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Listen 4 Change Parent Forum

Date: 16th Jun 2017 @ 2:00pm

Listen 4 Change are holding one the latest of their regular Parent Carer Forums on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at Chalon Court 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.

School Crossing Patrol - Have your say!

Date: 16th Jun 2017 @ 2:50pm

Did you know that, due to budget pressures, St Helens Council is holding a consultation about School Crossing Patrols?

The council has released a questionnaire so that you can give your opinion about the crossing patrol service before the deadline of Sunday 3rd September.

If you feel strongly about how St Helens Council are reviewing this service, please find the questionnaire and the poster about the consultation below. 

You can also find more information on the St Helens Council website.

Functional Skills Courses for Parents

Date: 26th May 2017 @ 1:54pm

As reported in our Whit Newsletter, we are delighted to be able to offer our parents the opportunity to follow a course in Functional Skills.

The Functional Skills qualifications are courses that are designed to benefit the learner by providing knowledge, skills and understanding that help them in daily life and in the workplace.

Look out for more details in near future!


Supporting Children Worried About Terrorism

Date: 24th May 2017 @ 3:08pm

Based on the tragic events in Manchester on Monday 22nd May, the NSPCC have a website page especially for parents.

The page gives advice to parents and carers who have children who are upset or worried by what is happening in the news.

For the link, click here.

Relax with Penkford's Family Focus Group!

Date: 17th May 2017 @ 1:59pm

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.

This half term's group is on Wednesday 24th May.

The group is a great opportunity to get together in a friendly and relaxing environment with provided activities/treatments and if you would rather not attend alone, you can bring a friend or other family member with you!

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

Knife Crime Workshops make St Helens Star!

Date: 5th May 2017 @ 9:13am

Our pupils benefitted from the expertise of our Safer School Police Officers (SSPOs) recently, when they held special workshops on the dangers of knife crime.

This fantastic and worthwhile initiative is the subject of an article on the St Helens Star website!

You can read the article here!

It'll Cost You! Alcohol Underage Sales Crackdown

Date: 3rd May 2017 @ 9:53am

Community Safety Partners in St Helens have a new campaign running to target proxy sales of alcohol (adults buying alcohol for young people).

It is called 'It'll Cost You'.

The 'It'll Cost You' campaign aims to raise awareness amongst young people, retailers and adults.  Shop retailers who sell alcohol to adults, suspecting that they will then pass it on to young people, could end up with an unlimited fine or a custodial sentence.

There are also potential fines of up to £5000 for adults purchasing alcohol to pass on to young people.

Alcohol use in under 18s can carry another type of cost, in terms of becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, hospital admissions, accidents, injuries and risk taking behaviour.

You can find more info on the Safer St Helens website and our parents page.


St Helens Star feature Resilience Project in follow-up article!

Date: 2nd May 2017 @ 11:35am

We are proud to say that the our Resilience Project has once again caught the attention of the St Helens Star, with an article showing how our pupils were put through their paces with an exteme classroom challenge!

The article is another piece of evidence about how, as a school, we are building self-esteem and confidence - and are helping our pupils engage in character building activities that support their day to day education and improve outcomes!

Read the article here!

You can also find out more about the Resilience Project in our SMSC section.

Mental Health Awareness Week: 8-14 May 2017

Date: 24th Apr 2017 @ 4:50pm

Every second week in May, since 2000, the Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week.

In previous years the week has focused on how issues such as mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can have an impact on our mental health.

In 2017 the theme will be ‘surviving to thriving’.

Here at Penkford School, we believe looking after our pupils' emotional and mental health is very important - so join us in supporting Mental Health Awareness Week from 8-14 May as we continue to help our families and individuals to "move from survive to thrive!"

You find more details at

Proposed changes to Home to School Travel Assistance

Date: 17th Mar 2017 @ 1:56pm

St Helens Council is currently consulting on its proposed Home to School Travel Assistance Policy. There are three proposed changes to the existing Policy.

The official notice can be viewed below, and in it you can find where the proposals can be viewed, and how you can comment on them.

Resilience Project featured in St Helens Star!

Date: 27th Feb 2017 @ 9:20am

We are proud to announce that the St Helens Star has published an article about a Penkford School’s Resilience Project!

The Resilience Project is a six week programme that is designed to promote character formation and teamwork. It does this by combining teambuilding and problem solving activities with military boot camp style physical training. The initiative is designed to show how individual challenges can be overcome by working together and how character education is linked to personal and academic achievement.

You can read the article here!

Online course for Parents - Communicating with children about Self-harm

Date: 24th Feb 2017 @ 12:55pm

How confident would you be tackling the issue of self-harm with your own child?

Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year.

Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with your children can be an uncomfortable experience.

As it is thought at most parents feel uncomfortable discussing self-harm with their children, Selfharm UK have worked with Virtual College to create an online course to help parents speak to their children about self-harm with confidence. You can find more information at

Calling all Super Writers!

Date: 6th Feb 2017 @ 3:04pm

St Helens Council and the libraries are launching a creative writing competition for anyone who loves super heroes and comic books. "St Helens Super Writers! 2017" is a writing competition where the main character must be a super hero!

If you want to have a try at fun competition, and tell your tale about a super hero, fly your story to any St Helens library, or you can Zap! your entry via email! Take a look at the competition details on the poster and entry form for more information - and good luck!

Penkford Family Focus Group

Date: 30th Jan 2017 @ 2:24pm

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 7th February, and even has a 'men only' spa hour for male parents/carers!

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


Young Carers Awareness Day

Date: 30th Jan 2017 @ 9:34am

The 26th Jan is Young Carers Awareness Day. The theme for this year is “When I Grow Up” and asks schools and teachers to be mindful of the challenges young carers may face in order to achieve the careers they aspire to.

The infographic poster below gives you some information about of what a Young Carer is and what they do. You can find out more about the Carers Trust, and the support they offer, on their website (


Domestic Abuse Support Group

Date: 18th Jan 2017 @ 11:37am

‘Staying Safe’ - Domestic Abuse Support Group is launching on WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY 2017

The group is every Wednesday 09:30am to 12:30pm in the Ground Floor Room - St Helen’s Parish Church, Church Square, St.Helens.

If you are suffering, or have suffered from, the effects of domestic abuse and you are 16 or over, you can attend the group without any appointment.

Have a look at the flyer to find out what you can expect to gain from this important service, and for more contact information.

Shine in the Dark

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:14pm

Cycle in Taylor Park with a guided family bike ride! Come and bling your bike, get cycling advice, have your bike checked and more!

Wednesday 23th November from 3.30pm -7.30pm

FREE goodies available to all that attend!


Penkford Remembrance Display Featured in St Helens Star

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:15pm

The St Helens Star has written an article about our Y7 pupils who worked hard to create a display in memory of Earlestown's and Newton-le-Willows' First World War heroes. The project was undertook as part of the pupils' study to find out more about local history, and was a way they could use their work to show their respect ahead of this year's Remembrance Sunday.

You can read the article on this link

Youth Service Offer

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:15pm

St Helens Youth Service have released a new flyer showing the offers they provide for children and young people aged 5-17 (up to age 25 with additional needs). For any more information please call the Youth Service on 01744 675924.

Penkford School featured in St Helens First magazine!

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:16pm

We are proud to announce that St Helens First magazine have a feature about Penkford School in their new winter issue.

The article gives a great insight into how we support the education and welfare of our pupils, and the fantastic work, activities and qualifications that they achieve!

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:20pm

Free Adult Courses!

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:18pm

Parents who want to help their children with their maths and English homework might be interested in the free English and maths classes for adults that Adult and Community Learning (part of St Helens Council) are running at Newton-le-Willows Library. 

Classes are small, friendly and informal.  As well as helping their children, adults can also achieve a qualification for themselves and improve their confidence and job prospects. You can follow Adult & Community Learning on Twitter @STHLearning, and find the poster for the classes 

World War 1 Centenary Battlefields Tour Trip

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:21pm

Sunday 13th November – Wednesday 16th November 2016 

In November, two of our Year 7 pupils will be travelling to France and Belgium on a school trip to visit some of the battlefields. The boys will learn about what the soldiers did for us and pay respects on behalf of all the pupils and staff at Penkford School.

Penkford School is now an Artsmark School

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:21pm

We are pleased to announce that Penkford School is now a recognised ‘Artsmark School’.

What is Artsmark?

Artsmark award celebrates schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in their provision.

Penkford Family Focus Group

Date: 24th Nov 2016 @ 4:23pm

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.

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