Community Events & Family Resources
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.
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.
Local Events, Resources and Activities
Act 2 Act Theatre, open auditions for Hairspray, for children aged 7-18 on Saturday 8th December in St Albans and Watford. Please click here for details.
St Albans Music School is running a Junior Wind and Brass Day for Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players of approx. Grade I-III standard who are at Primary School. The day will be held in the Main Hall of Townsend C of E School, High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6DR on Friday 16th November from 9:30am to 3:00pm. The aim of the day is to give young people the opportunity to develop their ensemble playing. There will be a short presentation at 2:45pm to which parents and friends are warmly invited. Click here for info
St Albans Symphony Orchestra, concerts for Children, Sunday 18th November 2018 at 2pm and 3:30pm in St Saviour's Church. St Albans. The concerts are informal and an opportunity for children to see an orchestra in action, talk to the players and have a try, under expert guidance. For more details click here
Perform Drama Workshops, available locally. Click here for more details
Local PCSO contact:
Che Ponton PCSO
Police Community Support Officer
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.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE YELLOW ZIG ZAG LINES AT THE SCHOOL ENTRANCE, OR BLOCK ACCESS TO THE SITE AT ANY TIME
St Albans and District Dog Watch
Part of Neighbourhood Watch. Dog walkers walk many miles, see anything suspicious report it to the police. Non urgent 101; urgent / or incident taking place 999
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!
Scarlet Fever information from Public Health England
Click here for their fact sheet.
The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.
If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:
- See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
- Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
- Stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection
Scarlet fever does not present an increased risk to pregnant women or their unborn babies. There is no need to take any extra precautions if you are pregnant and have been in contact with a case of Scarlet Fever.
Complications from co-infection with Chicken Pox
Children who have had chickenpox recently are more likely to develop more serious infection during an outbreak of scarlet fever and so parents should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis. If you are concerned for any reason please seek medical assistance immediately.
If you are aware that Chicken Pox is also circulating at your child’s school or nursery then please be extra vigilant for the symptoms of scarlet fever and chicken pox.
Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. It causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. They then crust over to form scabs, which eventually drop off. To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until five days after the date of rash onset, by which point most of the spots should have crusted over.
For most children, chickenpox is a mild illness that gets better on its own. But some children can become more seriously ill and need to see a doctor. Contact your GP straight away if your child develops any abnormal symptoms, for example:
- if the blisters on their skin become infected
- if your child has a pain in their chest or has difficulty breathing
You can find more information on chickenpox and scarlet fever on NHS choices: www.nhs.uk.
Applying for a school place for September 2019. Apply online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
For details of secondary schools open events, please click here
Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: 31st October 2018
Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle:
5 Nov 2018 – you can apply for a primary, junior and middle school to start in September 2019.
15 Jan 2019 – deadline for on time applications.
Free School Meals
Free School Meal update
1. From April 2018, the criteria used to determine free school meals entitlement will be changing to reflect the introduction of universal credit and the phasing out of other benefits.
2. All pupils in receipt of free school meals from Sunday 1st April 2018 will, assuming they are still in education, be entitled to receive a free school meal until universal credit is fully rolled out in 2022, and then until the end of their phase of education. Those already in receipt of a free school meal will continue to receive a free school meal.
The Child Health Clinics are moving after Saturday 7th July. Please click here for details of their temporary relocation and clinic times.
Families in Focus CIC, A Complete Guide to Parenting Children with SEND, a free course held at Sopwell and Verulam Childrens' Centre on Wednesdays 9.30am to 11.30am
November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
December 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
January 9th, 16th 23rd
Click here for more details
Primary School Maths- the basics for parents, Mon 22nd Oct. 2018 | 7:30 - 9:15pm £22 Fleetville Infants and Nursery School, Woodstock Rd South Entrance, AL1 4QJ Click here for details
FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE A four hour accredited course for young people who babysit or care for children run by MGM Training. This course is offered to anyone aged 13 years and above. Once a telephone/email booking has been made, please request a Booking Form and return this with payment to Vista St Albans CIC, Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW. SATURDAY, 20th OCTOBER 2018 9.00am – 1.00pm St Albans Fire Station, 153 London Road, AL1 1TQ Click for further details
Talking Dads, a group for Dads, Step Dads, Stay-at-home Dads, Working Dads, meeting on Wednesdays from 7th November to the 12th December (please pre-register) at Watford ASDA Supercentre. Click here for further details
Talking Teens, a free course for parents of children 12-19 on Tuesdays from 6th November to 11th December at the Reddings Centre (click here for details) and Westmill Community Centre (click here for details)
BeeZee families programme which is for families to attend and runs in 8 different sites across Hertfordshire offering evening classes on food and nutrition for families. Click here for further details
DSPL WOULD YOU LIKE TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS? The education programme for parent/carers of Secondary aged children and young people could help. Free course, held at St Albans Girls' School on Tuesdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November, and 4th and 11th December 2018. Click here for further details.
HAND News is a free online newsletter for parents and carers of children and young people (0-25 years) with additional needs and disabilities.
It has information about workshops for parents, community services for children and young people, support groups and much more.
Read all about it in the September edition of HAND News -www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/handnews
Families Feeling Safe, Protective Behaviours, a free course which runs on Tuesday evenings 7.00pm - 9.00pm 16th October to 11th December (excluding half term 1st Nov) at Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, AL1 4LW. Please click here for further information
Families in Focus, A Complete Guide to Parenting Children with SEND, Wednesdays 9.30am to 11.30am, November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th , December 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, January 9th, 16th 23rd at Sopwell and Verulam Childrens' Centre. For details click here
SPACE Support Group meets the second Friday of the month, term time only. Click here for details
Potential Girls, a social meeting group on the first Tuesday of every month, starting on the 2nd October for girls age 12-18 with ADHD or on the Autistic Spectrum. For details click here
Understanding Teens, The Gross Stuff and Ground Rules, A FULLY FUNDED/FREE 6 week course for parents and carers of children aged 11 + yrs Funded by St Albans District Council & St Albans Plus Schools’ Partnership, held at STAGS, 7-9pm 26th September to 7th November 2018. Click here for more information.
Understanding Adolescence – Positive Strategies for Parents, Mon 5th Nov. 2018 | 7:30 - 9:15pm £19 The Maltings Theatre, St Albans, AL1 3HL. For further details click here
BeeZee Bodies are commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to run healthy lifestyle programmes (BeeZee Families) across Hertfordshire. We work with families who have children between the ages of 5 and 15 who may need help with their weight management and making healthier changes. We have our next set of programmes starting week commencing September 24th. Please click here for details.
DSPL Problem solving sessions for parents/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder All meetings run from 7.00 - 8.30pm Always on Wednesday evenings Dates for your diary; 12th September 2018, 21st November 2018, 30th January 2019 13th March 2019, 15th May 2019, 10th July 2019 at St Albans Girls' School Click here for details
DSPL Sibs Group, Do you have a brother or sister of any age with special needs? Are you in Year 3 to Year 7? Would you like to come and join our Sibs group once a month? Sibs Group runs on the last Tuesday of every month (unless it’s school holidays!)
25th September 2018 23rd October 2018 27th November 2018 29th January 2019 26th February 2019 26th March 2019 30th April 2019 11th June 2019 9th July 2019
For further details, please click here
SUPPORT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF ASC
These Surgeries are offered by Anne Pocock, Specialist Teacher for Autism and Magda Glinkowska, Early Years Autism Specialist
All Surgeries will take place at Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW.
Times available are: 9.15am, 9.50am, 10.30am and 11.05am
Autumn Term 2018 Consultation Dates:
UNDERSTANDING ANGER For parents of children aged 5-12 yrs
DATE: 7th- 28th November 2018 Wednesdays, 7 - 9pm St Albans Fire Station, Community Room, 153 London Road, AL1 1TQ. £40 for four sessions. For further details click here
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
ST ALBANS PLUS SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP COMMUNITY NEWS
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
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.
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, 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.
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: www.hpft.nhs.uk/our-services/community-services/enhanced-primary-mental-health-services/
Phoenix Group Parents Support Group for deaf children, run by the Phoenix Group, click here for more information.
Use this link for access to a '10 Qualities of Autism' document, which originally was published in the West Herts Teaching Schools Partnership, under the Pulse newsletter