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  • On Monday 12th November, 18 students from years 6, 7 and 8 participated in the annual football tournament at The Triangle in Burgess Hill.  Woodlands Meed entered two teams and competed against schools such as St Marys, Grove Park, Oak Grove and Muntham House.

    Woodslands Meed A had a tough draw in their group and lost their initial three games.  However, they demonstrated great team spirit and togetherness, supporting each other throughout theses challenging matches.  They were easily the most improved team in the entire tournament as they went on to win their next three games without conceding a single goal, which included a 1-0 win against Woodlands Meed B in literally the last 3 seconds!

    In the other group, Woodlands Meed B opened their group matches with a tough match against a strong St Mary’s, but losing by a very respectable 3-1 score line.  They went on to win two of their remaining four matches, scoring five and conceding none.

    It was fantastic to have a number of family members there to support our amazing young people during this sporting event.  It created a great atmosphere which I know our students benefitted greatly from.  Thank you!

    Woodlands Meed A

    Ethan: Fantastic team spirit; offering to go in goal when others were unsure and showing great skills between the sticks.

    Luke: Participating fully and demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout.

    Craig: Mr Versatile; played a number of different positions and demonstrated great energy .

    Lily: Fantastic energy and enthusiasm.  Great commitment and determined tackling!

    Fred: Good awareness of positioning upfront leading to two well taken goals.

    Daniel: Great debut; showed amazing positivity and a fantastic team spirit throughout.

    Harvey: Great  energy  from the first to the last minute; top goal scorer with some quite simply exquisite finishing!

    Aaron: Participated fully; demonstrating great patience and team spirit.  Scored some lovely goals!

    Alan: What a debut!  ‘Mr Positive!’.  Fantastic enthusiasm and encouragement throughout.  A real team player and our ‘Player of the Tournament for WM A’

    Woodlands Meed B

    Nathan: Amazing goalkeeping throughout and some truly world class saves!

    Alfie: “The Wall”: Fantastic tackling and great interceptions, even when heavily outnumbered!

    Emma: “The Engine Room”: Great enthusiasm, speed and energy.  Got her deserved goal in the final group game.

    Oscar: Powerful and strong when going forward, scored some excellent goals including a hat trick in game 2.

    Tom: Great speed and determination throughout, including some tough tackling against players much older than him.

    Harry M:  Fantastic energy and encouragement of his teammates throughout, some great controlled play.

    Skeff: Great debut; committed and participated fully!

    Toby: Grew enormously over the course of the tournament, great tactical knowledge and solid passing.

    Ben: A truly fantastic debut; showing great desire and commitment.  Tackling, passing, tactical understanding, great team spirit and our ‘Player of the Tournament for WM B’


  • On Monday the 5th November, Owl’s Class represented Woodlands Meed at the annual Boccia and New Age Kurling event at The Triangle in Burgess Hill. 

    Last year, Woodlands Meed won Gold and Silver medals at the competitive event but today took on more of a festival feel with the emphasis being on integration, participation and having fun!  Using those three factors as a measure of success, we can wholeheartedly state that this was a great day with no fewer than seven students accessing an inter sporting event for the first time...what a great achievement! 

    Well done to everyone involved.

  • National Achievement for Newcomer Kim

    Published on Thursday 1st November 2018

    Woodlands Meed Catering Manager, Kim Nicholls was shortlisted from a national field to be just one of 3 nominees for the Newcomer Award at the recent Educatering Excellence Awards 2018 held in London at the Royal Garden Hotel on 9th October 2018.

    Kim, who is part of the West Sussex Catering Team, based at Woodlands Meed School, was delighted to be acknowledge for her work since starting at Woodlands Meed in 2017.  ‘I am thrilled with this achievement for myself and my team at Woodlands Meed.  Working at a special school is very rewarding and I love having the opportunity to produce fresh homemade delicious food that the children and staff enjoy.’

    Adam Rowland, Head teacher at Woodlands Meed added, ‘This is a well deserved recognition of Kim and her teams efforts for the fantastic lunches and catering service they provide for pupils and staff at Woodlands Meed.’

    The EDUcatering Excellence Awards are the only awards that recognise catering across the entire school sector, including local authority-run schools, contract caterers and self-managed sites, in state maintained schools, academies and independent schools.

    Following a fantastic set of entries and a difficult judging process, Kim was presented with a certificate to mark her achievement of being shortlisted to the final 3 nominees from the entire county.

  • Woodlands Meed are proud to announce that we have achieved The Gold School Games Mark Award for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2017/18.  This is a fantastic achievement and shows we have continued to develop our sporting opportunities for ALL our young people by building on our silver award in 2016/17.  A fantastic effort by everyone at Woodlands Meed and we look forward to even more sporting opportunities this year!

  • Woodlands Meed Family Fireworks Night

    Published on Tuesday 16th October 2018

    Volunteers create a spectacular event for the local community.

    Family Fireworks Night at Woodlands Meed on Saturday 13th October 2018 was a sparkling success.  The stunning fireworks were set to music and a mild, almost warm evening and clear night’s sky ensured the fireworks set the sky alight with colour and magical sparkle.

    An event designed by The Friends of Woodlands Meed for the whole community with families and those with special needs in mind was generously supported by the community and local businesses with neighbouring secondary school , Burgess Hill Academy lending their field to house and fire all the fireworks safely away from the crowds watching at Woodlands Meed.

    It really was a triumph of volunteers working together, supported by local businesses to put on an event for Burgess Hill and the wider community.  Over £3000 was raised for Woodlands Meed which will go towards funding equipment and projects at this special needs School and College for children from aged 2 to 19 with special educational needs.

    The event which was generously, sponsored by local business Ellis Motors, AVS Fencing, Mr MOT, Floral Image, Sussex Stone Works, Caremark, Sussex Prestige Cars, JS Electrical and Blake Landscaping and included volunteers from Burgess Hill Lions and Burgess Hill Youth who kindly marshalled the event along with Burgess Hill Radio and the local St Johns Ambulance.  Burgess Hill local police put in a visit too! 

    Adam Rowland, Head Teacher at Woodlands Meed School said ‘I am delighted so many people came and supported and enjoyed this family fireworks event. We are extremely grateful too for the support of Burgess Hill Lions and the Burgess Hill Academy in helping our Friends of Woodlands Meed volunteers to be able to put on this event.’


  • On Monday 8th October, two teams from years 8, 9 and 10 attended the annual football tournament hosted by The Triangle in Burgess Hill and organised by Albion in the Community.

    Woodlands Meed B, compiled of students from year 9 competed against teams from schools such as St Mary’s, Grove Park, Muntham House, Cedar Centre and Bowden House. 

    After an extremely tough start and playing against some students who were two years older, they soon settled in to playing some attractive and competitive football; winning three of their last five games, including a 2-0 defeat of Woodlands Meed College, which gave the School bragging rights in probably the most entertaining match of the whole tournament!

    Despite, the school site being victorious in the one off match between our two sites, the support for each other and camaraderie was second to none, cheering each other on throughout the entirety of the tournament.

    Marlon was awarded the Fair Play Award for Woodlands Meed B after applying himself superbly and demonstrating a fantastic attitude both on and off the pitch.  However, we must praise every single one of our amazing students for their desire, determination, teamwork, effort, conduct and sportsmanship.  They were a real credit to WM and we could not be prouder!  Congratulations on a FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE!

  • National Fitness Day

    Published on Friday 28th September 2018

    Woodlands Meed were extremely lucky to be offered the chance of some Personal Training with four coaches from Rapid Results, during National Fitness Day on the 26th September.

    The first activity of the day was in the pool for our regular aquaerobic students. Our students were put through their paces by the trainers; exercising their whole body through replicating a series of actions and games as demonstrated by The Rapid Results’ trainers.  The session was great fun and the students thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Back on dry land the PT instructors visited classes in both Primary and Secondary; as they set the students (and staff!) the squat challenge!

    Every class was given the opportunity to do 10 minutes exercise with the trainers to see if they could complete the challenge. Each student picked a card at random from a playing deck and then in turn, the whole class performed that number of squats (unlucky for those classes with more students!). 

    The effort put in by staff and students alike was absolutely fantastic!

    There were plenty of laughs, and a few aches too!

    Squats achieved by WM today:

    Waterfall: 690

    Desert: 1162

    River: 720

    Mountain: 1512

    Lake: 1196

    Ocean: 1200*

    Robins: 616

    Fox: 688

    Owls: 640

    Moles: 468

    Woodpeckers: 114

    Badgers: 116

    WM TOTAL: 8510!!!

    *(1 squat equivalent to every 10 seconds of aqua)

  • Wheelchair Football: Fun Festival Returns!

    Published on Thursday 27th September 2018

    On Monday 24th September, Hedgehogs’ Class travelled the short distance to the Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill to participate in the annual Wheelchair Football Festival!  After the successes of last Summer’s event, this was not an opportunity to be missed! 

    Everyone had an amazing time; participating in drills and races before they had the opportunity to put into practice what they had learnt through playing matches; with some more competitive than others (and that was just the staff!)

    We are so proud of our Hedgehogs for not only accessing, but also for fully embracing the increased opportunities they are experiencing.  Every student participated with great enthusiasm and judging by their faces, they all loved the experience and are looking forward to the next one in the summer term!

  • Woodlands Meed students celebrate excellent results in 2018

    Published on Tuesday 25th September 2018

    We are delighted to share with you the recent successes students at Woodlands Meed have achieved.

    Nola Bennett, Assistant Head at the College site was thrilled with her student’s achievements, ‘Congratulations to all Woodlands Meed students who have received their results. It was a delight to see so many students rewarded for their hard work and commitment. Well done. We wish all our leavers all the best as they move onto further education and social care provisions and we welcome back many students to our Key Stage 5 provision where they will continue with their learning journey.’

    There were some excellent individual successes including:

    Daniel Cripps who gained 5 GCSE’s, including a B in GCSE ICT and Statistics

    Jake Herlihy who gained 4 GCSE’s

    Job Macinnes who gained 2 GCSEs

    Georgia Godfrey who gained Level 1 in both Functional Skills Maths and English, as well a Level 1 BTEC Workskills Award.

    Inga Herhily, was delighted with her son, Jake’s results , ‘ Our son has achieved his results through the dedication, patience and understanding of his teachers and that they knew when to push him for the amazing results that he has managed to acquire through Woodlands Meed College ’

    Parent, Kathyrn Godfrey commented ‘we would just like to say how proud we are of Georgia and her amazing hard work and to thank Woodlands Meed for 4 fantastic years’

    Victoria Cripps added ‘my son Daniel has now started Crawley College to do first year in a Life & Work skills course, but now has the grades he needs to go onto apply for the IT Academy.’

    Woodlands Meed is a maintained special school. The School and College aim to meet the needs of all pupils in the local area who require a special school placement and make a range of types of provision for a wide range of complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

    100% of the generic Year 11 students achieved at least one qualification

    31% of the Year 11 students gained at least 1 GCSE

    83% of the generic Key Stage 5 students left Woodlands Meed with a Functional Skills Maths qualification

    91% of the generic Key Stage 5 students left Woodlands Meed with a Functional Skills English qualification

    83% of the generic Key Stage 5 student left with a BTEC Workskills Award

    99 Entry Level qualifications were gained 

    8 students gained ICT GCSE

    4 students gained GCSE English language

    2 students gained GCSE Statistics

    3 students gained GCSE Maths

    3 students gained GCSE Art

  • It’s Magic present Woodlands Meed with £2349 !

    Published on Wednesday 8th August 2018

    Tim French from It’s Magic Events presented an amazing cheque for £2349 each to three local charities this week – Kangaroos, Sussex Autism Support and The Friends of Woodlands Meed.

    The money was raised from the recent four day music festival in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath.  The Friends of Woodlands Meed were delighted to receive the cheque and the money will go towards projects at the School and College.  We are so grateful to Tim French and all at It’s Magic for all their hard work and support of local good causes.

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