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Parent and Family Support

In order to support your children as best we can, we are committed to working with you and your family. We work closely with many different organisations, so if we don’t have the expertise ourselves we usually know where to find it and can signpost you to appropriate support.


If we think your child may need extra support we will discuss this with you. If you think you or your child needs help or advice of any kind, please let us know. We have a team of people who work with us at school to support our families and children. Some are at school every day, but some only occasionally. There are many parenting courses run across Islington and we can provide you with information of these. Leaflets advertising these and other useful information for families can be found in the main Reception area and in the Children’s Centre (for under 5’s). Sometimes we invite other professionals and organizations to run coffee mornings on particular topics or to introduce their services to parents.


We run frequent parent workshops in school on a range of topics that will help you to learn more about how your children learn and how you can help them at home. We also give information to children and parents on how to keep healthy and safe including e safety, Female Genital Mutilation, Domestic Violence, Gang membership, healthy eating and good dental health.  Workshops are advertised in the school newsletter, on the school website and through the school’s text messaging service.


RoleWhat they doName 
Deputy Head - Inclusion LeaderOrganises the inclusion team and can work with individual children, families and groups who need pastoral careSue Roberts
Assistant Head - 0-5sOrganises and manages the 0-5 provision and curriculum in the Children's Centre and School. Rebecca Brown
Attendance OfficerMonitors children’s attendance and punctuality and supports families with attendance issuesDom Ebassi
Pastoral Manager and DSLIs the designated safeguarding leader and helps keep children and families safe. Monitors children’s attendance and punctuality and supports families with attendance issues. Helps children who need additional support with emotional, social or behavioural needs in school and works with small groups and individual children.Dom Ebassi
Children’s Centre Family Support Team (Under 5’s)

·         Helps families with ideas to support their child’s learning and behaviour,  provides emotional support to help think about solutions to problems, helps think about relationships within the family and

·         signposts familiesto get help with housing, financial problems, childcare

Lisa Gelson Shah Ahmed

Child Psychologist (under 5’s) CAMHSAdvice on parenting and children’s emotional and social development. Works through the Children’s Centre.Nicola Jacyna
Clinical Psychologist/Family Therapy CAMHSHelps children with emotional/behavioural difficultiesSara Guidi
Bright Start Early Childhood CoordinatorCo-ordinates Bright Start Services in South Islington

Ruth Cookson

Behaviour support outreach New River CollegeSupports children with behaviour difficulties/staff with behaviour management Tim Webb
The Bridge Outreach TeamSupports children with Autism and provides advice for staff and parentsSarah Tyce
Samuel Rhodes School Outreach TeamSupports children with moderate learning difficulties or specific literacy difficulties including dyslexia and provides advice for staff/ parentsJane Palmer
Family Health Advisor (Under 5’s)

Provides Integrated Health and Education Reviews for 2 year olds


Advice on health issues and developmental issues for under 5’s

Kathy Defendi

Karen Gasson

School Health AdvisorHelps with health issues 
Educational PsychologistHelps children and with additional needs and consults with families and staffCatherine Chamorro
Children’s Centre Link Speech and Language TherapistHelps children with Speech and Language needs and advices staffNot in post
Speech and Language Therapist (Reception – Y6)Helps children with Speech and Language needs and advices staff

Rec -Y6




Centre 404Voluntary Organisation that offers support and guidance to families of children with Special Educational Needs