“School will close for half term Mon 18th Feb-22nd Feb and Mon 25th Feb due to inset day. School re opens Tue 26th Feb”

Family Support

Mrs Sarah Rubanski

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Email: msr@themeadows.staffs.sch.uk


Mrs Julie Roberts
Family Support Worker
Email: mjr@themeadows.staffs.sch.uk   


Mr Kieron Edridge

Family Support Worker

Email: mke@themeadows.staffs.sch.uk


Monthly Coffee Mornings

Our Family Support Workers aim to hold monthly informal Coffee Mornings where parents/carers/families are welcome to call in for a chat, support and to share information/ideas with other families.  Occasionally, there will be a specific focus to these Coffee Mornings and other agencies will also be on hand to offer information and support.

The next meeting will be held on :  

To be confirmed.....

As always everyone is welcome; we always look forward to seeing as many parents and carers as are able to attend.

If you are unable to attend any of these meetings, Julie or Kieron are available to meet with parents and carers either in school or at home at a mutually convenient time. 

After School Club

There are regular after school clubs which take place, and if you are interested in your child attending these, please contact Julie who will be able to give you more information.  The clubs usually last for 4 or 5 weeks and the theme varies.  The clubs are popular and spaces can fill up quickly.  Parents/carers are required to make their own arrangements to collect students from school at 4.30pm.


Local news, clubs and activities for families of children with SEN


Consultation on Post 16 travel statement for 2018/19

Under section 509AA and 509AB of the Education Act 2002, Staffordshire County Council must produce and publish a statement detailing what travel assistance will be available for Staffordshire resident students aged 16 to 19 for September 2018 to July 2019. We are also required to consult with various parties on the content of the statement including learning providers, neighbouring local authorities, students and their parents.

We would be grateful for your feedback on the proposed Staffordshire Post 16 travel statement which can be found on the Staffordshire Web. There are no proposed changes to the offer of support for 2018/19 compared to 2017/18 other than the annual review of the contribution rates.

Please provide any feedback by 26 April 2018 either by e-mail to transport.consultation@staffordshire.gov.uk or in writing to myself at:

2 Staffordshire Place

Tipping Street


ST16 2DH

I would also be grateful if you could advise your board of governors, students and their parents/carers of this consultation via any meetings, newsletters, parent events or student bodies that you have so that they can also comment, again by e-mail or via the postal address above. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Action: Please provide any feedback and advise governors, students and parents of the consultation.



Good news for local Autism Awareness from the INTU potteries shopping centre and Cineworld

Intu Potteries is introducing a dedicated Autism hour the first Monday of each month from 10am to 11am. This was launched  yesterday. (Monday 5 February) 

Stores will be asked to turn down music, dim bright lights, share information about autism and helping customers.

Staff at Intu Potteries have received training to provide autism-aware customer service so people know they are in a safe and welcoming environment.

People can also pick up from the customer services desk or download a guide that allows them to plan and prepare a visit to the centre at www.intu.co.uk/potteries

There was a trial run in October last year and it was a great success.


Cineworld, located at the leisure complex at intu Potteries also holds an Autism friendly movie screening on the first Sunday of each month. These are special performances of recently released films which have subtle changes to the cinema environment that means people who have sensory differences may have a more positive experience than they would in a traditional cinema setting. Changes include the lights being kept on at a low level, the sound being turned down and there are no trailers or advertisements - just the film. For more information and the latest films please visit the Cineworld website at www.cineworld.co.uk


Changing Places at Fenton Manor Sports Complex

Fenton Manor Sports Complex has two Changing Places suites available.

A Changing Place is an accessible bathroom facility for use by people with disabilities, either independently or with carers. The toilet facility also has a large changing bed, shower and a hoist.

The suites are in use by customers who use Fenton Manor pool or gym but members of the public can also use the facility if needed while out and about. 

You can call and book the suite so reception staff can ensure one of the rooms will be free.

If you would like to book to use a changing place please contact the reception team on 01782 233222.

What is Changing Places ?



Local Support Groups, Clubs and Activities

Sportivate disability Trampolining Club Chesterton
Sportivate disability Trampolining Club Abbey Hulton
Aiming High Eligibility Criteria -updated Jan 2016
Alternatives to traditional respite directory 2016
Empowered Families Project Information
Disability Football at Port Vale FC
Volunteering Lifeworks e-bulletin

Seashells Foundation - Growing Up and Moving On Day

North Staffs SUN network group update & meeting information

North Staffs Carers Whats On guide May 2018

RISE UP summer discos in Biddulph

Social Club for children with Downs - Friday 1 June 1pm-4pm

Our Space Leaflet