Family Liaison and PTA blog. 21 January 2022

This week I have started contacting parents of our new starters and look forward to completing these over the next week. This is really an opportunity for me to explain a little about my role and see if there are any questions I can answer. I have spoken to a few, answering calls but this is a more proactive way for me to welcome our new families.

I am very anxious to get parental views on what we can offer in the way of workshops, online meetings and anything else you would find helpful. The last 2 years have been a real challenge; I have missed regular face to face contact with families. Please phone or email me if you have any suggestions.



Further detail on this virtual workshop for parents will be shared next week:

It will be held on

Monday 7th February from 10-11.30 There will be a presentation and an opportunity for questions and discussion.


Free Webinar on Wills and Trusts:

I have seen an advert for a free webinar on the “Contact-for families of disabled children” website. It is being run by Contact (Wales) and Irwin Mitchell. This will be on 27th January. If it is of interest, please check their website and ask if this is restricted to families living in Wales. If this subject is important to you, please contact me and I will see if there are other opportunities.



Sense holidays for children with disabilities

The attached information was sent to me via the school mailbox. There are some venues in the North of England. I attach their brochure. From reading, these holidays cost £2500, but they ask for a contribution of £800. There is a means tested grant available if it is of interest. If you would like further information please contact me.

Sense Holidays 2022 brochure web (002)


Scotswood Art and Music Garden.

Smile through Sport free taster session

Percy Hedley Foundation Fundraising Events:

Great North Swim – Take on A Challenge This Summer

The Great North Swim is a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District surroundings. The event offers a family friendly atmosphere, spectacular swimming action and an unbeatable sense of achievement as you step out of the water and cross the finish line.

Take on the challenge and you can swim anywhere from 250m to 10km!

Sign up or read more HERE

Here is a picture of some parents and staff taking part in the 2019 Great North Swim!



Our next meeting will be held next Thursday, 27th January from 10.00-11.00.

Please join via the link below. I know that I speak on behalf of the committee when I say that we appreciate all the support you give, but  we would really value some new faces attending meetings. If you wish to add anything to the agenda please send to me or to the Chair Donna Jones. Contact me if you would like her email address.

Click here to join the meeting

Online Productions:

The PTA has agreed to fund 2 further online productions from Theatre Online. We had some lovely feedback from students who have seen the other 3 we funded.

The first is:

‘How Are You?’ – A Wellbeing Production Exploring the Theme of Mental Health

This has been agreed by teacher/s and the wellbeing team as being suitable for many of our classes to support Children’s Mental Health Week 7th-13th February although the production will be available to classes for the month of February.

The second is a summer production of

‘The Wind in The Willows’ 

This one will be available throughout the month of June

PTA Facebook page


Have a good weekend

My contact details are:

Eileen Robinson

Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260


Family Liaison and PTA information 14th January 2022

The weather may be colder, but this week seeing the installation of our fully accessible roundabout made me smile. It will be a wonderful addition to our outside play area and I hope the children enjoy using it. As I was showing a visitor around staff told me how much the children welcomed this rather expensive, but oh so worth it play equipment. There are pictures on our social media and on the school blog.

New/recent starters:

Is your child new to school? Would you like me to call to introduce myself to you, tell you a little about my role in school and give you the chance to pick my brains and see if there is anything I can offer? If so, please get in touch. My contact details are at the end of the page.

Workshops for parents/carers. 

Prior to the pandemic, we were able to welcome parents/families into school for coffee mornings, class events and workshops. Clearly, things have not moved forward as we would have hoped. Could you please get in touch with me if you feel there is anything with which we could help? Our students are at the heart of what we do at PHS, and involving parents/carers as part of the team around the child is so important. After all, they spend more time with you. Did you attend any workshops here or elsewhere and if so which ones were most helpful?

DLA/PIP and Preparation for Adulthood

I have lots of information on these topics. I have held Teams meetings, had telephone and/or email contact with a number of families. Feedback has been positive. Would a group session help? I can organise these if there is a good level of interest. If not, I can offer 1:1 support.


Contact NE and North Cumbria Family Support Pilot – further funding until March 2022

I’ve been asked to share information with you as follows:

Shona Chambers is a Senior Parent Adviser with Contact – based in the North East Region. She is a trained Sleep Practitioner, hold a PGCERT in Positive Behavioural Support , Makaton Regional Tutor, Toileting Trained /Adviser, and with lots more other relevant training.  She has been a Parent Adviser for several years with lots of personal and professional experience to draw upon.

She got in touch to let us know that Contact has secured more funding for a new phase of Family Support for the North East and North Cumbria.  As part of the work they can offer 1;1 Listening Ear Call Backs at a time that is convenient for you and also  places on their extremely popular ‘Understanding Sensory Processing’ Workshops.

I have added the links below to the Workshops – which must be pre booked via Eventbrite – just follow the links

Tuesday 4th February 10:00-12:00: 

Friday 11th March 10:00-12:00:

Tuesday 29th March: Webinar 10:00-12:00:

You can contact Shona on the email below but she has asked that you let her know that I put you in touch with her. There are some other opportunities for parents/carers of those who attend Great North Children’s’ Hospital on “Encouraging positive behaviour” and “Managing your child’s sleep”.

Shona Chambers –

Some other information one of our Leadership team asked me to share; it may be of interest to some of you:

5 week Nurturing children with ADHD programme

5 week programme for parents/professionals is £49.99

The Nurturing ADHD Programme


Out of My Mind” – Help find the lead actor for the movie version!

The book Out of My Mind is being turned into a movie and the producers are looking for someone who’s right for the lead role of Melody, a young female, aged 11-14, who has cerebral palsy.

The movie is being produced by people who have made some wonderful movies and given them heart, elegance, and insight. You will certainly know some of them.

Are you interested?

Send a recent photo(s) along with your name, age and contact information to Paul Schnee: and Rachel Goldman:

Dreams Come True:

This charity supports children aged 5-18 with severe or life limiting conditions to fulfil a wish. It is for children living in the most deprived areas of the UK, so it really depends on your home postcode. Referrals can only be made by professionals; they do not accept them from parents/carers.

To be eligible your child must be in receipt of medium or high rate care component of DLA with diagnosis of Autism or high rate with Cerebral Palsy. For PIP this would be the enhanced rate care component.

The funding covers a wide range of things, although equipment which should be funded through the NHS/Local Authority is not included. In addition, if you have received funding from another “wish” charity, it is less likely to be successful. I attach their catalogue. If you think this may benefit you please get in touch. I can do the postcode check and discuss with your child’s class team.

DP_AM36 Dreams Inspiration

Walk The Wall – February Challenge

Calling all dog walkers, runners, hikers and coffee strollers…

❄️ Get outside this winter

🚶🏽 Walk, run, wheel or hike the length of Hadrian’s Wall – 84 miles, throughout February

📍 A challenge you can do from home

👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 As a personal goal or with friends & family

Sign up to Walk The Wall for Percy Hedley and share pictures of your challenge with us. Sign up to take part in Walk The Wall HERE

The Poverty Commission.

I have been asked to share the flyer below with our families.

Your voice matters in the fight against poverty. The Poverty Truth Commission has
been set up to listen to your experiences of financial hardship and to develop actions to
help others in our region.

PTC Community Recruitment Flyer 2.0 (1)

PTA News

PTA Meeting: We are holding our next meeting via Teams on Thursday 27th January from 10.00-11.00. We would love to see you there.

Click here to join the meeting

Have you joined or is it on your “to do” list? The link is below:

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22


If you haven’t done so, have a look on the PTA section of the website. All parents/carers and staff are members by default. If you’re not ready or able to take on a committee role we would welcome as many as possible to attend the AGM and see what we do. I will send links in the next few weeks. It will be held on Thursday 10th March

PTA Facebook group

Join here


Best wishes

Eileen Robinson

Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260

Family Liaison and PTA 7 January 2022

Happy New year to all; and I would like especially to extend a welcome to the families of the new students who joined us this week, or are starting imminently. Some have already had blips with transport with places being confirmed as everyone was heading off for the Christmas break. To introduce myself to new families, I am the Family Liaison Officer and my role is to offer support, signposting and provide information on non-school related things. I can provide information, some support and signposting for those applying for DLA/PIP.

As COVID continues to affect our ability to meet face to face I would like some suggestions as to how we can meet. Would Teams coffee mornings be of interest? Would you like discussion groups on specific topics? I’d very much appreciate your thoughts.

I am heavily involved with the PTA, as founder member when I held the dual role of parent/staff and was the first Chair. You will find me encouraging families to join us. If I can be of assistance, please contact me. My email address is at the end of this blog.For new families, have a look back over previous blogs where you will be sure to find something of interest.



This is just a “save the date” for a planned online workshops for parents.

Monday 7th February 10:00 – 11:00 presentation then 11:00 – 11:30 questions.

The plan is to record the session, so that people can view it afterwards. I will meet with Maria and Philip, who will deliver the workshop with me in attendance in January to discuss further. I can’t emphasise enough the importance of this session.

Wood Hub cic

For those families with young people approaching 18 years the following may be of interest. I often recommend to families that they look into services in their area. Although I don’t know much about this one, I know there are a few others around the North East.


Smile through Sport. 

Message below from Jenni. Smile through Sport perates in Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside and Durham, offering sport for people who are differently abled. I have heard very positive reports from families. The sessions they offer are inclusive but require children/young people to be escorted and supported throughout the sessions. They are NOT drop off.

Happy New Year, hope you’re well and had a nice festive period.

Smile are ready and raring to go with a number of sport and physical activity sessions for disabled children, young people, adults and their families across the North East. We kick start the year with our first family session this Saturday 8th January at Blyth Sport Centre.

Please see below information and posters about our community sessions, to book visit

Family Sessions

  • 1st Sunday of the month 11am-12.30pm at Sporting Club Cramlington
  • 2nd Saturday of the month 1.30-3pm at Blyth Sports Centre
  • 3rd Sunday of the month 2-3.30pm at Prudhoe Community High School
  • 4th Saturday of the month 1.30-3pm at Jarrow Focus

5-10 years Session

  • Every Tuesday 4-5pm at Eagles Basketball Arena, Newcastle (book through Eagles Community Foundation)

10-19 years Sessions

  • Every Tuesday 5-6pm at Eagles Basketball Arena, Newcastle (book through Eagles Community Foundation)
  • Every Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm at Cramlington Sporting Club
  • Every Thursday 6.30-7.30pm at The Louisa Centre, Stanley

Adult Session

  • Every Wednesday 10.30-11.30am at The Parks Sport Centre, North Shields

We are also available to deliver sport and physical activity sessions to organisations such as schools, colleges, day centres, day services and more, please get in touch to book in.

We look forward to a healthy and positive year.



Jenni Wade-Rudin

Sport and Activity Manager 

SMILE Through Sport

16C Moorland Way

Nelson Industrial Estate


NE23 1WE

Office: 01670 457 757

Mobile: 07710 891 741

New Superworm Trail at Hamsterley Forest 

From the creators of The Gruffalo, the hugely popular children’s picture book Superworm returns to Hamsterley Forest in January 2022 with a brand-new family activity trail.

Launching on 5 January 2022, the new Superworm trails follow the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, which aired on BBC One on Christmas Day.

 In the latest exciting partnership between Forestry England and Magic Light Pictures, the Superworm trail showcases the unsung heroes of the forest.

Based on the children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the trail highlights the small but mighty creatures in the Superworm story, such as toad, beetle and Wizard Lizard, and shows their amazing abilities as they make their home in the forest.

The Superworm activity trail can be found at 26 of the nation’s forests across England and with lots of fun activities to complete, the new self-led trail will encourage children to become superheroes of the forest themselves.

Special Superworm trail packs are available to buy from the visitor centre for £3.50 with additional activities, including stickers, a superhero mask, creature fact cards, at-home activity sheet, pencil and crayon.

Titanic in Lego

One of our Post 16 students James is a massive fan of transport, especially the Titanic and of Lego. Here is his latest creation. I’m reliably informed the dining room table was out of action throughout construction! A neighbour helped.



Mini and Junior Great North Run – Represent Team Percy Hedley

Take on the challenge of the Junior or Mini Great North Run this year and proudly represent The Percy Hedley Foundation. Sign up here

Great North Run spaces go on sale on Monday 10th January, so check out the different races and routes around Newcastle quayside here.


Just a reminder that the AGM will take place on Thursday 10th March 2022 , details to follow. In the meantime, I thought, especially for our new families that I would provide a little information on our PTA. Full details are on the school website under the heading “parents and families”; select PTA from the dropdown menu.

The PTA was set up in 2013 and supports school, enhancing the school experience for students by funding non curricular/educational items. In the past year we funded resources for Winter Wonderland, 3 online pantomimes, a Circus skills day, picnic benches, funfair rides for the Autumn fayre, resources for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. We also fund annual school memberships for The National Trust, Tim Lamb Centre and pay annual membership of Parentkind, the organisation which keeps the PTA operating legally. We arranged in school events including Circus skills, Magic Show and African Drumming. We depend on the support of families and appreciate all you do to help.

Our committee is:
Chair: Donna Jones (parent)

Vice Chair: Sarah Warwick (parent)

Treasurer: Ros Holden (parent)

Secretary: Chris Fewster (parent)

Family Liaison: Eileen Robinson (school, role specific appointment to assist with logistics) (staff)

Media and Events: Jo Thomas (staff)

School (Teacher) and Council link: Claire Hayden (staff)


Fund-raising: Maria Hallett

School Council: The Chair of Student Council.

We are usually joined at meetings by John Steward, Head Teacher and Kate Cordwell Smith, parent governor.

We hold our PTA meetings virtually at the moment but hope to return to face to face when allowed. These are half termly. As we approach the AGM it would be great to have more parents/carers involved. Meetings normally last an hour and we plan to offer the virtual option when face to face resumes, allowing those who live a distance from school or do not drive to join. If you are interested in joining the committee, please get in touch with me or with the Chair (email me and I will forward)

PTA Meeting

We have had to delay our PTA Meeting, scheduled for next week until Thursday 27th January at 10.00. Full details and time will be included in next weeks blog. Save the date if you can; we would love to see you.

True Colours Theatre Group. 

Unfortunately, due to the numbers of people affected by COVID at present, we have postponed the 2 day whole school workshops which were due next week. We will advise when they are rescheduled.

PTA 100 Club.

We run a 100 club each year, with 50% of takings coming to the PTA and the other 50% given out in prizes. Although the draws are monthly, we draw them twice and the first 7 draws will be done during the AGM. The form to join is below. For those who have already subscribed, thank you. You are still in and don’t need to join again.

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22

PTA Facebook page.

This is a closed group for parents,carers, students over the age of 13 and staff.  We sometimes share images of students who do not want them shared widely so please do not share any of these.Join HERE

If there is anything you’d like to discuss/raise please contact me.

Best wishes,

Eileen Robinson

Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811.

Family Liaison and PTA updates. 17 December 2021

I would like to start by wishing all of our families a Merry Christmas and Happy 2022. It was a great start to the academic year seeing the vast majority of students back, and the buzz that goes along with it. However, the end of term has seen some disruption and we really hope that 2022 is a better one.

I invite parents/carers to continue sharing photographs of your holiday activities on our PTA Facebook page. I also ask that parents do not screenshot/share images of students which are on the Facebook page; we have permission to share some within the group but not publicly. In addition, share anything you feel would be of interest to other families. I will continue to share anything I find over the holidays.

Remember that school re-opens to students on Tuesday 4th January as Monday is a Bank holiday.. Now put that on your calendar so that you aren’t panicking at the last minute




This is just a “save the date” for a planned online workshops for parents.

Monday 7th February 10:00 – 11:00 presentation then 11:00 – 11:30 questions.

The plan is to record the session, so that people can view it afterwards. I will meet with Maria and Philip, who will deliver the workshop with me in attendance in January to discuss further. I can’t emphasise enough the importance of this session.

DLA and PIP:

I have helped a few families with the PIP forms recently. At or around their 16th birthday DLA applicants are “invited” to apply for PIP. Please don’t ignore this invite, or your child’s DLA will cease. My advice to parents/carers is to prepare early. I have lots of information so please get in touch if this is imminent. I also have some new information on DLA.

As a parent to an adult who claims PIP, I know how I felt completing these forms. They ask about “how your disability affects you”, so the key is that they need to know about challenges and not what your young person can do. It goes against pretty much everything we do to celebrate our young people’s achievements but sticking to what they need to know is key. I am happy to talk to parents. If you feel an online discussion with other parents would help, please let me know and I will arrange it.

Contact-for families with disabled children

are offering a free 12 week course “Healthy Parent Carers Programme, starting on 7th January 2022. See details below. You can sign up via Eventbrite


Go North East Santa bus is back

Please see link below for details:

Trainmaster; Tyne and Wear

Great Parkway, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 9, United Kingdom

Have an event on Saturday 18th December between 13.15-15.30. You can find full details on their Facebook page where they have created an event. They suggest that anyone with additional needs contacts them. Tickets are £7 per child with 1 free escorting adult and a sibling discount is available.

Winter Wonderland at Newcastle Racecourse.

This has extended opening hours over the Christmas holidays. I spoke with a knowledgeable family member  who has been about access and here is what she said:

“Challenging for wheelchairs as it is very muddy. It is very busy and queues are long. There are rides for younger children and  small rollercoaster but they are not wheelchair accessible. However, it may be suitable for some!”

They offer a discount to disabled adults/children and their carer of £2.50 per disabled adult/child & carer, when paying on arrival with, the relevant identification. Failure to provide this will result in full admission fee. There is disabled parking but is very limited.


Sunderland Ice Rink.

🙏 Enjoy the rink together in a more relaxed atmosphere with NO music & NO flashing lights
⛸ We have skating aids for hire at the rink
⛸ A team of staff who are there to support whatever you need
🚨 Don’t forget that we have another session which will be inclusive for children with special needs on 19/12/21




Aladdin: The online Pantomime has been watched by some classes this week and I was pleased that, as other events had to be postponed/cancelled that we had something to offer. I had some lovely feedback from a KS4 Class as follows:

I really enjoyed it  my favourite part was the washing machines

It was really good and I liked it my favourite part was all of it

I really enjoyed it, it was really fun my favourite part was the songs and the genie rap!

It was the best video I watched since the beginning of my life!

it was very good, different from the original story my favourite part was when Aladdin got

kissed by Jasmine.

MY FAVOURITE PART WAS THE JOKES, it had the best story line

The Panto was funny throughout except for Aladdin being trapped

Another said it was good.

It was very enthusiastic and the staff even joined in with the singing, dancing and clapping 😊

True Colours theatre group:

The 2 day in school event has been postponed until January. This will be funded by the PTA.

PTA Meeting: 

our next PTA meeting will be on Thursday 13th January 2022 from 13.30-14.30

Link to join was sent last week and will do so again on return to school.


Thanks to everyone who bought tickets for the raffle. We raised £222! Isn’t that amazing?

Winners are:

  1. Trish Marr. £100 photo shoot voucher
  2. Lewis Youngman. Hamper
  3. Amelie Holden Wine and gift bag
  4. Kelly Ford Wallet and chocolates
  5. Michael Curtis Wine and gift bag
  6. Chris Taylor Wine and gift bag
  7. Sid Cuthbertson Chocolates and candles
  8. Suzie Lockey Christmas wreath
  9. Jackie Martin Christmas wreath

PTA 100 club

We have almost reached the half-way mark, with a few more promises to join. The link is below

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22

All that remains is for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks to everyone who supports us; it is greatly appreciated and definitely benefits the students.

My contact details are:




Family Liaison and PTA updates 3 December 2021

As we approach the final 2 weeks of this term there are lots of things happening in school which will be shared with you in John’s blog. I hope to see more parents/carers, COVID permitting at one of these events.

If you have information you feel would be useful to other families, please forward to me for inclusion in the blog.


Local Offer.

All local authorities are required to have a LOcal Offer. Newcastle City Council’s has had a fresh new look:

Newcastle’s Local Offer gets a refresh | Newcastle City Council

Family Fund

Being a carer means you may be entitled to additional benefits, grants or other financial help. We’ve created a free e-learning course to help you learn more about what could be entitled to.😊
Find our e-learning course here:

Morrison’s It’s good to grow

Imagine my surprise when I received the final notification of tokens collected, believing it to be around 750 and finding out it was 2286. Hannah, our outdoor learning Tutor has sent me a wish list and I have submitted the order which will be delivered between January and March! So, we will have an insect hotel, kneeling pads, child’s hand trowels, butterfly attracting annuals, herbs and flower pots. Thanks to everyone who supported; it really does make a difference.


Disability cricket hubs launching next week across the region.
Great chance to make friends and experience a new sport.
Click the link for more info;

Thanks to Heather Crozier for sharing

12 Days of Giving

Help us this Christmas by nominating Percy Hedley for the Ecclesiastical’s 12 Days of Giving.

If we get chosen, we can get a £1000 donation to enhance the lives of disabled children, young people and adults in our region!

All you need to do is search our name or charity number 515943 on the link below to give us a chance ↴


We will hold our next meeting via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 13th January 2022 at 13.30. It would be lovely to have some more parents join; more hands make light work, or so they say. As well as discussing PTA business, we are regularly joined by our Parent Governor and Head Teacher. We are happy for the PTA to be used to further enhance home/school communication but would ask that you let the Chair (Donna Jones) know in advance if there is anything specific you wish added to the agenda.

The committee is mindful of the restrictions which have been part of school life for almost 2 years now and has gone above and beyond to provide financial support for  in-school activities. We have also funded outdoor benches and resources for MOVEing to Winter Wonderland. We will provide funds too for students who are baking for the outdoor Carols planned for the day before school breaks up and for the refreshments.

100 Club

Have you joined? If so, thank you, especially those who have taken more than 1 number and got friends and family involved. We are up to 43, still some way to go. Funds raised from the 100 Club specifically fund our annual memberships which cost around £265 per annum. There is a form below, and I have paper copies on request. Payment can be done by BACS; contact me if you prefer to do it this way

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22

Online Pantomime: Aladdin

We have funded 2 previous online Pantomimes from Theatre Online and had some good feedback. We agree to fund their latest production Aladdin which will be watched in school this month.


As always, if you wish to get in contact my details are:
Eileen Robinson

Family Liaison officer




Family Liaison updates 26 November 2021

Just 3 weeks to go until the end of what is a long term. A month from now Christmas Day will have passed. At school, plans are in hand to ensure our students enjoy the run up to the big day in school.

My Family Liaison role is:

To act as a point of contact for families within our school community in need of support, advice and information.

To help identify, and address the needs of those families and implement means of support through workshops, school communications etc.

Pre COVID, I regularly met parents/carers visiting school. Until we return to this please remember that I am here to support and be a means of communicating with school. This is enhanced through my links with the PTA, and the involvement of our Parent Governor in meetings.

Information and links:

Disability Living Allowance

Here is a useful guide to completing this form from Contact-for families with disabled children. They held a Q&A session on claiming higher rate mobility today, Friday 26th and I attach some detail

Christmas Jumper Day 🎄

That’s right its nearly Christmas and next week we are celebrating with Christmas Jumper Day!

The whole Foundation will be taking part and we will share our pictures across all our social channels showing all the fun we are having! 🎅

Why not get your friends, family or work colleagues involved as well and have a fun Friday and help us make this the biggest Christmas Jumper Day Ever!

We will also be collecting donations from those who are taking part and would like to. If you would like to donate a little to support The Foundation you can through Facebook HERE 

Special Olympics Sunderland

Did you know that Special Olympics are the largest provider of year round sports training and competition programme for ALL people with learning disabilities?

Special Olympics Sunderland is a self-funding, volunteer lead organisation, founded on the belief that all people with learning disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from sport. Want to know more? Contact Tom or Stephen on:

To learn more visit their website at

I have a flyer if you would like it sent to you.


What’s coming up.

Winter Wonderland, which was really popular last year returns  on the7th and 8th December under the direction of the MOVE Physiotherapists. This will be a whole school event, adjusted to meet the needs of all. The majority of props will be funded by the PTA, meaning we have them for years to come. As a PTA we want to be cost effective too and provide for the future.

True Colours Theatre Group will be in school on the 14th and 15th working with all classes. This has been funded by the PTA.

Carols round the Christmas Tree. We hope to invite parents/carers in on Thursday 17th December to share some music and refreshments. I should clarify that, under COVID-19 restrictions this will be outside. Refreshments will be funded by the PTA.

All the above are subject to change whilst we safely manage COVID in school.


As always, I welcome contact with parents/carers and invite you to email or phone if there is any support I may be able to provide. My contact details are:

Eileen Robinson; Family Liaison Officer

Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260





Family Liaison weekly updates 191121


Another week over and there has been lots going on in school. We continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The PTA asked for your suggestions on activities; we continue to take advice from our local Public Health team and will update you as soon as we are in a position to do so.

Today we celebrated and supported Children in Need in school. There was lots going on and plenty of cakes on offer. Thanks to those who have already donated. We set up a justgiving page for those who wish to donate online and the link is:

I was again asked to provide a tour of school by Fund-raising for Anna Foster, BBC presenter who is co-hosting the PHF Winter Ball. Thanks to Jayne Humphries, Beth Edwards, Rebecca Meredith, Helen Jackson and teams for welcoming her. Here is a photo of Nat Walker with Anna


MERU: A switch toy adaptation service is offering to adapt battery operated toys to work with your child’s switch. This is available free of charge until 3rd December for a maximum of 3 toys. their contact details are as follows:


1 Metcalfe Avenue Carshalton SM5 4AW

Switchboard:   +44 (0) 1372 725 203



Ainsley Harriott 

I was delighted to donate recipes as part of a project which aims to help students with learning disabilities cook fresh, healthy, delicious meals.
The recipes from my Mediterranean Cookbook include simple instructions and Widgit Symbols to help people of all ages easily follow them.
The project also includes delicious recipes from Tom Kerridge
The symbol-supported recipes are available to download from:
Thanks to Claire Watson for sharing.
Beacon Films
Film Academy Productions
  • Are you 16-19?

  • Do you love watching or making films?

  • Would you like the chance to shoot and star in your own film?

  • If the answer to these questions is YES then click here to apply for our BFI Film Academy!

Thanks to Heather Crozier for sharing. She says:
Beacon Films are about to run their Film Academy again and have organised some Taster sessions in advance of it.
Info in the link below but it is open to young people age 16-19 with additional needs.
On a personal level this was the absolute highlight of our lockdown earlier this year. They are an absolutely fantastic inclusive organisation.

PTA news:

The PTA organised a Magic Show, which was held in school this week. We managed this under tight COVID secure conditions, adapting so that the show could go on. There is a video on Facebook but here are a few photos of some classes. I’ll share some more next week as the media team attended and took some too. Our thanks to Chris Fewster, who arranged it and to Tracy Class who made the children (well most of them) smile.


Winter Wonderland.

Those who were here last year will remember how much enjoyment the children got from wonderland. The PTA purchased items last year which will be used again and has agreed funding for new items to fit in with this year’s theme. We like you to know how we use funds to support the fun side of school.

PTA 100 Club

41 numbers have now been taken. This is still well short of last year and of our target for this year of 100 numbers. The form is below and I can send paper forms on request.

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22

A plea from me. 

We have a fantastic, small group of parents who do a lot to support the PTA, your committee. Some have full time jobs as well and offer different types of support. For us to be a real success we need more parents involved. So, if you have some spare time and talents or connections which will expand the PTA please get in touch. Our PTA meetings are another way for you to communicate with school and are currently running virtually. We plan to continue to offer this when face to face meetings resume. Soon you will be provided with information about the AGM, with opportunities for more parents to join the committee. I would like to take this opportunity to thank families who have made donations to the PTA, either funds or vouchers. We are extremely grateful for your generosity. This term alone, we received £720 in such donations.

PTA Facebook page.

The link to join the PTA page is below:

Click Here

Eileen Robinson

Family Liaison Officer.



Family Liaison blog 12 November 2021

Plans are being made for December in school and I look forward to sharing them with you once they are confirmed.

I am increasingly being invited by school staff to liaise with (yes that’s my job) and offer support and advice to families. For me, this is the most rewarding part of my role and I welcome each opportunity to make a difference to families. If there is something you feel I can do to help, please get in touch. If you think you can contribute to these blogs, with tips for other parents, please pass it on. As a parent of a former student here I know the value of sharing information and parent expertise.

Parent Governor vacancy.

Letters were sent home this week and were shared with parents/carers by text/email. Just in case you missed it the links are below:

Parent Governor letter. November 2021

Parent Governor Nomination form (002)

What do you see when you look at me?

I received the poem below from Tracey Rudd, mum to Toby Horner this week. To say it pulled at my heartstrings is an understatement. I’ve asked that we share it on Percy Hedley Social Media as I honestly feel it contains an important message:


Tyne Tunnel.

If you use this frequently you will be aware that it has changed to barrier free tolls this week. From all accounts this has not been without challenges. Those who use it will be aware that blue badge holders are exempt from toll payments. The link below is for new blue badge exemption accounts:

New Blue Badge Applications

EE Phone Smart

EE have a lovely set of resources for students / parents to help navigate the use of phones in a safe way.

Lots of information and tasks. Students work towards receiving a “Phone smart Licence”, you don’t have to be with EE and it’s FREE!

Please can you let me know if you choose to use it / what you think of it if you are already using it. It would be great to get some feedback

It looks like a lovely resource for home / parents to be aware of.

North Tyneside Activities:

This was shared with us recently and may be of interest. I’m unsure if those outside North Tyneside can avail; but the links and contact details are included.

Please find some information about activities operating out of Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend, these are an exciting opportunity to begin to re-engage with some fun and unique experiences, please share as you wish.

Junior activities at Hadrian

Climbing Wall

Monday 6-7.30pm

Saturday 9.30-11am

8 to 15 years old

More information on the NTC website here


Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm and 7.30-8.30pm

8 to 13 years

More information on the NTC website here

No Limits (8 to 13 years)

Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm

More information on the NTC website here

Brandy Riches

Team Leader

Sport and Leisure

Hadrian Leisure Centre

Tel 0191 643 7962

North Tyneside Council.

Fund raising:

Christmas Jumper Day

This December, Christmas Jumper Day is a very special one. As some of you may know, on the 3rd of December it is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which is something we are keen to celebrate at Percy Hedley, and what better way to celebrate than wearing your favourite Christmas jumper!

We are suggesting a small minimum donation of £2, but if you can afford more, please feel free to donate a larger amount, we are very grateful for all the donations we receive.

We will be using the #PercyHedleyChristmas so if you have any interesting Christmas jumpers which you would like to show off please tag us in on social media!

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone in their festive jumpers!

Make a donation to our Christmas Jumper Day through Facebook here

Christmas Letter

This year we are offering parents, family members, friends, and everyone in between to have the chance to receive a personalised Christmas Letter! We have spoken to the great man himself and he will be personally signing every one!

The letter will include their name, congratulates them on any exciting activities they have been up to during the year, and mention a friend’s name too(hopefully they have been good too!). It is completely up to you.

The Christmas Letter is always a nice surprise for children who are getting excited about Christmas, especially coming all the way from the North Pole!

We are suggesting a donation of £5 or £10 for the Christmas Letter, which will also come with a Naughty or Nice certificate, approved by Santa himself.

Order Your Christmas Letter Here


PTA News

We held our meeting over Microsoft Teams this week and were joined by John, as is often the case. I do feel this enhances communication as there are queries put to the PTA which we can’t always answer. What I can assure you is that when you communicate with us, we listen and pass your comments/issues on to the appropriate person/people.

We have been asked to support the school with the planned Christmas events and the committee will do all we can to support school with the fun side of school.

PTA 100 Club:

Thank you to those who have joined the 100 club. Numbers are slowly creeping up and 37 numbers have now been taken.

If you would like additional forms please let me know.

Form is below:

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22

PTA Facebook page.

Have you joined yet? If not, the link is here: JOIN HERE


My contact details:


Phone: 0191 2161811 x 3260.

Family Liaison weekly update 051121

I hope that you enjoyed half term. We have just 6 weeks until the Christmas holiday.

The Wear it Pink and cake sale for Breast Cancer Now went well, raising £281. Key Stage 4 Speech and Language classes (4CH, 4CT, 4JH and 4JF) took the lead on organising this; well done to all involved.

This week, students from Post 16 who were involved with the National Citizenship Service had an award ceremony at Newcastle racecourse. They looked very smart. What a wonderful achievement for the students and the fantastic Post 16 staff who went above and beyond to support.

This week I met Alfie Joey from BBC Radio Newcastle who is hosting the PHF Winter Ball, and I was asked by Maria Hallett to show him round the school. We dropped in on a few classes; thanks to Terry West, Beth Edwards and to Jayne Humphries. We also looked around the outdoor spaces, play areas, the new outdoor learning space and Post 16 Sensory garden. He was really impressed by all he saw, including the sensory room and the Hydrotherapy Pool. Thanks to Allen Harrison for the demonstration of its unique features. Here’s a photo of Alfie with Nat Walker.

MOVE to Spooks

I am reliably informed that the above was enjoyed by students. there is a lovely walk through video on the foundation and PTA Facebook pages but here are a few photos too.

Morrison’s It’s good to grow scheme. Final Count

Thank you to all who supported; we managed to get 752 tokens and I have asked John and Hannah to look at the brochure and see what they would like us to get.


Family Advice and Support Team.

Please note that this is for Newcastle City Council residents only.

I have been in contact with Shelagh Middleton with the following message:

“We support all Newcastle families who have a child with any additional needs. There are two or three more groups at the schools that we are busy organising and we do 1:1 work too which could be anything from grant applications to help with housing, school meetings, finding activities, referrals to other organisations (benefits, children’s clubs); we’ll consider anything!

If you come across any Newcastle parents needing support/advice just send their details to  and we’ll give them a ring.”

If you need help and would like me to put you in touch with them, just let me know. They are a mine of information. They also hold coffee mornings. I have leaflets which I can forward to you by email.


We are still waiting to confirm school memberships, which the PTA will fund to ensure that students have opportunities to go on trips.

The postponed events from the last academic year are as follows (in case you missed the last blog, or have forgotten):

MOVE and Learning for Life Upper School corridor (Classes BE, AM/AJ, TS, KS, RR, PC & Che) will have a Magic Show on Tuesday 16th November.

KS4 S&L and Post 16 (Classes CT, JH, CHay, JF, LWC/LF, LD, PH and NC) will have African Drumming on Friday 26th November.

The PTA will fund 2 days of activities in school from a theatre group called True Colours. These will be on 14th and 15th December. If you would like information about the group, see the link below;

We will also fund another online Pantomime.

Our next meeting is planned for Tuesday 9th November; 09.30-10.30 via Microsoft Teams. Please join us; we would love to have more parents drop in for all or some of our meetings.

Click here to join the meeting

PTA 100 Club:

Forms for the 100 club are attached. I have sent out paper copies this week. If you have already joined thank you and I apologise in advance if you receive another form.

Link below:

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22

PTA Facebook page.

As promised, I did add some events which were on over half term. Were they useful and did anyone go anywhere others might enjoy? Please use the Facebook page to share photos and suggestions for others. Parents are often the best source of information, particularly about accessibility and we want this page to be the best it can be; with useful information from school and beyond. The link to join is below:

Have a good weekend and get in touch if there is anything you would like included in these updates

Eileen Robinson

My contact details:


Phone: 0191 2161811 x 3260.
























Family Liaison Weekly blog 22 October

Family Liaison:

Well, we have now got to the first break of the academic year. Remember that school reopens to pupils on Tuesday 2nd November. There has been great excitement this week as the MOVE team organised a Spooktacular experience called MOVE to spooks. I am sure there will be photos and videos shared. It is amazing.

We really do have the most incredible family support at Percy Hedley School. The volume of donations for the Harvest festival has been astounding.









I fully expect the support for our Wear it Pink and cake sale for a Breast Cancer Charity organised by the School Council will be just as well supported. It never fails to inspire me when I see the results, and I truly believe it rubs off on your children.

Benefits: I have been contacted this week by 2 parents whose children will turn 16 within the next few months. The changes at 16 are:

If the child cannot manage their own finances a parent/guardian needs to become their appointee. This is sorted out by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP)

If you are claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for them, you will be invited to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This invitation is more than that; if you don’t apply DLA will cease after a specified time. You need to respond within the time allowed.

I advise parents to be prepared early for these changes. Knowing what is coming, having the right information and evidence at the ready saves a lot of anxiety. I have information so if this applies to you, please get in touch after half term.

Morrison’s It’s good to grow scheme. FINAL CALL

Our updated total of tokens is 414. There are just 2 days more to donate, so if you have some to donate please do so now. John Strachan is very pleased that we joined and looks forward to putting the tokens to use. Thank you all for supporting. Thank you so much to those who have supported this scheme.  The link is:


Centre for Life

This reopens 7 days a week as of Saturday 23rd October. Bookings are recommended but some spaces will be kept for walk up visitors. Free Carer ticket is available, but you must bring proof of eligibility. Child ticket is £7.25 age 5-17 years. Under 4’s are free and concession charge is £10.

The Facebook page will be updated if any others come through.

Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter.

You will remember how 3JS led the way with a dog walk minus dogs, yes that’s what they said raising money for our local Cat and Dog Shelter. COVID had a huge impact on them, and they were thrilled to receive a cheque for £1011.49p last week. We were visited by Beth and rescue dog Bobby. I’m rather pleased that I missed them, as we have a pair of rescue Shih Tzu dogs at home. I may not have been able to resist and Alfie and Max are very territorial so it wouldn’t have ended well.

Well done to all the students who took part; here are Francis and Joseph with John handing over the cheque. John has asked me to say that he was overwhelmed by the support from families and school and to express his personal thanks for a cause dear to his heart.

Jigsaw plea.

I wanted to share with you something which really made me smile this week. One of our Post 16 students emailed to ask if anyone had jigsaws they no longer needed as he really enjoys doing them. I put a request on our Facebook page for families. Earlier this week I had a visit from Jayden in Terry West’s class. He had 2 brand new jigsaws he wanted to give to the student. It is heart-warming to see something which appears small; but we know that many of our students struggle with many socially expected behaviours. Sharing, turn taking etc don’t come naturally. Jayden was so proud to be giving a gift which would mean so much to another student. Well done Jayden (and mum) for your generosity. Look at this photo of Jayden with Liam.



We finally sent off the Christmas card orders last week. I’m so sorry that a couple of orders didn’t reach me on time. Unfortunately, the deadline was 15th October and we aren’t able to send in late orders.

I am still waiting on responses from the Tim Lamb Centre and National Trust about school memberships.

The postponed events from the last academic year are as follows:

MOVE and Learning for Life Upper School corridor (Classes BE, AM/AJ, TS, KS, RR, PC & Che) will have a Magic Show on Tuesday 16th November.

KS4 S&L and Post 16 (Classes CT, JH, CHay, JF, LWC/LF, LD, PH and NC) will have African Drumming on Friday 26th November.

The PTA will fund 2 days of activities in school from a theatre group called True Colours. These will be on 14th and 15th December. If you would like information about the group, see the link below;

We will also fund another online Pantomime.

Our next meeting is planned for Tuesday 9th November; 09.30-10.30

PTA 100 Club:

Forms for the 100 club are attached. We now have 28 numbers taken. It’s slow progress but heading in the right direction. I will send out paper forms after half term as some people prefer a hard copy.

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2020-21

PTA Facebook page.

As we approach half term, I use the Facebook page to share social information and invite parents/carers to do so too. The link to join is below:

Join Here

My contact details:


Phone: 0191 2161811 x 3260.