Prae Wood Primary School

Everyone Valued, Everyone Learning

Welcome to the website for Prae Wood Primary School

Community Events & Family Resources

Please also visit our WELL-BEING PAGE for further advice and 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.

Information for parents and carers from Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health regarding Coronavirus

Social distancing and taking basic hygiene precautions remains the best way to reduce the chances of spreading any virus: sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin it, wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands.  Using a normal detergent to clean the surfaces people touch regularly like door handles and lift buttons is also sensible.

Please visit for the most up to date government advice

Extended Childcare

Breakfast Clubs run every day, from 7:30am. 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)  from 3:15-6:00pm

Our clubs are run by our fully qualified staff. Please make bookings via School Gateway.

 Holiday Activities 

Holiday camp information is published as we receive it. Please check back regularly to read what providers have sent to us.

Art School with Heather, Online courses and holiday courses, please click here

Applying for a school place for September 2022

Apply online at 

Secondary schools open events take place in July, September and October. Please check individual school's websites and local press for specific details.

Moving on 2022 -a leaflet from HCC with the open events and key dates for secondary transfer. Click here for details

Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: 31st October 2021

Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle: 

Nov 2021 – you can apply for a primary, junior and middle school to start in September 2022.

The South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium

Registration to sit the entrance paper exam for secondary admission in September 2022 to schools in the South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium must be submitted by 18th June 2021.

The South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium consists of the following schools:

  • Croxley Danes (music only)
  • Rickmansworth
  • St Clement Danes
  • Parmiter’s
  • Queens’
  • Watford Grammar School for Boys
  • Watford Grammar School for Girls

For further information please click here or visit the following website, which contains all the relevant supporting information:

Is your child school ready?
Children who are school ready are happy, healthy, curious and eager to learn. The Early Years service, in partnership with EY providers, schools and Herts for Learning have developed a school readiness guide to support families and children. Click on the link below for more information:

Local Events, Resources and Activities

Tales of the Road -The Highway Code for Young Road Users Tales of the Road (

How to check your child's helmet, bike, scooter, please see the following video from the Bikeability team.

St Albans Rangers FC trials for September Sunday league U11 team, for more information please click here

St Albans Music School (SAMS) has launched a virtual singing project called St Albans Virtual Voices, which will rehearse weekly online, as well as two new music groups - Ukulele Bandits and Brass Cubs. For more information on dates and how join in please click here

Namastars offers yoga as a therapeutic intervention for mainstream and special needs children. The sessions provide support for children with their mobility, coordination, digestion and ability to self regulate. 

Sessions currently run on a Saturday morning via zoom. Additional sessions will run during school holidays. 

For more information please visit website

If you would benefit from the support of the Sopwell Community Trust, a local charity set up to help others during these unprecedented times, please email 

They can help you with food and toiletries parcels, catch up coaching and free device rentals and printing.

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Please note if English is your second language we have Arabic, Polish, Sylheti and Urdu speaking volunteers/teachers available. 
To apply and/or learn more about all of these services email us here:

You can contact the St Albans and District foodbank directly on: 01727 613019 option 1.

Or email:

We are currently running a project to increase our knowledge of our local community. If you represent an agency/charity/organization in your community please do get in touch with us: 

Hertfordshire libraries are offering a new way to borrow books, Ready Reads.

Families can order books for their children and themselves using the online form and then collect from a selected library.

If you are unable to access online services, please contact them on 0300 123 4049. Some families have not felt able to visit the library for a while, this is an easy way to borrow. Also, the requests service is fully operational so for specific books these can be ordered through the catalogue and picked up in the same way.

You can find the latest information about Hertfordshire libraries re-opening plans and online services via their website here.

Hello Trees information sheet on how to make a winter bird feeder, for more details please click here

Sustainable St Albans has two thermal imaging cameras and it runs (free) information sessions showing residents how to use a Thermal Imaging Camera and what they see with it.  Residents in St Albans District can then borrow (again free) to see where heat is leaking from their houses. The information sessions have moved to Zoom and they have in place fully socially distanced arrangements for one resident to collect the camera outdoors from one volunteer.

Further information about the cameras and the project is available at

Salaried teacher training opportunities with Alban Federation School Direct is an initial teacher training programme based in schools as opposed to university. Although trainees are released one day a week most of the training is in school. The idea of School Direct is to give trainee teachers a more ‘hands-on’ teaching experience than traditional university based routes into teaching. There are two School Direct programmes offered; these are fee paying and salaried. Both routes award QTS at the end of the programme. Please click here for full details of the scheme, and visit 

Raring2go Although there is no paper copy of this magazine currently, you can still find out what fun activities are taking place this term?  The link is

Established in 2008, SAM Music School provides weekly live online music lessons for guitar, drum kit, piano and voice. They are Ofsted registered and deliver thousands of lessons every month and prices are on average around 25% cheaper compared with most LA music services, plus we accept Childcare Vouchers. For further details please click here

Code Club with <Think> Big. Workshops. Click here for more information.

OA's Girls rugby is growing from strength to strength, we currently have run 4 age groups; U11's (year 5 & 6), U13's (year 7 & 8), U15's (year 9 & 10) and U18's (year 11, 12 & 13), and are regarded as the no 1 girls rugby club in Hertfordshire with 9 girls representing Herts County U15’s, 2 in the Middlesex County U15’s and 16 in the Herts county u18 squad, we also have 5 girls who are in the Saracens U18 Centre of Excellence (Academy) and 2 of our girls are in the England U18 squad as well as 3 ex OA’s girls have progressed into the England U20 set up.


As players move up to new age groups, they leave holes to fill so we are always recruiting for new players who would like to try rugby, especially amongst the 5-13 year groups (U11-U18).

For more information click here

OA’s girls have resumed training and we are currently training at William Bird playing fields, Toulmin Drive, St Albans, Al3 6DX from 6.30pm-8.00pm on Wednesdays, we will return to OA's Club, Harpenden Road on Sunday 5/9/2021.

 Courses for Parents and Families

ADD-vance courses and support groups can be accessed by clicking here. These include a telephone helpline, private facebook page, free online courses, free online support groups, access to QbCheck to measure for 3 core sypmtoms of ADHD, family coaching service, help with EHCP applications or annual reviews and a list of funded courses.

SPACE Support Group meets the second Friday of the month, term time only. Click here for details

Spectrum Famillies and Young People's Service, Hertfordshire: a free and confidential service for young people under 18 and young adults up to 25, offering help and advice with challenges in everyday life. Click here for more information

Families in Focus CIC support offers guidance & learning drop in sessions for parents caring for children with any special eductational need in St Albans.  

BeeZee Live Families 

We have recently been recommissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to continue to provide the weight management service for children aged 5-15yrs and we are currently offering free healthy lifestyle programmes online. 

We also hold Free Weekly Webinars to help your family be healthier; 12 weeks of webinars covering topics such as healthy snacking, balanced meals, portion size and physical activity.

For more information visit 

Easter Oaty Cookie recipe here

Gingerbread Cookie recipe here

Ramadhan Info and tips here

Strawberry Nice Cream recipe here

Free Fussy Eaters Masterclass information here and booking via the link here

You can also book a free support session with a member of the BeeZee Bodies wellbeing team. They are experts in engaging children with healthy eating and physical activity and can help you turn healthy efforts into healthy habits for life. Sign up for a free session on 

My Baby's Brain Online Training Programme, a 3 step combined learning programme of webinars, e-learning and tutorials offering support to parents at the earliest opportunity. To find out more, please click here

Parent and Carer peer support facebook group A community peer support group for parents and carers supporting young people who are experiencing low mental health, emotional overwhelm or are in crisis. The group is for everyday support, and also for crisis moments when you may find yourself with your child at the GP or in A&E. Click here for more information and details about how to join

The OLLIE Foundation offer courses designed to support staff, students and parents over summer and into the new academic year. Please click here to find out more, or visit

Click here to review the document Looking after your mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus Information for Children and Young People–Oct 2020 which lists many resources for children and families

An integrated Children and Young People’s Therapies Service Advice Line has recently been launched by The NHS Community Trust. This is for parents, carers and professionals who may have a concern about a child or young person and wish to discuss a potential  referral to either Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech & Language Therapy. Click here for further information

For all Natural Flair Coaching courses booking please phone

01992 446051 or visit

Potential Kids: Social Activities and Training for Neurodiverse Children (autism/adhd and related conditions), their Siblings and Families. Click here for more information

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

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 HAND News

Family Resources

School Nursing Service

You may not be aware that you can self-refer your child to the school nursing service. They can offer support and advice on topics such as relationships, eating, sleeping, behaviour, and feeling sad or angry. Text your school nurse on 07480635050 or look for an on line referral form on 

You can also seek advice for teenagers on

There is also an interactive website for children and parents

To access the document

'Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Services and Resources for Professionals and Families' please click here.

This document offers resources to access for support during the challenging times associated with tackling the Coronavirus pandemic 

Hertfordshire Family Centre Service: Supporting families, parents and carers
Family Centres are there to help with all aspects of life; from raising healthy, happy children to supporting with problems at home. They offer both universal and targeted services. The Family Centre Service is there to offer advice and guidance or to support families
during periods of difficulty. They offer targeted support through 1-1 and group packages of support, tailored to the needs of families. To find out more contact the Family Centre Service. Click here for more information about the support on offer, and how to contact them.

NHS Childhood Winter Illness leaflet – knowing what to do.
Now we are in winter many children may be experiencing common illnesses like coughs and colds. We know that some parents and carers aren’t always sure what to do when their child is unwell. A new leaflet has been published to help  spot common winter illnesses and how they can treat children at home.
It is also important to know where to go for medical advice when  needed and what to do in an emergency. We understand this can be a little confusing during the coronavirus pandemic. We’d like to reassure parents that the NHS is still providing safe care when they need it.
As well as providing clarity on where to go for medical advice, there is a host of information in the leaflet from how to treat colds and earache at home, to how to spot serious conditions such as meningitis and sepsis. There is also information on coronavirus.

Online Safety UK are promoting the first ever Online Safety App in the UK for Parents & Educators. The links to the apps are below:

Google Play Store (or click the icon below):

iOS Appstore (or click the icon below):

It is completely free to use and Ad Free too.

Online Gaming Safety Advice for Parents and Carers
Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others.

However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them.

This week the activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children explores how they can stay safe while gaming: 






Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. (Children Exploitation and Online Protection)

Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.

Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

Free School Meals

1. From April 2018, the criteria used to determine free school meals entitlement was changed 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.   

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

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 Deputy 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:

Local PCSO contact:

Matt Bennett PCSO
Police Community Support Officer
Neighbourhood Watch

Tel: 01707 354192

'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.  


Chickenpox and Ibuprofen

Please do not give children Ibuprofen/Nurofen if they have chickenpox. 

This type of medication is an anti-inflammatory and it reacts with chickenpox making them go deeper into the skin tissue.

Nurofen is Ibuprofen based and the NHS website does state for children not to take Ibuprofen based products for chickenpox. It should also state this on all Nurofen bottles.

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.

 You can find more information on chickenpox and scarlet fever on NHS choices:

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