Issue 1 - 6 September 2019

 

 

 

 

Issue 1 - 6 September 2019

It is a pleasure to welcome you, or welcome you back to a new academic year!

School Site: Over the summer the site team and contractors have been hard at work undertaking several jobs on site. The house has now been adapted into two areas. One is a 'home' style kitchen that accommodates 10 pupils and the other is a studio flat for pupils to learn and practice life skills. We have also converted one of our double unit classrooms into a bespoke learning centre for our Key Stage 5, Pathway 1 (Thematic) pupils. This centre has two learning areas and a communal area and is supported by a teacher, two higher level TAs and a number of additional TAs as determined by the needs of the students. 

New Build: The build team are now going out to tender to find a contractor to build our new school! At the moment the team are giving me a start date for the build of Spring 2020, but prior to this please look out for 'engagement' events where you will be able to view the proposed design schedule and speak to the build team.

Satellite Hubs of Meadow High School: We have been in discussion with the Local Authority regarding the ever increasing need for pupil places at Meadow. An option that is being explored at the moment is having a 'Satellite hub' based at a mainstream school. What this would mean is that the pupils would still be on roll as Meadow pupils, but they would physically attend school at the mainstream host site and wear their uniform. Teaching and Support staff from Meadow would be there is help the pupils, but they would also be able to access aspects of the host school for some lessons and there would of course be opportunities for social integration with pupils at the school. As these discussions progress I will keep you informed via the bulletin.

Change to Pathway Model: Our current structure for pupils’ education pathway through the school is Thematic or Non-Thematic. After considered development work throughout last academic year we are now moving to a new 'Pathway' model. This has had a soft start with Thematic pupils (now called Pathway 1 pupils) as this Pathway most closely matched the old structure. Please look out for details of information sessions you can attend to find out more about the further changes we will be making.

Life After Meadow: You will be pleased to know that there is Life After Meadow!  We have increasingly used this phrase when planning and making changes to how we do things at Meadow. We want the best outcome for your child when they eventually leave our care. We want them to achieve the highest level of independence possible. We want them to have positive fulfilling relationships. We want them to have hobbies, interests and sense of purpose, and where possible we want them to be employed. These are all areas we will discuss with you, especially at your child's annual review. It is never too early to plan for the future!

Evidence for Learning: Staff have just started using an application that allows us to take photographic and video evidence of pupils and assess / match this to a pupils progression targets. We are taking this term to familiarise ourselves with the system will then review its use. If we feel the system meets our monitoring needs we will then be rolling out the application to families. What this will mean is you will get more regular updates on your child's progress and their level of attainment rather than a single snapshot once a year. Please watch out for more information and details.

Replacement of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) with Personalised Learning Intention Maps (PLIMs): PLIMs are designed to create a targeted plan for pupil progress, based on their aspirations and the goals of their EHCP. Subject teachers will now take greater account of these holistic targets in subjects across the school and will all be working towards these. This doesn't mean that we will not expect progress in subject areas, our expectations remain extremely high. However, it does mean that core areas of for individual development will be taught, supported and embedded across a pupils day leading to better outcomes. 

To aid communication about these and other changes and developments we will continue to update you through the bulletin. There will also be targeted information sessions at points throughout the year where we will share more detailed information with you and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify information.

In conclusion, we are excited to have a busy developmental year ahead of us and as always, we are delighted to be working with you and your child.         
                                                                                           

Mrs J Rigby—Headteacher


Welcome to the Meadow High School Weekly Bulletin.  A link to this Bulletin on the school website is sent via school text message every Friday.   You can also access the latest Bulletin, back copies, and a translatable version by visiting the school News/Weekly Bulletin.     If you are unable to access a computer and need a paper copy of this Bulletin please contact School Reception.

The Meadow High School Website is updated with news, photos, events, trips, calendar dates, copies of letters home as well as carrying information about class and staff teams, statutory information and policies, contact details, Friends of Meadow news and events and much more.  There is a translate button at the top of the home page, which you can use to change the language you read the website in.  We hope you find the information on the website useful and easy to search and navigate.  The school website address is: www.meadowhighschool.org.


The School Photographer will be in school on Monday 16 September

to take individual pupil photographs.  Proofs of your son or daughter’s photograph will be

sent home with details of how to purchase copies.


Award Winners for Summer Term 2019

Winning House Colour : Red House (5219 house points)

Winning House Form Group: Class JE (2352 house points)

Winning House pupil: Luke in class JE (423 house points)

 

The Andy Weaver Award for Music went to Nadir in class 10JT for his amazing performance as Stevie Wonder in the school production.   

The Jane Wingrove Award for Teamwork went to The Cleaners, for coping without staff and many changes and for being so great all year round!

Congratulations to the winners.   More subject and class awards for Summer 2019 will be on the website soon.


Charity Fund Raising and Donations    

I would like to advise parents/carers of a few points about school charity fundraising for 2019-2020:

  • In future, when running National charity events, Meadow will be donating a percentage to the National charity and the rest to the school's chosen charity (to be voted on by students).
  • We will no longer be charging for non-uniform days.
  • The school's charity shop will be donating a percentage of proceeds to Friends of Meadow.
  • The aim is to manage fundraising events more effectively to minimise the amount of money parents are being asked for, while still raising money for charity. 

Thank you for your continued support with fundraising. 

Miss Nolan (Sixth Form Teacher)


BREXIT! The EU Settlement Scheme

Please be aware that if you are a EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 2020.

You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

When you can apply.   The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria. Please go to https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

Fees   It’s free to apply to the scheme.


An autism alert card and passport scheme has been introduced across London, as a result of a collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and British Transport Police. It has been developed following extensive consultations with individuals with autism and their parents, the National Autistic Society, Autism Partnership Boards, and supported by the National Police Autism Association.

The cards will alert officers to the fact that the individual may have difficulty with communication and exhibit unusual or unpredictable behaviour. In turn, officers will be able to make appropriate and reasonable adjustments and interact with the individual appropriately. The larger passports will include the same information and can be carried in bags or rucksacks for the individual to produce when required.

For further reading, please use this link: 

http://news.met.police.uk/news/launch-of-autism-alert-cards-375740

To receive your own card & passport, please send your full postal address in an email to:

Autism@met.police.uk

Meadow High School may contact some of our families to offer support with applying for one of these cards.


The rules on eligibility for a Blue Badge parking permit have recently changed to include less visible disabilities such as autism and mental heath conditions.  If you would like to check whether someone in your family is now eligible for a Blue Badge parking permit please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/blue-badge-can-i-get-one.    Applications for a blue badge should be made through the local authority.   For Hillingdon residents visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/bluebadge



Letters Home

 

Letter to selected Sixth Form pupils

BCA College

 

Letter to selected Sixth Form pupils

Construction

 

Letter to selected Sixth Form pupils

Uxbridge College

 

Letter to selected Sixth Form pupils

Home Management @ Innovate

 

Letter to selected Year 13s

Trip to Roald Dahl Museum

 

School Lunches

Week: 9-13 September 2019

 WEEK 2

(Autumn/Winter Menu)

A copy of the new Autumn /Winter School lunch  menu is attached to this bulletin

Upcoming Events

Monday 16 September 2019

School Photographer—Individual Photos

 

Thursday 19 September 2019

Dyspraxia Coffee Morning

 

Thursday 26 September 2019

Meet the Tutor Evening—4pm-7pm

 

21-25 October 2019

HALF TERM

 

Thursday 14 November 2019

Dyspraxia Coffee Morning

 

Thursday 28 November 2019

Celebration of Achievement Evening

Invitation only

 

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Annual Reviews—selected pupils

SCHOOL IS CLOSED TO PUPILS

 

Thursday 19 December 2019

Last day of Term—School finishes at 2pm

 

Friday 20 December—Sunday 5 January 2019

SCHOOL HOLIDAY

 

Monday 6 January 2019

Back to school—9iam start.



 

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