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Information for Parents

Please find information for parents and carers of TCES pupils below, including our term dates, school uniform guide, and some useful links to support organisations. 

Welcome back to the new academic year 2021/2022. 

Find out the latest information about pupils returning to school including the latest guidance around Covid-19:

Welcome letter and key information.

Term Dates and schools calendar

TCES term dates for academic year 2021/22

Term dates are applicable across all TCES schools and services.

Autumn Term 2021/22
  • INSET day: 6 September 2021
  • Pupil induction day: 7 September 2021
  • First half of term: 8 September 2021 to 21 October 2021
  • INSET day: 22 October 2021
  • Half term holiday: 25 October 2021 to 29 October 2021
  • Second half of term: 1 November 2021 to 21 December 2021
  • INSET day: 17 December 2021
  • Christmas holiday: 22 December 2021 to 4 January 2022
spring term 2021/22
  • Pupil induction day: 4 January 2022
  • First half of term: 5 January 2022 to 11 February 2022
  • Half term holiday: 14 February 2022 to 18 February 2022
  • Second half of term: 21 February 2022 to 01 April 2022
  • INSET day: 18 March 2022
  • Easter holiday: 4 April 2022 to 18 April 2022
Summer Term 2021/22
  • INSET day: 19 April 2022
  • Pupil induction day: 20 April 2022
  • First half of term: 21 April 2022 to 26 May 2022
  • INSET day: 27 May 2022
  • Half term holiday: 30 May 2022 to 3 June 2022
  • Second half of term: 6 June 2022 to 21 July 2022
  • INSET day: 22 July 2022

Please note that INSET days on Fridays count as half a day only.

schools calendar

You can download our schools calendar for personal use here.

School Uniform

For any enquiries involving your child’s school uniform, please contact your school administrator.

standard school uniform
  • Black blazer with school badge*
  • School tie (optional)*
  • Dark grey jumper with school badge*
  • White polo shirt with school badge*
  • Black trousers (no jeans/combat trousers/leggings)
  • Plain black school shoes (no trainers)
  • Black socks
  • Plain bag

* – provided by the school

Physical Education (PE) kit
  • Blue T-shirt with school badge*
  • Plain blue or black PE shorts (no logos or stripes)
  • Plain blue or black jogging bottoms (no logos or stripes)
  • Non-marking trainers
    (Please note: these may get dirty or damaged due to the nature of the activities, so we advise no expensive trainers to be worn for PE)

* – provided by the school

Physical Education is a compulsory part of the school timetable. All students are expected to take part in the lessons, in correct sports attire. Exceptions will only be made if the school is informed by a parent/carer that their child is unable to participate.

useful links

Autism Connect

This is an online social network for people with autism and their families. This is the place to meet new people, make friends and find support within the autism community.

ACE Advice and Information Service

If you are the parent or carer of a child at school and you would like to speak to an adviser you can call our free confidential telephone advice line on 0300 0115 142. 

Calls to the ACE advice line usually cost the same as calling a standard landline number – even from a mobile. 0300 numbers are often included in any inclusive call minute packages offered by phone operators. You should check with your own provider to be sure. 

Normal opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Term time only. 

Booklets on education, exclusions and bullying are also available for a small fee.

Child Law Advice 

We operate two limited intensive support telephone lines for complex matters and clarifying questions. One for family and child law calls and one for education law calls.

If you are calling about family or child law the number is 0300 330 5480.

If you are calling about education law, the number is  0300 330 5485.

Visit the website for information on calling costs. 

Family Rights Group Advice Service 

Telephone advice for parents of children who are involved with or need social care services, provided by Family Rights Group.
Call the helpine on 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm) or email office@frg.org.uk for more information.

Family Live – ‘Got a teenager?’ 

Parenting teenagers can be an enjoyable experience with a little bit of preparation and we offer a wealth of information on the different issues you might face.

Gov.uk
Get Safe Online

Information on internet safety.

Hand in Hand Parenting Parenting advice website offering support on a whole range of subjects,  plus online blog and community.

IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) 

This charity offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

Live Chat 

Online Instant Messaging service for parents of teenagers, relationship support and family support, provided by Relate.

Lone Parent Helpline 

The Lone Parent Helpline (0808 801 0323) provides support and advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, moving into work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. Your call is free of charge from any UK landline or mobile. (Available Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm).

Netmums Parent Supporters 

Netmums’ Drop-In Clinic is a dedicated space in our forum where you can ask questions – at any time – to be answered by our team of Parent Supporters (see more about the Netmums Parent Supporters team below).

National Autistic Society – Parent to Parent Service 

Parent to Parent is a UK-wide confidential telephone service (0808 800 4106) providing emotional support to parents and carers of autistic children and adults. The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who offer telephone support from their own homes. The Parent to Parent volunteers are based across the UK, so parents don’t have to share information with someone in their local area. 

You can call at any time, day or night, and leave a message on our 24-hour answer phone. Please be aware that you will not speak to someone immediately as this is not a manned line. If you leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. Alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form.

One Space 

This site is an information site for anyone who is raising children on their own, whether through relationship breakup, illness, bereavement, work commitments or choice. It is run by Single Parent Action Network, a campaigning organisation working to make sure that your stories and your questions about single parenting are an important part of the social and political agenda.

young minds - supporting your child with gender identity issues

There is an increasing recognition that for some people, gender is a spectrum, and that people may express themselves in many different ways, as being at one end or the other, for example male or female, or in the middle (non-binary). For others, where they are on this spectrum may change or fluctuate at different times. People who identify as non-binary may also refer to themselves as ‘gender fluid’, or ‘gender queer’).

If your child is struggling with their gender or thinks they are transgender, here is some advice and information on what you can do and where you can get help.

Support for Parents

Below are the links and contact details for support organisations for parents:

Advisory Centre for Education
AFASIC – Overcoming Speech Impairments
British Dyslexia Association
Contact-a-Family
DIAL UK (Disability Information Advice Line)
Disability Law Service
Down’s Syndrome Association
Down’s Syndrome Reseach Foundation
Epilepsy Action
Foundation for Conductive Education
IASS Network (formerly National Parent Partnership Network)
I CAN
IPSEA
MENCAP
Mermaids
MIND
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
National Autistic Society
National Deaf Children’s Society
Network 81
Parents for Inclusion
Pre-School Learning Alliance
Royal Association for Disability & Rehabilitation (RADAR)
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Royal National Institute for the Deaf
SCOPE
SENSE
Shine (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus)
Special Education Consortium
Supportive Parents
SENDIST Tribunal
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