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Greater Norwich Opportunities Fair

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find a letter attached from Mrs Wicks for pupils in Holly, Sycamore and Pathways class regarding a trip that has been arranged to go to The Greater Norwich Opportunities Fair on Wednesday 5th October at Norwich City Football Club, Norwich. There is also a form to fill out for those attending.

Feel free to email Mrs Wicks on if you have any further questions regarding the trip.

Kind regards

The Parkside School

Further Education Visits – Norwich and Easton Campuses

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below links for parents of Year 9 – 12 pupils who may want to book a slot to visit City College’s Norwich or Easton campus.  Please can ensure you are looking at Entry Level courses. If you would like to know what Entry Level your child is working at please ask the class teacher. 

Norwich campus:

Easton campus:

These will take place at Norwich campus on Saturday, 8 October, from 9 am – 10 am and at Easton campus on Saturday, 15 October, from 9 am – 10 am.

Slots will be for 20 minutes and during that time staff will give parents/carers and young people a tour of our facilities and talk them through the different course options.

The City College team will still be available to discuss future options during the hours of the main open events too, if students are able to access this. 

Many thanks.

Debbie Wicks

Parkside School

Full-time, Permanent, Teacher required for January 2023

(possibility of additional TLR Responsibility as Head of Creative Arts)

Payscale will be on Teachers Main Pay Scale relevant to successful candidate’s current grade and with an SEN Point.

Required to start 1 January 2023 in this 7-17 age special school for pupils with complex learning needs.  The school currently has 180 pupils on roll.

We are looking for teachers with a clear understanding, or deep interest in working with pupils with a range of complex needs.  The successful candidates will need a Primary skill set ideally, but be able to relate to older pupils or will be willing to learn phonics and early maths pedagogy.

 A calm, child centred, patient disposition is essential.

The Creative Arts TLR would be leading Art, Drama and Music provision across the school. There is no need to be a specialist in these areas but a keen interest and enthusiasm is essential. This role is supported by a music therapist, in house music instructor, art coordinator and close links with the English Lead for drama provision.

We have a happy and caring family ethos, where everyone is respected, and staff and students have high expectations of themselves and others. 

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Mrs Ellis-Gage on 07393 828451 or Mr Habershon on 07796 584661.

Please see the school website and Twitter for an understanding of the school and our work. 

Visits to the school are strongly recommended. Please contact the school Reception on 01603 441126 to arrange these.  A ‘virtual’ tour of our school is available on the school website.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  A full DBS check will be required for the successful candidate and other procedures and checks will be carried out for the successful candidate as laid out in our Safeguarding Children Policy. 

This post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations. 

All applications must be on the correct application form and emailed to   CVs will only be considered ALONGSIDE a completed application form.  

Closing date – Friday 7 October 2022 – 09:00hrs

Interviews will be held on Monday 17 October 2022

Diary dates for 2022 – 2023

Dear Parents and Carers

We should like to advise some diary dates for this academic year:


  • Tuesday, 8 November 2022 : parents’ evening
  • Friday, 18 November 2022 : provisional date for PFA disco
  • Wednesday, 7 December 2022 : Special Schools’ Carol Service, Norwich Cathedral
  • Monday, 12 December 2022 : PFA Christmas shop
  • Wednesday, 14 December 2022 : PFA Christmas Grotto
  • Thursday, 15 December 2022 : Christmas Dinner
  • Friday, 16 December 2022 : Christmas class disco (last day of term)


  • Wednesday, 4 January 2023 : term starts
  • Wednesday, 1 February 2023 : Family Learning Sensory department
  • Tuesday, 7 February 2023 : Family Learning Secondary department
  • Thursday, 9 February 2023 : Family Learning Primary department
  • Friday, 10 February 2023 : last day of term
  • Monday – Friday, 13 – 17 February 2023 : half term
  • Monday, 20 February 2023 : term starts
  • Tuesday, 7 March 2023 : parents’ evening
  • Friday, 31 March 2023 : last day of term


  • Tuesday, 18 April 2023 : term starts
  • Monday, 1 May 2023 : May Day Bank Holiday (school closed)
  • Thursday, 4 May 2023 : Family Learning Sensory department
  • Friday, 12 May 2023 : Family Learning Secondary department and PFA disco
  • Friday, 19 May 2023 : Family Learning Primary department
  • Friday, 23 May 2023 : last day of term
  • Monday – Friday, 29 May – 2 June 2023 : half term
  • Friday, 16 June 2023 : UEA Athletics meet
  • Tuesday, 20 June 2023 : Sports Day
  • Friday, 23 June 2023 : PFA Summer Fete
  • Tuesday, 4 July 2023 : parents’ evening and Sports Day
  • Monday, 10 July 2023 : transition week
  • Tuesday, 11 July 2023 : Sports Day
  • Friday, 21 July 2023 : last day of term.

Due to unforeseen circumstances some dates may have to change but we will endeavour to give parents and carers as much notice as possible.


Parkside School

Bank Holiday – Monday, 19 September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to express the Parkside community’s sadness and condolences to the Royal Family and King Charles III on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 

As you will be aware, the funeral date has been set for Monday September 19th.  This date is a bank holiday and the school will be closed to both staff and pupils for the day, returning on Tuesday September 20th.

The pupils at Parkside will be marking their respect to the Queen within school in different ways planned by their teacher in class.  This will ensure it is at an appropriate level for their understanding.

National times of mourning, such as the period we are in, often have a deep and personal effect on people.  It may be that it brings sadness from personal experiences or leaves you feeling sad or uncertain with these important changes happening in our country’s history.  Please make sure you talk to us if you feel you require any additional support at this difficult time.  We have two excellent parental support workers, Natasha and Vickie, who will be very happy to support you or, of course, you can speak to myself or any other Senior Leader within Parkside. 

Kind regards, 

Carolyn Ellis-Gage

Head Teacher

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