Thriftwood School is looking to appoint an exceptional and inspirational Deputy Headteacher, the appointment will commence in September 2018.

Closing date for applications is Midday, Tuesday 15th May 2018 with interviews scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Visits to the School site are available after 1400hrs on Thursday 10th May 2018.

For full details please click HERE

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Please see below for community events advertised in partnership with the School and College:

Adult Learning Courses - ECC January to July 2018

Click here for the info leaflet and here to follow ALC on Facebook.

Ace Lifestyles for children and young people - 5-16 years old

FREE fun programmes for kids and young people to become fitter and healthier! We can offer 'tailor-made' programmes for all age groups. For help and advice - 0800 022 4524 OR

ACL - Maths & English Classes for Parents, Grandparents and Carers

Essex County Council is offering Free handy English classes to parents, grandparents and carers. For further information phone 0345 603 7635 OR FREE courses

Action for Family Carers

Our Young Carers Projects include Respite Clubs, Trips, Family Support Worker, School Link Work, Young Adult Carer Transitional Support (all services are free of charge). For more information please visit the website

All Stars Cricket

All Stars Cricket gives childrent he chance to play, learn great skills and meet new friends! Galleywood Cricket Club, Clark's Field, Chelmsford CM2 8RW.

10.30 - 11.30am - Saturdays (May 12th - June 30th). Contact: - Register by clicking HERE

Autism Friendly Films

Cineworld, Odeon and Vue Cinemas now host Autism Friendly Films:-

If you receive DLA, don't forget to apply for your Cinema Card entitling you to FREE entry for any accompanying adult taking your child to the cinema.


This year Barleylands has lots of events coming up. Click here for more information

Beanstalk - Children's Therapy

To celebrate our 10th birthday we are inviting you to attend on Open Day on Saturday 28th April 10am-1pm. Come along and find out what we do, play games and grab a goodie bag! No need to book, just turn up and bring your children along! Plenty of parking on site. Click HERE for further information.

BOSP - Brighter Opportunities through Support Play

We aim to develop the children and young people's independence, self-esteem and social skills in a supportive environment. For more information on what they offer please click here

Bowling Club

Falcon Bowling and Social Club are offering Taster Sessions every Friday night at 6.30pm and Junior sessions at 4.15pm. For more information see the following link

Centre Algarve - Holiday centre dedicated for people with special needs

For further details click here

Chelmer Village Youth Club

Every Friday evening (term time only) between 7.30-9.30pm for ages 9-14-year-olds. Membership £3.00 - Members £1.00. For more information please call - 01245 478679

Cirdan Trust

Cirdan Sailing Trust provided children life skills about living and working on large vessels. For further information please see the attached below and the following website -

Dance 21

Dance 21 is a dance group for young people with Downs Syndrome aged between 5-16 years old. Further details are attached below. Click HERE for further information

Diddidance - After school dance class

Do you have a son or daughter aged 8 and under who just wants to dance and be part of a group? Look no further. Diddidance run classes just for children with additional needs and we would love to see you!


This organisation can accommodate people of all ages and abilities with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and mental health illnesses. Their website explains in more depth exactly what they do and who they are

Family Forest School - Sunday Afternoons

Abbotts Farm (Essex Wildlife Trust) are holding Sunday Afternoon Sessions for the Family from 5th March. For further details please see attachment below.

Forest School  - Essex Wildlife Trust 

Do your children love to be outdoors?

Let them get outside and be active! Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on rope walks, make woodland craft, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. For more information visit Facebook page - Essex Wildlife Trust - Forest School and Outdoor Learning OR

Galleywood Youth Centre - YMCA

Essex Youth Service is offering a Youth Centre in Galleywood on Thursdays 6.30-9.00pm. For further information email OR 01245 355677

GSTARS - School of Dance & Performing Arts

Every Monday at Chelmsford County Girls High School. Beginners Tap, Contemporary, Commerical/Street, Cheerleading. For further information OR 07900 211137 OR

Girls Football Club - Wildcats

Colchester United Wildcats Girls Football Club are looking for girls who would like to join them - Have Fun, Make Friends, Play Football. Click HERE for more information or see the attached flyer below 

Hamelin Trust

Clubs in Billericay for Essex families caring for young people with disabilities.  Play sessions, Challenge Clubs, Sunday Chill Clubs. Click HERE for information.

Home Fire Safety Visit - Essex Fire

Essex Fire Service recommends that each floor of your home has a working smoke alarm fitted. These should be tested on a weekly basis and batteries replaced if necessary.

We provide smoke alarms completely free of charge. To arrange a free home fire safety visit from one of our technicians contact us now. - 0300 303 0088

Jigsaw Chelmsford - Drama / Singing / Dance

Delivering hun and engaging performing arts classes led by professional tutors since 1995. Held at Moulsham High School on Saturday mornings for 3-18 year olds. Click HERE for more information. 

Lambourne End - Fun Days

Lots of exciting activities are happening here throughout spring. Click HERE for more information. 

Layer Marney Outdoors - Essex Boys & Girls Clubs

We are a provider of challenging activities, events and targeted youth projects, with a team of experienced youth workers, outdoor instructors and sports coaches.

Click HERE OR 01245 264783 OR

Mace Playce - Special Needs Evening

The first Tuesday of every month 4-6pm Mace Playce offer a dedicated special needs session, they will be closed to the general public and only open to children with additional needs and their families. Click HERE for more information

Ride for Helen 2018 - Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

Would you like to take part in the above? There are four circular cycle routes through the Essex countryside from Hatfield Peverel. For more information please see - Ride for Helen OR call 01245 380719.

Shop for Schools Help us win up to £1000 - 1st March - 1st June

Thriftwood have been chosen to take part in the Shop for Schools Scheme this year, where we could win up to £1000. Spend £10 or more in any participating store or eatery at the Meadows, Chelmsford ask for your voting token at the till point, then cast your vote for your chosen school in the collection box in the mall. We really appreciate your vote.

Sky Ropes - Great Notley Country Park

Sky Ropes consists of two courses: a junior low ropes course for younger children, and a double level high ropes course for adults and older children. More details are below, or alternatively, you can book at -

The BIG Xperience - Achieving through Activities

A new Activity Centre based in Basildon that offers a wide range of activities and bespoke courses for young adults with learning difficulties - Click HERE

01268 901516 OR

The Hut Youth Centre

The Hut Youth Centre in Braintree currently offers several nights per week for young people to go along. They do not currently have a specific SEN night but if numbers increase they are more than willing to open up another day.

The Hut Youth Centre, Project Charity, 10 Leather Lane, Braintree, CM7 1UZ

Click HERE for further information.

Variety - The Childrens Society - Great Days Out: Spring and Summer 2018

For information on days out for Spring and Summer please click HERE

Walk for Life - Farleigh Hospice - Sunday 20th May 2018

Join our sponsored Walk fro Life taking in the beautiful Essex countryside whilst raising vital funds for people affected by life-limiting illnesses. We have two different options:-

12km from Paper Mill Lock to Chelmsford

24km from Heybridge to Chelmsford

As the two routes are not circular, coaches will be available to rake you from Chelsmford to the start of your chosen route.

Register online by clicking HERE

Wickford Trampoline Centre

The Wickford Trampoline Centre has been built for people with disabilities and/or special needs in mind. 1a London Road, Wickford SS12 0AW. Open all year round. For further details contact 01268 906269 OR click HERE 

YMCA Essex - Sound Sessions Youth Group

This group offers Young People a chance to learn and practice music in a safe place. The group includes:

  • Band Rehearsal space, DJ Workshops, Chill Out space for socialising, Drum Workshops, Guitar Workshop and Gig Nights.
  • Price: £2
  • Venue: YMCA Essex, Victoria Road, Chelmsford CM1 1NZ
  • Contact No. 01245 355677 OR click HERE
  • Age Group: 11-17 years old

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