Parent Information & Support
This page acts as a reference point for information that parents may need to know about Clacton County High School and day-to-day school life for our students. In addition we have included links to external organisations that can help support parents and can provide parenting information.
Links to various information are available below and from the menu on the left of this page.
Parent Pay and Free School Meals
- Every student requires an active ParentPay account, even those entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), as it is used for all payments in school - food technology ingredients, trips, revision guides (in later year groups) etc.
- £2.46 (the FSM amount) is credited to entitled student's meal accounts daily - it does not accrue if not used or the student is absent
(Parents will not see this as a credit on their Parent Pay account - it is held in the catering system).
- Parents can top-up their child's accounts to allow them to purchase additional/more expensive items, above their daily FSM allowance.
- When adding money to the account you must remember to then allocate a proportion of your available credit to the child's 'Dinner Money' pot.
- Daily spends on ParentPay dinner money is capped at a £5 spend per day. Some students who make purchases at break time may not have sufficient daily funds remaining for what they wish to buy at lunchtime. If you wish to increase your child’s daily capped amount please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your child’s name, form and the amount you wish to be available each day.
Please ensure that all items of uniform and PE kit, including ties, blazers, trainers and football boots etc, are named so that it easy to reunite them with their owner.
Lost property is located next to the attendance office (opposite Room D03)
Students should only visit during break, lunch or afterschool to check the lost property.
We always endeavour to reunite students with their lost property but it is the student's responsibility to endeavour to locate lost items themseleves. The school has over 1700 students and it is not always possible to look for the number of lost items that we are informed about everyday.
Support for Parents - Free online Safeguarding Training
Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) have a free online course that helps parents understand what CSE is, recognise the signs, and know what help is available for young people. The course will take approximately 20-30 minutes and we feel it would be time well spent and would urge all parents to have a look.
Follow the link and click on the green "Sign up now, it’s free" box - www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk
Link to our eSafety webpage for parents which contains comprehensive information about helping keep your children safe online
Support for Parents - Dealing with the Challenges of Parenting
There are a number of independant organisations that offer addition support for parents with children of all ages. They offer courses on various topics and their websites containg a host of useful information.
Essex Safeguarding Children Board - www.escb.co.uk
The ESCB website contains a wealth of information for parents and carers.
In addition they have a number of useful 'Lets Talk About......' publications:
Gangs - Information Leaflet
Going Country - 'County Lines' - Information Leaflet on Drug Dealing/Running
Family Lives (formally Parent Line) - www.familylives.org.uk Tel: 0808 800 22 22
Family Lives is a national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We listen, support and never judge. We believe that happy children come from happy families.
‘Extra Support for Families’ - www.extrasupportforfamilies.co.uk
EXTRA is a local organisation which acts as a central agency to co-ordinate the provision of parenting support throughout Tendring. They offer help and support to anyone caring for children in the Tendring district to assist them with the challenges of parenting.
EXTRA’s activities can help you to develop your self confidence and parenting skills. This will help you bring out the best in your child, reduce conflict in the home, improve family relationships and build confidence to cope with future changes. They offer local opportunities for parents to meet, organise one-off workshops and offer a range of parenting programmes.
EXTRA offers local opportunities to gain information, advice and support and meet other parents at one-off workshops, support groups and parenting courses. Courses are for parents/carers of children of all ages including those with additional needs. Activities are free, with refreshments and many have a crèche.
For more information contact EXTRA - Tel: 01255 475001 or email: email@example.com
The Ministry of Parenting - Based in Colchester, this is an exciting, innovative and growing Community Interest Company that works with parents and professionals to develop creative evidence-based solutions to the challenges faced by families in society today. Their website contains a wealth of information for parents to help them deal with the challenges of bringing up their children - 'The Ministry of Parenting' - www.theministryofparenting.com
Essex Travel Training – www.travel-training.co.uk
Travel Training helps people with special educational needs or disabilities travel independently on buses and trains. Their award-winning service has helped over 2,500 students and adults get more from life by giving them the confidence to travel independently.
Autism Anglia – www.autism-anglia.org.uk
Enhancing the lives of people on the autism spectrum across East Anglia. The Autism Advice Service provides support, advice, and guidance to individuals, families, and professionals. The team has extensive knowledge of local services, offering free information and can signpost to other support agencies.
The Maze Group – www.themazegroup.co.uk
• The MAZE is a unique approach, which offers an insight into how children with additional needs experience the world around them. They can help you:
• Understand how your child is affected by his/her additional needs, and why they present in the way they do.
• Unpick challenging behaviours and explore how to replace these with functional skills.
• Explore how to improve emotional well-being and promote self-esteem.
• Understand how to secure good educational provision and access to services for your child.
•Share experiences with other parents of children with additional needs.
Interact – www.interact.org.uk
An innovative, enterprising, local Essex based charity that delivers support where needed most – in the heart of the community. Promoting creativity and empowerment InterAct is dedicated to improving the emotional well-being and opportunities of young people and young adults with disabilities, primarily learning disabilities/difficulties and autism, and individuals, families and communities who experience barriers through disability, challenging mental health, other disadvantage and social difficulties.
Essex Youth Service - Young Carers - youth.essex.gov.uk
Information about children and young people who act as Young Carers for family members.
Including a link to 'Refer a young carer for support'.