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  • Help your child beat exam stress (NHS)

    Published 26/04/23

    Tests and exams can be a challenging part of school life for children and young people and their parents or carers. But there are ways to ease the stress.


    Watch for signs of stress

    Children and young people who are stressed may:

    • worry a lot

    • feel tense or irritable

    • have headaches and stomach pains

    • not sleep well

    • lose interest in food or eat more than normal

    • not enjoy activities they previously enjoyed

    • be negative and have a low mood

    Having someone to talk to about their work can help. Support from a parent can help young people share their worries and keep things in perspective. Encourage your child to talk to a member of school staff who they feel is supportive.

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  • Wakefield Families Together

    Published 21/04/23

    Wakefield Families Together brings services together, so that it’s easier for you to find and
    access the support you need, at the earliest opportunity.
    We want children, young people, and families to tell us they are happy, healthy, and safe.
    Wakefield Families Together are about working on your behalf so that if you have a concern
    about your child or family member, you only need to have one conversation with us, and we
    can direct you to the right support. You can access this support through your child’s school,
    family hub, or in the local community.
    To help us localise how we work with families across the Wakefield district, we have grouped
    our teams and partner organisations into six community ‘cluster’ areas, with nine family hubs
    and three Youth Hubs. You can find your local Family Hub or Youth on the Wakefield
    Families Together website here: Family Hubs – Wakefield Families Together and here:
    Youth Hubs – Wakefield Families Together

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  • School Closure Due to Snow - 10/3/23

    Published 10/03/23

    Due to the weather forecast being continuous snow, the decision has been made to close the school for today 10th March 2023.

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  • Scarlet Fever

    Published 12/12/22

    Re: Scarlet fever/ Group A strep 
    You will know from the news that there has been an increase in cases of scarlet fever, above the levels expected for this time of year. Scarlet fever is a common childhood illness caused by group A streptococcus (GAS). It is not usually serious but should be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of rare complications (such as pneumonia) and to stop spread to other people. 
    At this time of year there are also lots of viruses circulating that cause sore throats, colds and coughs. These usually get better without needing any special medical treatment or medicines. However, children can occasionally develop a bacterial infection on top of a virus and that can make them become more unwell. 
    The ‘Healthier Together’ website has lots of information about children’s health, including scarlet fever and Group A strep. It is produced by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and local health professionals.
    Group A Strep and Scarlet Fever :: West Yorkshire Healthier Together (

    Signs and symptoms of scarlet fever 

    • Early symptoms are flu-like and include headache, fever, severe sore throat and sometimes feeling or being sick. 
    • A rash appears 12 to 48 hours later, usually first on the chest and stomach, then to other parts of the body. The rash is red and feels like sandpaper.  The rash may be harder to spot on darker skin, but will still have the ‘sandpaper’ feel.
    • Bright red ‘strawberry tongue’ (see pictures on Healthier Together website)
    • Patients often have flushed red cheeks

    If you think you, or your child, might have scarlet fever:

    • contact your GP or NHS 111 as soon as possible
    • make sure that you or your child complete the course of antibiotics even if you feel better quickly. This is so that you do not spread the infection to others. 
    • Stay at home and do not go to nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. This is so that you do not spread the infection to others. 


    You can also avoid spreading the infection by washing your hands frequently and not sharing plates, cutlery, clothes, bedding or towels. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it immediately. 
    Invasive Group A Strep (iGAS)
    The same bacteria which cause scarlet fever (Group A streptococcus) can also cause a range of other types of infection such as skin infections (impetigo) and severe sore throat. In very rare cases, Group A streptococcus can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive group A strep (iGAS). It is rare for children with scarlet fever to develop iGAS infection. Although it is still very uncommon, there has been an increase in iGAS cases this year, particularly in children under 10 years old. 

    As a parent, you should trust your own judgement and seek medical advice if your child is very unwell, if they have got worse since they were seen by a doctor, or if you are worried. 

    The Healthier Together website has good advice about when to seek urgent help: 
    Group A Strep and Scarlet Fever :: West Yorkshire Healthier Together (
    Call 999 or go to A&E if:

    • your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs
    • there are pauses when your child breathes
    • your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue
    • your child is floppy or will not wake up or stay awake

    Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:

    • your child is getting worse or you are worried about them
    • your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
    • your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration
    • your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher
    • your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty
    • your child is very tired and drowsy or irritable (unable to settle them with books, TV, food, picking up)


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    Published 12/12/22

    An online mental health and emotional wellbeing service is available to young people (aged 10- 18) called Kooth (

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  • Support for the Cost of Living Crisis

    Published 10/11/22

    There is a recognition that the number of families experiencing financial difficulties is on the increase, through the Resident Recovery Group, Wakefield Council and partners such as CAB and NOVA have come together to put in place a number of initiatives to support families experiencing difficulties.  There is a range of support available on matters such as Money, Energy, Food, Water and Housing.  There is also a number of Warm Spaces where people can go to keep warm, get a warm drink and access help.


    The Resident Recovery Group recognise that on a regular basis you are likely to come across children and young people who are living in families experiencing a range of difficulties.  The attached Cost Of Living Support Guide, has been put together to help you point those in need in the right direction to get help.  We are keen that all these support initiatives are not the ‘best kept secret’ and this information is also shared as widely as possible with other support providers who your school may work with. Further information is also available on the Council web site.

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  • Edgelands Arts Workshops

    Published 16/05/22

    Free Workshops throughout May & June.

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  • Year 11 Examination Dates Summer 2022

    Published 10/05/22

    All AM exams start at 9.30am. Students should arrive in school at 9am to be ready to start the exam on time.

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  • Year 11 Examination Dates Summer 2022

    Published 10/05/22

    All AM exams start at 9.30am. Students should arrive in school at 9am to be ready to start the exam on time.

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  • Young people- A Guide for Parents

    Published 06/04/22

    The school curriculum contains aspect of alcohol and substance misuse. Spectrum have produced a booklet called “Young people- A Guide for Parents” the aim is for it to be guide and for parents to have the confidence to discuss alcohol issues with their children.

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  • WF Happy Healthy Holidays

    Published 05/04/22

    What activities are available?

    There are lots of activities on offer including dance and theatre workshops, football, arts and crafts, day trips, animation workshops, sports activities, cooking, food and nutrition activities and much more!

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  • Easter Newsletter

    Published 04/04/22

    Please enter an introduction for your news story here.

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