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School Holiday Date Change - Inset Days

Date: 14th Jan 2020 @ 12:31pm

Please be advised that we have amended our 2019 2020 school holiday dates. We have made a change to our Inset Days. Letters have been sent home to all parents and carers. Please see our school holiday dates page for more details. Any queries please contact school.

Keeping Children Safe Online Over The Holidays

Date: 18th Dec 2019 @ 11:01am

Check out the following links provided by CEOP for tips on how you can make sure that young people are safer online, over the Christmas period and beyond. 

The Internet of Things: 9 ways of making your connected home more secure

Seasonal Netiquette: 5 new parenting rules for screen time and tech when families gather

St Helens Park Ranger Service & Penkford School Partnership

Date: 8th Nov 2019 @ 8:03am

In partnership with St Helen's Park Ranger Service, pupils from Penkford have adopted a stretch of woodland adjacent to school that is part of Sankey Valley Park. Pupils have began exploring the woodland as part of the KS2 Science curriculum and have carried out litter-picking activities. Further activities will include Forest School lessons, habitat creation and conservation in a bid to encourage local wildlife to increase usage of the woodland. This is one of a number of initiatives that our pupils are involved in that directly enhances their local environment and enables them to become active members of their community. 

Bonfire Night Safety Guide

Date: 5th Nov 2019 @ 11:30am

Please find below various Bonfire night safety guides and videos to help your child stay safe

KS2 -

KS3 & 4 - (scroll down to bottom of the page for the short video / information guide)

Penkford and Merseyside Is Bright Campaign

Date: 27th May 2019 @ 3:53pm


This is a crime prevention project which focuses on tackling knife crime and other gang related crimes within the region, through raising awareness of the wider impacts these types of crime have on family members and the wider community.A group of Y8 and Y9 pupils from Penkford School were invited this week to participate in a Media Workshop called ‘Merseyside is Bright’ project at Radio City. Podcast recordings can be listened to using the media file below.

Pupils spent the day at the top of the Radio City Tower, one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings, and were able to put their media skills to the test through working in small groups to create a 30 second advert that will be used as part of the Merseyside is Bright campaign.


Tesco Bags of Help Scheme Offer

Date: 29th Mar 2019 @ 1:23pm

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme have offered Penkford School a grant for the purpose of developing outdoor learning at Penkford School. Penkford School would like to thank Tesco's customers who have chosen to support and vote for this project. Voting was held at Tesco stores between Tuesday 1st January to Thursday 28th February 2019.

Tesco community grants fund thousands of local projects right across the UK.  Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.

Business For Youth - Mothers Day Family Walk

Date: 28th Mar 2019 @ 4:16pm

Please see below the following information regarding a Mothers Day Family Walk organised by Business For Youth.

Internet Safety Warning - MOMO

Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 1:11pm

In light of the recent Safeguarding concerns in relation to the online internet game called Momo, please see information and advice below re: ‘Everything you need to know about the Momo challenge’.

MOMO Online Safety Guide For Parents

Safeguarding School Letter - MOMO

St Helens Library Service - New e-book and e-comic services

Date: 3rd Dec 2018 @ 9:24am


St Helens Library Service is offering even more opportunity for reading for pleasure with the launch of our new e-book and e-comic services

RB Digital Comics gives avid comics fans 24/7 access to a range of the very best Marvel titles available to read via Android, Apple, Kindle Fire or PC. With a roster of well-loved characters such as Avengers, Black Panther, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and X-Men; library members get to experience these thrilling adventures first hand – for free.

In addition, our new eBook and eAudiobook service, BorrowBox enables 24/7 access to a wide range of the very best fiction and non-fiction titles and audio-books available to download via Android, Apple, Kindle Fire or PC. Many of the children's eAudiobooks in the collection are fully-realised audio dramas, featuring immersive sound effects and voices.

Any form of reading, whether it’s a classic novel or a comic book, is something that we as a library service will always look to encourage.

To find out more, visit: and click on the eBook Services link - or come on down to your local library and we will help you to use this great new offer.

Tesco's Grant Scheme Support Penkford School

Date: 21st Nov 2018 @ 4:49pm

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Launched in 2015, Bags of Help sees charities and community organisations awarded grants to fund local projects.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Customers are given a token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in most stores.

Penkford School's application has been successful and our project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during January and February 2019. Penkford will use the grant money to purchase outdoor education and Forest School equipment for our pupils to use.

The stores that you can vote in during January and February 2019 are:

Haydock Superstore WA11 0TH

Haydock Vicarage Express WA11 0AY

Newton-Le-Willows  Superstore WA12 9NB

Rainhill School - LFC U19 V's Red Star Belgrade Football Match

Date: 16th Oct 2018 @ 1:29pm

Rainhill High School - LFC U19 V's Red Star Belgrade - youth football match on Wednesday 24th of October at the Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens. Please see attached flyer for tickets.

LFC U19 V Red Star Flyer

Rainhill School & LFC V's PSG - stars in the making youth football match

Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 7:58am

Rainhill High School and LFC V's Paris Saint Germain - stars in the making youth football match on Tuesday 18th of September at the Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens. Please see attached flyer for tickets.

LFC V's PSG Flyer

St. Helens Carers Trust Volunteers Needed

Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 4:08pm

Volunteers needed at St Helens Carers Centre.

Are you looking to make a difference?

Do you want to boost your skills and CV?

Would you like to meet people and be part of a fun friendly team?

Please see the attached information leaflet for more details.

St Helens Carers Trust Flyer

Stand up to Bullying Day

Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 3:51pm

Stand Up to Bullying Day was launched in 2016 with the support of HRH The Duke of Cambridge. The day seeks to bring the nation together to take a collective stand against all forms of bullying, whether in school, the workplace or elsewhere.

Last year the campaign reached over three million people with famous faces such as Jessie J, James McVey and numerous MPs joining the nation to #StandUpToBullying.

Standing up means being an upstander, not a bystander. It means calling others out when their actions are unkind, reporting conversations online that don't look right and creating a community that will speak out and stand up to bullying.

At Penkford School both pupils and staff will be discussing the Stand Up To Bullying Campaign and deciding how we can all actively contribute. For more information, advice or how to join in please visit the following website

Raising Awareness - Dangers of Open Water Swimming

Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 4:00pm

St Helens Council - Open-water Swimming Warning
While the country currently enjoys a nice spell of warm weather, St Helens Council’s safer communities team would like to remind the public on the dangers of open-water swimming.
The announcement comes following the deaths of two teenagers in Greater Manchester this week whose bodies were found in reservoirs in unrelated incidents – while the council has also received reports of young children swimming in the open waters in the Parr area of the borough.
St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for safer communities, Councillor Anthony Burns has stressed the importance of staying clear of lakes, ponds and reservoirs as temperatures soar because of the fatal consequences swimming in these types of environments can often lead to.
“Under no circumstances must anyone attempt to swim in open-water,” Councillor Burns said. “Sadly, this type of risk has resulted in tragic outcomes recently and even the strongest of swimmers can become overwhelmed by ice cold water and drown.
“Swimming is an activity many of us enjoy during the weather is nice - but this should be done in supervised areas only such as leisure centre swimming pools.”

St. Helens Youth Service

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 9:56am

Please see our Parents Page for the range of evening activities offered to young people at St Helen Youth Service.

St. Helens Safer Community Team

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 9:52am

Please see our Parents Page or the Safer St Helens Website for information as to how you can contribute to keeping St Helens Community a safer place. #Ready2Report nuisance behaviour.

IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION: Measles outbreak in Liverpool

Date: 5th Dec 2017 @ 1:45pm

There is a measles outbreak in Liverpool affecting unimmunised children.

Public Health England, part of the Department of Health, has issued a letter about this to Local Authorities and all the schools in Cheshire and Merseyside. We have been asked to pass this on to our parents and carers.

You can read the letter in the document link below.

If you would like more information, see

Penkford School Honoured with ADHD Award!

Date: 16th Nov 2017 @ 10:53am

Penkford School was officially honoured at the ADHD Foundation 10 year Winter Ball at St George’s Hall, Liverpool last Friday. The award was an amazing surprise, and although especially invited, Ms Johnson, our Headteacher, Mrs Jackson, our SENCO, and Mrs Laughton, our Assistant Headteacher, had no idea of the intention to honour the school on the night!

On behalf of all our staff, Ms Johnson, our Headteacher collected the award that gave recognition to all the hard work Penkford School has put in to support pupils diagnosed or presenting with ADHD, so that they have a better experience and thrive at our school.

The ‘ADHD Friendly School 2017’ award was the finale to Penkford attending yet another successful ADHD conference in Liverpool.

A report on the award has been given on the St Helens Unlimited website, which you can see here!

Another Successful (and Creative) Family Focus Group!

Date: 15th Nov 2017 @ 4:26pm

Today saw parents and carers meet for our termly Family Focus Group at the Parr Children's Centre. This time, we gave an arts session, which saw our parents, carers and staff embelish their photo and picture frames.

Once again, an interesting and engaging activity was the perfect backdrop to help everyone chat informally, and network with each other.

You can see more about our Family Focus Groups on its page in our Parents section.

Listen 4 Change Forum 15 Nov 2017

Date: 1st Nov 2017 @ 3:59pm

Listen 4 Change are holding the latest of their regular Parent Carer Forums on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at the Mercure Hotel.

The forums are an informal way to meet other parents, find out about local services and have your say so that the needs of your children and young people can be met in the best way possible.

For more information, see the flyer link below.


Penkford Family Focus Group - 8 November

Date: 31st Oct 2017 @ 9:55am

Here at Penkford we value the views, opinions and well-being of our parents and carers. With this in mind we run a family focus group once every half term, and everyone is invited to attend them.

The group is a great opportunity to get together in a friendly and relaxing environment with provided activities/treatments.

This half term's group is on the 8th November, and it's time get creative!

You can find all the details for the group on the flyer below.

10 Oct 2017 is World Mental Health Day

Date: 5th Oct 2017 @ 11:40am

As we are a special school for children with social, emotional and mental health issues - looking after our pupils' emotional and mental health is central to what we do, and the education we provide.

It's why we are celebrating World Mental Health Day with our own focus of raising awareness and removing the stigma around Mental Health, and will be marking the day with different themes and activities.

Don't forget in our Parents section, you can find lots of helpful links and information about how you can find out more about mental health, and the services who can support.

World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th. 

The aim of the day is to promote mental health and educate the public on relevant issues. Since 1996, the day has chosen a theme to be promoted.

The themes the WFMH have promoted are:

  • 1996   Women and Mental Health
  • 1997   Children and Mental Health
  • 1998   Mental Health and Human Rights
  • 1999   Mental Health and Ageing
  • 2000-2001    Mental Health and Work
  • 2002   The Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children & Adolescents
  • 2003   Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Children & Adolescents
  • 2004   The Relationship Between Physical & Mental Health: co-occurring disorders
  • 2005   Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span
  • 2006   Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental Illness & Suicide
  • 2007   Mental Health in A Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity
  • 2008   Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action
  • 2009   Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health
  • 2010   Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses
  • 2011   The Great Push:  Investing in Mental Health
  • 2012   Depression: A Global Crisis
  • 2013   Mental Health and Older Adults
  • 2014   Living with Schizophrenia
  • 2015   Dignity in Mental Health
  • 2016   Psychological and Mental Health First Aid

For 2017, the theme is Mental Health in the Work Place

People all over the world will be holding events, and celebrating this important issue that can affect so many of us, and the people we know and love.

If you want to find out more about World Mental Health Day, you can go to the WFMH website 


Penkford gain Reading Quality Mark!

Date: 2nd Oct 2017 @ 12:15pm

We are proud to announce that Penkford School have been awarded the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark, which is an important award that recognises how we promote reading amongst our pupils!

The award was awarded through School Improvement Liverpool - experts in education and one of the leading service providers in the North West.

Instrumental to this fantastic achievement was our Reading Advocate, Ms Duffy!

Our school had to pass tough criteria, and we achieved accreditation through assessment on six themes:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Workforce Development
  • Reading Promotion
  • Reading Events and Groups
  • School Wide Opportunities for Reading for Pleasure
  • Family/Community Involvement/Public Library Service

We gained positive feedback on how our staff are committed to establishing and embedding a reading for pleasure culture in school, through our Governance, classroom practice and after school activities. We aim to show that this award is another demonstration on how we continue to improve functional literacy and numeracy, so that pupils make consistently strong progress from their individual starting points.


Evening Performance of "HEADZ" at Parr Library

Date: 2nd Oct 2017 @ 10:09am

On Tuesday 10th October, (World Mental Health Day) at 7:00pm, the award-winning theatre company 20 Stories High returns to St.Helens with "HEADZ".

"HEADZ" is  a new series of funny, gritty and heartfelt monologues about the everyday lives of a group of extraordinary young people.

The production is suitable for teenagers 13+ and adults, and contains strong language.


Book online here:

or call into any library in St.Helens (except Central Library) to purchase your tickets.


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