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  • Albion in the Community - Niamh's Story

    Published on Monday 25th November 2019

    Find out how Albion in the Community have helped Niamh Newman overcome her disability

  • A ground-breaking table cricket league for children and young adults with complex physical disabilities was launched in Sussex on Friday.

    The joint project between Sussex Cricket Foundation and Chailey Heritage Foundation is based in Chailey Heritage’s brand-new Dream Centre in North Chailey, near Lewes.

    Students from Sussex Cricket’s network of special educational needs school and colleges are competing in the league using adapted equipment built by engineer Dr Martin Langner from Chailey Heritage that allows those with the most complex needs to operate batting and bowling devices independently.

    In Friday’s first fixture, Chailey Heritage School took on Woodlands Meed School. The two-innings match ended in a thrilling tie, with both teams’ making a combined total of 357.

    Further rounds of the competition will take place each half-term between now and the summer of 2020 when the eventual winner will be crowned.

    Sussex Cricket Foundation coaches have been funded by the Lord’s Taverners charity to support the teams taking part and officiate the matches.

    Opening up the game to other special educational needs schools and colleges in the county, the league builds on the success of weekly table cricket sessions for Chailey Heritage School pupils that have been delivered by Sussex Cricket Foundation over the last two years.

    Aroop Tanna, Sussex Cricket’s disability cricket manager said: “We’re thrilled to be launching this new competition with our friends at Chailey Heritage. I remember our conversation 12 months ago when we discussed how amazing it would be to get young people with the most complex disabilities playing table cricket matches independently.

    “It is fantastic that with the support of Lord's Taverners, this collaboration is able to bring young people together from different schools and colleges to access competitive sport in such a spectacular environment.

    “The new league is another example of Sussex Cricket Foundation’s aim to grow disability cricket and make the game more accessible to the wider community.”

    Al Carter, School Sports Development Officer for Chailey Heritage School said:  “We are thrilled to be enabling young people with complex disabilities to access sport thanks to these devices.

    “This group have never had the opportunity to participate like this, but through our innovation and partnership with Sussex Cricket Foundation and Lord’s Taverners, they now can take part in meaningful inter-school competition.”

    Baz Baron, a teacher at Woodlands Meed School, added: “A huge thanks to Penny at Woodlands Meed, Al from Chailey Heritage and Aroop at Sussex Cricket for creating this exciting bond our schools now have.

    “Hedgehog class are honoured to represent Woodlands Meed and we have all been very excited about the fixture at Chailey Heritage. Our children have taken to table cricket with keeness and thoroughly enjoy playing. It's great to see how far they have come in their skills in such a short space of time. We don't like cricket. We love it!”

    How does a game of table cricket work?

    The game is played on a table-tennis table or similar, with boundary fences set up around three edges.

    Teams are made up of six players and each team bats once.

    Every team member bats and bowls for one over each.

    The ball is delivered down a ramp and the batsmen use a mini cricket bat to attempt to hit the ball.

    The members of the fielding side who aren’t bowling surround the three edges of the table using a sliding board to try and intercept the ball once it has been hit by the batsman.

    Runs are scored if the batsman hits the ball into the boundary without it being intercepted by the fielders. The number of runs scored depends on which part of the boundary the ball hits.

    If the fielder manages to intercept the ball and it hits the white part of their board, then no runs are scored. If the fielder intercepts the ball and it hits the red central part of their board then the batsman is caught out.

    The batsman can also be out bowled if he misses the ball, LBW if he misses the ball and it hits his body and caught behind if he edges the ball behind.

    If a batsman is dismissed, five runs are deducted from his team’s total.

    The team with the most runs after both sides have batted is the winner!

    Check out these handy video guides from the Lord's Taverners for more information...

  • We don't like cricket … we love it!!!

    Published on Tuesday 19th November 2019

    On the 15th November, eight of our inspiring young people attended the table-top cricket competition, the very first of its kind at Chailey’s new Dream Centre.  After successful coaching sessions with Sussex Cricket and a truly magical day at The County Ground in Hove last year, we are keen that our students have as many opportunities to participate in this inclusive sport which they clearly love!

    Our students, staff and parents were welcomed to the Dream Centre by Al and his inspirational students before the match began.  The game then started in traditional fashion through the toss of a coin which Chailey won and decided to bat first.  WM were very eager to use the new adapted table cricket equipment which has been created due to some amazing collaborative work between Chailey and their engineers.  Both batting and fielding can now be accessed through receiving information from a variety of switches which can be activated via hand, head and other subtle body movements.  This allows the students to make choices and take more control. 

    WM started well, with captain Aya opening the bowling with a very strong over.  Chailey then demonstrated how skilful their students are, as their batting improved enormously during the first innings, and finished with a very impressive 290 runs!  It was now down to WM to respond, and didn’t we just!  Our students demonstrated some fantastic batting; every student got into double figures but it was Katie who led the way with a massive 19 runs!  It was very tense as we awaited the scores after the first innings, it was extremely tight with Woodlands Meed finishing with 291 runs, just one run in front of Chailey!  Play then stopped for a well-deserved lunch break.  When play then resumed, there was some magical batting and superb bowling by both sides, and plenty of smiles and laughter too!  

    Scores were calculated from both the first and second innings to provide a grand total.  This time, it really could not have been closer with both WM and Chailey finishing on exactly the same number of runs!  Therefore the first test ends in a draw!  Well done to all involved, there was some outstanding cricket played!

    We hope this will be a half-termly event, with the next test taking part after Christmas.  This was a real success and it is brilliant that all our students have the opportunity to participate in a competitive event, well done guys, we cannot wait for the next event!

  • Fantastic Foxes Flying High at Boccia and NAK Festival

    Published on Thursday 14th November 2019

    On Monday the 11th November, Fox Class travelled to The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill to compete against other schools in the annual Boccia and NAK competition. 

    Our students were put into two teams, with all students having the opportunity to play in both the Boccia and Kurling competitions.  Each of our teams played four matches, competing against schools such as Harlands, Blackthorns, Handcross and Lindfield.

    For many of our students, it was their first competitive competition and they all did the school proud!

    Our students were truly amazing; showing great determination and progress throughout the morning’s competition.

    Each school were asked to name one student as the winner of their ‘Magic Moment’.  This was to be awarded to the student who tried their best, showed great sportsmanship and fully embraced the ‘Spirit of the School Games’.  Although we were truly inspired by each of our amazing young people, this award was given to Zak for his enthusiasm and support of his peers.  His friends reciprocated this appreciation; cheering proudly when Zak received his award!

    Well done Fox Class; you are all AMAZING!!!


    Published on Friday 25th October 2019

    On Monday the 21st October, a squad of year 6, 7 and 8 students travelled to The Triangle in Burgess Hill for the annual football tournament.

    We were very pleased to be able to field two teams for this 6 aside competition and participated against schools such as Warden Park, Lindfield, Cuckmere and Saxon Mount.  Both teams fought valiantly throughout with the highlights being a 3-1 win against Oakgrove by our A Team, and a high scoring, end-to-end match between our B Team and Bowden House.

    For many of our students it was their first time playing in a competitive football tournament.  They did everyone proud, especially considering they were playing against students who were much older, and far more experienced than them.

    Every single player did amazingly well, however special mention must go to Fred and Megan for winning ‘The Player of the Tournament’ awards for their team spirit, work rate and enthusiasm.  Well done guys!

  • On Monday the 7th October, a squad of year 9 students travelled to The Triangle in Burgess Hill for the years 9, 10 and 11 Albion Cup.  This annual football competition is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and this year's competition well and truly lived up to all the hype.  In what proved to be an extremely physical tournament, our year 9s more than held their own, and played some superb football throughout. 

    The years 9s were given a tough group and faced a very strong St Mary’s in their opening match but only lost by a very respectable 1-0 score line.  They then found their shooting boots, winning three of the next five matches, the highlight of which was coming from 2-0 down to beat Saxon Mount 3-2. 

    The day then finished with our School and College sites competing in a ‘friendly’ match with the bragging rights on this occasion going to The College Site in a 3-0 win which can only be described as a very frenetic match!

    The Results:

    WM 0-1 ST Marys

    WM 3-1 Angmering

    WM 1-4 Cookmere House

    WM 0-0 Muntham House

    WM 3-2 Saxon Mount

    WM 1-0 Oakgrove

    WM School 0-3 WM College

    Every single player in the year 9 squad did themselves proud and played their part in what was a very successful tournament:

    Harvey and Ethan shared the eight goals between them in what can be only described as some of the best attacking play I have ever seen from a Woodlands Meed Team. 

    Oscar made some truly unbelievable saves and was a great leader throughout.

    Emma was our tenacious tackler, showing great energy to dispossess players who were up to two years older than her!

    Luke demonstrated some great passing to keep the attacking moves progressing up the pitch.

    Alfie lived up to his name of ’The Wall’ as he continually stopped the opposition’ attacks with blocks and tackles galore. 

    Alan was calmness personified as he showed great composure on the ball to link play between our midfielders and strikers. 

    Skeff was the dribbling maestro, protecting the ball and not giving up possession cheaply.

    Craig was our engine room; demonstrating great speed and endurance to cover every blade (well splinter) of ‘grass’. 

    A fantastic team effort that has only made us even prouder of our amazing students.  A special mention to Harvey Fuller who received the Fair Play Award for his sportsmanship, team ethos and positive approach to the games.  Well done to all involved!!!

  • Magnificent Moles’ Fantastic Football Festival!

    Published on Thursday 3rd October 2019

    On Wednesday 2nd October, Moles Class travelled the short distance to St Paul's to participate in a football festival along with ten other schools including Birchwood Grove, London Meed, Albourne, Lindfield and Southway.

    The staff and students had a fantastic afternoon at the festival where they participated in a carousel of football related activities which focused on developing skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting.

    The students were a real credit to Woodlands Meed with every single student participating for the entirety  of the afternoon with great enthusiasm.  Kaden said ‘It was the best day ever!’  Well done to all involved!!!

  • Primary 2 Sports Day

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    Our third and final sports’ day of the year took place on Friday the 28th  June and was for our older Primary students.  The weather continued to impress, but even the glorious sunshine was outdone by our fantastic students!

    Students went around in their class teams and spent 10 minutes on each event.  The events were varied and fun and included:


    1) Velcro target throw

    2) Netball/Basket ball shoot out

    3) Bean Bag Can alley (knock the cans off the table with bean bags)

    4) Water pistol hoop targets (shoot water into hoops) 


    1) standing long jump with tape measure

    2) High jump (over a pole balanced on cones)

    3) Hi bounce (Trampette, how many jumps can you do in the time)

    4) Ladders (jumping two feet into each hole)


    1) Foam javelins (with tape measure)

    2) Bean bags (with tape measure)

    3) Basketballs (with tape measure)

    4) Knock Down Cans


    1) Sprint race

    2) skipping race

    3) Egg and spoon race

    4) Balance race (bean bag on head idea)

    5) Hurdles 

    6) Space Hoppers!


    1) Sprint race (the batons/high 5/bean bags)

    2) Skipping 

    3) Sack race


    1) Football dribble (In and out of coloured spots)

    2) Penalty shoot-out (using football goals)

    3) Passing (pass backwards and forwards to a friend how many can you do in the time)

    It was a fantastic morning and a great end to our three day sports’ days!   Well done to Kirstie for planning and delivering Primary Sports’ Day...what a great success!

    Thank you everyone for your help and support with these events.

  • Primary 1 Sports Day

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    Our second sports’ day of the year took place on Thursday the 27th June which was for our younger students and those with more complex needs.  Once again we were extremely lucky with the weather, albeit a little windy, but that added to the fun! 

    The morning took on more of a festival feel with lots of different stations set up on both our premises and also on Burgess Hill Academy’s 3Gpitch.  The extra space meant we could provide a variety of different stations, with many focussing on fun and sensory exploration!  We all had a great time!

    Students from our older generic primary classes and also some of our Key Stage 3 students supported our participants fantastically well; making banners, assisting specific classes and taking photos of the events! THANK YOU!

    It was a fantastic morning with the students right at the centre of it!  We cannot wait until next year!  Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success!


  • Secondary Sports day

    Published on Monday 1st July 2019

    On the 21st June, we held our annual Sports’ Day for students in Key Stage 3.  After weeks of wet weather, we were blessed with sunshine as our students jumped further, ran faster, tried harder and laughed louder as we all enjoyed a fantastic morning of sporting entertainment!

    Students (and staff!) competed in ten events including tag, long jump, sprint, target throw, high jump, archery, sack race, egg and spoon, and our all-time favourite...the dressing up race!

    It was a fantastic morning in front of a record crowd!

    A MASSIVE thank you to The Sports’ Leaders from BH Academy for all their help—you were AMAZING!

    The attitude, effort and sportsmanship was truly amazing and we really are proud of every student who took part.  There were however, individual medals which were awarded to each group for:

    -The person with the most points

    - The individual who truly represented the core qualities of what sports’ day is all about.

    Well done to everyone involved!

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