The Ridge Junior School

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Supporting Parents

We feel passionately that to enable our children to reach their optimum potential, we need to work harmoniously as school and parents/carers. We appreciate what a difficult job it is to be a parent and aim to support you as best as possible in order to support your child and their learning experiences during their time with us. 


Parent/Family link worker: Mrs Davina Pepler 

If you feel that you or your family would benefit from some time or support, please contact the school office or your child's class teacher.  

Please find below a range of resources that may find useful; 

  • Supportive Parents - The local Parent Partnership Service in South Gloucestershire. Supportive Parents are an  independent organisation offering a free, confidential and impartial service to any parent who has a concern about their child’s education. Their aim is to provide you with all the information you need to understand the SEN process and improve your child’s education experience. 
  • South Glos Parents and Carers previously Our Voice Matters is a Parent led  group in South Gloucestershire who have children  and young people with additional needs or  a disability. We are helping to improve the services and support available for families in similar situations by working with the Local Authority and NHS South Gloucestershire to ensure Parent Voice is included at all levels of planning. We also run a coffee and cake morning where parents can drop in and support each other. For more info about our group please check out our website.
  • National Autistic Society The leading UK charity for those with autism and their families, providing information, support and other services. The NAS will often run short courses locally and it would be worth enquiring about their programmes. They have a helpline, and also offer services such as befriending.
  • National Autistic Society, South Glos support groups  
  • ADHD Foundation
  • Young Carers - Referral to our young carers service | Carers Support Centre  If you feel that due to circumstances, your child could be classed as a young carer, please use the following documents to make a referral. Please do talk to us as a school if you are unsure of would like to talk this through. Click on these links to find out more Young_Carers_Eligibility_Criteria ,  Young_Carers_Referral_Form  
  • Cerebra You may also like to contact Cerebra, a national charity for families of children with neurodevelopmental conditions (Including autism) which can offer general support and advice. They have some really helpful advice around sleep and anxiety. 
  • ASD info Wales - The website supporting Wales’ National Autism Strategy contains some useful free resources which can support you and your 
  • Autism Education Trust - The AET is a not for profit programme led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism. Established and supported by the Department for Education, the AET promotes and supports partnerships throughout the education system to improve educational access, experience and outcomes for children and young people with autism.
  • Autistica is a charity which funds and campaigns for research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis, and develop evidence-based interventions.  They are keen for families to become part of their research network and you can join online.