Parents / Carers Support

Parents / Carers Support


Working in collaboration with parents and carers is crucial at Fordwater. We are always considering ways we can help families engage with each other as well as with the school and are open to any suggestions!

We hold half termly coffee and chat mornings where we provide the biscuits and you provide the chat! This is just for parents and carers and is not led by school staff. 
We also run a comprehensive schedule of workshops on a wide variety of topics from outside speakers, agencies and our own therapists and teachers.

There are many opportunities throughout the year to be part of the school community. We hold Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations; The PTFA organise Christmas, Easter and Sumer fayres; Departments organise a performance for parents and carers at different times of the year and we love a big traditional sports day in the summer term!

Teachers are very good at keeping in contact with families, through home school books, emails and phone calls, as well as face to face appointments and parent’s evening. 
We have an excellent team of therapists and also Gemma our school nurse who are on hand to give advice and listen to any concerns about your child.

The senior management team is always here for parents and carers and would like to help in any way they can. Your child’s happiness and wellbeing is our top priority, and we can only do the best for our pupils with an open and positive partnership between school and home.


West Sussex Parent Carer Forum is a community of parent carers who all have a child (aged 0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Our mission is to offer information, support and training. By sharing our experiences and knowledge, we aim to build your confidence as you navigate your own ‘special needs’ journey.

We believe that every single one of us can make a difference, and that is why we invite you to join us. We will help you to use your experiences in parenting and caring for a child with SEND to participate in shaping the services that we all benefit from. Your input will: 

  • Improve confidence that commissioned services meet the needs of children and young people with SEND
  • Bring a different perspective and challenge others’ thinking
  • Ensure that children and young people with SEND are valued and engaged.

We call this ‘co-production’.

Furthermore, we're here for you during all those tricky times, like when your child starts school, or moves to secondary school. We can also support you during their transition to adulthood and help you to navigate the various challenges that that part of their journey entails. 

To find out more, check out our website at, call us on 01903 726188, or drop us a line at


PACSO create play and social opportunities for children and young people with disabilities and their siblings, and provide respite for parents and carers in Chichester and Arun districts in West Sussex. We welcome children and young people of all ages (0-25) and we do not require a diagnosis. 

We will support every child or young person, no matter how complex or challenging their needs.

For more information, please contact us on 01243 533353 or visit
Registered Charity No. 1148138

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Novio is a collaborative setting to setting network that aims to support 0-25 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities.

Support is provided through staff training and development and by sharing information and advice.
Novio is led by Fordwater and St. Anthony's School and operates within West Sussex Area A.

Novio is working closely with local schools and settings to gain a greater understanding of the special educational needs of 0-25 year olds in the area so that appropriate support can be offered.

The West Sussex SEND IAS Service is able to provide impartial advice and information to parents and carers of children who have special educational needs. 

They can be contacted via Email: or Helpline:
0330 222 8555 - Monday to Friday during office hours.

For further information for services that Novio can assist with please follow the link: