Astley Park School is fully committed to investing in parents and carers for the achievement of all our pupils. We see our parents as partners in supporting us make the best choices for our students.
Being a parent of a child with special needs can be incredibly daunting and we recognise very often parents feel alone and unsuppported. There is help out there but often it is difficult to know where to go to find it. It also seems unfair that some people appear to be able to get more help than others. We aim to change that for parents.
We have so much to offer you in terms of support both within school and outside in terms of signposting you to support and services.
Mrs Nicola Patterson - Parent / Carer Support Manager
Partnership With Parents
Mrs Patterson is dedicated to her role as Parent / Carer Support Manager and works in close partnership with parents, carers and other professionals. This ensures that we can effectively meet the needs of all our pupils and their families in a caring, supportive and friendly environment.
We are proud of our 'Leading Parent Partnership Award', which has impacted hugely on our school as we continue to grow.
If there are any questions you have I will do my best to answer them for you. I am your point of contact if you need to talk, or offload so feel free to get in touch with me at the school on 01257 262227 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Patterson also acts as the Designated Senior Lead (DSL) with responsibility for child protection/safeguarding issues in school. Mrs Patterson is duty bound by the Local Authority to report any obvious or suspected signs of abuse or neglect be that physical, emotional or sexual to social care. It is a sensitive area, but forms part of the local arrangements with regard to safeguarding and protecting all our pupils.
All staff take part in annual child protection/safeguarding training and follow the policies and procedures, local authority guidelines and documentation that link into the safeguarding agenda.
Nicola works closely with all other agencies from health, social services, young people’s service and the police to ensure a multi-agency approach in relation to safeguarding is adopted.
There is a Link Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding.