DPS Family Workers


The Family Support Team are:

  • Miss Naz Akhteer
  • Mr Shahan Miah

Telephone: 01582 587 160

Email address: familyw@downside-primary.co.uk

The Family workers are here to support Parents and Carers within the school community to enhance and develop their families. We offer a confidential and professional support to parent/carers.

The family workers offer information and advice on a number of issues and can support parents in the following areas:

  • Completing online forms – starting school, transition to high school, Free School Meals (if you are receiving benefits), referral to foodbank.
  • Support with shoes or coat vouchers, and hats and gloves for families who are financially struggling
  • Providing ideas for parents whose children are fussy eaters and also make referral to school nursing to support parents.
  • Advising on healthy packed lunch
  • Supporting parents with their children’s attendance, by having face to face meetings or home visits.

If we are unable to help Parents/Carers we can make sign post to relevant agencies.

We organise a number of Adult Education sessions – please ask us what courses are on offer, if you are interested

If you feel your family may benefit from some friendly help and advice, or you have an issue you are not sure how to tackle, you can contact the family workers on the school telephone number or face to face in the morning or at the end of the day.

Smart Cooking tips for cooking on a budget

Plan you meals and try to stick to it, only buy fresh food items that you will consume before they spoil or go off. Before you go shopping, check your cupboards and fridge: there may be ingredients you could use up first.

Use less meat and bulk up chilli, curries, stews or soups, with canned pulses like kidney beans, butter beans and mixed beans.

Divide your usual portion of meat into two meals and add extra veg to make it stretch further. Seasonal vegetable items are readily available and cost effective.

Beans and pulses (lentils etc) provide a great source of protein and are very high in fibre which in turn aids digestion.

Add grated veg to your mince to make it go further – they are perfect flavour carriers as well as adding sweetness. Why not try carrot, courgette, marrow or even butternut squash.

Switch fresh fish for canned or frozen fish. Many people are worried that fish loses its health benefits when frozen, but it actually has the same nutritional value as fresh fish—none of the nutritional value is lost when fish is frozen.

Add pasta, rice or diced potatoes to your soups to make them go further.

Pre portion foods out ,If you buy bulk packs of meat or fish, separate them into portions and freeze the ones you know you won’t use before the use-by date.

Cook in bulk and freeze leftovers in portions once they are completely cold.

Here we have a great selection of smart tasty homemade recipes for you to try. However batch cooking in volume then freezing saves time, money and are quick to reheat as required. We appreciate things are tight at the moment so look through our list of cooking tips to see if you can make your money go further by simple adjustments to our recipes.
Child Vaccination Meeting

Tuesday 10th October  – 1:30pm-3:15pm

Dear Parents

A Parents Engagement Meeting on regarding Childhood Immunisations and the benefits of receiving the Flu Immunisation.

From September 2017, NHS England are offering all children in school years – Reception, 1, 2, 3 & 4, a flu vaccination in the form of a nasal spray.  This will be carried out in school by a team of specially trained immunisation and vaccination nurses that are based in Bedfordshire.

The vaccination programme is designed to protect your child against flu which can be an unpleasant illness and, although rare, can sometimes cause serious complications.  By having the vaccine, children are also less likely to pass the virus onto family and friends.  This will help to protect those who are at greater risk from flu including infants, older people and those with underlying health conditions.

A presentation by the Children’s Immunisation Team and parents had

Quiet reflection or prayers

Children have the opportunity in Years 5 and 6, to go to the Family Room for quiet reflection or prayers, during their lunch hour.

This multi faith opportunity is available for Year 5 children from 1pm onwards and Year 6 children from 1.15pm onwards.

Further details can be obtained from the Family Workers. 

Kit Car


On Saturday 23rd April,’ Team Flash’ of DPS’s Kit Car Club cheered home with two trophies after competing at the Greenpower Goblin Race day event in Stevenage. DPS has been running an after school Kit Car Club for a number of years in which children assemble a battery powered go kart which can then be driven. The Greenpower Trust, which founded this initiative, aims to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people. Not only do the children have lots of fun in building a working go kart and racing it, they also learn and experience many inspiring aspects of STEM (science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).This was DPS’s first time entering into an organised event to compete with other schools in the county under ‘Team Flash’.

Inspired by the superhero ‘The Flash’ who happens to have lightning speed, our speedsters really got involved in the events at the Da Vinci Studio School with their fantastic looking car. The day started with a great turn out of enthusiastic children, parents and school staff. After being scrutinised for safety and meeting Greenpower regulations, the races were on their way. The first event was the drag race which was all about speed in a straight line. Team flash didn’t let their super hero down when they sped to first place in that race. Next up was the slalom, a real test of driving skills in and out of cones. Although our drag champions didn’t win this race, they did however bring more excitement to the event when the flash mobile speedily bolted into the barriers towards the crowd. Everyone was safe, the car was repaired and the crowd applauded the brave and committed driver off the track. Unfortunately the circuit race was cancelled due to the lack of time, so it was straight to the awards.

In addition to winning the trophy for the First Place in the Drag race, Team Flash was also awarded the trophy for the best bodywork. Congratulations to Sacred Heart Primary School who won the overall award which represented the best total score from all the events. “Flashtastic”, was the description for the project by one of the students in team flash.

If you would like to learn more about getting involved and supporting the Kit Car Club, please contact Mr W.Khan or Mr A.Kadir.

Reading Club - Years R, 1 and 2

Every Friday 2:45pm – 3:15pm

If you would like to attend please complete the register at the main office so we can have you child ready for you.

Reading Club - Years 3 and 4

Every Monday 2:45pm-3:15pm

If you would like to attend please complete the register at the main office so we can have you child ready for you.

Adult Learning Courses

Click on the links below to view details of various Adult Learning Courses enrolling soon:-


Childcare – Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Childcare 2017 / 18

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 2017 / 18




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