Issue 31 - 17 May 2019





Issue 31 - 17 May 2019

School Reports for Year 7, 8, 10 and Thematic
will be coming home today (Friday 17 May), along with details of parents evening.
Please check your son or daughter’s schoolbag.


Friday, 24 May is a staff training day (next Friday)
School will be closed to pupils.  The following week is half term.

Summer Explorers 2019

Will you be bored over the summer holidays? 

Are you going to miss your friends from school?

Then why not come along to Summer Explorers 2019 at Meadow High School.

Request a Summer Explorers letter by emailing Mrs Gleed-Young at 

Class Photograph Orders

Order forms for the class photographs taken recently have been sent home. 

The last day you can return your order is Monday 3rd June (straight after half-term). 

Please don’t forget to include full payment with your order.  Thank you. 

Friends of Meadow 

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 

We would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Monday 3rd June 2019 at 2pm, in the school Library.

The PTA plays a vital part in the school community and all parents/carers are invited to support the AGM.  This is your chance to hear how the funds you have helped to raise have been used for the benefit of the pupils at our school.  The Treasurer will also give a financial report and we will be electing officers for our 2019/20 Committee. Any parent who has been on the Committee for 1 year or more can stand.  

We look forward to welcoming any new faces who can help us with the ongoing success of this committee. It is also an opportunity for you to find out about what goes on behind the scenes to organise and raise money to support the School.

Special Olympics Great Britain is partnering with London Marathon Events to launch the first ever Special Olympics Unified Mile.

This exciting event will be a part of the Vitality Westminster Mile, the world’s largest timed mile, on Sunday 26 May 2019 (approx. 11:00-12.00) in Central London. Every finisher gets a medal and a goody bag. The Special Olympics Unified Mile is open to Special Olympics athletes, families, friends and supporters making this an inclusive experience at a global level. The organisers of the Vitality Westminster Mile have offered Special Olympics a dedicated wave in the Mile, free of charge, as part of its commitment to highlight social inclusion as a key message of the event. Though your place is free we are encouraging all involved to fundraise as much as possible.  See the red flyer attached to the end of this bulletin.  To start your application follow this link:

Sixth Form Charity Run    

On Friday 10 May, many of the Sixth Form took part in a 3K charity run at Ruislip Lido.   So far, we have raised £180.00 in sponsorship money—which will be donated to DASH.    

Well done everyone !

Project Search

On 10th May, the Project SEARCH interns were invited to take part in a Heathrow Challenge at the Hilton Hotel, organised by Learning to Work. 

Our interns were put into teams where they worked with volunteers from the Heathrow workforce, Hilton Hotel interns and Project SEARCH staff.  The objective was for each team to follow a diagram and build a Lego pod, similar to the driverless pods used to transport passengers between Heathrow’s car parks and Terminal 5.   The team’s next task was to use basic computer coding to programme their pod so that it could navigate a track, finishing

with a race off between all of the teams. Following a presentation about Heathrow’s workforce, lunch was provided by the Hilton and new friendships were formed with the Hilton’s interns. Our group showed determination as they communicated and worked well with their teams to complete the challenging tasks.  The photo shows Project Search intern Nathan H, working alongside his Heathrow Challenge teammates.

Our Welfare Officer,  Berni Gamble, will be attempting to swim across the Solent to the Isle of Wight on Sunday, 30th June 2019 to help raise money for the Samaritans. She has never done any event like this and it is a  massive personal challenge for her. She would be really gra​​​teful if you could support her in this to help raise money for such a worthy cause. The Samaritans provide a vital service for so many people in their hour of need and this is a cause which is close to her heart. The swim is 2K and she has never swam this distance in the open sea before and the conditions that this presents. She has only relatively recently learnt to swim front crawl in the last couple of years.

Any support and encouragement you are able to offer would be greatly appreciated. Please follow the Link below:

The Samaritans are a national organisation that provide support if you are struggling, or if you are worried about someone else.  “Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”  The helpline number for the Samaritans is 116 123 (free).  For more information about the Samaritans, please visit their website:

Shoebox Appeal For Grenada — UPDATE   Last year we launched an appeal to fill shoeboxes full of goodies to send to three special schools in Grenada.  The school has worked with the Jason Roberts Foundation over a number of years to provide support and expertise to these schools.  In late 2018, 191 shoeboxes, 17 boxes of paper and colouring pencils and a bag of cuddly toys left the school bound for Grenada ! The Jason Roberts Foundation received them before Christmas and handed them out to their students. If you would like to read more about the School’s work with the Jason Roberts Foundation please visit the School Website to read the whole story please visit Links/Grenada.  This week in school we received these photos of the pupils in Grenada receiving their gifts.   THANK YOU TO ALL THE FAMILIES AND STAFF WHO SUPPORTED THE  SHOEBOX APPEAL




Consultation to Build Two Special Free Schools in Hillingdon


Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find details of a consultation below. The consultation is now open for reading, and your responses can be submitted up to the closing date of Tuesday 25th June 2019, using the links below. If you would like a hard copy of the consultation leaflet please contact  Lynn Barratt at

Many thanks,

Hillingdon Parent/Carers Forum Steering Committee.


Consultation to open two special Free Schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon


  1. The Young People’s Academy Free School, which would keep the name of the existing school, would be a co-educational special school with 110 places for children and young people aged 11-19 who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) in association with a range of learning needs, including a high proportion with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Hillingdon and North West London region. We intend to open this new school for the academic year 2021/22.   The existing school currently provides places for children and young people from the ages of 11-16. The intention is to close this school and to open the new Free School, on the same site, which extends the provision in the area from Key Stage 3 through to post 16.   For further information on this Free School proposal, the dates of the public meetings and how to respond to the consultation please click on the below link.
  2. The Young People’s Hub Free School would be a co-educational Alternative Provision school with 120 places for children and young people aged 5-19 in the Hillingdon and North West London region. We intend to open this new school for the academic year 2021/2022.    The existing school, The Skills Hub, currently provides alternative provision for children and young people from the ages of 11-16. The intention is to close The Skills Hub and to create a new Free School, the Young People’s Hub, which extends the provision in the area from Key Stage 1 through to post 16.    For further information on this Free School proposal, the dates of the public meetings and how to respond to the consultation please click on the below link.

We have been forwarded information about the following support organisation by Hillingdon Children With Disabilities Team, which may be of interest to families:


Parent to Parent Service   0808 800 4106

Free from landlines and most mobiles:   3, O2, EE, T-mobile, Virgin and Vodafone

Would you like to receive confidential emotional support from another parent?

Parent to Parent is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing emotional support to parents and carers of autistic children and adults. The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who offer telephone support from their own homes. The Parent to Parent volunteers are based across the UK, so parents don’t have to share information with someone in their local area. 

Our volunteers have personal experience of autism and the impact it has on their own families. They can give other parents the opportunity to talk through problems and feelings.

Our volunteers can:
> provide an impartial listening ear
> support you in identifying key issues and strategies
> direct you to appropriate services for information and advice
> call you back at a convenient time during the day, evening or weekend
> offer you complete anonymity, as our volunteers are distributed across the UK

Our volunteers cannot:
> answer your call straight away, but we will call you back as soon as possible
> provide face-to-face support
> provide you with ongoing support


How can I contact the Parent to Parent Service?

You can call at any time, day or night, and leave a message on our 24-hour answer phone. Please be aware that you will not speak to someone immediately as this is not a manned line. If you leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. Alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form.

We encourage you to leave as much information as you can in your answer phone message, including:

suitable times for a volunteer to call you back, whether you are happy for an answer phone message to be left, or for a message to be left with another member of your family, whether you would like to speak to a mother or a father.

I cannot thank the volunteer I spoke to enough.

Letters  Home


Letter to selected pupils

London Youth Games Swimming Gala


Letter to Whole School

Preferred method of contact


Letter to Class 11BA


School Lunches


Week: 20-24  May  2019


(Spring/Summer Menu)

Upcoming Events


24 May 2019

Training Day

School is CLOSED to pupils


27 May—31 May 2019



3 June 2019

Friends of Meadow AGM @ 2pm


6 June 2019

Parents Evening  - Years 7, 8 , 10 and



13 June 2019

Sports Day (more information to follow)


17th—21st June 2019

Work Experience Week—Year 11


20 June 2019

Reserve Day for Sports Day


24-27 June 2019

Arts Week

Production Rehearsal Week


28 June 2019

Training Day

School is CLOSED to pupils


1-5 July 2019

Production Week


2 July 2019



1-5 July 2019

Summer Production Week


11 July 2019

PROM (Year 11-14).  Invitation only.


23 July 2019




Wednesday 4 September 2019