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Parents & Carers

The following pages contain information of relevance to parents and carers of students at St Hugh's.

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Parent/Carer Information

At St Hugh’s we work together collaboratively with our parents to ensure the best possible opportunities are accessible and achieved for our students. 

We are also interested in supporting parents in their learning and would be willing to run courses to facilitate this.  If you are interested in any particular course please contact the school office.

Some courses we have run are:

Cygnets Group

This is a 6 week programme primarily aimed at parents of young people with ASC (autistic spectrum condition).  We cover autism and diagnosis, communication, sensory issues, understanding behaviour, and managing behaviour.

These are both informal groups, run by the school learning mentors, where parents are encouraged to share their own experiences and help and support each other.  The feedback from the groups is very positive and has helped families in the past.

Parent Ambassador Programme

This is a 13 week course run by an outside agency called FLUENT that we can signpost you to.  It is designed to increase parent’s confidence and ability to go on and receive further training and/or look for work or change jobs (if you would like to).  It supports in taking positive steps in your life to help you to realise your potential.

Family Coaching

This is coaching programme for families who need support to improve their relationships, their parenting or overall functioning, it is aimed at families in severe breakdown or fairly healthy families who just want to make improvements. 

Parent Coaching

This is coaching programme for anyone wanting to make a change in their life, whether it is in a new career, relationship or health.

If there are any other courses that you are interested in (for example, ICT, English, Maths, First Aid, Relationships Coaching), please contact the School Office.

Parent Nurture Group (not currently available)

This was a 10 week course which focused on helping families get the best out of family life.  It recognised that parenting is perhaps one of the toughest most demanding and challenging jobs there is, with no training, no handbook or rule book, on call 24 hours a day.

In the sessions we followed the guide to promote a trouble free and healthy parent/child relationship.  We covered many topics including, family rules, rewards and penalties, personal power, confidence and the self-esteem of the family, choices and consequences, problem solving and negotiating.  We looked at different strategies for handling behaviours of our children and gave parents a strategy tool box to help manage some of the challenges our children may present.