Upcoming Events and Courses

Please scrolll down to read about upcoming events and courses which may be of interest to parents and families.  We do not specifically endorse any of the non-Meadow events, we are just passing on information which may be useful and/or of interest to Meadow families.  Some of the events and courses are at Meadow High School, but some are run by external providers, so please ensure you read the information carefully. 

Rowability Afternoon - Saturday 11 August 2018 - at  Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre

Do you have a physical or sensory impairment ?

Have you seen rowing and sculling in the Olympics or Paralympics ?

Fancy giving it a go?

An afternoon of pararowing for anyone with a physical or sensory impairment.

Admission is FREE !

We have specialist equipment and can cater for most needs, including a double boat if you want to have a qualified rower with you !

For more information contact Dean at dean@hoac.net or ring 01895 824171.


Autism-friendly Events


The National Autistic Society has a range of events that are designed entirely around the needs and wishes of autistic people – including gigs, plays, conventions and walks. These events are all suitable for people of any age, and any level of support needs.  Some of these events raise money for their charity. Some are just fun days out, put on by other organisations in association with the NAS. Either way, adjustments have been made so people with autism can enjoy the day.   Please check their website for further details:   http://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/holidays-trips/autism-friendly-events.aspx

Autism-friendly Theatre Performances

Matilda the Musical

Venue: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU.    Date: Sunday 10 June 2018, 3pm
Tickets: £10 - £25, booked over the RSC phone line (01789 403493)


Peter Pan

Venue: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London NW1 4NU.    Date: 30 May 2018, 2.15pm
Tickets: Price bands range from £25 (access rate) to £55     

Video Link:    https://youtu.be/8L80ENWk5xs



The National Theatre hosts a number of relaxed performances each year. Check for upcoming performances on their
website    www.nationaltheatre.org.uk


Cinemas: Autism-friendly screenings    As cinemas are often places that are not easily accessible, autism-friendly screenings (AFS) aim to make families feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed in an environment that can otherwise seem traumatic.   Families are able to enjoy a film in an environment designed for people on the autism spectrum, their friends and carers. During the film, low lights are left on inside the auditorium, the volume of the soundtrack is reduced and there should not be any trailers.   Cinema goers are free to move around, make a noise or take a break during the film if they need to - these are activities not usually encouraged at regular screenings.  

ODEON Cinemas host screenings suitable for those on the autistic spectrum each month at selected cinemas. There are now over 90 ODEON cinemas across the country offering this service. For more information and to book tickets visit www.odeon.co.uk


Picturehouse  runs regular autism-friendly screenings at cinemas across the country. These take place on one Saturday or
Sunday a month when they show a popular family film.  Please click on the following link to find out more information about many autism-friendly viewings: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/holidays-trips/cinemas.aspx





Hillingdon Dads are running a Saturday Drop In Centre at the Mencap Hillingdon South Centre in
Harlington Road.   10am—2pm.     Entry is free.  “Come along for relaxed chat with us other Carers of
children with disabilities and special educational needs.”  Forthcoming dates are:    14 & 28 April,
19 May, 30 June, 14 & 28 July, 25 August, 8 September, 22 October, 22 November.  For more information go to the Hillingdon Dads website:   www.hillingdondads.org.uk

ANOTHER relaxed performance of Aladdin, this time in London in the Summer Holidays......

Tuesday 28 August 2018 at 1.30pm

At The Prince Edward Theatre

Tickets are from £20.00.

For more information or to book  call 0344 482 5137 or visit the website www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk


Disney’s ALADDIN will present its second dedicated Autism-Friendly performance on Tuesday 28th August 2018 at 1.30pm. 

Back in August 2017, ALADDIN partnered with The National Autistic Society to create a friendly and supportive environment to enjoy Disney’s spectacular new West End musical at its first special Autism-Friendly Performance. This specially adapted performance was suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand, and dedicated quiet and activity areas set up should anyone need to leave their seats.

Although specifically created for patrons affected by autism, conditions during this Autism-Friendly Performance are similar to those during a “Relaxed” performance, and as such this performance may be of interest to patrons with learning disabilities. All patrons who feel this performance might suit their specific needs are warmly encouraged to attend. 

Please note that enhanced security measures are in place at the Prince Edward Theatre.


ASD Support Group Coffee Mornings at Meadow High School

If you are a parent of a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder we invite you to join our Parent Support Group, which meets approximately once a month.  The Group is an informal coffee morning to learn about Autistic Spectrum Disorders, discuss and share issues and hopefully support parents.  The Group is run by Mrs T Watson, who is a teacher at Meadow who specialises in Austist Spectrum Disorders.     Refreshments are available.    Please find below the dates for this Group:

Friday 11th May, 2018

Friday 8th June, 2018

Friday 13th July, 2018



 15-16 June 2018  ExCeL, London

This national event for autism, offers more information, help and advice on autism (including Asperger syndrome) than can be found anywhere else in the UK.  Book your tickets in advance and save 20%! https://www.eventdata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=AuL68Consumer

Hillingdon Parent Carers Forum

Respite & Short Breaks Event

Saturday 12 May 2018  10am - 3pm

at Mencap Hillingdon South, Moorcroft Complex, Harlington Road, Uxbridge, UB8 3HD

visit the Hillingdonpcf.com website for more details.

World Wheelchair Awareness Day - 6 May 2018

Relaxed performance of Aladdin - Compass Theatre 4pm Fri 14th Dec '18

NEW The show at 4pm on Friday 14 December 2018, will be a Relaxed Performance where we leave the house lights on slightly, reduce the sound levels, take out any flashing and pyrotechnic effects and accept that audience members will leave the auditorium during the show. We hope this will provide an opportunity to include members of the community such as those with learning or communication difficulties and those with an autism spectrum condition, who may have felt unable to attend more traditional styles of pantomimes in the past.  Click on the link below to find out more details:


Saturday 24 March (please note change of date)

Hillingdon Parent Carer Forum

Free workshop for Hillingdon PCF Members - Overcoming Aggression in Children using the Non-Violent Resistance Approach

9.15am - 2.15pm

Please see the Hillingdon PCF website for further details.

Thursday 14 March

Hillingdon Parent / Carer Forum - Engagement Evening 7pm - 10pm at Brunel University (Hamilton Centre).   Please visit the Hillingdon pcf website for further details.


Thursday 8 March 2018 - 9.15am - 2.30pm

Hillingdon Parent Carer Forum are running a Disability Rights and Law Conference at Yiewsley Baptist Church.

The main speaker is Steve Broach a Barrister and leading legal advisor on the rights of disabled children.   Please see more details below or visit the Hillingdon PCF website www.hillingdonpcf.com

Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS) have provided some leaflets about current youth clubs, playschemes etc they run.  Please visit their website http://www.hacs.org.uk  for more details.



FREE Workshop for Hillingdon PCF Members Only - Overcoming Aggression in Children using the Non-Violent Resistance Approach

The day looks at a child-focused approach to parenting children who are anxious and may present an angry and aggressive response to those who care for them. Children can have unmet needs which they often cannot express, and this approach looks at meeting those needs whilst also supporting the parents.

The focus will be on using the technique of Non Violent Resistance which rebuilds the parent-child relationship through de-escalation, acceptance and reconciliation to allow the child's needs to be met through the love and care of the parent or carer. The approach can be used by any parent or carer and it can also be used by staff in schools to build strong relationships with pupils.

By the end of the day you will have:

 An understanding of Non Violent Resistance and how it can help you

 Some strategies to start using straight away

 An understanding of how to prioritise your concerns

 An understanding of your own feelings

Date: Friday 23rd February
Timings: 9.15am arrival for a 9.30am start. Finish at 2.30pm.
Venue: John Locke Academy Bader Way, St Andres Park Uxbridge UB10 0FW – A Hillingdon PCF Rep will wait in the main Reception to escort you to the workshop.

About the trainer
Sarah is an adoptive parent who has successfully used the NVR philosophy to develop a bond with her son, support him in improving his self-esteem and understand his emotions and increase her confidence as a parent. She has trained in NVR with the Partnership Project, led by Dr Peter Jakob. Sarah is passionate about supporting other parents to use NVR to improve their relationships with their children and to create a happier family life.

We can only have up to 30 Parent/Carers on a workshop so please book asap. We are looking to add more dates as we are sure many Parent/Carers will benefit with at least meeting other Parent/Carers in similar situations.

To find out more and register a place on the workshop please email us hillingdonpcf@gmail.com or call us on 07783 579678, ONLY 1 registration per email address. Visit our website for more information of the Hillingdon PCF - http://hillingdonpcf.com

Free Refreshments for all attendees - Places must be booked in advance. Please note the workshops are not suitable for children and we have no childcare facilities.



E-Safety Information Morning and Evening at Meadow High School

10 January 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

Meadow High School is holding an E-Safety Information Morning and Evening to share the findings from the recently completed parent survey, providing an opportunity to discuss areas of concern highlighted through the survey.

The meeting will explore:

  • Issues that parents face in an ever changing electronic environment.
  • How parents can be guided to and understand an array of relevant and practical resources and programmes.
  • How to engage children in a dialogue encouraging an open environment which helps children report any problems they may have.

If you would like to attend, please complete the reply slip below and return to me.

We do hope you will be able to join us and look forward to working with you.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Rainsbury
Head of Computing, Technology and Science


REPLY SLIP - E-Safety Parent Meeting - Please return to Mr Rainsbury

I will ….

(   ) Attend the evening session held on Thursday 25th January 2018 @ 5:00pm to 6:30pm

(   ) Attend the morning session held on Friday 26th January 2018 @ 9:30am to 11.00am


Signed:  …………………………………………………… [Parents/Guardian]    Date ............


ASD Support Group Coffee Morning at Meadow High School

If you are a parent of a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder we invite you to join our Parent Support Group, which meets approximately once a month.  The Group is an informal coffee morning to learn about Autistic Spectrum Disorders, discuss and share issues and hopefully support parents.  The Group is run by Mrs T Watson, who is a teacher at Meadow who specialises in Austist Spectrum Disorders.     Refreshments are available.    Please find below the dates for this Group:

Friday 12th January 2018

Friday 9th March, 2018

Friday 11th May, 2018

Friday 8th June, 2018

Friday 13th July, 2018


Course Date: 19 January 2018 - 23 February 2018 (five week course)


PROVIDER: Hillingdon Adult Learning

LOCATION:  Harlington Adult Learning Centre

This course will support learners to improve their confidence as a parent or carer and to learn new positive parenting strategies to increase young people's and children's resilience.  You will be enabled to engage with other parents and carers in your locality.

Further details below