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.
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 www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the most up to date government advice
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.
Nextthing education offers interactive courses for students for ages 5-11 (years 1- 6), teaching key computer science and coding skills, whilst allowing them to explore their creativity. Perfect for tech-savvy geniuses or for introducing beginners to the world of STEM education.
Fun Courses - Build and Code Robots. Program LEGO. Produce your own movie trailer. Compose Songs. Take on Engineering Challenges. Dive into game development with Roblox, Minecraft and Python. Nextthing.education
Barracudas Activity Day Camps will be running during the Easter and Summer Holidays. or call 01480 467567 to find out more.
Applying for a school place for September 2022
Apply online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
Secondary schools open events take place in July, September and October. Please check individual school's websites and local press for specific details.
Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: 31st October 2021 TBC
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)
- St Clement Danes
- 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:
Local Events, Resources and Activities
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 http://www.shellsnamastars.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
They can help you with food and toiletries parcels, catch up coaching and free device rentals and printing.
You can contact the St Albans and District foodbank directly on: 01727 613019 option 1.
Or email: email@example.com.
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.
Growing into Reading with Hertfordshire Libraries
Hertfordshire Libraries are excited to launch their new initiative, ‘Growing into Reading’ to promote reading for pleasure and to encourage primary school aged children and families back into the habit of regularly visiting their local library.
From Thursday 13th May, children visiting the library will be gifted a FREE giant bookmark and a wildflower seed bomb (while stocks last). Each time the child returns to the library they can have their bookmark stamped.
With its environmental theme, ‘Growing into Reading’ is the perfect lead in to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge ‘Wild World Heroes’.
For further information visit the Hertfordshire County Council website.
Art School with Heather, Online courses and holiday courses, please click here
Hello Trees information sheet on how to make a winter bird feeder, for more details please click here
Sustainable St Albans are running an initiative aimed to get us all Learning from Lockdown, and have produced this poster on the theme. They hope it will encourage all of us to Learn from Lockdown and continue to take part in positive activities to support the natural environment and strengthen communities
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.
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 www.albanfederation.com
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 https://magazines.raring2go.co.uk/stalbans/spring
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
Karate lessons, Kevin Coles is offering beginner lessons via Zoom for Y1-Y6 Prae Wood children, please click here for further information.
Code Club with <Think> Big. Workshops. Click here for more information.
Courses for Parents and Families
DSPL7 have produced a comprehensive list of valuable courses and resources available to parents and families in the local area. Click on the image above to access the full details, which include
Public Health, School Nursing
CAN parent: Talking Dads
CAN parent: Understanding Behaviour in your child with Additional Needs
Supporting Links: Talking Families; Talking Teens
St Albans Family Centre Service: Protective Behaviours Course
ADD-vance: support groups and courses
Families in Focus: Complete Guide to Parenting Children with ALL Special Educational Needs
Families in Focus: Handling Anger in Your Family
ADD-vance online workshops and support with EHCP
ADD-vance Family Coaching Service
Families Feeling Safe A Free Course for Mums and Dads
Families Feeling Safe A Free Course for Dads, Step-Dads and Male Carers
Parent Network Support Meetings for families of children with special educational needs
SPACE Lending SPACE (Equipment Lending Library)
SPACE Summer Term workshops/courses
SPACE Online Sleep Tight Course
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.
ADD-vance The ADHD and Autism Trust, For full course listings please click here
Click here for the ADD-vance Winter Newsletter
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 www.beezeebodies.com
Easter Oaty Cookie recipe here
Gingerbread Cookie recipe here
Ramadhan Info and tips 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 www.beezeebodies.com/signup
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
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 www.natural-flair.com
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 -www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/handnews
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 www.hct.nhs.uk/our-services/school-nursing
You can also seek advice for teenagers on www.healthforteens.co.uk
There is also an interactive website for children and parents www.healthforkids.co.uk
To access the document
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): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.osuk.osukapp&hl=en_GB
iOS Appstore (or click the icon below): https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/online-safety-uk/id1526723143
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.
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: www.hpft.nhs.uk/our-services/community-services/enhanced-primary-mental-health-services/
Matt Bennett PCSO
Police Community Support Officer
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.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE YELLOW ZIG ZAG LINES AT THE SCHOOL ENTRANCE, OR BLOCK ACCESS TO THE SITE AT ANY TIME
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: www.nhs.uk.