Issue 18 - 24 January 2020





Issue 18 - 24 January 2020


ParentPay will go live at school on Monday 3rd February 2020.  

From this date we will be working towards no longer accepting cash and cheque payments for school meals.

A letter has come home this week with your activation details. 

We will be holding drop in sessions in the Library for parents who would like help with setting up their accounts, or would like to discuss further, on:

Tuesday 28th January 10.30am - 12.00pm

Thursday 30th January 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Please be aware that parking during the day is limited, particularly between 2.30pm and 3.15pm, so if you can travel to school by other means we would be grateful.

Term Dates for next School Year (2020/21) are attached.

Parent / Carer Information Sessions:

Vision & Aims; Curriculum; Data and Evidence; Pathways to Success

Thursday 27th February 11am-12pm

Thursday 5th March 1.30pm-2.30pm

Thursday 12th March 6pm-7pm

You are invited to join us for tea, coffee and biscuits and an opportunity to hear about changes and developments here at Meadow. Each of the sessions will include the same information (so you don't need to attend more than one!). Please be aware that parking during the day is limited on site and if you can travel to school by other means we would be grateful. The evening session will have far more parking available.

I look forward to seeing you if you are able to attend.

Mrs J Rigby—Headteacher

Heathrow are looking to create sensory spaces around the airport for children with neurodiversity needs.    As this is the first time they are doing this, they are looking to experts such as parents and professionals to assist them in designing the best possible experience

If you would like to help, please complete online questionnaire (5mins) and share it this with anyone in contact with children, this would really help us.  To complete the online survey please put this link in your browser:

You may remember from a previous bulletin that a local charity, Butterflies, were holding a Christmas Table Top Sale in aid of Meadow High School. 

This term we have received a very generous cheque for £600 from Butterflies.  The charity was set up in Ickenham by Vera Layton 11 years ago because her grandson, who is now fourteen, was born without much hearing and at two weeks was wearing hearing aids.  He was later offered an operation to have cochlear implants and can now hear perfectly and his speech is amazing. 

One day, Vera's daughter said she was so grateful for all the help and appreciated the fact cochlear Implants cost thousands.  She said she wished she could help others and so the charity was started. To date, after expenses, Butterflies have raised nearly £60,000 and this is the third donation they have made to Meadow High. 

We are very grateful to Vera and Butterflies for their amazing donation.




There is a Project Search Open Evening on Monday 10 February 2020 at 6pm at the Marriott London Heathrow.   All Year 12, 13 and 14 pupils and their parents are welcome to attend.    

If you are interested in attending, please confirm on the following email:

An information flyer has been sent home with pupils.   

We have a Project Search page on the school website where you can find out more

information. School/Sixth Form/Project Search


Eligibility Criteria

· Age 17-24 years old at start of programme. 

· Have a current Education Health and Care Plan. 

· Be willing to progress into paid employment. 

· Live within the local area.       


Now in our fourth year, and in continued partnership with Meadow High School, London Heathrow Marriott Hotel (our business host), Hillingdon Council and Prospects,  we are currently recruiting our next cohort of 10 young people from the local area.


Monday 10th February 2020

6.00pm - 8.00pm  

           London Heathrow Marriott, Bath Road, Harlington, UB3 5AN



Dear Parents

As the weather has been unseasonably warm we have become aware that an increased number of head lice are enjoying the warmer weather For further information on treating and removing head lice without any chemical treatments, please see the advice on the school website.


What are head lice and nits?

  • Head lice are tiny grey/brown insects. They are about the size of a sesame seed (the seeds on burger buns). Head lice cling to hairs, but stay close to the scalp which they feed off. Head lice lay eggs which hatch after 7-10 days. It takes about 10 days for a newly hatched louse to grow to an adult and start to lay eggs.

  • Nits are the empty white egg shells which are left when the lice hatch. Nits can look like dandruff, but stick strongly to hair. Unlike dandruff, you cannot easily brush out nits.


Who gets head lice?

Head lice are common in children, but can affect anyone of any age. They are not a sign of dirty hair or poor hygiene. Close 'hair to hair' contact is usually needed to pass lice on. Head lice cannot jump or fly, but walk from one head to another. They soon die when away from hair, and do not live in clothes, bedding, etc. Most head lice infections are caught from family or close friends who are not aware that they have head lice.

What are the problems with head lice?

Most people with head lice do not have any symptoms. An itchy scalp occurs in about 1 in 3 cases. This is due to an allergy to the lice, not due to them biting. It often takes about three months for itch to develop after you are infested with lice. Therefore, you may not notice that you have head lice for a while, and you may have passed them on to others for some time. Head lice and nits do not wash off with normal shampoo. Head lice do not cause any other medical problems. In most cases the head is not 'crawling with lice'. Commonly, there are less than 12 lice present.

How can you tell if you have head lice?

Head lice are difficult to find just by looking in the hair. If you suspect that your child (or you yourself) has head lice, it is best to do 'detection combing'. Some people advise that you do this to children's hair regularly, about once a week.

Detection combing:

  • Wash the hair in the normal way with ordinary shampoo.
  • Rinse out the shampoo and put on lots of ordinary conditioner.
  • Comb the hair with a normal comb to get rid of tangles.
  • When the hair is untangled switch to a detection comb. This is a special fine-toothed comb that you can buy at chemists. (The teeth of normal combs are too far apart).
  • Slot the teeth of the detection comb into the hair at the roots so it is touching the scalp.
  • comb with the detection comb through to the tips of the hair.
  • Repeat this in all directions until you have combed all the hair.
  • Check the comb for lice after each stroke. A magnifying glass may help.
  • If you see any lice, clean the comb by wiping it on a tissue or rinse it before the next stroke.
  • Comb over a white surface such as white paper. This is so that any head lice that are flicked out by the comb are easy to see.
  • After the whole head has been combed, rinse out the conditioner.
  • While the hair is still wet, use an ordinary comb to get rid of tangles.
  • Repeat the detection combing in the rinsed hair to check for any lice that you might have missed the first time.
  • It takes about 15-30 minutes to do detection combing, depending on how thick the hair is.


Learn about head lice infestation and management by reading:!diagnosissub

Meadow High School

Term Times



             Autumn Term 2020

              Training Day                                    Wednesday 2 September 2020

              Term Starts                                     Thursday 3 September 2020

              Training Day                                    Thursday 17 September 2020

              Training Day                                    Friday 18 September 2020

               Half Term Holiday                          26 – 30 October 2020

              Annual Reviews                              Wednesday 11 November 2020
              school closed to pupils

              Term Ends                                         Friday 18 December 2020 @ 2pm


              Spring Term 2021

               Term Starts                                     Monday 4 January 2021

               Annual Reviews                             Wednesday 10 February 2021
               school closed to pupils

               Half Term Holiday                          15 – 19 February 2021

                Term Ends                                      Wednesday 31 March 2021 @ 2pm


              Summer Term 2021

               Term Starts                                     Monday 19 April 2021

                Half Term Holiday                         Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021

                Annual Reviews                           Wednesday 16 June 2021
                school closed to pupils

                Term Ends                                       Friday 23 July 2021 @ 2pm


Bank Holidays 2020/2021

25 December – Christmas Day

28 December – Bank Holiday

1 January – New Year’s Day

2 April - Good Friday

5 April - Easter Monday

3 May - May Day Holiday

31 May - Spring Bank Holiday 

30 August 2021 – Summer Bank Holiday


                                                                                                Issue 1 - 170120


Letters Home


Letter to Whole School

Introductory Letter—Parent Pay


Letter to 9JT

Dogs Trust and McDonalds


Letter to selected pupils

Kitdzania Maths Trip


Letter to Media Group

Makeup Consent


Letter to selected pupils

Trip to France


Letter to selected pupils

Trip to Uxbridge


Letter to selected pupils

Girls only football


Letter to selected pupils

South London Special League

School Lunches

Week:  27-31 January 2020
Week 1 
NEW Spring/Summer Menu

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 28 January 2020
Drop in session—Parent Pay

10.30am—12.00 noon


Thursday 30 January 2020

Drop in session—Parent Pay



Monday 10 February 2020

Project Search Open Evening
(Year 12, 13, 14)

6pm– 8pm

At the Marriott Heathrow Hotel


Wednesday 12 February 2020

ASD Coffee Morning—11.15am


17—21 February 2020



Thursday 27 February

Parent/Carer Information Session

Vision & Aims; Curriculum; Data and Evidence; Pathways to Success

11.00am—12.00 noon


Wednesday 4 March 2020

Training Day—School is CLOSED to pupils


Wednesday 4 March 2020

Annual Reviews (for some pupils)


Thursday 5 March 2020

Parent / Carer Information Session

Vision & Aims; Curriculum; Data and Evidence; Pathways to Success



Thursday 12 March 2020

Parent / Carer Information Session

Vision & Aims; Curriculum; Data and Evidence; Pathways to Success



Wednesday 18 March 2020

ASD Coffee morning—11.15am


Thursday 19 March 2020

Dyspraxia Coffee Morning—10am


Monday 23 March—Friday 27 March 2020

Trip to Nice/Draguignan (selected pupils)


Monday 30 March—Friday  3 April 2020

Residential Trip to Devon (selected pupils)