Mrs Ridgway is our FLO who is here to help you if you have any difficulties regarding your child (ren).
Mrs Ridgway can offer support to early intervention services that will make a difference to the whole family or individuals. She can offer guidance to make appointments and referrals to outside agencies that have specialised knowledge, or if you need support at meetings in school and with other agencies, please do come and talk with her.
Most importantly, Mrs Ridgway will offer to listen, be non-judgemental and help parents by offering support and advice if needed.
If necessary appointments or referrals can be made to the following agencies:
- Bereavement Services
- Children’s Centres
- Counselling/Play Therapy
- Parenting Programmes
- School Nurse
- Integrated children’s services (including early help and social work services)
- Young Carers
All contacts with any of the above agencies (with the exception, on occasions, of Social Services) are made with total parent involvement.
We can also discuss school issues, concerns or ideas, healthy eating, oral health, friendships and family matters, to name just a few.
Mrs Ridgeway is also responsible for attendance. All pupils should be in school between 8.40 am and 8.55 am so they are sitting in class ready to learn by 9.00 am.
If your child is ill, the school office should be informed as soon as possible on the first day of absence, please give child’s name, class and reason for absence.
The aim for every child is to achieve at least 96% attendance in an academic year.
An absence of more than 10 days will mean a child will not achieve 96%, if you are having difficulties regarding attendance please come and talk about it and Mrs Ridgway will help if she can.
Remember - we can only help if we know that you need help. This, we appreciate is often difficult, especially making that first move and asking, but make that first step and we can work on making things better together.
Please be reassured all that is said to Mrs Ridgway is dealt with in confidence and is only shared on a need to know basis (unless of course someone is at risk of harm). Sometimes quite often you just need someone to listen and you find your own solutions.
Mrs Ridgway has tissues, a private office space and appreciates on occasions emotions can run high. Please don’t worry about this; we are all used to parents with many frustrations that can lead to tears. We always prefer to ‘nip a problem in the bud’ than let it escalate. However, bigger problems can also be solved when we put our heads and resources together.
Mrs Ridgway is in school every day, on the gates first thing and after school and during the day. Please speak with the office staff who will be able to pass on a message and she can get back to you if not available straight away.