford Road, St Albans AL1 4JP
This workshop will give parents a detailed overview of the most important calculation concepts in primary school maths learning today (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division including the times tables).  
Many parents are keen to understand how maths is taught today, as it has changed considerably since they were at school. We often hear how even the language used in schools nowadays, such as ‘number bonds’, ‘partitioning’ and ‘numberlines’, makes supporting their child at home challenging. It is ideally suited for parents of children from reception to year 4.  
Please note – a separate workshop will be offered for more advanced maths concepts (place value, fractions etc) that are usually taught in years 5 and 6.
Tue, 5 Dec 2017 | 19:30 -21:15 
The Maltings Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL    
All parents want their children to be happy and able to cope with whatever life throws at them. But we all know that it isn’t that straightforward. We can’t protect our children from the pressures and troubles of life but we may be able to help them cope with those pressures better, learn from setbacks and grab opportunities. This talk aims to empower parents to help children through difficult times and every day challenges.

SIBS Group meetings in 2017-18SIBS provides support for siblings of children with special needs - in Year 3 to Year 7. They meet on the last Tuesday of each month in term-time, in St Albans. For further details, please click here

For information about Free School Meals either click here, or visit

DSPL7 Simple Solutions workshops with Sally Glossop. Problem solving sessions for parents/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. All meetings run from 7.00-8.30 pm at St Albans Girls’ School.  Always on Wednesday evenings Dates for your diary; 6th September 2017, 22nd November 2017, 31st January 2018 21st March 2018, 23rd May 2018, 18th July 2018. Please click here for further information.

AN INVITATION TO DSPL7 SEND INFORMATION VILLAGE, WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2017. Discover more about the SEN expertise and provision that is available in your district

VENUE: St Albans Girls’ School, Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans, AL3 6DB, Wednesday 15th November 2017, Drop in anytime between 10am - 12 noon, Refreshments available, click here for details

DSPL7 Forum for parents and carers of students with SEND’ 

Are you a parent of a young person with special educational needs or a disability? Are you concerned about the educational opportunities that are available to your son or daughter? The DSPL7 team is currently working with the Local Authority and service providers to increase and improve provision for young people with special educational needs and to make sure all families have access to a wide range of information and support

Please join us for coffee from 10.00a.m. The Forum will run until 11.00a.m. You are welcome to park in the school car park.

Families in Focus Parent Network support offers guidance & learning drop in sessions for parents caring for children with any additional need/disability/chronic health condition including Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, PDA, Diabetes, Crohn’s and Colitis etc. in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.  Dates from March-July in St Albans click here and April to December in Hemel Hempstead click here


Click here for access to the Newsletter, which gives information on counselling, holiday activities, accessing foodbanks and a link to their new website.


Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Wellbeing services offering workshops, online self help or guided self help with telephone support

Click here for more information

Mosaic Counselling Services- an affordable counselling service for all.  For more information click here

What is Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)? 

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community that: Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25 years, as close to home as possible; widens choice for children and parents/carers; removes barriers to learning; improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment; uses resources more effectively.

Click here for a link to the July Newsletter

SPACE is a charity supporting Parents/Carers of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions. Meetings take place at St Albans Girls School (STAGS) Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans, AL3 6DB Second Friday of the month (term time only) 10am - 12pm. Click here for further details and here for general details

Parenting Children with Additional Needs, run by Families in Focus CIC, **NEW DATES** Tuesdays 7-9pm, 26th September, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th October, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November and 5th December at Oaklands College, St Albans

Click here for further details

DSPL SIBs group

Any child between 7-11 years with a sibling who has additional needs is very welcome to attend.

We have had excellent feedback from the children in the group who really enjoy being with other children who understand how it feels to be a 'SIB'.

The attached flyer gives details of the dates for the year. 

Anxiety training 

FREE 5 week course to help parents recognise and positively respond to your child’s anxiety with solution focused strategies.

Please click here for the flyer and information regarding this free 5 week course.

Parenting Support

Hertfordshire County Council have developed a directory of parenting courses, which is available on the website at

The parenting directory lists all courses that are available to parents/carers in Hertfordshire and cover a range of topics including:

• parenting a child with additional needs

• healthy relationships healthy baby programme

• confident fathers programme • caring dads

• understanding teens.

You are able to view the courses you are interested in by district, type of course and also see if there are any costs involved.

What to do if your child is unwell

There are several ways you can get help when your child is feeling unwell. From treating their illness yourself or with advice and medicines from your local pharmacy, to making an appointment to see your GP or dialing 111 if you need urgent health advice and don’t know where to go. 

The two Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups have produced a 2 page information leaflet, which provides some helpful guidance on which service to use together with details of where others are located.  

Children with SEN and additional needs

Free courses are available for parents, inclusive theatre groups for children, half term activities, support groups and much more.

Please click the following link for further information:

School Nursing Team

Please see the attached poster that details the services that can be provided by the School Nursing Team. For further information please contact our Assistant Head & SENCo, Tracey Lockwood on the main school number or email address.

Adult Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service is an NHS service based in Hertfordshire offering practical support and talking therapies to adults from 16 years onwards.  The service aims to support adults towards achieving better psychological health and well-being.  For further information please see:

Phoenix GroupParents Support Group for deaf children, run by the Phoenix Group, click here for more information.


King Harry Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HZ

01727 751930