Visitor Guidelines

Thriftwood School & College are asking for the support and understanding of everyone in order to help minimise the risk of COVID-19.

Thriftwood continues to take guidance from Public Health England.  Following our move into Tier 4 we are no longer accepting visitors to either School or College site.

We apologise for not being able to give you our usual warm welcome, but we must take the current situation very seriously and look after the welfare of our pupils and staff.

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

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we do not have up to date information of community events taking place at this current time.

SNAP Specialist Talk Webinars – January and February 2021

Plus SNAP Coronavirus Family Guides

We have a range of new training opportunities coming up this term for both families and professionals. Our webinars all take place using the Zoom app and places can be booked via our Eventbrite page.


Girls on the Autism Spectrum – Wednesday 27th January – 11.00am to 12.30pm and 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Autism Specialist Teacher Kathryn Miller explores how girls on the spectrum may present differently, making it difficult to identify effective strategies to support them. It is suitable for parents, grandparents and carers as well as professionals who would like to learn more about autism in girls, not necessarily just those girls who have a diagnosis.


Autism, Social/Emotional Needs and Me – Wednesday 10th February - 11.00am to 12.30pm and 7.00pm to 8.30pm

SNAP is pleased to welcome back Dean Beadle. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on being autistic, and challenges negative public attitudes. In this session Dean will look at social and emotional needs from an autistic perspective as well as discussing ways to ensure that these needs are better understood and met.

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) – Wednesday 24th February – 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Geoff Evans returns to give his experienced insights into supporting children with a PDA profile.  Geoff will being with an overview of the PDA profile before identifying and discussing behaviours which may be seen as challenging. These will include resistance and avoidance of the demands of everyday life, excessive mood swings, obsessive behaviours and masking their difficulties and appearing very controlling and dominating. Geoff will look at the possible functions of these behaviours before discussing approaches and strategies to support the child and family.

SNAP Eventbrite Booking Page:

SNAP – Coronavirus Family Guide

Back in March 2020 SNAP created a Coronavirus Family Guide, to help families with children who have special needs, to navigate the additional difficulties they found themselves facing due to the pandemic. In light of the current ongoing situation SNAP updated this guide to ensure the information was still helpful and relevant. Please feel free to share these with anyone you feel may benefit from them.

Coronavirus Family Guide - 

At Home Learning and Activity Guide -

If there is anything else we can help with please let us know.

We ask that families who would benefit from SNAP support contact us directly via our helpline on 01277 211300. SNAP supports families who live in Essex and have a child or young person aged 0-25 with any special need or disability (no diagnosis required).

Many thanks

The SNAP Team

SNAP (Special Needs And Parents)

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