Issue 25 - 22 March 2019




Issue 25 - 22 March 2019

Everyone at Meadow High school would like to extend our huge thanks to Marathon Kids and Nike for their extreme generosity. Thanks to them every  single pupil was provided with a pair of either Nike Pegasus or the brand  new   Nike Fly-Ease trainers and a t-shirt. Our sports leaders classes were able to have  a Q&A session with a Paralympian before the whole school enjoyed a fun assembly, with two Paralympian's who showed off their  numerous gold medals and giving truly inspiring   speeches. All the pupils had a brilliant day and really showed Marathon Kids and Nike what a great school we are.

These trainers can be worn for PE, but not as school shoes and please can we ask you to write your child’s name in them, as we will have a lot of very similar pairs and there are bound to be some confusion in the changing rooms.      

Thank you. 

Mr Vincent


Meadow High School is currently organising the running of  another      Summer Camp   during the summer holidays. 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 and play skills
  • cognitive, perceptual and sensory functioning

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

Week 1 starting Monday 29th July

Week 2 starting Monday 5th August

Week 3 starting Monday 12th August

Week 4 starting Monday 19th August

Full details are in the letter sent home this week. 

Debby Gleed-Young, Home Liaison Officer

Last week we raised an amazing £167.70 from sales, competitions and raffles! Students have really worked hard to take part in these events. Students also took part in a special assembly with a quiz against teachers - the student team won! Money raised will be donated to our chosen charity. Many thanks for your   continued support and generosity.  Miss Nolan

Free School Meals

If you have children up to the age of 19 years in full-time education at school, you can apply for free school meals if you receive a qualifying benefit.

You must be receiving one of the following benefits to claim free school meals:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  •  Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee  element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less.

Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their   employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals

Apply online at  and get an immediate answer.

Apply in person at Reception in school.

Please bring your National Insurance Number/NASS number

SIMS Lite Parent App

We have a new convenient way for you to access, review and request changes to the data held on you and your children direct from your phone, as well as see term dates. 

You’ll be able to access our new parent app and website at your own convenience via smartphone,   tablet or PC – anytime, anywhere. 

What will you find in SIMS Parent:

  • School term, inset dates and contact details available at the click of a button
  • Access to update your contact details, so we always have the most up-to-date information in         case of emergency 
  • If you have more than one child at school, you’ll have access to this information for all your                children, from the same app. 

Getting started with the SIMS Parent

We will need to send you an activation email, where you can simply click on the link from your tablet,    PC or smartphone to activate your account.

Please complete the reply slip below to ensure that we have your up-to-date email address.

Thank you. 


REPLY SLIP – SIMS Parent App – please return to school office

Please find below our current email address details, so that I can receive your SIMS Parent activation email.

Childs Name:  ______________________________            Class: _________

Parent / Carer Name [please print]: ________________________________________

Signed:  ________________________________    Date: ________________


World Book Day:
Celebrating Literacy Week

Mon. 4th March – Fri. 8th March 2019


Theme: Storytelling & Me

A HUGE   THANK YOU  to the staff, students and parents who  helped make our World Book Week so successful!

We had storytelling happening all week in the library and the students and staff took turns in our storyteller’s chair exploring stories and thinking about how to make the story sound interesting for the listener.  There were so many storytellers, we can’t fit all the photos in this space!

The storytelling will go on! 

 The Storytelling Chair is now in room 15. 

We will continue to use it to tell stories and promote the fabulous books we have in our library, highlighting the hidden treasures and boosting new books as they are added. 

If you want to find out more, keep an eye on our website as our wonderful staff have offered to allow us to video them reading more stories.  [Some of our stories will be read and signed for those of you who want to practise your signing skills or enjoy a signed story.]

You’ve written new books for the library -  and they are amazing!  We will be getting them published during the Summer term so that you will be able to come to the library, look along the shelves and find your story as well as read stories written by others.

Professional storytellers came and shared their skills – Our Year 7, 8 and 9 students enjoyed the opportunity to build their creative skills through a workshop run by our friends at Drama Hut and one of our favourite storytellers from Booster Cushion Theatre came to visit our KS3, KS4 and KS5 Thematic Learners encouraging them to join in telling a new and very exciting    version of Goldilocks  & the Three Bears!  All the students had a great deal of fun and boosted their confidence and             communication skills taking part in this work.

Finally, we enjoyed a special assembly on Friday when students came to school in their World Book Day clothes (so much more fun than school uniform!).  Staff and students competed to see who had the best book knowledge, there was definitely some sneaky tactics on both sides – particularly the students who did their very best to trick us – and sadly I have to report that they students won!

A huge thank you once again to everybody for their enthusiastic participation in this event.  Our students and staff always rise to any occasion and it was wonderful to share this week with you.  Please remember to use you World Book Day tokens, the closing date is 31st March 2019, so don’t miss out on a free book!                        


Anne Sugden                                        Claire Heggie                                           Christine Wilkes
English & EAL Faculty Leader             Reading Intervention Manager             Librarian



HACS are excited to share their  up and coming workshops and  courses. Please find attached their  Workshop Newsletter for more information. Bookings are now open. Please complete the booking form attached to request your place on any of the below courses/workshops.

Workshops coming up:

Ø  Understanding Autism

Ø  ESA – Part of Universal Credits

Ø  PDA – Pathological Demand Avoidance

Ø  Autism: Women & Girls

Ø  Autism: Promoting Positive Behaviour

Ø  The Online World – Keeping your Child/Teenager Safe

Ø  Lego Based Therapy Training


Legal Advice Workshops coming up:

Ø  Running your own Tribunal Appeal

Ø  Getting an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Ø  NHS Continuing Health Care, Adult Social Care, Powers of Attorney and Deputyships – Ages 25 – 105 and Beyond

On 5th April the leading lights of parent education, Working with Parents in Sport, are delivering a workshop for parents of children in sport. Their website can be found here:

The workshop will provide information and strategies to help parents support their child throughout the sporting experience.






Letters Home

 Summer School

whole school


Culture Fest

whole school


Trip to London—letter of interest Years 10, 11 & 6th Form


School Lunches

Week:  25—29 March 2019

WEEK 2 (Winter Menu)

Upcoming Events

25th—29th  March 2019

Residential Trip to Devon—Year 9 –14

Selected pupils only


1st—5th April

French & German students visit MHS


1st—5th April

Culture Fest


Thursday 4th April

Culture Fest Evening 5pm—7pm


1st—5th April

World Autism Awareness Week


Friday 5 April 2019




6 April—22 April 2019


22 April—Bank Holiday Monday


Tuesday 23 April 2019

BACK TO SCHOOL—9am start


24 April 2019

ASD Coffee Morning – 10am


Friday 3 May

School Photographer—Class Photos


Monday 6 May

Bank Holiday


16 May 2019

Dyspraxia Coffee Morning—10am


24 May 2019

Training Day



27 May—31 May 2019



6 June 2019

Parents Evening  - Years 7, 8 and 10


17th—21st June 2019

Work Experience Week—Year 11


28 June 2019

Training Day

School is CLOSED to pupils


23 July 2019