Oakhill Primary Academy

  • Doncaster Rd, Ardsley, Barnsley, S71 5ag
  • 01226 284493

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Family Support
By giving our children roots, they can fly.

Paula Edwards is our Learning Mentor and Family Support Worker, working alongside parents/carers, families and children with a variety of support programmes and strategies to help support, empower and engage family members to enable them to reach their full potential. Her role is to provide support in creating strong, stable and loving family networks.

Mrs Edwards also supports children and their families to ensure the family unit is working to its full potential. Working with families and external agencies and services to provide holistic support with life’s challenges and needs including Domestic Violence, Mental Health Services, Alcohol and Substance misuse, sign posting and making wellbeing services readily available.

Early Help Assessments

The Early Help Assessment provides an opportunity for parents/carers to receive structured support from all organisations involved with the family and child; providing a pro-active approach to develop the needs of the family. The EHA is used to assist families who face more challenges, who may have multiple needs and who require targeted support. The process involves a one-to-one meeting with Mrs Edwards to complete a detailed needs analysis form before a Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting is held between all parties to design a support plan, providing additional capacity to address the needs highlighted. One parent who has used the Early Help Assessment for support has praised the approach: "The early help is giving me more motivation. It is giving me a push in the right direction. I have done things I probably wouldn’t have done without the TAFs (groups etc…). I would recommend to accept family support to anyone who is struggling because it has helped me no end, it has pushed me to get up off my backside and do what I needed to do. I am much happier and confident which means the kids have a better life. I am looking forward to working with school as an ambassador and this has encouraged me to carry on improving."
Sibling Support

We all know that having brothers and sisters can be tricky, no more so than for some of our children who live day to day life within the family home with a sibling who may require extra support maybe at home, school or both.

Mrs Edwards and some of our children have fun within a small sibling group, baking, making and lots of giggles. The group gives our children a chance to be themselves whilst enjoying time with other children in the same position as themselves. After all – they deserve it!
Holiday Clubs

During the holidays, Oakhill hold a variety of Holiday Clubs for our children to attend and enjoy.

The clubs are free to attend and feature a variety of activities. Watch out for the next ones…


Slime Club: October half term 2019

Coffee Mornings

On the first Friday in every new half term we hold a coffee morning. This is a chance for parents/carers to come into school, have a coffee (or tea) a chat and to discuss any new ideas or issues that may have arisen. Mrs Edwards runs the coffee morning and occasionally asks special guests to make an appearance, from public health nurses to Mental Health specialists. Guests can come and have an informal chat about how they can support our families. Our parent governor also attends to talk about any ideas you would like to share.

Youth Club

The local YMCA group run a Youth Club in our on-site house ‘The Old Caretakers House’ this runs weekly on a Monday evening 6:00-8:00pm.

This is a chance for our young people to get together in a safe environment.

The Youth Club offers a wide range of activities, a chill out zone, games, arts and crafts and many more things.
Cookery Club

Mrs Edwards runs our cookery club as an after school club Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm this is an opportunity for our children to gain valuable cookery, kitchen and life skills, after all, we make a mess, we clean it up! The children even do their own washing up and mopping - WITH NO SIGN OF A DISH WASHER!! Our children different skills and how to turn basic ingredients into yummy dishes to share with all the family. They even learn about the nutrition of the food that we eat.

Within the Cookery Club parents get the chance to come and try the food that their children prepare and cook, an invitation will be sent out for the grown-ups to join us on the last session. BUT WE PROMISE WE WON’T MAKE THEM WASH UP!