Parents and families are just as important as the children and staff in our School community. It is vitally important to your child’s learning, development and happiness that we work in partnership together. We want you to feel welcome in school and at our school we have an open approach and are keen to hear how we can help. We would rather know sooner rather than later if you have a problem that needs to be solved. Please come in and talk it through so we can help as quickly as possible. 

Supporting Your child at home...

How many times have you asked your child the question "What have you been doing today?" and got the answer "Nothing" or "Don't Know"? Take a look at this 'Working Together' booklet produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families which is full of fun, practical activities to turn your child into a little chatterbox!

The following links provide ideas of ways that you can support your child at home with his / her learning. They also show you our long term overviews for Maths and English, so that you have a good idea of the sorts of things that are covered in each year group, within these subjects.

Supporting your child with Mathematics

Supporting your child with Literacy



The Friends of the School is a charity fundraising committee run by present and past parents and family of children in the School and some staff. (In other Schools this may be knows as the PTA)

The social and fundraising events organised by the energetic and successful Friends of the School committee continue to provide money to help provide all those little extras that enhance the children's lives in School.

To see the Friends Of The Schools latest newsletter on fundraising, please click HERE.


We are always on the lookout for new ideas and new members.

If you would like to know more about what we do, join the Friends of the School Team or help out with any upcoming events please come along to our next meeting or contact us on


We’re here to help...

At Alford Primary School, we take our pastoral care very seriously.  It is vitally important to your child’s learning, development and happiness that we all work together. We want you to feel welcome in School, therefore we have an open approach and are keen to hear from parents / carers how we can help.

Our Learning Mentor

Karen Hickinbottom is our Learning Mentor.  The Learning Mentor’s role is to support the needs of children who may be facing barriers to their learning, and help them achieve their full potential in School. Karen works with pupils, teachers, parents, carers, families, Schools and other agencies to ensure children and families receive the support they need.

Learning Mentor Karen

She has worked at our School for nine years and is a parent herself. She is here to support the children in receiving the very best of care from School by providing guidance and a listening ear. Karen will be able to help you with any worries you may have about your child, and provide advice if appropriate.
You can contact Karen by popping into school or contacting the school via phone or email.

Our Parent Support Advisor

Support Advisor Jo
Many of you may already know Jo Bowen, our Parent Support Advisor. She provides a confidential service and valuable listening ear. She is available to offer advice and information on parenting issues, such as behaviour management, rewards and consequences and your child's routines.She can also provide links to other services, such as advice on housing and debt.

If you would like to chat to Jo you can contact her directly on 07392 480 073 or speak to your child's class teacher who will be happy to contact her on your behalf. Jo can provide home visits at a time to suit you.

For further details please feel free to contact our Parent Support Adviser or contact the school directly.


The internet can really help make learning fun. Please click HERE to read the latest newsletter that we sent home about e-safety.

You and your child can share activities together but if they are working by themselves online the following sites offer help to keeping you and your child safe:

BBC Webwise Online Safety Course

This site gives advice on not only keeping your child safe, but also gives tips on what adults should be doing for themselves too:

Think U Know - Parents and Carers

Produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Their site offers really good advice on keeping your Child safe online:

DirectGov Internet Safety

  • Offering advice on Cyberbullying, Social Networking, downloading files and online gaming as well as general advice on keeping your Child safe online.
Useful Contacts & Resources

You might be really interested in the following links that Jo Bowen, our Parent Support Advisor has recommended:

School Health Team.
If you have any concerns about your child's health or development then you can contact them on 01790 752374.

Family Learning Service
Provides information about children's issues, childcare and other services.
0800 1951635

Family Services Directory
An online resource for parents / carers to access information, support and advice on parenting issues and childcare. It also offers family events and an activities diary.

Parentline Plus
A free, confidential helpline and online information service for anyone bringing up children.
0808 8002222

A free, confidential service for children for information and advice on a range of topics
0800 1111

Click here for Parliament, Laws and you. Education Service KS2 PDF Guide

Click Here for Jo Bowen's Guide to helping children to manage anger.