News Archive

Below is a list of our archived news articles.

Saxon Hill Academy Council Letter

Saxon Hill Academy Council Letter

Please download or view letter from Saxon Hill Academy Council

Headteacher Vacancy

Headteacher Vacancy

Prospective headteacher applicants please click here for more information.

Poem competition

Poem competition

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A group of 6th form students recently entered a poetry competition organised by the National Memorial Arboretum. The theme of the poem was about the only tree left standing following the Battle of Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme. They were delighted to win a Hornbeam tree which we have planted in our school grounds.

To read the poem please click here 

The group visited the Arboretum on 1st July to take part in a service to mark the start of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. While there, they decorated some wooden soldiers which were installed in the grounds as part of an ‘Art En Masse’ project . We brought some back with us for our Scout Group to decorate and in total, 19,240 soldiers were installed to represent the number of soldiers killed on the first day of the battle.  

As a result of the visit, our signed singing group were invited back to perform at the Sundown on the Somme event to commemorate the end of the Battle of the Somme on November 18th.  They performed sign language to the songs ‘Bring Him Home’ and ‘We will Remember’ and taught the audience some signs so that they could join in with us. We felt very privileged to be a part of such a wonderful event and the students were a real credit to Saxon Hill Academy.

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Survey for parents and carers of children

Survey for parents and carers of children

Launch of Staffordshire’s Information, Advice and Support Services Review, I am writing to let you know we have launched an on-line survey for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND to complete.

The survey will give parents and carers the chance to have their say about:

  • The current service offered by Staffordshire SEND Family Partnership
  • What the future Information, Advice and Support Services offer for children and young people might look like

The survey will also give parents and carers the chance to share their views about other Staffordshire SEND Services (other than Staffordshire SEND Family Partnership Services) if they wish to. 

The survey will close on Friday 23rd September 2016 and can be located at:

https://consultation.staffordshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/staffordshire-information-advice-and-support-servi

Please click here for details about our upcoming parent and carer workshops, being hosted in September.


If you have any questions or queries, or if parents and carers wish to share their views and experiences in an alternative manner,  please do not hesitate to contact me either via phone or e-mail at any time.

Regards 

Amy 

Amy Evans 

Commissioning Officer,

All Age Disability Commissioning Team,

Staffordshire County Council

2 Staffordshire Place,

Tipping Street,

Stafford.

ST16 2DH. 

Landline: 01785 277160

Mobile: 07969207625

E-mail: amy.evans@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

BATA Survey

BATA Survey

Disabled students are being asked to take part in a BATA survey aimed at finding out the effect of the changes to DSA. The poll takes place following a switch in responsibilities for DSA from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills to the Department for Education.

The main article can be found here


Training Day & Holidays 2016-2017

Training Day & Holidays 2016-2017

Training Days Reminder and Holidays 

2016 – 2017 

Monday September 5th 2016 – Mandatory Training Day

Tuesday September 6th 2016 – Training Day 

Pupils start back on Wednesday 7th September 2016 

Friday September 30th 2016 – Training day 

School Closed in lieu of 12 twilight training hours on:

Monday 24th July 2017

Tuesday 25th July 2017

So school breaks up for 2017 summer holidays on Friday 21st July 2017

 

HOLIDAYS: 

October half term: 22nd – 30thh October 2016

Christmas Break: December 17th – January 2nd (School opens Tuesday 3rd January 2017)

February half term: 18th Feb – 26th Feb 2017

Easter Break: 8th April – 23rd April 2017

May Day: 1st May 2017

May Half term: 27th May – 4th June 2017

School breaks up for 2017 summer holidays on Friday 21st July 2017

Tim Peake’s Principea Project

Tim Peake’s Principea Project

After successfully applying to Esero UK for the Tim Peake Grant Scheme, we were awarded a £1000 grant, and promptly arranged  a whole range of space related activities from sensory stories to visits to the Space Centre Leicester.  For the full rundown on what was done please click here

SleepOver Ofsted Report

SleepOver Ofsted Report

Once again our SleepOver team get an outstanding from Ofsted...

 

Here are some of the quotes...for the full report please click here

Children and young people make significant progress in their education, emotional health and independence skills. This progress is measureable and sustainable. 

Leaders and managers continually strive to improve the service and to provide children and young people with the best possible residential experience. They have an excellent understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the service and take immediate action when shortfalls are noted. 

Children and young people’s safety and security is prioritised in every aspect of the daily routines in the school and in residency. Effective partnership working between care staff, school staff and families means that safeguarding children is embedded in practice. 

Children and young people enjoy excellent relationships with residential staff. These relationships support their development and progress and enhance their feeling of safety. 

The views and experiences of children and young people are at the heart of residential practice. Consultation with them is a considerable strength of the service and ensures that the residential ‘sleep-over’ club continues to meet their needs. 

The school has a strong, highly qualified and experienced management team. Monitoring and review systems are robust and continually drive forward improvements to the service. These enhance children’s life chances and opportunities. 

Shaw Education Trust Newsletter

Shaw Education Trust Newsletter

Please click here to download the latest edition of the 'Sharing Success' newsletter from The Shaw Education Trust

Job Advert

Job Advert

finance job advert

 

For the full job description please click here

To view the guidance notes please click here

To download an application form as a WORD document please click here

To download the recruitment monitoring form as a WORD document please click here

The above job advert can also be downloaded, please click here

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Please see below our special Mothers’ Day Gifts, we hope that you like them, please call us on 07583 039784 if you would like to purchase anything from us. 

Thank you for all of your support in our new enterprise. 

Kind regards,

 

Mel Brown|Horticultural Assistant CHaSE

Email: Melanie.brown@shaw-trust.org.uk

Tel: 01785 850420 Mobile:      Fax: 01785 850225

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BBC Article Special Needs Clothing

BBC Article Special Needs Clothing

The family of a three-year-old boy with genetic disabilities have persuaded one of Britain’s biggest high street shops to start selling affordable and easy-access clothing for older children.

Rita Kutt, grandmother to Caleb, said existing clothes with poppers were costing the family a lot of money.

Rita wrote to M&S who agreed to launch an affordable children’s range of sleepsuits, vests and bodysuits with poppers.

Caleb’s mum Zoe said the new clothes were sold out when she attempted to buy them, “but obviously it’s great – it’s showing it’s such a need for people”.

The clip from the BBC website (via iPlayer Radio) can be viewed here

Post 16 Transport Assistance Statement Consultation

Post 16 Transport Assistance Statement Consultation

Staffordshire County Council are consulting on their proposed statement on what transport assistance will be available for Staffordshire resident students aged 16 to 19 for September 2016 to July 2017. 

Please read the proposed Staffordshire Post 16 transport policy statement which can be found www.staffordshire.gov.uk/post16transport. There are no proposed changes to the offer of support for 2016/17 compared to 2015/16 but for clarity the local authority have now included a definition of what they do and do not consider a continuing course. 

 

Please provide any feedback by 31 March 2016 either by email to transport.consultation@staffordshire.gov.uk  or in writing to:

Fiona Coldwell

Policy Development and Projects Officer

Staffordshire County Council

2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH

Parent's Guide to Children's Behaviour

Parent's Guide to Children's Behaviour

Hello and Happy New Year

 

We are really looking forward to this year and working with more parents and practitioners. 

If you are looking for training in children's behaviour, please take a minute to see how our training is different from others and why it is essential information if you would like to improve behaviour and help children to thrive. 

This programme shows parents a three-step formula that helps them to identify the root cause of unwanted behaviour. The programme will enable parents to make lasting positive changes for their family and help their children to thrive.

 

As we all know, parenting can be difficult and confusing at times and parent’s may find that what they are doing has become ineffective, which is when is it vital that they have and use this formula.   

Without this formula a parenting programme that is looking to improve behaviour is incomplete and parents are likely to continue to struggle or reach a crisis point.

 

The programme shows parents how to direct their own thoughts, energy and focus on positive ways to feed and nourish their child’s mind. By making conscious choices about how they are affecting their child’s thoughts and feelings parents will see the most positive long lasting impact in their children’s behaviour.  

 

In the programme we give parents new strategies in a step by step process that will help them to identify what it is they really want, what’s preventing them from getting it and how to take action that will start momentum and produces results.

The programme is part of Staffordshire’s Emotional Wellbeing Framework and has been awarded the CANparent quality mark, (Not everyone can say that:) so you can be sure that it really works.

 

Click here for a link direct to website

Click here for PDF showing Practitioner Details 

Click here for Practitioner Training Booking Form

 

Purse Thefts

Purse Thefts

CHRISTMAS shoppers in Lichfield are being warned to watch their purses and property after a series of thefts in the city centre.

In one particularly disturbing incident a woman was pushed up against a wall in Bore Street and her handbag was stolen after thieves used a bladed instrument to cut through the straps. There have also been purse thefts from city shops and incidents where thieves steal phones and target shoppers' bank cards through distraction.

Richard Lewis, business crime manager of Lichfield Townsafe, is calling for shoppers to be aware.

"These criminals tend to target older women," said Mr Lewis.

"Make sure you know where your purse is. "Be aware at the cash-point of who is around and if you have any doubts walk away."

Mr Lewis said a police operation to address the problem is underway with plainclothes police officers present in Lichfield city centre. But he asked shoppers to be careful and aware.

"At supermarkets these thieves watch a shopper enter their pin number into a reader then approach them outside while shopping is being loaded into the car. One will create a distraction by asking directions, possibly with the use of a map, while another takes the bank card from a bag or purse," he said.

"They may just take the card and leave the purse as they already have the pin number. "They then withdraw money at a different location. "Often the victim won't realise their purse is missing until hours or even days afterwards." Mr Lewis described another distraction method where phones are targeted called 'table surfing'.

"Criminals will walk into premises such as a pub or restaurant with a map and ask for directions," he said.

"They will place a map over the victim's phone and ask a question. Most of these people are not from this country and speak in broken English. "When they pull up the map they pick up the phone with it and steal it."

If anyone has any information about thefts in the city centre they are asked to please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Snail Race

Snail Race

Emma and The Great Snail Race raises £550! 

Emma age 9  lives in Tamworth with her wonderful family Mom Jackie, Dad Lawrence and brother.  

Emma was interested to know about Joe, who attends Saxon Hill Academy, and why he was in a wheelchair!  Her parents explained to her that he had Cerebral Palsy and said Joe has a wonderful family who really take good care of him, that is when she said I would like to help Joe and other children like Joe. 

Emma is a credit to her parents and always thinks of others before herself, so with the help of her parents and Josh her brother who is also a credit to the family (lovely boy) they came up with the Snail Race for a bit of fun and to raise money for a good cause. 

Jackie and Lawrence gave up their lovely family home in Tamworth for the day for roughly around 60 people to raise monies for a cause close to my families heart.  On behalf of my Nephew Joe my Brother Wayne Sister in Law Karen Joes little brother Kian and Joes Nan Sandra Bates and my family too we are overwhelmed with the Van der Berg family and most of all Emma who is so thoughtful kind and a credit to children of her age. Emma and family visited Saxon Hill on the 10th September 2015 to present the fund, so they actually see the help they are going to give the School and Children who attend Saxon Hill. 

Well done Emma – and many thanks!

 

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Newell Rubbermaid’s Global Day of Service

Newell Rubbermaid’s Global Day of Service

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Newell Rubbermaid’s 'Global Day of Service' supporting Saxon Hill Academy Outdoor Projects.

Over 250 volunteer hours through 100 volunteers were made available in one day during the school holidays.

Big Thanks to Newell Rubbermaid for their support.

Click here to see the lovley photos of the day and what was done...(give it a minute to load, big file)

 

Independent Support Services

Independent Support Services

Core Assets Children’s Services are providing the local ‘Independent Support Service’ in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire SEND Family Partnership Service and Staffordshire Parent Action Network.

This is a FREE service providing confidential and impartial information and support for families and young people (aged 0 to 25 years) to find their way through the changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) system. 

To view or download the flyer please click here

Making it Personal

Making it Personal

KIDS launches a new suite of resources to support families and carers of disabled children and young people to help them navigate the reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disability provision.

 

The full suite of resources is available to view on the KIDS website: www.kids.org.uk/mip2

A leaflet explaining this and for more information please download here

 

KIDS works with disabled children, young people and their families. As part of the ‘Making it Personal:2’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has worked with a number of partners to develop a new suite of resources to explore how personal budgets and the local offer will benefit families. 

This comprehensive suite aims to reach a range of audiences to help them understand how they can use the new system to their advantage and provide a holistic service to families and carers.  KIDS worked in partnership with the Office for Public Management (OPM), In Control, the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) and the Family and Childcare Trust to produce these resources as well as a number of local voluntary and statutory providers, groups of parents, carers, disabled children and young people.

 

The suite includes:

  • Guidance for providers on how to become personal budget ready through downloadable resources and an eLearning suite.
  • Refreshed and extended guidance and eLearning modules on personal budgets and direct payments for families.
  • Refreshed and extended guidance for commissioners on how they can work across health, education and social care to support families.
  • Guidance for Family Information Services to ensure that they are equipped to support families by identifying the range of services available to them under the local offer.

 

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: 

“I’m proud we’ve sponsored these fantastic resources which will complement our SEND reforms.

“Children, young people and their families will now be at the centre of a more simple, joined-up system that provides the support they deserve. 

“We’re committed to helping families get the best information possible about the new system that will help children and young people with SEND from birth to 25.”

 

Regional events to support this will be taking place from October 2014 to March 2015.

For more information on these please email coe@kids.org.uk

 

If you want to find out more about the ’Making it Personal:2’ project, you can find more information here: http://www.kids.org.uk/mip2 

 

KIDS works throughoutEngland. The charity has also pioneered a range of approaches for working with disabled children and young people, including Portage (home learning), Direct Short Breaks and England’s first inclusive adventure playground.

 

remap

remap

REMAP is a national charity with 83 branches throughout the UK. We design and build, or adapt, equipment for disabled people of all ages when there is nothing on the market that meets their particular needs. 

Click here to view/download the leaflet

Community Cafe Volunteers

Community Cafe Volunteers

Do you have a few hours spare a month? 

Looking for some catering / retail work experience? 

Would you like to join other friendly parents and volunteers in helping to run the Community Café on a Wednesday or Friday?

Please click here for more information and how to get in touch...

Get Disability Confident

Get Disability Confident

Please have a look at our webiste here at www.getdisabilityconfident.org.uk

We are also interested in what you think, please take part in our survey and help us shape the future

https://eSurv.org?u=leisuretime - Global survey

https://eSurv.org?u=leisurelocal - Local 'Midlands' survey

 

Job advert - School Business Manager

Job advert - School Business Manager

A dynamic, innovative and experienced business manager to join the senior leadership team at this all age school catering for children who have a wide range of physical, sensory, communication and learning needs...

Please click on the below links for all the information you need to apply.

Job advert

Personal Specification

Additional Information

Academy Consultation

Safeguarding Policy

 

Application packs available online at www.wmjobs.co.uk or from the School Office and applications returnable to: Suzanne Coombes, School Business Manager, Saxon Hill School, Kings Hill Road, Lichfield WS14 9DE or on line applications emailed to scoombes@saxonhill.staffs.sch.uk. Visits from potential applicants are encouraged and should be arranged by contacting 01543-414892. The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 23rd February 2015. Initial interviews will be held on Monday 9th March 2015

Saxon Hill School is currently undertaking an academy conversion consultation, full details of which will be provided within the Job Pack or by clicking the above Academy Consultation link.

 

 

 

SEND Specialist Support

SEND Specialist Support

In Staffordshire we are continuously working to promote the best possible start in life for children, young people and families with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and support people to meet their needs and aspirations.

Following the national SEND reforms, which introduced new and innovative ways of working, our next step is to look at how we can shape the future of other areas of Staffordshire’s local SEND offer.

For more on this and read the full letter please click here

For a comprehensive FAQ sheet please click here

Hydrotherapy and Pre-Swimming Volunteer support

Hydrotherapy and Pre-Swimming  Volunteer support

For many of our children, the opportunity to have regular sessions in our hydrotherapy pool is an important part of their physical program. Whether this is hydrotherapy under the guidance of our physiotherapy team, or pre-swimming activity and exercise with our support teams, the benefits to our children are huge.

Please click here for letter home and more information...

School Training Day Changes

School Training Day Changes

Please see letter detailing the changes by clicking here

Sharing Knowledge Course

Sharing Knowledge Course

Information in regards to a Staffordshire County Council commissioned course for parents and carers across Staffordshire, delivered via In Control.  As the leaflet details, the course is focusing on empowering parents and carers across a host of issues and areas.  Whilst we recognise this is a large commitment in terms of time and attendance, this is a one-off opportunity: Staffordshire in the only authority where we have commissioned a second course!

ATB Staffordshire Leaflet

ATB Staffordshire Application Pack

 

Winning raffle ticket numbers

Winning raffle ticket numbers

Winning raffle ticket numbers: 

00506, 00112, 00543, 00221, 00970, 00542, 01588, 00989, 00780, 01595, 00225, 00801, 01596, 00832, 00677, 00410, 00774, 01581, 00220, 00737

 

Draw raised £714 and this will be used towards the upgrade to the Early years/primary playground area, thankyou to business Sponsors brokenStones IT Company, their MD Chris Blunt won a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon earlier this year.  Rather than enjoy it personally, Chris decided to offer it as a raffle prize to a local good cause, and approached Saxon Hill School about the project. 

 

Thankyou to everyone who came along to the Firework display, a really successful evening with over 500 spectators enjoying the low noise display. 

Partner Schools Newsletter

Partner Schools Newsletter

Initial Teacher Training Programme- School Direct

 

Are you looking for an Initial Teacher Training Programme? Did you know that Saxon Hill School is an alliance partner of the National Forest Teaching School? We work with John Taylor High School, together with schools in the local area to offer excellent school -led training in both primary and secondary schools.

 

The application process is now open through www.ucas.com and the National Forest Teaching School are hosting an information event on Monday 1st December at John Taylor High School. If you are interested in attending, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘National Forest Teaching School’ in order to register for the event.

 

You can also register for School Experience at John Taylor High School in a range of secondary subjects by visiting: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience/sep and searching for John Taylor High School.

 

If you would like to find out more about School Direct or the School Experience Programme, please visit www.nationalforestteachingschool.co.uk or email Leah Axten at nfts@jths.co.uk

 

Autumn Raffle

Autumn Raffle

Our Autumn Raffle has some great prizes - please help our school and buy a raffle ticket, only £2

Tickets available from the office and on the night at our Low Noise Firework Display

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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue

Road safety information please click here

Home safety information please click here

 

Best Start Consultation

Best Start Consultation

How we can help parents to give their child the best start in life? 

We believe that all children under 5 in Staffordshire should have the opportunity to have the best start in life, and be safe, healthy and ready for school.  We would like to hear your views about our proposals.

To view the consultation information pack please download or view here

For information on the 'drop in' centre's where no booking is needed please click here

In the news...

In the news...
SAXON HILL School, in Lichfield, which educates youngsters with disabilities, is celebrating an outstanding report from government inspectors Ofsted for its sleep-over club.

For the full article please click on this link

Wheelchair Services

Wheelchair Services

Please see attached information regarding Wheelchair Services.  This is your chance to offer feedback and any concerns or issues.  Lesley Allbrook is happy to receive any feedback and take along to the Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Or go via the office and speak with Helen Bowers who is happy to pass on any information to Lesley.

 

16-19 Bursary Application

16-19 Bursary Application

Please click here for letter home to parents/carers

Please click here for 16 to 19 Bursary Policy 2014/2015

Please click here for 16 to 19 Bursary Application Form

 

 *** note to request applications from eligible students by 3rd November 2014 ***

 

Ofsted Residential Inspection

Ofsted Residential Inspection

As some of you may be aware our Residential service (Sleepover club) gets inspected every year by Ofsted.  We've just had the latest one and we are delighted to say, yet again, we've been awarded an OUTSTANDING.

The hard work and dedication from our 'sleepover team' is second to none, but don't take our word for it please review the official document here or visit the Ofsted website, here.

Well done everyone...

Newlifeable

Newlifeable

Newlifeable - Free Equipment Service

Every day, Newlife nurses hear of children who are desperate for essential equipment that will make a real difference to their lives. Equipment that can enable a child to go to school, sleep at night free of pain, speak to their parents for the first time or visit grandparents. Newlife is committed to making a difference through its Equipment Grant and Loan Service, but even so thousands of disabled children and families continue to go without. 

 

For more on this please visit the Newlifeable website

Back 2 Bikes & Mencap

Back 2 Bikes & Mencap

Through a grant provided by Staffordshire Community Foundation Back2Bikes and Mid Staffordshire Mencap are providing an opportunity for people with learning disabilities who live in the Stafford, Cannock or Stone area to join the team at Back2Bikes. 

For more on this please read the flyer

Football Training

Football Training

Staffordshire FA are offering 10 weeks free football training for anyone with a disability so come and join us.

For more information please download the flyer, here

Aiming High Golf Summer Clubs

Aiming High Golf Summer Clubs

The Golf Academy will be running golf sessions for 6 to 17 year olds with disabilities/additional needs from Staffordshire over the summer on the dates below.  Parents/carers and siblings are also welcome.    

 

Wednesday 23 July 10am-1pm at Cannock Park

Monday 28 July 10am-1pm at The Range, Essington, Near Wolverhampton

Monday 4 August 10am-1pm at The Range

Monday 11 August 10am-1pm at The Range

Monday 18 August 10am-1pm at The Range

Tuesday 26 August 10am-1pm at The Range

 

The sessions are funded by Aiming High and are completely free of charge and all golf equipment is provided.   

 

There are still some spaces and so if anyone would like to come along please book your place by contacting Craig on 07973 798483 or email info@thegolfacademy.co.uk

Inspire Disabilit-e News

Inspire Disabilit-e News

Sports across Staffordshire - please click here for all about what's going on..

In the local paper...

In the local paper...

We are in the news, check out the latest piece from the Lichfield Mercury here

June 2014 Open Days Photo's

June 2014 Open Days Photo's

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School Open Day Gallery please click here

Cafe Open Day Gallery please click here

Queen's Day Gallery please click here

Aiming High July-Sep 2014

Aiming High July-Sep 2014

1.   Aiming High Summer Activities 

Please find attached the Aiming High Summer Activity Guide which features activities taking place from July to the end of September 2014.  See also NAS Stafford Scheme Registration Form, here.

Lots of activities are taking place including playschemes, sports, arts and crafts, trips out and much more. 

The vast majority of activities are completely free of charge.  

 

Bookings/Questions 

Aiming High activities are open to children and young people up to 17 years old, with a disability/additional need and their families who live in the Staffordshire County Council boundary.  Please see individual activity adverts for more guidance on age groups etc.      

To book places or for any questions please contact the providers directly.  If you are no longer able to attend an activity please let our providers know so that the place can be offered to another family.  

A separate booking form for the National Autistic Society Summer Playscheme activities is also attached.  

If you’re unsure about whether activities will be suitable then please speak to our providers who will be happy to answer questions or talk through any concerns you may have.  

 

2.   CBBC’s ‘The Dare Devil’ 

The BBC has contacted us to say that they are looking for families to take part in the third series of the CBBC show ‘The Dare Devil’ which will be filmed this autumn.


If anyone is interested then more information and an application form can be found on the CBBC website:

www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/the-dare-devil or email thedaredevil2014@bbc.co.uk

 

Best wishes 

Emma 

 

Emma Smith

Aiming High Administrator

Aiming High for Disabled Children

Staffordshire County Council

Wedgwood Building

Tipping Street

Stafford

ST16 2DH. 

Tel: 01785 278072

Email: emma.smith@staffordshire.gov.uk

Aiming High Activities April-June 2014

Aiming High Activities April-June 2014

Aiming High activities are open to children and young people up to 17 years old, with a disability/additional need and their families who live in the Staffordshire County Council boundary.  Please see individual activity adverts for more guidance on age groups etc.      

To book places or for any questions please contact the providers directly.  If you are no longer able to attend an activity please let our providers know so that the place can be offered to another family.  

For a full listing please click here


Have Your Say...

Have Your Say...

The Government is changing the law on Special Educational Needs to focus more on support and people working together.

 

The changes are designed to give you more of a say on what support and services are available locally.

 

Staffordshire County Council would like to invite you to have your say too and help us to shape the support and services in Staffordshire.

 

Form to fill in available in Word format can be downloded here

 


Please let us know what you think by answering our questions.

If you would like this in Widget please email: cvp@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

ALL ENTRIES BACK BY 19TH MARCH 2014

WILL BE ENTERED INTO OUR PRIZE DRAW

Aiming High Feb & Mar 14

Aiming High Feb & Mar 14

Just a reminder that there are lots of FREE Aiming High activities taking place throughout Staffordshire for children and young people with a disability/additional needs and their families.  

Full details are available in our latest Activity Guide (attached) which includes information on activities taking place between now and the end of March.  For a full listing please click here

Several new activities are featured in the guide including: 

  1. 1.   Family Fun Day at the North Staffs Special Adventure Playground in Newcastle in Half Term on 20th Feb– page 12
  1. 2.   Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium Experience Day and Multi Sports Club during Half Term in Burton– page 13 
  1. 3.   Residential Family Weekends at Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre– page 20 
  1. 4.   Sitting Volley Ball taster sessions will be running as part of the Burton Inspire Clubs in March– page 24 

If you have any questions or would like to book places on any of the activities please contact the providers listed directly.

 

Best wishes 

Emma 

 

Emma Smith

Aiming High Administrator

Aiming High for Disabled Children

Staffordshire County Council

Wedgwood Building

Tipping Street

Stafford

Staffordshire

ST16 2DH

 

Tel: 01785 278072

Email: emma.smith@staffordshire.gov.uk

www.staffordshire.gov.uk

Foster Care Flexibility

Foster Care Flexibility

A local child needs your help. 

There are currently 66 children in Staffordshire, aged between 0-18 years, looking for someone to give them a chance in life. Fostering with us can fit around your family, your commitments and your spare time.  

You can foster on a flexible basis with us. There are many different types of fostering, and local children of all ages need your help.  Please click here for a leaflet...

Achieving Excellence for Young People

Achieving Excellence for Young People

I am sure that you are all aware that the County Councils  ‘Achieving Excellence for Young People’ consultation, regarding the future of out-of-school opportunities for young people in Staffordshire, is now live. The consultation will run from the 9th January 2014 – 28th February 2014

The Cabinet decision which confirmed the consultation process, can be found via the following link: http://moderngov.staffordshire.gov.uk/documents/g4185/Public%20reports%20pack%2018th-Dec-2013%2010.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10

It is important that young people, parents/carers, professionals and residents of Staffordshire contribute to the consultation to influence and inform future opportunities for Staffordshire’s young people. The consultation documents to enable you to participate can be found at  www.staffordshire.gov.uk/consultation, under the ‘Achieving Excellence For Young People’ on the right hand side of the page. A paper version can be obtained by calling 0300 111 8000.

To encourage as many responses as possible please share this e-mail with young people, your networks, colleagues, partner agencies and any other interested parties.

Further and regularly updated information can also be found on our Twitter page (@SYC_Lichfield) and http://www.youthbox.info/GetInvolved/Young-People-Have-Your-Say.aspx

To download the FAQ sheet please click here

Post 16 transport consultation

Post 16 transport consultation

How will you travel?

You've already made a smart choice about where to continue your further education; now you'll want to be equally smart when choosing how to get there.

Some students will have had free home to school transport but this ends when you finish year 11. While your choice of transport to school or sixth form may be influenced by such factors as cost, flexibility and protecting the environment, ultimately it's your choice depending on your own personal circumstances. For a few suggestions to consider see our 'what transport is available' page.

Following a period of consultation a new scheme was introduced for those moving into year 12 and 13 in September 2013. Those who will be in year 14 and above at September 2013 will continue to have the old scheme applied. For more information on the old and the new scheme please see our page 'Can I get help with my travel?'

For students with a learning difficulty or disability which prevents them from using public transport or walking to school or college, a different scheme applies.

Staffordshire post 16 transport statement 2014-15

Each year Staffordshire County Council is required to consult on the content of their post 16 transport statement which sets out the transport assistance offered for the following academic year. Below is the draft statement for 2014-15 - the policy and charges remain unchanged from 2013-14.

PDF Document Draft Staffordshire post 16 transport statement 2014-15 .PDF version

Word Document Draft Staffordshire post 16 transport statement 2014-15 Word version

Consultation will run until 5pm on Friday 28 February 2014 and we welcome comments from students, schools, colleges, parents and carers.

Please send your comments either by email to transportconsultation@staffordshire.gov.uk or by post for the attention of Fiona Coldwell, Transport Consultation, Staffordshire County Council, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH. Any comments received will be considered before the final statement is published by 31 May 2014. The statement for this year can be found here.   

Parent Pay NOW LIVE

Parent Pay NOW LIVE

ParentPay is the market leader in online payment for schools.  We provide online payments, income management and dinner money administration for schools, authorities and caterers.

Our school online payment system helps more than 2,000 schools save time and money. ParentPay’s school ePayment system means over 1 million parents can pay school online quickly and easily, helping to keep children safer.

For a Parent Pay FAQ please click here and it will take you direct to the Parent Pay website

For specific instructions on how to activate your new account, please click here

If you require any more information, such as a 'username' and 'password', please contact the office on 01543 414892

 

Stafford Youth Club

Stafford Youth Club

The Stafford Youth Club is for young people aged 11 – 16 years who have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition. We run two clubs a month on a Saturday, supporting children to learn life skills such as cooking, going to the shop, group games and arts and crafts. We also go out and about bowling, swimming, cinema, animal centres.

The Stafford Stay and Play Club is a specific club for families affected by Autism, providing play activities for children below 11 and the chance to meet and have fun. The club runs twice a month on a Saturday morning.

We need volunteers to help support the play and social opportunities that we provide.  For more information on how you can help please download our flyer here.

Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday

A reminder that school will close for Christmas today, Friday 20th December, at normal time and will re-open to all pupils on Monday 6th January 2014.  On behalf of us all at Saxon Hill we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

Occupational Therapy Week 2013

Occupational Therapy Week 2013

To celebrate National Occupational Therapy Week 2013, our OT Students, Louise and Dan, worked with students across the school to create an eye-catching display about the role of OT.  If you would like to learn more about OT, Louise and Dan will be presenting at the next parents' meeting on Friday 29th November 2013.

Here are some of the students working on the OT theme...

ot week pic1

ot week pic2

ot week pic3

 

Half Term

Half Term

The school we be closed for our half term break from Friday 25th October (evening) reopening on the morning of Monday 4th November.  Enjoy your time off.

For all our school information including diary dates please see our latest newsletter here

Ofsted Report

Ofsted Report

Inspection of Saxon Hill School from

17 September 2013 to 18 September 2013 

Following the recent inspection of Saxon Hill School, we are pleased to offer the inspection report, in accordance with section 14(1) of the Education Act 2005. This is the final version of the report, which will be published within five working days from the date of this notice (17th October), on the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk.

It can also be downloaded and viewed here

Copy of letter to parents from our 'proud' Headteacher, Mr Thickett, can be seen here

Lloyds Bank Community Support

Lloyds Bank Community Support

Saxon Hill Community School Fund has been successfully shortlisted for the next stage of the 2013 Lloyds Community Fund - the public vote. Over 300 Lloyds Banking Group colleagues worked together in selection panels to review several thousand applications and decide the final four organisations shortlisted in each community across Britain and Northern Ireland. We are one of the four good causes promoted in our local Lloyds branches. Lloyds tell us that the standard was very high this year and it's a great achievement to have made the shortlist!

We now need your help to secure an allocation which will be used in support of our Community Café social enterprise. Public voting is taking place between 23 September and 1 November 2013.

The number of votes cast in each community will decide how the Community Fund awards will be allocated. The first and second placed groups will each get an award of £3,000 and the third and fourth placed group will each get an award of £300.

Please see our letter here on how to vote and more information on this project.

This is very important so please vote now.

 

Future of day services for people with learning disabilities

Future of day services for people with learning disabilities

Mr Robbie Marshall

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

County Buildings, Martin Street

Stafford, ST16 2DH

Telephone: 0300 111 8000

E-mail: robert.marshall@staffordshire.gov.uk

Website: www.staffordshire.gov.uk 


23rd September 2013 


Dear Sir / Madam, 

Consultation on the future of day services for people with learning disabilities

 

Staffordshire County Council is currently consulting with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, local residents and key stakeholders about the future of day services for people with learning disabilities in Staffordshire. 

The consultation will run until 14th November with all interested parties being encouraged to give their views. 

Three options are being consulted upon are: 

Option one– We leave the services as they are, provided in the most part by Staffordshire County Council

Option two – All day services for people with learning disabilities to be provided by the independent sector, not by the County Council

Option three – We support most people to transfer to independent sector providers, but maintain some support ‘in-house’ (provided by the council) in the medium term

 

More detail on the options and their potential impacts can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/consultation and in the information provided with this letter. 

We are committed to providing the best service possible for people with learning disabilities and want to consider the future of our day services to give people choice, more control and more independence. 

We are working very closely with people with learning disabilities who are using our services and their families to ensure they are supported on an on-going basis and have every opportunity to have their say about their future. 

Following the consultation we will consider all of the feedback in full before the county council’s Cabinet decide on the future of day services for people with learning disabilities in Staffordshire. If changes are made we will ensure that suitable services are in existence, including for people with profound learning and multiple disabilities to make sure high quality care and support is available to everyone who needs it. We have secured £1.5 million to build high quality, bespoke alternative provision if and where it is required. 

If you would like to take part in the consultation, please complete the form from the download section below and return it to the address given, or complete it online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/consultation

 

Learning Disability Day Services Consultation FAQ - click here for download

Learning Disability Day Services Consultation Main Questions - click here for download

Learning Disability Day Services Consultation Easy Read - click here for download

 

For more information please contact:

Yours sincerely 

 

Mr Robert Marshall

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

Staffordshire County Council

Ofsted Inspection

Ofsted Inspection

Ofsted have been in and done an inspection.  Both the school and sleepover club were inspected.  They were very impressed with our school and we look forward to the results, about two weeks.

Aiming High Activities

Aiming High Activities

Please see below for details of some activities which may be of interest to you.  

1.   Beaudesert Park Farm – Fun on the Farm Days 

10am – 3pm on Sunday 15th September and Saturday 21st September.  

Activities – pizza making, a chance to meet the farm animals plus arts and crafts.  

For young people aged 5-14 and their families.  

Booking is essential. 

To book places and for any questions please call Mary on 07984 716494 or email beaudesertparkfarm@gmail.com

 

2.   Gartmore Riding School – Complex Needs Group 

Gartmore Riding School is holding a small event for young people with complex needs on 14th September, 11am-1pm. For children and young people up to 17 years old and their families.  

Booking is essential.  

To book places and for any questions please call Tracy on 01543 686117. 

 

3.   Trip to Stoke City Football Club for Young People with a Visual Impairment 

Saturday 28th September, 2pm - 5.30pm.  

Watch a game at the Britannia Stadium with audio description plus flag bearer experience.  

For children and young people with a visual impairment aged 5-17 years old.  

Booking is essential. 

To book places or for any questions please contact Alison Smith on 01785 356830 or email alison.r.smith@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

4.   Aiming High Activities from October onwards 

Look out for the next copy of the Aiming High Activity Guide covering activities from October to the end of the Christmas Holidays which will be out soon. 

 

5.   Stafford Town Dragons Football Club 

If you are aged 8 years old and above and enjoy football you may be interested in joining the Stafford Town Dragons.  More details are included in the attached poster, here.

(Please note this is not an Aiming High activity). 

    

If you would like some more information please contact Jon Binns on 01785 665232 or email jon.binns.uk@gmail.com 

 

Inclusive Cycling Centre

Inclusive Cycling Centre

The facility offers an on-going infrastructure to provide disabled cycling to families in East Staffordshire and build on the success of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s partnership with British Cycling in providing Sky Ride Local Events this summer.

To download the full article including contact details please view here

Bromford Living Course

Bromford Living Course

The qualification is hands-on for learners and is designed to develop their IT skills ready to use modern technology. 

Start Date: Monday 16th September 2013

Course Length: 20 week course

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Course Code: QXD1CEITQASB/13141A

Venue: Bromford Living, 5 Stowe Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6WA

Need to be 19yrs old by 31/08/13

Are you interested?

Please contact the Community Department on 01827 304337 or to book your place call 0300 456 2424 or click here to download the flyer.

Happy Holiday's

Happy Holiday's

A reminder that school breaks up for the summer holidays today (Friday 19th July).

School will re-open to all pupils on Tuesday 3rd September 2013 (2nd September is a Staff Training Day). 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely holiday and to thank you for your continued support. 

Message from Jon Thickett, Headteacher, can be found on our newsletter, please click here

Latest Aiming High Activities

Latest Aiming High Activities

Just a reminder that there are lots of Aiming High activities taking place over the summer holidays:

For a full listing please click here 

Stafford Branch of the National Autistic Society – Chuckle Productions Workshop on Tuesday 30 July.  

Places are still available for the music/drama workshops at Littleworth Community Centre, Stafford.  For more information please see the attached timetable and page 20 of the Activity Guide.  

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust – Wildplay 

Places are still available at the Wildplay sessions at Apedale Country Park in Newcastle and Highgate Common, South Staffs.  There are also a few spaces left on the Wolseley Bridge sessions.  For full details please see page 14 of the Activity Guide.  

Caudwell Children - Key Steps 

Places are still available on the Key Steps programme which starts on Monday 19 August at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek.  For more details please see page 24.  

Family Days at Outdoor Education Centres 

A number of Family Days are taking place at Standon Bowers, Shugborough and Chasewater Outdoor Education Centres.  Please see page 12 for more information.  

KIDS – Transition Independence Skills Course in Tamworth – Change of Dates 

This course will now start on Monday 16th September.  More courses will also be taking place in Lichfield, Staffordshire Moorlands and South Staffs later on in the year.  If you are interested in any of these courses please contact KIDS - please see page 13 for full details.      

More Aiming High Activities 

Details of all Aiming High activities taking place over the summer holidays are included in the latest version of our Activity Guide which is attached.  

If you have any questions or would like to book places on any of the activities please contact the providers listed directly. 

If you book an activity and can no longer attend you MUST let the provider know with as much notice as possible, so that another child/young person or family can benefit.  

If you’re unsure about whether any of the activities will be suitable for your child/young person or family, then please speak to our providers who will be happy to answer questions or talk through any concerns you may have. 

Autism West Midlands Activities 

You may also be interested in the Autism West Midlands summer holiday activities.  Details are available on their website at the link below.  Please note that these activities are not funded by Aiming High.        

http://www.autismworld.co.uk/collections/summer-activities-2013

 

Best wishes

 

Emma 

Emma Smith

Aiming High Administrator

Aiming High for Disabled Children

Staffordshire County Council

Wedgwood Building

Tipping Street

Stafford

Staffordshire

ST16 2DH

 

Tel: 01785 278072

Email: emma.smith@staffordshire.gov.uk

www.staffordshire.gov.uk

Super Hero Themed Queen's Day

Super Hero Themed Queen's Day

Our Queen's Day celebrations were based on super hero's, click on the link here and see the photo's of our children and staff enjoying the day...

New Cafe in the news

New Cafe in the news

Read about our exciting Community Cafe project in the Lichfield Mercury where our friends from Tamworth Co-Op made a generous donation...

If you want to see our Grand Opening please read the article here

Staffordshire Short Breaks Statement 2013

Staffordshire Short Breaks Statement 2013

 

The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 cover the local authority’s duty to provide short breaks for disabled children and their parents and carers. The regulations say that the local authority must produce a Short Breaks Statement to inform parents and carers about short breaks.

The short breaks statement must include: 

  • the range of short break opportunities available
  • who can access short breaks 
  • how short breaks are designed to meet the needs of disabled children and families 

Staffordshire’s Short Break statement has recently been reviewed with parents and carers and children and young people with disabilities. Staffordshire’s new Short Break Statement 2013 can be accessed at: 

http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/health/childrenandfamilycare/childrenwithdisabilities/aimhigh/Aiminghigh.aspx

 

The feedback we have had on this so far has been really positive from parents and carers and included:

 

‘….well done! That is a brilliant informative, empathetic and understandable document. You have listened and taken on board our criticisms and made a really well thought out document.  The layout is good, language and design really understandable.

Thank you and Very Well Done’.

 

We hope you find the Statement useful, if you have any comments on the Staffordshire Short Breaks Statement please contact aiminghigh@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

If you require a hard copy of the Statement or require the Statement in an alternative format please contact aiminghigh@staffordshire.gov.uk . 

 

Regards 

 

Carolyn Knight

Commissioning Officer

Aiming High for Disabled Children

Staffordshire County Council

Wedgewood Building

Tipping Street

Stafford

Staffordshire

ST16 2DH

 

Tel: 01785 854925

Mobile: 07969 207625

Fax: 01785 277106

Aiming High Activities

Aiming High Activities

Activities for children and young people with a disability or additional need and their families.

For a comprehensive listing of what's on please see the activity guide for July through to September, click here...

All Together Better Staffordshire

All Together Better Staffordshire

The training programme which is called All Together Better Staffordshire starts in September 2013 and is made up of 6 sessions which will run over 12 days in total.  

Each session will feature a different topic including:  

  • Why things are the way they are at present.
  • Understanding and relating to the system.
  • Getting the right support.
  • Making change happen locally and nationally.  

Information on how to apply is included in the attached flyer and the closing date for completed applications is 19th July 2013.  

Please click here for all the information/flyer and here for the letter sent out by Staffordshire County Council.

Funding Available

Funding Available

GOOD NEWS!!

 

The CARERS HEALTH RESPITE BREAKS FUNDING HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED FOR US TO ALLOCATE TO CARERS FOR 2013/14. 

You may/may not know that we hold the Carers Health Respite Break funding from SCC to enable carers to have funding of up to£300 for a professional, friend or family member to come in to the home to provide respite for the carer.

The fund can be used for daytime, evening or overnight care or for assistive technology (gadgets) to assist the carer in their daily activities with their dependants. 

The aim is to reach as many Carers in Staffordshire so that they can take a break and so that we use the funds allocated to us whilst it is still available.

Lichfield Mercury

Lichfield Mercury

Click here to link to the Lichfield Mercury

Carers Association Southern Staffordshire

Carers Association Southern Staffordshire

Carers Health Respite Breaks Fund

If you care for someone, you may be eligible to apply for an annual fund of up to £300 to pay a care agency, family member or friend to provide daytime, evening or overnight care in your own home.

This will enable you to have a social or leisure break away or an unbroken night’s sleep. 

For more on this please see the flyer here....

Bromford Living Free Course

Bromford Living Free Course

This 6 week course run by Bromford Living in association with South Staffordshire College and Energy Extra starts on 4th June 2013.  More information can be found here including contact details..

SPAN - Free Training

SPAN - Free Training

Staffordshire Parent Action Network (SPAN) is offering FREE parent participation training sessions during May and June.  

The training is aimed at parents/carers of children aged up to 18 years old with a disability or additional need, living in Staffordshire and will cover: 

  • What is parent participation and how it works in Staffordshire
  • How SPAN can help you and how you can help SPAN
  • Learn more about current vacancies
  • Opportunity to discuss your own involvement and the next stage 

For full details please see the attached flyer which also contains details of how to book places.  

Princess Anne Beacon Park Visit

Princess Anne Beacon Park Visit

HRH Princess Anne was in Lichfield visiting Beacon Park...some of our pupils and staff were luckily enough to meet her.  Our Headteacher Mr Thickett chatted about Saxon Hill's involvement with the Community Garden scheme...

To see the lovely photo's please click here

SignTime

SignTime

Classes encouraging communication skills, confidence and speech development are running at Saxon Hill’s Children’s Centre. Signtime is offering parents and children the chance to learn British Sign Language through fun and exciting classes using songs, rhymes, puppets and stories. Sign language can be an invaluable tool in breaking down language barriers and many parents have testified to this coming back to Signtime classes for many years bringing second and even third siblings along to learn. 

The sessions are held in a happy, fun and sociable environment, and include topics such as food, weather, colours and emotions. Classes are suitable from small babies  up to school age children. 

  • Sessions are held every Friday during term time between 1.30pm – 2.30pm.
  • Refreshment and chat time is included.
  • Fees -  £3 for first child and £1 each for extra siblings, payable every half term.
  • You can join at any point and simply pay for the remaining weeks, and you can join up as many times as you like. 

For queries or to book a place:

Click onto: www.signtime.org.uk,

Email: signtime@hotmail.co.uk or

Phone: Jeannie on 07929 449 589

signtime

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The link here will take you directly to the video link on You Tube which shows Julie Heightley talking about how AT has supported her son , herself and whole family.

All Age Disability Strategy

All Age Disability Strategy

Staffordshire County Council is developing an All Age Disability Strategy 'Living My Life, My Way' which focuses upon a very simple, core purpose - ensuring that all children, young people and adults with disabilities are able to live a healthy, full and fulfilling life in the way they choose. We want to see disabled people becoming full citizens and members of their communities.

The 'Living My Life, My Way' Commissioning Strategy outlines our vision, ambitions and commissioning priorities for disabled people of all ages in Staffordshire.      

The consultation can be found by clicking here   

Kids

Kids

Welcome to the (slightly late) March edition of the NIP Network bi-monthly eBulletin compiled by KIDS National Development Department (NDD). Please feel free to forward this eBulletin to friends and colleagues with an interest in inclusive play, leisure and childcare. To subscribe or to include information & events in the next issue, please email coe@kids.org.uk - for the full eBulletin please click here

 

Gartmore Riding School

Gartmore Riding School

Gartmore Riding School is holding an Aiming High funded themed Easter Morning on 9th April 2013 from 11am to 1pm. For more on this please see our flyer by clicking here.

Independent Futures

Independent Futures

New support for disabled people starts on April 1st...

The new support is called Independent Futures and it will make life better for people with disabilities.

You won’t notice any difference straight away. We will talk to you so you will know what will change and when.

For more information please click here

 

Catherine Care Coffee Morning

Catherine Care Coffee Morning

Come along and see what is available in your area whilst enjoying a cuppa & cake...

More on this can be found here

 

Aiming High Easter 2013 Activities

Aiming High Easter 2013 Activities

Please click here to see the Aiming High Easter Holiday Activity Guide which includes lots of fun activities for children and young people with a disability or additional needs and their families.  

To book a place or for any questions please contact the providers listed directly who will be happy to help you. 

Our next guide covering new activities for 2013 which are taking place after the Easter holidays will be available soon.    

Equip 4 Change

Equip 4 Change

An invitation to all family carers of children and adults who have learning disabilities - Free Health Network Event 

Friday 19 April 2013 10.30-3.00

Venue - Carrs Lane Church Centre,  Birmingham B4 7SX (opposite Moor St station)

Come along to find out more about:

Priorities from the health self assessment framework

  • Personal Health Budgets
  • Take part in laughter therapy!!!
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Family responses to Winterbourne View –keynote speaker Viv Cooper
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • And more!!!

Refreshments and lunch provided 

Come and meet other family carers from the West Midlands.  Together we are stronger.

For more on this please click here

SUN Information Session

SUN Information Session

Do you have a child with a special need or disability? 

Do you ever feel overwhelmed and stressed? 

Then join us at our freeSUNInformation Session with Contact a Family..

For more on this please click here


'I am me' group workshops

'I am me' group workshops

Is your child aged between 10 and 14?

Do they struggle to understand what their diagnosis of ASC means for them?

Would they like to know more about their diagnosis of ASC? 

If you answered ‘YES’ to the above questions, Midlands Psychology is offering a 4 week programme of education and exploration into understanding what it means to have a diagnosis of ASC. The group will be young person focused and will celebrate differences. Please click here for information including dates..

Sport Across Staffordshire - Get Active

Sport Across Staffordshire - Get Active

Sport Across Staffordshire and Stock-On-Trent - Get Active

Please click here to view website

 

Conversation Staffordshire

Conversation Staffordshire

If you live in the Cannock Chase or Stafford and Surrounding Areas, Conversation Staffordshire isyourchance to take part in an open discussion aboutyourhealth services and the way they are delivered.

Financial pressures mean things will have to change. But how?Which services do you value most?How can services be shaped and improved? Where do you need to access services? How can we make best use of public money?

Conversation Staffordshire is about real people talking about real issues – through an open, two-way discussion.  The people of Staffordshire deserve the best health care. We want to make that happen, but we need your help.  Please get involved.  Click here for more information.

Intro to Emotions

Intro to Emotions

Midlands Psychology is offering a basic workshop in helping children to identify their emotions and to develop some basic skills in helping to manage emotions.

These workshops will run on a rolling programme and will be repeated on a bi-monthly basis. If demand is high, we may increase the number of workshops we offer.

Please click here for more information.

Headteacher Article for SEN Magazine

Headteacher Article for SEN Magazine

Read what our Headteacher, Mr Thickett, talked about when recently interviewed by SEN magazine....

Website link here

Download here

SEN Website please click here

Community News

Community News

 Community News title pic

 

Scams update  

We have been informed of further 'phishing' scams targeting residents in the area. As ever, please be very alert to apparently genuine emails from businesses, utilities, banks etc. Do not reply, click on any links or enter personal details - just delete.  

  • Email supposedly from 'talktalk', suggesting your account is in debit.
  • Email supposedly from BT Business, suggesting their 'cloud' service has gone into administration.
  • 'Stranded driver' scam - since alerting people to this scam, involving Eastern Europeans flagging down drivers, offering worthless 'gold' for cash, it has been picked up by the local press. There has also been an increase in reports of this, both from people who have been conned, and others reporting incidents still happening. The police have several registration numbers of vehicles, and enquiries are ongoing. Public awareness is clearly improving. If you see such an incident, please phone the police - if you are able to note the registration details, so much the better.

There have been several reports of residents receiving telephone calls supposedly from Sky, suggesting their insurance cover for a satelite dish is about to expire, and asking for payment to renew. In some cases the recipient does not have a satelite dish, in others the recipient has believed this and paid. This appears to be another scam. If you receive such a call, please do not be taken in or give any payment details. If you have already paid as a result of such a call, contact www.actionfraud.police.uk or phone them on 0300 123 2040.

 

You will be aware we regularly alert you to 'phishing' emails alledgedly from banks and other official organisations.

In the last few days we have been alerted to a very convincing email supposedly from Co-operative Bank, suggesting they have upgraded their security and asking you to confirm your details by clicking on a link. Another email is supposedly from HM Revenue and Customs, suggesting you are owed a Tax Refund. Again, this is extremely convincing. Please do not respond to any such emails, or click on any such links. Delete the message.

 

 

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: robert.nunn@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Rob Nunn
Watch Liaison Officer
School Watch
Email: robert.nunn@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 01785 235616



Disabled Living News

Disabled Living News

Please click here to see the February newsletter

Charity Bike Ride

Charity Bike Ride

Dean Baker, who runs all our computer systems here at Saxon Hill is going to do a charity bike ride on 10th May to raise money for our new Community Cafe. He will be riding from London to Cambridge and through the night...

If you would like to help Dean raise as much as possible then please donate on his Just Giving web page by clicking the badge below or by visiting www.justgiving.com/Dean-Baker.

 

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership - NHS Trust

Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership - NHS Trust

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust is the part of the NHS in Staffordshire providing your community health services and adult social care services outside of Stoke-on-Trent. Our teams help children shine, for more on this and how you can help please click here for flyer...

Saxon Hill Nativity Play DVD now available

Saxon Hill Nativity Play DVD now available

Please see below for trailer of our wonderful nativity play at Lichfield Cathedral......

christmas-vid

Saxon Hill 2013 Calendar

Saxon Hill 2013 Calendar

We now have the 2013 Saxon Hill Calendar in stock, only £4.50...

Please see someone in the office....

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