• Arbour Vale School, Farnham Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 3AE
  • 01753 515 560
  • office@arbourvaleschool.org

Update: Thursday 26th January – Fully Open 

An update from the Principal regarding the recent heating issues can be found here.

Emergency, Out of Hours number: 07519 130641

Support for parents

GEMS4Health – click here

Offers information and support to parents and carers of children with Autism and ADHD within East Berkshire.

GEMS flyer 2022 -2024 


Positive Behaviour Support Workshops





Special Voices – Parent/Carer Forum for Slough

Special Voices is a group of parents/carers of children and young people with special/additional needs. The main aim of Special Voices is to raise awareness about the rights and needs of children/young people with special needs and to ensure that they and their families are consulted and involved in any decisions made during planning or developing services for them.


Special Voices November newsletter

Click here to visit the Special Voices website.


The Green Doctor 

Groundwork’s Green Doctors help UK residents stay warm, stay well, and save money on household bills. For more information click the links below or contact

Green Doctor Newsletter – November 2022

Green Doctors London for Slough, South Bucks, Maidenhead & Windsor

Or Contact
T: 0300 365 3005


Benefits Eligibility check
Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website


Browns Community Services CIC- The Rebuild Project 

Supporting parents and carers of teenagers/young people who are at risk of exploitation

Referral form


Support Work in Schools

Information about a Skills check ahead of a Level 2 award to run from January to July 2023 click here 


Parenting Special Children

Arbour Vale School is pleased to once again host a Parent/Carer Support Group organised by Parenting Special Children. The group will meet on Monday 17th October, 21st November and 12th December from 9.30-11.30am. Please book with Charlie Taylor (contact details below) and sign in for the sessions at the school reception.

Parenting Special Children has a popular Facebook group, providing a platform for discussion and meeting other parents with similar questions and needs. We encourage our parents to be part of this community and not to suffer in silence. You are not alone. https://www.facebook.com/groups/256486568684381/

They also have a webpage dedicated to supporting you with sleep issues and advice. For resources as well as information about further courses please take a look: http://www.parentingspecialchildren.co.uk/support-we-offer/sleep/

Parenting Special Children also has a Helpline: Call 01189 863 532 for general advice.



Mental Health

This May Help 

Advice for supporting your child’s mental health with links to NHS resources



Sport in Mind

Youth Activities for Mental Wellbeing. Sport and Games activities offered for 10-14year olds at the Singh Sabha Sports Centre in Slough on Thursdays 5-6pm. Click here for more information.


The Autism Group

The Autism Group offers free parent support and social groups, parent training sessions and a home visit service* for residents in the Boroughs of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell. These services are offered to parents of children and young people of any age who either have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition or are on the diagnosis pathway awaiting assessment. Click the link below

The Autism Group

Parent Support Sessions

During term-time The Autism Group offers parent support sessions to share experiences and support each other. These are relaxed and informal sessions to give parents and carers the chance to take a little time for themselves. They will restart in the autumn.

For further details email tricia@theautismgroup.org.uk or call 07423 636339

*They are also able to offer 1:1 support to East Berkshire parents and carers of young people up to the age of 25 who either have a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition or are on the assessment pathway through their TAG@Home service. This is currently operating as a telephone only service.

Their parent training has now gone on-line. Details of the TAG Talks can be found here.

For more information on parent support

Contact The Autism Group on 07423 636 339
Email Tricia at tricia@theautismgroup.org.uk


Slough Children First

Tips for Positive Parenting

Free Things to Do as a Family


Home Start Slough

For more information about the volunteering programme or the support offered by Home Start Slough please click the link below

Home Start Slough

Home Start Slough – September newsletter

Parenting Sessions – 25th October (online) and 8th November (face to face) more information below


Dental Health

Click the links below for information from Slough Healthy Smiles (Health and Wellbeing Slough)

Top Tips for Terrific Teeth

List of Dental Practices in Slough

Autism – Caring for your Child’s Dental Health

Sugar Swaps for Healthy Teeth

Healthy Teeth Smile Chart

Leaflets in other languages

Top Tips for Terrific Teeth (Arabic)

Top Tips for Terrific Teeth (Bengali)

Top Tips for Terrific Teeth (Polish)

Top Tips for Terrific Teeth (Urdu)


Grants for families

Family Fund is a UK-wide charity providing grants for essential items to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children. The Department for Education has provided Family Fund with additional funding to support more families through the pandemic, and families are encouraged to apply for grants for items that can help their child including computers, sensory toys, clothes and family breaks.


Employment Support


Latest News

Sensory Circuit Workshop

On Wednesday 18th January 2023, Arbour Vale Staff hosted a Sensory Circuit workshop for parents led by the Occupational Therapists. Parents had the opportunity to come in and experience a practical session of activities used in sensory circuits to give …

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Christmas Jumper Day

We have been getting into the Christmas spirit at Arbour Vale School this week by wearing our festive jumpers for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. We also enjoyed our Christmas dinners and it has been lovely to celebrate with …

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Parents learn Seesaw

On Monday 14th November 2022, Arbour Vale School hosted a Seesaw workshop for parents and carers. Seesaw is the platform that we use to set home learning for our pupils. This was an interactive session where parents and carers were …

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Seesaw Training Session

Our ICT leader, James Akerman will be running a Seesaw training session for parents and carers on Monday 14th November 9.30 – 10.30am. Seesaw is the platform we use at Arbour Vale School to enable pupils to access remote learning. …

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