Mrs Wrights Blog
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to Education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Happy Holidays Everyone! And farewell to Mrs Thirlaway!
The Summer Holidays have finally arrived, and whether you are spending them at home or in Britain on a staycation, may I wish everyone a happy and healthy vacation.
It has been a rollercoaster of a school year, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support to us all here at school. The staff have worked hard to maintain the education of our students, whether in school or working from home, and we are appreciative of the assistance given by parents and carers in enabling this to succeed.
Mrs Thirlaway, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher is retiring this week, after 24 years at The Meadows School. We thank her for her diligent professionalism in helping meet the individual needs of students and their families, and her excellent support to staff. We wish her well, for a long and happy retirement!
Outdoor Adventure Champions - Medals and Trophy
Since September 2020, here at The Meadows, we have been running an awards scheme, each half term, for students taking part in Outdoor Education. Learning in the ’Great Outdoors’ is an integral part of our school curriculum and is valued on many levels. There are individual, desirable, hand-made, wooden medals up for grabs, as well as a handmade, wooden class trophy, for the overall winners, whose class have scored the most points.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Outdoor Champion Medals are awarded to students in each class taking part, and a trophy at the end of each half term, which is inscribed with the class name.
There are points awarded to young people for working hard, perseverance, helping others, trying new activities, such as different food, challenging experiences, overcoming fears, letting go of leadership, altering behaviours, and putting in extra effort, showing empathy and care for others, that provides challenge on a personal level, and takes out of their comfort zone.
If someone is particularly good at something, helping others to get better at it will gain them points.
Class points awarded towards the trophy are for the class to work together as a team.
A short description of the winners’ achievements of bronze, silver and gold medals, is read out to the class and sent home to parents, to explain the reason for its having been awarded.
The Head of School presents the medals and trophy to the winners with much aplomb, as the results are eagerly anticipated. This is a forerunner to encourage students to take part in Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Thanks to Jackie Robinson, Outdoor Education tutor for running the scheme and making the eco-friendly medals and trophy.
Thanks Again to ASDA!!
A further 5 Laptops have been received in school, from the ASDA Foundation.
We extend our thanks once again to Jonathan Edwards and his team at our local, friendly ASDA supermarket, Leek for nominating The Meadows. Much appreciated!
Donation of laptops by ASDA supermarket
The Meadows is thrilled to have been given a very generous donation from the ASDA Foundation, Dell and Vodafone, who have worked together to provide IT equipment, to support teaching and learning in these challenging times. Our sincere thanks go to our local Leek ASDA store who nominated us for this initiative. We are grateful to manager Jonathan Edwards and his colleagues for their continuing support to our school.
The donated package includes 5 laptops, with headphones, a dongle with 3 months access to the internet and a laptop rucksack to keep everything safe.
We are astonished at the generosity and can now steam ahead with our online learning.
Thank you ASDA!
Comic Relief 2021 and a Free, Fish and Chip Lunch!
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to turning the school into a sea of red for Red Nose Day, by wearing something red and in one case colouring hair! We have raised £114 to go to the charity, which may not seem a lot of money… but to borrow a well known phrase; every little helps!
Just to add to the fun, all students and staff were treated to a free cooked school lunch from our new caterers, Mellors.
Well who can resist fish and chips on a Friday with a chocolate brownie to follow! Healthy choices were also available….. with delicious colourful fruit pots.
Thank you to Mellors.
School lunch menus are on the website. Please contact the school office for any further details about applying for free school meals, if you think you may be eligible.
Helping the Rescuers
Many of you will have seen that a member of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, based in the Lake District, was involved in a terrible accident while out on a rescue this February.
The team member fell 500 feet down an icy slope and severely injured his spine while going to help two hikers in trouble.
We talked about his situation in class and how, as a volunteer helping others, this man had sacrificed so much.
In response to this a group of Meadows 6th Formers, including some of our Duke of Edinburgh group, set up a fundraising project.
They held a bake sale, baking some delicious cupcakes and washed staff cars to raise £82.70 towards helping the injured man and the Team. All car washes are shut at the moment so it was a good chance to clean some very dirty cars. All staff gave very generously, many staff even paying for the students not to wash their cars!
Well done 6th Formers for your hard work and thanks to all for their generosity.
World Book Day 2021
We had ‘Great Expectations’ of a fun packed day at The Meadows for World Book Day and we were not disappointed!
Staff and students prepared an excellent, creative display in the school foyer, with a wide selection of reading books being enjoyed.
There was work covering classics, such as Gulliver’s Travels and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, with a look at more modern stories such as The Mr Men Books and the Percy Jackson series.
Students working from home submitted photos of themselves reading at home, and one student in school was photographed with her feet on the table, reading from a swivel chair in Mr Best’s office…it must have been lunchtime! There are some great pictures of staff and students reading in the school grounds and at home, with several folk enjoying a good read in the Spring sunshine. Optimistic staff were spotted reading books entitled, ‘ The Holiday’ and the Yorkshire Shepherdess! We can but dream!
The highlight of the day was organised by ‘Our Mutual Friend’, Mr Harvey who held a competition called The Masked Reader, where staff recorded a favourite poem or rhyme, with their faces disguised by a comic filter on the computer screen. This proved to be hilarious. Mr Pritchard’s class won the prize for the most correct answers.
It was a dicken’s of a day! Thanks everyone. Keep calm and carry on reading!
Spring Half Term 2021
It has been a challenging start to the New Year for everyone, but we are now almost at half term. Thank you to all staff and students who have carried on with teaching and learning either within school or from home. Thanks also to parents, carers and families who have supported students at home and in school. There have been some wonderful examples of independent learning and the development of life skills, building personal resilience. As the days are lengthening, we can look forward to Spring and in the words of captain Sir Tom Moore hope that
‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day’
Enjoy the holidays everyone and challenge yourself to try something new!
' A Winter Scene ' written by a Sixth Form Student
A Winter Scene
It was Christmas Day and I decided to go outside for a while.
I sat on a bench and looked at the wonderful scene, admiring it.
I could see the tiny, beautiful snowflakes falling from the sky.
The sky was milky and foggy because it was filled with snow.
When I walked on the snow, I could hear it cracking and I looked down to see my footprints engraved into the snow.
The trees had since lost all of their soft, green leaves and were dancing in the wind as the snow fell off the branches.
I could see the sun high up in the clouds, shining down on the snow scene, trying it's very hardest to melt all of the snow away.
I could see birds soaring across the sky and I could hear them singing their sweet tune as they flew away into the distance.
My face was completely numb since the air surrounding me was bitterly cold.
I couldn't stop myself from gazing at the beautiful scene.
Written by a student in the Sixth Form (December 2020)
Vacancy - part time Exams Officer
We are currently looking for a part time Exams Officer for 7.5 hours per week (term time + 2 weeks) who can adminster the delivery of exams/assessments to a small number of secondary special needs students. Please see vacancies page for further information/application forms
Anti -Bullying Competition Winner â€˜All Different, All Equalâ€™
There was such a great deal of excellent art and written work produced by the students for Anti Bullying week, that it was difficult to choose prize winners, but eventually it was decided to award class prizes to three classes. Classes BP, NG and JH had put in a lot of effort, and were rewarded with certificates and tubs of chocolates to share; though the hot favourite was Class JH’s display of a long line of youngsters all holding hands, under the title
‘All different, all equal!’
Three individual students received special certificates and a small chocolate prize!
Well done everyone and remember the message that Bullying is unacceptable at all levels; everyone should be treated with respect!
Poppy Appeal 2020
We have raised a fantastic total of £131.85 for the Poppy Appeal through the sale of poppies, wristbands, zip pulls and other small items supplied by the Royal British Legion. Students were able to select items from an order form for a small donation. It is wonderful to see students enthusiastic about such an important cause.
Children In Need Day 2020
We held a non-uniform day in aid of the Children In Need appeal on Friday 13th November and raised a total of £95.90 which is a super amount and will help to improve the lives of children across the UK.
Thankyou for your support as always, especially in these difficult times.
Anti-Bullying Week 2020
The theme for this year is United Against Bullying, and here at The Meadows we kicked this week off with an ‘Odd Socks Day’, as a fun way to start the week. There were some great colour combinations of socks, with fantastic patterns too.
Students and staff have been working on a range of activities to explore Anti Bullying, and are creating some thoughtful written work and imaginative Artwork.
Remembrance in 2020
As we approach Remembrance Day on 11th November, staff and students have been remembering and reflecting on the bravery, service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
This year marked 75 years since the end of the Second World War and texts studied have included ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’, with others reading War Horse and the poetry of First World War poets.
You may have seen a large red poppy in the big window facing Springfield Road---this has been made by the young people in ‘Student Support’. An imaginative arch of paper poppies has been created over their classroom door, together with a display of ceramic poppies, made under the direction of Mr Gell, our Pottery teacher.
The poppies are a reference to the poem, ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow’, by the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John MaCrae, an everlasting reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In this extraordinary year when the Armed Forces personnel have been supporting at the COVID testing centres…
‘ At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them ‘
Autumn Half Term holidays
Thank you to the whole school community who have helped to keep the school COVID secure over this last half term, and have risen to the many challenges.
Well done everyone! Have a great Half term break and ‘Stay Safe’
Medals Awarded for Outdoor Learning and Bushcraft
Although opportunities for activities have been limited this half term, Jackie Robinson, Outdoor Education leader has organised a range of outdoor pursuits within the school grounds, while maintain social distancing and strict hygiene practices. Students in some Key Stage 4 and 6th Form groups have been spending time in the great outdoors, learning a range of Bushcraft skills, and importantly, also learning soft skills such as team building, cooperation with peers and leadership.
Points have been given each week for individual effort, and this week as half term draws to a close, medals have been awarded to the top three students, in each class.
The medals have been handmade from wood cut from fallen branches, and have been classed as bronze, silver and gold, according to the ribbon colour.
Mrs Wright took great pleasure in presenting the medals to each class group, with some surprising winners. Well done everyone!
There is a trophy to ready to be given to the class who have shown the most effort and determination.
Special thanks to Jackie for organising an exciting programme and more significantly making the medals and trophy in her own time!
The competition starts again after half term; with more points to be earned and medals to be won!
Christmas 2020 shoebox appeal
to help change children's lives all over the world, even amid a global pandemic, because now more than ever, children need hope.
Springfield School is currently advertising for a class teacher to start in January 2021. Please see the vacancies page for further information. Closing date for applications is Friday 6th November.
Autumn days when the grass is dewyâ€¦..
As we move into October it has been wonderful to see how students and staff have settled back into the Autumn term, within their class bubbles. The lovely sunny days have afforded many opportunities to be outside, and Jackie Robinson, our outdoor education specialist has led many interesting activities in the school grounds taking advantage of the weather. There have been scavenger hunts, tree identification quizzes, as well as fires lit, and a great den built by Class NG.
Thanks, everyone for the enthusiasm shown, and the team building skills developed.
It is time to look out those warm coats, hats and scarves!
Teaching assistant vacancy at The Meadows
We are currently seeking a full time (32.5 hours per week) teaching assistant to work at The Meadows. Further information can be found under the Staff tab / Vacancies. Closing date for applications is Monday 28th September 2020.
Autumn Term 2020
Welcome back to school everyone!!
It is great to see both students and staff return to school this week, as once again we begin a new academic year. Of course this has been an unprecedented time for schools, and challenging for everyone, whatever their personal circumstances.
Nevertheless it is wonderful to see everyone back in the school building and working together to adapt to the COVID secure, health and safety rules that are in place. Thanks to parents and carers who have worked with school staff to ensure such a smooth return to school.
Let us all hope that we can keep safe and well, so that we are able to achieve high standards of education as we seek to make up for lost time, while enjoying school life and the company of our friends.
To those students who were being entered for GCSE's this summer please note that school will be open on Thursday 20th August between 11am and 12noon should you wish to collect your results in person. If you are unable to attend, your results will be posted home to you.
GCSE Results Day - Thursday 20th August 2020
For those students who are expecting GCSE results on Thursday 20th August we are hoping to be able to open for a hour in the morning for students and their families to pop along to school to collect their results in person should they so wish, as we have done in previous years. For those students this affects, we will send a text message out nearer the time with further details.
Best wishes, Rachel (Exams Officer)
School re-opens Wednesday 2nd September 2020
We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Wednesday 2nd September. All up to date information can be found on this website under the Information / Returning to school page. Any updates over the summer holidays regarding the return to school will be sent via the usual methods to texts to parents/carers and information on the school website.
We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday whatever you are doing, and we look foward to seeing everyone back in school in September.
With best wishes from all The Meadows School family.
RETURNING TO SCHOOL UPDATE - 8th June
Important letter for parents and carers, along with further information on returning to school is now on the school website. PLEASE READ AS A MATTER OF URGENCY.
VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations from the School Community
Have you spotted The Meadows Rainbow?
Anyone passing on Springfield Road may have seen our tribute to NHS Staff and all Key Workers as staff and students have made a giant rainbow to show their support and appreciation at this challenging time.
We are looking forward to the end of the rainbow and hoping for a little bit of magic. We are not seeking the pot of gold on this occasion;we are simply looking forward to seeing all our friends and family again, and even our teachers, and being able to do those ordinary things which have now become so precious.
To see a rainbow, you need to look up, and turn your head to the sky. That's the clue; if you are passing The Meadows School, look up!
Stay Safe Everyone
VE Day Celebrations at home Friday 8th May
Meadows VE Day Home Party Celebrations
On Friday 8th May The Meadows would like to remember the 75 years since the the end of WW2 by celebrating with home parties since we had planned to have a party in school but this is not possible to do at the moment due to lock down. We can do this by making Union Jack Flags or bunting, cooking or eating war time food and recipes using rationed or home grown foods available at the time. Bake a WW2 cake. Drink water or apple juice or make other non alcholic drinks available at the time. Sing popular WW2 songs such as We'll meet again, White Cliffs of Dover etc. Learn how to ,Jitterbug, or do 'The Lambeth Walk' as part of your fitness routine. At the party you could also wear union Jack coloured clothes i.e. red, white and blue or clothes that would have been worn at the time if these are accessible. If the weather is good you could have a picnic party outside. We would love to see any photos or videos of your at home celebrations - and if you are happy for us to share them we could add them to the school website.
We'll Meet Again , sung by Vera Lynn, and quoted by Her Majesty The Queen
What strange times we are living in, with such glorious Spring sunshine,and all the flowers and blossom out, and the World facing this pandemic.
So much has changed in our society and indeed throughout the World.
While there is so much sadness, there is also a great amount of goodwill, as people pull together, to help each other.
I hope that everyone is Staying Safe, and following government guidelines.
School staff have prepared work for students, and are keeping in touch with families, and it is our fervent hope that our school community will soon be back together as we know it.
In the meantime perhaps you could be listening to Dame Vera Lynn sing her famous song from World War 2, 'We'll Meet Again', which reminds everyone that though we are parted now, from our usual routines, families and friends, we will soon be back together once more.. Her Majesty The Queen who lived through the Second World War has asked us all to stay strong and be resilient.
Perhaps you could be searching for other songs which provide Inspiration, and make yourself a playlist, ready to share when we get back to school.
In the meantime Stay Safe and show compassion to others.
Happy Easter everyone!! Enjoy those chocolate eggs, and don't let them melt in the sunshine!
Food vouchers for free school meal pupils
If your child usually receives Free School Meals you will now be receiving weekly vouchers to help pay for food at the supermarket. Please click on the Information page, and select School meals for further details.