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 7:30am. 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) in our new Activity Studio (Redwood)
Both are run by our fully qualified staff in our well-equipped activity studio, from 3:15-6:00pm.
From September 2019 we will offer Little Breakfast Club and Little RASCals, which will provide a separate space (Ash Room) for the wraparound care of children in Nursery and Reception classes.
Local Events, Resources and Activities
Rennie Grove Hospice, Herts 10K Challenge, Sunday 13th October at Rothamsted Research. For details click here
Batchwood Tennis, all ages and abilities are welcome. Please see flyer click here
Applying for a school place for September 2020. 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, or see the Moving On 2020 information.
Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: 31st October 2019
Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle:
Nov 2019 – you can apply for a primary, junior and middle school to start in September 2020.
15 Jan 2020 – deadline for on time applications.
Applying for a school place for September 2020 for schools within the SW Herts Consortium
The South West Herts Consortium schools are:
- Croxley Danes School (Music aptitude only)
- Parmiter's School
- Queens’ School
- Rickmansworth School
- St Clement Danes School
- Watford Grammar School for Boys
- Watford Grammar School for Girls
The academic testing for these schools for September 2020 admissions will take place in September 2019. Parents will be asked to register their child with the Consortium between Monday 22nd April and Friday 21st June 2019. The best way to do this is via the SW Herts Admissions Consortium website, which is timed to open in line with these dates. For more details, please 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
Delivery Special Provision Locally DSPL7 For information on the work carried out by DSPL please visit their website on dspl7.org.uk
For the January Newsletter click here
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.
Hungry Little Minds campaign
Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development. The three-year campaign, which launched with social media and online adverts in July, aims to help parents understand that they have a massive impact on their child’s learning. Reading, playing and chatting with them are simple things they can do to help them develop, even when they are too young to say much back.
Parents can access tips and activities from https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ and also search for activities in your area using a new postcode finder service.
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.
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
Measles outbreaks information from Public Health England - May 2019
Please click here for the latest letter from Public Health England regarding the Measles outbreaks in Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
Measles is a highly infectious disease which spreads very easily. If you are unsure if your child is protected from measles, check with your doctor.
Symptoms can include: a cough, runny nose, rash, sore red watery eyes and fever. Complications of measles can be serious and include ear and chest infections, fits, diarrhoea and brain infection.
For more information on measles please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/mealsles/pages/introduction.aspx
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.
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.
Help UK Air Ambulance Services by recycling your Used Postage Stamps!
The UK’s Air Ambulance Services are charities which receive no government funding and rely entirely on charitable donations to continue flying and responding to life threatening medical emergencies. We are now volunteering our time to help raise funds through the recycling of postage stamps. All funds raised will be donated to the Association of Air Ambulances to be distributed equally to all UK Air Ambulance Services
Whether they're British or overseas, new or used, send them to us and we'll turn them into funds to keep the UK Air Ambulance Services responding to life threatening medical emergencies. All you need to do is cut or carefully tear the stamped corner from any envelope or packet that you receive in the post and start a collection. Once you have a large bundle, bag them up and send them to us at the below address:
Stamps can be posted to:
Air Ambulance Stamp Appeal Xchange Master, 272 Bath Street, GLASGOW, G2 4JR
Courses for Parents and Families
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service: Early Talk Course- Is your child aged 18 months to 2 ½ years?Do you have questions about your child’s speech and/or language skills? Would you like top tips on how to support your child’s speech and language development? Want to know how to boost your child’s communication skills? Click here for details and registration info
Keystone Workshop: Teens and Sleep: The Importance for Well-being, Mon 27th Jan. 2020, 19:15 to 21:15, £19.50, The SandPit Theatre, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX For info click here
Keystone Workshop: Understanding and Managing Anger in Children, for parents of children aged 2-10 years. Mon 2nd Dec. 2019, 19:15-21:15, £19.50, The SandPit Theatre, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX Click here for more information
Keystone Workshop: Growth Mindset – A Guide for Parents, Tue 1st Oct. 2019 | 19:15-21:15, Maltings Arts Theatre Level 2, St Albans, AL1 3HL. For more information click here
Keystone Workshop: Phonics for Reading, Mon 7th Oct. 2019 19.00-20.30, Camp Primary and Nursery School, St Albans AL1 5PG For details and booking click here
Vista 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 for Parents/Carers. You are welcome to attend any of the dates. For more information and to check availability, please call Vista St Albans CIC on 07584 798528 to book your 30 minutes appointment.
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.
Summer Term 2019 - Consultation Dates:
Monday,7th October 2019
Monday, 2nd December 2019
For further details please 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 the September edition of HAND News -www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/handnews
DSPL7 Newsletter published in May 2019, 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
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.
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? Sessions take place at the Links Academy on the following dates
24th September 2019, 22nd October 2019, 26th November 2019, 28th January 2020, 25th February 2020, 24th March 2020, 28th April 2020, 16th June 2020, 14th July 2020
For further details, please click here
Families in Focus CIC support offers guidance & learning drop in sessions for parents caring for children with any special eductational need in St Albans. Dates from September 2019 in St Albans click here
Families in Focus CIC Handling Anger in Your Family. Providing practical and proven techniques to reduce anger in your family. On Wednesdays in September and October, in St Albans click here for more information.
Local PCSO contact:
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
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!
NSPCC - Following on from the recent assemblies to the children, please click here for the Remember to Speak out. Stay safe poster from the NSPCC. These posters are also to be found around the school.
If any child is worried about something, speak out to a grown up they can trust, or talk to Childline on 0800 1111 or visit childine.org.uk/kids for more information.