School Letters Home 

Meadow High School 

Royal Lane, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB8 3QU
Telephone: (01895) 443310 
Fax: (01895) 420925 

Email: meadow@meadowschool.co.uk 
Website:  www.meadowhighschool
.org

 Headteacher: Mrs Jenny Rigby


Please find below the latest school letters home.  Scroll down to check.    We are working towards making all letters home translatable.   If you would like to read the letter in a different language please use the "Translate" button at the top of this website.


Letter to class AW

17th July 2018

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

On Thursday 19th July 2018 we are planning a class trip to Odds Farm Park. Odds Farm Park has several species of farmyard animals, pets, several parks, tractor rides and an indoor soft play area. We will visit during normal school hours. Pupils should be wearing school uniform, although if it’s a hot day please provide them with a hat, sun cream and a water bottle.

If you are happy for your son/daughter to attend please reply by sending the attached form. If you do not wish for your son/daughter to attend alternative arrangements will be made for at school.

The class will be preparing a picnic for the trip. Optional spending money of up to £5 can be provided for an ice-cream or small gift from the gift shop.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely, 

Miss Willis

Class Teacher 

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REPLY-SLIP:  AW Trip to Odds Farm

please return to Miss Willis

 

Pupil Name:   _______________________

 

I give / do not give permission for my child to attend Odds Farm Park trip.

 

I will / will not be providing the optional spending money.

 

 

Signed …………………………………………

 


Letter to Whole School re End of Year BBQ

10th July 2018

 

End of Term BBQ

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are having our End of Term BBQ lunch next Friday 20th July. Normal dinner costs apply.

Please can you return the slip below indicating which lunch your child would like.Please return to school reception no later than Monday 16th July.

Yours sincerely,

J Rigby

Headteacher

 

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End of Term BBQ – Friday 20th July 2018

 

Name __________________________________   Class ______________

 

Please tick appropriate box

 

School BBQ           o                                     £2.20 enclosed       o 

 

Vegetarian Option o                                     Free school meal   o

 

No BBQ – I will provide my child with a healthy packed lunch     o

 

Signed ___________________________________


Letter to Sixth Form re BBQ

July 2018

Dear Parents / Carers,

Traditionally at the end of the school year, pupils in the Sixth Form have a reward treat. We have decided to have a BBQ this year on Monday 16th July. Each tutor group is providing a particular type of food for everyone in the 6th Form and your child’s form tutor is organising this.

We are kindly asking parents for a voluntary contribution, so that the form tutors can cover the cost of the food. If possible we would like you to donate a minimum of £1.

Students will have lunch first and then have party food in the afternoon. Please could you send your child in with a light packed lunch, money for their school lunch or indicate their choice of free school lunch below.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact me or your child’s form tutor.

Yours Sincerely,

Kate Nolan

Sixth Form Tutor

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Reply slip –  6th Form BBQ - please return to Miss Nolan.

Pupils Name: ­­­­_____________________________ Tutor Group_________

 

(  ) I enclose a voluntary contribution of: £________ (state the amount)

 

(  ) My son/daughter is entitled to a free school meal, please provide one for him/her

     Please specify the sandwich filling below

      

(  ) Egg Mayonnaise                 

(  ) Tuna Mayonnaise               

(  ) Cheese       

           

Parent’s Name: ­­­­_________________________  

           

Parent’s Signature: ­­­­______________________

 

 


Letter to Year 10s

3 July 2018

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Re: Science Museum

To support your son/daughter with their learning in Science, we have arranged an educational visit to the Science Museum on Monday 9th July.

This event will be taking place during the school day, so no additional travel arrangements need to be made. On the day, your child should come to school in full school uniform and bring a healthy packed lunch (no bottles or fizzy drinks please). If they are entitled to a free school meal then one will be provided for them.

If you have any queries please contact me at school.

Kind regards,

 

Mr. Mubarak                              Miss Khan                               Mr. Anstee

Year 10 Form Tutor                Year 10 Form Tutor                Year 10 Form Tutor

 


Letter to Whole School

July 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

Re: Attendance

We are working hard to support the improvement of pupil attendance and reduce the number of pupils who have persistent absence from school. Persistent absence can be a key indicator that a pupil is vulnerable and needs support to enable them to access their educational opportunities. Persistent absence can, in itself, contribute to making the pupil more vulnerable.

It is a parent’s legal duty to ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time to fulfill their full academic potential, but we recognise that from time to time, pupils may experience short-term childhood illnesses, which prevent school attendance. A small minority of pupils may also contract a more severe illness or, because of the nature of their disability, be susceptible to longer or more regular periods of absence. Where this is a known factor, we will work with you and the local authority, along with your child, to ensure their continued education. Where a child’s absence is high and causing concern the schools Welfare Officer and the Assistant Head Teacher for the child’s year group will work with you to resolve issues and find supportive strategies. If there is no improvement following this, a referral will be made to the Participation Team, Early Intervention and Prevention Services.

Please be aware that requests for holidays in term time will no longer be authorised.

If any 6th Form pupils attendance falls below 90% they will at risk of losing their place within the 6th Form and, where appropriate, their benefits may also be affected.

Please refer to our School Attendance Policy which can be viewed on our school web site for further information. Please contact our school reception if you would like a paper copy of the policy or Berni Gamble our School Welfare Officer if you have any queries reading this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Rigby

Head Teacher


Letter to Selected pupils

Monday 2nd July 2018

Dear Parents/ Carers,

A trip has been organised to the Uxbridge Bunker on Thursday 5th July 2018, as part of their studies on the World War and Two, which they are learning about in Humanities. This is a great opportunity for the students to see history being brought to life outside the classroom.

The students will travel to school on normal transport, as we will be leaving at 9.30am and return in in time for lunch.

The students will need to bring a packed lunch with them in a rucksack (a drawstring bag would be best); they can bring bottle drinks, but no fizzy drinks and no glass bottles. If your child is entitled to a free school lunch, please specify below and we will provide one. Students can bring spending money, maximum £5 for which they will be responsible for.

We will travelling on the mini bus, which will be driven by MIDAS (qualified) trained drivers, and first aiders will also accompany us. Please sign the slip below as soon as possible.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours Sincerely,

Miss Bhopal

Lead Practitioner / Humanities teacher

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Re:       Uxbridge Bunker on Thursday 5th July 2018

I acknowledge that my child ………………………………………………………… has an educational trip to the Uxbridge Bunker.

 

[  ] I will provide my child with a packed lunch

[  ] My child is entitled to a free school meal, please provide one for him/her. Please specify the sandwich filling below

                [  ] Egg Mayonnaise            [  ] Tuna Mayonnaise           [  ] Cheese         

 

Parents/Guardian ……………………………………………………..   Date …………………………..

Please return all slips to Miss Bhopal

 


 

Letter to Key Stage 3 Pupils

4th July 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are excited to announce that we will be running a Scout group based at Meadow High School “Meadow 8th Hillingdon”, running every Friday from lunch-time until the end of the school day, starting from September 2018. This will initially be offered to pupils currently in Key Stage 3 (age 11-14), with plans to expand to Explorer Scouts (ages 14-18) later in the year.

We would like to invite you to an Open Afternoon on Monday 9th July at 5:30pm, were we will discuss in more detail the vision we have for the group and how it will support our learners.

Meadow staff will be attending along with Shaun Fox (District Commissioner) and Richard William (County Commissioner) from the Scout Association to answer any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Kind Regards and Best Wishes,

Mr M Rainsbury

Assistant Head Teacher

 


Letter to Whole School

22 June 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are celebrating Arts Meets Science Week next week. We have lots of fun activities planned for pupils relating to links between Arts and Science and pupils will also be able to enter a Poster and Art competition. During Monday lunch break we are having an art talk in the Art room and doing experimental painting outdoors during Tuesday lunch break. During Tuesday and Wednesday break we are drawing animal patterns outside and running a ‘Hoop the Moose’ game. The game will cost 50p for 3 throws and pupils will be able to win a prize. Profits from the game will go to covering the cost of prizes and any additional arts materials needed for the week.

Please encourage your child to think of examples where they can see the Arts mixed with Science outside of school i.e.- Paintings or wild life photography, Technology designed by artists such as phones, iPads, computer graphics, cars etc.., colours in the natural world, sound equipment for music and dance, ecological design projects such as paper straws or leaf plates. We will also be learning about Moose and their habitat this week and making art in response to ‘Purple Moose’ toys, kindly donated by the company ‘We Brand It’, so please help your child research about where they are from, their habitat and what they eat.

We are looking forward to a fun filled week with lots of interesting discussions and exciting activities

If you would like your child to have a go in ‘Hoop the Moose’ please provide them with a small amount of money on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th June.

The Art work produced by the students will also be exhibited in the end of year Arts Exhibition on Thursday 5th of July 5:30pm-6:45pm. If you would like to attend, please reply to the School production letter sent out by Miss Kalia and let us know if you will be attending the exhibition and/or the show. For any queries please email me through the school email address provided.

Thank you for supporting interactive learning in school.

Yours sincerely,

C.Kepinska

Arts Faculty Leader


Letter to 8EB / 8LB

                                                                                                                                                          

Friday 22nd June 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

To support your child with their learning we have arranged a trip to the Beefeater in Uxbridge on 18th July 2018, which will support their learning in PSHCE ‘money matters’ and FNS Maths Money.

We will be leaving school at 11.30am and returning to school at 2:45pm in time for normal transport home. We will be travelling by minibus, which will be driven by MIDAS (qualified) trained drivers, first aiders will also accompany us.

The cost of the trip will be £6.  It is important that we have this money by Friday 6th July.

I hope that your child will be able to take part in this trip, as it is designed to support the learning that takes place in the lesson in a more practical way. Please complete the attached slip and return it as soon as possible. If you have any enquiries please feel free to contact Miss Barratt or Miss Bergin.

Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Yours faithfully,

Miss L Barratt                                     Miss E Bergin

8LB Form Tutor                                  8EB Form Tutor

 

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Re: Trip to The Beefeater, Uxbridge – please return to Miss Barratt or Miss Bergin

I am aware that my child………………………………………………………………………….has a trip to The Beefeater, Uxbridge on the 18th July 2018.

(  ) I enclose payment of £6

Signed (Parent/Carer): ………………………………………………………………..         Date: ………………………………………


 

Letter to Ms Wheelwright's maths group

Dear Parent Carer,

To enhance Maths lessons this term I would like to take the students out on a trip to Uxbridge on Wednesday 11th July 2018. 

We have been learning about addition, subtraction and estimating how much items cost. The students will visit a supermarket (Tesco) and a fast food restaurant (McDonalds) to get first-hand experience and investigate the actual cost of everyday items.

We will travel by minibus and have some lunch while we are out, your son/daughter may bring in some money for lunch or a snack if they would like to eat.  I suggest £10 to cover the cost for a meal.

Please complete the permission slip below and return to me as soon as possible.

Many thanks.

Mrs Wheelwright

 

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REPLY SLIP - Re: Maths Trip: Wednesday 11th July 2018

 

I give permission for my child ……………………………………….…………….…to attend the Maths trip to Tesco and McDonalds.

 

( ) My child will bring spending money on the day to eat in Uxbridge (maximum £10)

( ) I do not wish for my child to attend this trip

 

Signed:  (Parent/Carer): …………………………………………………… Date: ………………

Please return to Mrs Wheelwright


 

Letter to Year 10 and Year 11 pupils

21st June 2018

 

Dear Parent/Guardian

School Leaving Age

I am writing to clarify the legal school leaving age as some parents have asked when their child can leave education.

In 2015 the law changed, with all pupils in England having to remain in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.

Young people can either stay in full time education at a college; an apprenticeship or traineeship; or in part-time education or training if they also spend about 20 hours a week working or volunteering.

If any pupil wishes to continue their education at a college other than the 6th Form here at Meadow, we strongly advise that an appointment be made with Sue Stock who is an Independent Careers Advisor who works with Meadow and who will be able to guide you through the process and offer independent advice. Please let us know and we will be happy to notify her.

I hope this has clarified matters for you!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully

Ms Jane Richards

Assistant Head Teacher

Years 9 - 11



To all pupils in RED HOUSE / RED TEAM

20th June 2018

Dear Parent / Carer,

Re: Sports Day

This year’s annual Sports Day will take place on Thursday 28th June. Children should come into school wearing their PE Kit, there is no need to wear school uniform as the event will last all day. Children will need to wear a T-Shirt in their team colour.

Your child is in the RED team so they should wear either a red T-shirt or a plain white one if they do not have one.

Students will also need extra water bottles (no glass), suncream (should be applied at home) and a cap / sun hat.

kind Regards,

Mr. M Vincent

PE Faculty Leader

 @MeadowPE

 


To al pupils in YELLOW HOUSE / YELLOW TEAM

20th June 2018

Dear Parent / Carer,

Re: Sports Day

This year’s annual Sports Day will take place on Thursday 28th June. Children should come into school wearing their PE Kit, there is no need to wear school uniform as the event will last all day. Children will need to wear a T-Shirt in their team colour.

Your child is in the YELLOW team so they should wear either a yellow T-shirt or a plain white one if they do not have one.

Students will also need extra water bottles (no glass), suncream (should be applied at home) and a cap / sun hat.

Kind regards,

 

Mr. M Vincent

PE Faculty Leader

 @MeadowPE

 


To all pupils in BLUE HOUSE / BLUE TEAM

20th June 2018

Dear Parent / Carer,

Re: Sports Day

This year’s annual Sports Day will take place on Thursday 28th  June. Children should come into school wearing their PE Kit, there is no need to wear school uniform as the event will last all day. Children will need to wear a T-Shirt in their team colour.

Your child is in the BLUE team so they should wear either a blue T-shirt or a plain white one if they do not have one.

Students will also need extra water bottles (no glass), suncream (should be applied at home) and a cap / sun hat.

Kind Regards,

Mr. M Vincent

PE Faculty Leader

 @MeadowPE


Letter to all pupils in GREEN HOUSE / GREEN TEAM

20th June 2018

Dear Parent / Carer,

Re: Sports Day

This year’s annual Sports Day will take place on Thursday 28th June. Children should come into school wearing their PE Kit, there is no need to wear school uniform as the event will last all day. Children will need to wear a T-Shirt in their team colour.

Your child is in the GREEN team so they should wear either a green T-shirt or a plain white one if they do not have one.

Students will also need extra water bottles (no glass), suncream (should be applied at home) and a cap / sun hat.

Kind Regards,

Mr. M Vincent

PE Faculty Leader

 @MeadowPE


   

Letter to selected pupils

20th June 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Dance Workshop Wednesday 11th July 3.15-4.15

Your child ______________________ has been selected to take part in a dance workshop on

site at Meadow High school, with dance teachers from Performing Arts Company Collective 31.

 

They have been chosen to enjoy a professional contemporary dance style workshop as part of a celebration of their achievement for their hard work this year within Dance and Performing Arts.

 

Please can they bring a water bottle and change of clothes with them, on Wednesday after school 3.15-4.15, to allow them to take part


If there are any questions please contact myself.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Miss M Kalia

Dance/Drama Lead

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REPLY SLIP – Dance workshop Collective 31 – please return to Miss Kalia

 

Dance Workshop Wednesday 11th July 3.15-4.15

 

I give permission for my son/daughter to join the dance workshop.

 

         I will collect my son/daughter at 4.15 promptly

Or

                My child is an independent traveler, I am happy for them to make their own way home at
               4.15 and I have signed and returned the permission form to the school office

 

Child name                                                        Class

 

Emergency contact details:                                                                                       

(name)

 

Medication needed during this time

 

 


 

Letter to 10 SK & 10BA

20th June 2018

Dear Parents / Carers,

Woburn Safari Park

To support your child with their learning in PSHCE, we have arranged an educational visit to Woburn Safari Park to assist with their studies on Community. The event will be taking place on Friday 6th July.

 

They will need to be at school for 7.30am for a 7.45am leave. They will require a healthy packed lunch, if your child is eligible for free school meals then one will be provided. We aim to be back to school in time for normal transport. If there are any delays we will contact you on the number you leave below. Please indicate if your child is an independent traveller on the slip below.

 

The voluntary contribution required from parents is £9.00 for the park entry. However, if we do not raise enough money then the trip may be cancelled. You might like to provide your child with a small amount of spending money (maximum £5.00) to spend in the gift shop.

 

Please complete and return the below reply slip as soon as possible. If you have any queries please feel free to contact us.

 

Kind Regards,

Miss Khan                                           Mr Anstee                  

10ZK Form Tutor                                10BA Form Tutor

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­­­REPLY SLIP: Woburn Safari Park – please return to Mr Anstee or Miss Khan

 

I am aware that my child ……………………………………….…………….…has a trip to the Woburn Safari Park on Friday 6th July.

 

I acknowledge that my child must be at school for 7.30am.

 

My child is entitled to a free school meal, please provide a packed lunch

Choice of sandwich (please circle)     Tuna    /    Cheese    /    Egg

 

 

My child is an independent traveller and will make their own way home after the event

 

My emergency contact details are        ______________________________________

 

Signed:                                                       __________________________      

 


Letter to Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils only

19th June 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

Year 11 & 6th Form Prom – Thursday 12th July 2018

To celebrate the achievements of our Year 11 and 6th Form students, we will be holding our school Prom on Thursday 12th July 2018 between 7:30pm and 10:00pm in the school hall.  We have spoken to the students and included all their favourites.  The theme is a secret for now though posters are up and I think the ticket will give the game away - it’s very hard to keep a secret from them as you know, but moonlight will reveal what is hidden...

The dress code is smart/casual.  Due to the kind support of staff we have been able to keep the costs down and the tickets are a bargain at £8.00 per person.  The ticket price will include entrance, disco and three course sit-down meal [your child will bring home a menu to choose from once they have purchased a ticket].  Tickets will not be available for purchase on the door they must be purchased in advance.  Tickets are restricted to Meadow High School students in Years 11, 12, 13 & 14 only to ensure that everyone has a good time.  

Tickets are on sale NOW! If you would like your child to attend, please complete the slip below and return to us in room 15.  Miss Lennon’s Salon is open again this year, if your child would like support with hair and nails to help them to feel fabulous on the night  please tick the box on the slip and we will contact you to arrange a suitable time – first come, first served.

We hope very much that all students will attend as the evening is a celebration of their shared experiences at Meadow High School and the journey they have all been on together.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  Many thanks for your support.

Yours faithfully,

Anne Sugden & Jennie Markham

On behalf of the Prom Committee

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Re:  Year 11, 12, 13 & 14 Summer Prom 2018 – Thursday 12th July 2018

 

I give my permission for my child …………………………………... to attend the above event.  

 

( )    I enclose £8.00 to purchase a ticket.

( )    I will be collecting my child at 10:00pm.  Tel. no………………………………………………...

( )    My child will be collected by ………………………………….Tel. no…………………………...

( )    I give my permission for my child to make their own way home.

( )    My child would like an appointment at Miss Lennon’s salon:  hair / nails (please circle)

 

Signed……………………………………………….……..         Date…………………………………..

 

PRINT NAME: ………………………………………….......................................................................


Letter to Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to inform you that we are now taking ticket bookings for this year’s production of West End High

There are two performances:

Thursday 5th July @ 7pm.

Friday 6th July @ 11am.

Due to the size of our hall, tickets are limited, so they will, therefore, be distributed on a first come first served basis.

We are not charging for tickets; however there will be collection buckets at both performances with all proceeds going towards supporting the school’s Performing Arts work and future productions.

You are warmly invited to the Meadow High School End of Year Art Exhibition. Please come to see the exciting Entry Level, GCSE, A Level Art work and work from our collaborative projects during Arts Meets Science week produced by all classes in the school from 5:30pm and 6:45pm on Thursday the 5th July before the show. We look forward to your visit and hope you will come along and see even if your child does not study art at the moment. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Please complete the slip below and return to school stating which show you would like tickets for and how many.

Guests will be let in at 6.45 for the show to start at 7.00pm. The cast are to be dropped back at school at 5.30 to prepare.

Many thanks for your continuing support,

Miss Kalia

Lead Dance Teacher

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

REPLY SLIP – School Production Tickets – please return to Miss Kalia

Pupil’s name:   ……………………………………………………….  Form:  …………

 
 

 

 

            Thursday 5th July @ 7pm.

 

I would like …..….. tickets for West End High

 I would also like to attend the Art and Design Exhibition before the performance.

 
 

 

 

            Friday 6th July @ 11am.

 

I would like …….... tickets for West End High

 

Signed: ……………………………………   Please PRINT Name: ………………………………….………

 


           


Letter to selected Year 11s

June 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am pleased to offer a Sixth Form place to your son/daughter in September 2018 at  Meadow High School.  I would be grateful if you could complete the form at the foot of this page accepting this place and return the slip to Mr. Bunker.

Further details/information regarding expectations will follow during this term but I must make you aware that there will be an Induction Day on 3rd July at school that your son/daughter will be expected to attend. We will also be holding an informal options evening on June 25th between 3.30pm and 5.00pm where you can have an informal discussion with teachers to answer any questions that you may have. After this you will need to complete an options form and return it to me by Tuesday July 3rd (details to follow)

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact me at school

Yours Sincerely
Mr A. Bunker

Assistant Head/Head of Sixth Form                                                                                                                                                                     

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Meadow High School Sixth Form

I/we are pleased to accept the offer of a place in the Sixth Form commencing September 2018 for my/our son/daughter. I am aware that they will be attending the induction day  on  3rd July  as part of the induction programme.

 

Signed: ------------------------------------- Student name:  ---------------------------------------------


Letter to selected Year 11Thematic pupils

June 2018

Dear   Parent/Guardian

I am pleased to offer a Sixth Form place to your son/daughter in September  2018 at  Meadow High School.  I would be grateful if you could complete the form at the foot of this page accepting this place and return the slip to Mr. Bunker.

Further details/information regarding expectations will follow during this term but I must make you aware that there will be an Induction Day on 3rd July at school that your son/daughter will be expected to attend. Your son/daughter will have a timetable that will focus a lot on life skills and preparing for greater independence. They may also have the opportunity to undertake some relevant options but please note however that some lessons including English, Math’s, WoW, Home Economics and PSHCE will be compulsory.

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact me at school

Yours Sincerely

Mr A. Bunker

Assistant Head/Head of Sixth Form

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Meadow High School Sixth Form

I/we are pleased to accept the offer of a place in the Sixth Form commencing September 2018 for my/our son/daughter. I am aware that they will be attending the induction day on  3rd  July  as part of the induction programme.

 

Signed: ------------------------------------- Student name:  ---------------------------------------------

 



 

Ofsted

Piccadilly Gate

Store Street

Manchester

M1 2WD

T 0300 123 1231

enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk

www.gov.uk/ofsted

 

21 May 2018

 

Dear parent or carer

Inspection of Meadow High School by Ofsted

We have just told your child's school that we will inspect it on 22 May 2018. The lead inspector will be John Mitcheson, HMI. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child's school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on 22 May 2018 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 22 May 2018.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000131278. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully
Rukhsar Begum

 


This document was attached to the letter from Ofsted:

 

School inspections

A guide for parents

This document applies to all maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units. It also covers academies, city technology colleges, city colleges for the technology of the arts and some non-maintained special schools in England.

Age Group: 0–19

Published: January 2018

Reference no: 160054

Contents

Why does Ofsted inspect schools?  3

Who inspects schools?  3

When do inspections happen and how long do they last?  3

What judgements do inspectors make?  3

What happens if Ofsted judges a school to be inadequate?  4

Short inspections  5

How much notice do you give to a school before you inspect?  5

What happens during an inspection?  5

How can I make my views known?  6

Can I speak to the inspectors?  6

What happens after the inspection?  6

Where can further details be found about school inspections?  7

What happens if I have concerns about the inspection?  7

What happens if I have concerns about my child’s school?  7

 

 

 

Why does Ofsted inspect schools?

We inspect schools to provide information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold schools to account for the public money they receive. School inspections are required by law. We provide an independent assessment of the quality and standards of education in schools, and check whether pupils are achieving as much as they can.

Who inspects schools?

Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted Inspectors (who in most cases are serving school leaders who inspect for Ofsted for an agreed number of days each year) carry out the inspections. All inspectors have been trained to, and assessed against, Ofsted’s standards.

When do inspections happen and how long do they last?

A school that was judged to be outstanding at its last inspection is exempt from routine inspection. We will not normally inspect exempt schools unless we have a concern about their performance. Ofsted will also carry out an annual assessment of an exempt school’s performance (from the third year after the school’s last inspection) to determine whether an inspection might be necessary. Exempt schools continue to be inspected as part of Ofsted’s programme of surveys of curriculum subjects and aspects of the curriculum. Exemption from inspection does not apply to maintained nursery schools, special schools or pupil referral units.

A school judged to be good at its last inspection normally receives a short inspection (see section on ‘short inspections’ below).

A school judged as requires improvement at its last inspection is a school that is not yet good but overall provides an acceptable standard of education. The school is inspected again within a period of around two years. Where a school has been judged as requires improvement at two successive inspections, it will be subject to monitoring from inspectors to check its progress and is inspected again within a period of around two years. 

A standard inspection usually lasts two days and the number of inspectors on the inspection team will vary according to the size and nature of the school.

What judgements do inspectors make?

Inspectors will make graded judgements on the following areas using the four-point scale:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management 
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment 
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for pupils.

Where applicable, inspectors will also make a graded judgement on the effectiveness of the early years or sixth form provision in the school.

We give schools an overall grade from 1 to 4:

  • grade 1 (outstanding)
  • grade 2 (good)
  • grade 3 (requires improvement)
  • grade 4 (inadequate).

The school must take all reasonable steps to make sure that parents of pupils at the school receive a copy of the report.

What happens if Ofsted judges a school to be inadequate?

If inspectors judge a school to be inadequate, it will be placed in one of the following two categories of concern.

  • Special measures – This means the school is failing to provide its pupils with an acceptable standard of education, and is not showing the capacity to make the improvements needed.
  • Serious weaknesses – This means that one or more of the key areas of the school’s performance require significant improvement, but leaders and managers have demonstrated the capacity to improve.

A maintained school judged as inadequate and placed in a category of concern will be issued with an academy order by the Secretary of State for Education, to require it to become a new sponsored academy.[1] Inspectors will not normally monitor the school unless there are concerns or there is a delay in the school becoming a sponsored academy.

For an academy that has been judged as inadequate and placed in a category of concern, inspectors will visit the academy to check on its progress until it can be removed from the category (unless it is re-brokered with a new sponsor to become a new sponsored academy). Ofsted will re-inspect an academy that has been judged as having serious weaknesses within 18 months of its last standard two-day inspection, and re-inspect an academy judged to require special measures within two years of its last standard two-day inspection.

Short inspections

A school judged to be good at its last inspection normally receives a one-day short inspection approximately every three years.[2] However, some good schools will automatically receive a full two-day inspection if our risk assessment process indicates that the quality of provision in the school may have deteriorated significantly.

The purpose of a short inspection is to determine whether the school continues to provide a good or better standard of education and whether safeguarding is effective.

If there is sufficient evidence of strong practice and improved performance of a good school, and it is reasonable to believe that the school may be judged outstanding if it received a full two-day inspection, the school will receive a report, in the form of a letter, setting out its strengths and areas of marked improvement and informing the school that its next inspection will be a full two-day inspection, to take place within one to two years.

Similarly, if inspectors are not satisfied that the school would receive its current grade if a full two-day inspection were carried out, the school will receive a report, in the form of a letter, setting out areas for improvement. The letter will make clear that the school’s next inspection will be a full two-day inspection, which will take place within two years.

Schools should inform parents of pupils at the school that the report of the short inspection has been published.

How much notice do you give to a school before you inspect?

Most schools receive notice of their inspection on the afternoon of the working day before the inspection begins. However, Ofsted can inspect any school without notice where this is judged to be appropriate.

What happens during an inspection?

Inspectors look at the school’s self-evaluation and analyse the pupils’ progress and attainment. They talk to the headteacher, governors, staff, and pupils, and consider your views as a parent. They spend most of their time observing a wide range of lessons and looking at the quality of teaching in the school, and its impact on learning and progress. They also look at the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils at the school, the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; and how well the school is led and managed.

For information about the inspection of boarding or residential provision in schools, please refer to the guidance for schools on being inspected as a boarding or residential school: www.gov.uk/guidance/social-care-common-inspection-framework-sccif-boarding-schools.

How can I make my views known?

If you are the registered parent of a child at the school, the school will send you a letter notifying you of the dates of the inspection. This letter provides you with details and options for providing your views. Our survey site, Parent View, is the main source we use to gather parents’ views about a school.  Inspectors will use the views expressed on Parent View when inspecting your child’s school.

Can I speak to the inspectors?

You may have the chance to speak to the inspectors during the inspection, for example at the start of the school day. The inspection administrators will be happy to pass on messages to the inspectors and may be able to arrange telephone conversations if you are unable to speak to them in person. Their contact details will be in the letter that tells you about the inspection. Please remember that inspectors cannot deal with complaints concerning individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

What happens after the inspection?

The lead inspector reports her or his judgement to the headteacher and governors. The inspectors’ findings are published in a report for the school, parents and the wider community. Inspection reports provide information about the effectiveness of the school’s work and contain recommendations about what the school should do to improve further. Reports are published on our website: http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/.

Where can further details be found about school inspections?

The ‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’[3] sets out the principles that apply to inspection and the main judgements that inspectors make when conducting inspections.

The ‘School inspection handbook’[4] and ‘School inspection handbook – section 8’[5] set out the statutory basis for inspections, what schools can expect at inspections and provide guidance for inspectors on making their judgements.  

What happens if I have concerns about the inspection?

Complaints are rare, but we treat them very seriously. You can find out more on our website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted/about/complaints-procedure, or by calling our helpline on 0300 123 4666.

If you need any more information about our work, please visit our website or call our helpline.

What happens if I have concerns about my child’s school?

If you are concerned about your child’s school, you should start by talking directly to the teachers or headteacher or, if necessary, the governing body or the local authority. If you are not satisfied with the responses you receive Ofsted may be able to help.

You can find out more on our website or by calling our helpline.

Helpline: 0300 123 4666

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[1] Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) judged inadequate will also be issued with an academy order and will be required to become an alternative provision sponsored academy. Maintained nursery schools and non-maintained special schools judged inadequate are not subject to academy orders and will be monitored in the same way as academies that have been judged inadequate (as per the next paragraph).

[2] This also applies to a maintained nursery school, special school or pupil referral unit judged to be good or outstanding.

[4] ‘School inspection handbook’, Ofsted,  January 2018; www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspection-handbook-from-september-2015.




Dear Parents/Carers,

RE:   SUMMER SCHOOL AT MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL

Meadow High School has again been lucky enough to receive a grant towards running a Summer School during the summer holidays. I am writing to parents to find out whether this would be of interest for your child. 

The school aims to enable the pupils to maintain and further develop their functional ability. Activities will focus on;

  • strength, stamina and mobility
  • social and communication skills
  • cognitive, perceptual and sensory functioning

The summer school would run for four weeks over the summer holidays during the following weeks:

  • Week commencing 23rd July
  • Week commencing 30th July
  • Week commencing 6th August
  • Week commencing 13th August

Each day would run from 8:30 - 3:00pm. Bookings are available in one week blocks. Multiple blocks can be booked.

We would ask for a parental contribution of £75.00 per week per child. This contribution also covers the cost of a weekly trip. Parents would be responsible for transporting their child to and from the Summer School each day. A packed lunch, provided by the parent, would be required each day.  There would be no facilities for school dinners or free school meals. 

The Summer School will be staffed by a mixture of school staff, MDT and volunteers from the local community.  All staff would be DBS checked.

If you are interested, please could you complete the attached reply slip indicating the week(s) you would be interested in and return it to school as soon as possible. We will then contact interested parents with further information.

Yours sincerely,

 

The Organising Team

 

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MDT - MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL  (Please return this slip to school as soon as possible)

RE: SUMMER SCHOOL AT MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL 2018

Yes, I am interested in my son/daughter attending a Summer School at Meadow High School in July/August 2018

I am interested in the following weeks:

 (please tick as appropriate)

 

     Week Commencing 23 July 2018

 

    Week Commencing 30 July 2018

 

    Week Commencing 6 August 2018

 

     Week Commencing 13 August 2018

 

 

Pupil Name:  .....................................................................

Parent Name: ...................................................................

Parent Signature: .............................................................