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  • 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.

  • The Mid Sussex Times has written the following article regarding our recent Ofsted Inspection:

    https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/education/ofsted-blown-away-by-pupils-at-burgess-hill-special-school-1-8571279

    “My daughter’s quality of life has rocketed sky high since coming here.”

    This was one of many positive comments highlighted by Ofsted in its report after it inspected Woodlands Meed School in Burgess Hill on June 14.

    The special school in Chanctonbury Road continues to be ‘good’ and inspectors said they were ‘blown away’ by its pupils and enthusiasm.

    Headteacher Adam Rowland said the school was ‘delighted’: “Woodlands Meed is delighted with the recent Ofsted inspection that highlighted all pupils enjoy their learning choices, were confident and engaged and proud of their work.”
     
    Marion Wilcock, chair of governors, said it was a report the school ‘can be proud of’.

    She added: “The tremendous team work, commitment and care of the leaders and staff at the school to ensure all pupils make good progress, both academically and personally, just shines through this report.”

    The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in March 2014.

    The report said the leadership team had maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

    It also said pupils were well behaved, polite and thoughtful, and respectful towards each other.

    It added: “Pupils feel that staff help them to achieve more than they expected of themselves. In the words of one of your pupils, ‘Staff are pushing pupils in the right direction.’”

    Anna Hull, fundraiser for Woodlands Meed School, said she was also ‘delighted’ and added: “We are very grateful for opportunities to share what a unique place Woodlands Meed is. Our local supporters make a significant contribution on our success.

    “From putting on our own events like our Afternoon Tea Music Concert for parents, carers and supporters to events like last week’s Proms in the Park.

    “Whilst we are thrilled to be one of the local good causes benefiting from the It’s Magic Music Festival, we appreciate the opportunity it gives us to make ourselves known to our local community.

    “We were thrilled to be able to show a film throughout the festival made by our college students that has received lots of complimentary feedback.”

     

  • On Wednesday 27th June, Waterfall Class represented Mid Sussex at The Sussex School Games at The K2 in Crawley.  They competed against 9 other areas, including Central Sussex, Brighton & Hove, South Downs, Crawley and North Wealden.

    They participated in six athletic based events which focussed on developing a number of key skills in this field.

    It was an honour to represent Mid Sussex at such a prestigious event.  Every single student competed with great enthusiasm; supporting one another and pushing themselves to beat their personal bests.

    We are very proud to announce that Woodlands Meed finished in third place; winning the bronze medal, and it has just been announced that Mid Sussex finished second overall, out of the nine areas who competed.  Well done Waterfall Class...we are extremely proud of you!

  • On the 11th June, Hedgehog class participated in their very first organised competition outside of Woodlands Meed as they attended a football festival organised by Albion in the Community.  The event, held at The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill was specifically for wheelchair users and its primary aim was to engage students with complex physical needs in sporting activities.

    The students participated with and against different schools in a variety of activities which included races, relays, fun games and matches.  It was a fantastic event and our Hedgehog students achieved so much both on and off the pitch. 

    The whole of Hedgehog Class had an amazing time and we will definitely be attending again next year!  

    Sport really IS for EVERYONE as it continues to break down barriers and provide opportunities for each and every one of our truly inspirational young people!!! 

    Another fantastic success!!!  Well done Hedgehog Class, we are so very proud of you all!

     

  • Team escape the office to help School

    Published on Thursday 14th June 2018

    A group of volunteers helped tackle weeds and overgrown plants at Woodlands Meed special needs School last week.  The keen team of helpers from Santander swopped their desks and computers for gardening gloves and spades to help clear weeds and overgrown plants from around the school grounds to help improve the environment for pupils and staff. 

  • College students enjoy South of England Show

    Published on Thursday 14th June 2018

    Woodlands Meed College Students were treated to a fantastic day at the South of England Show on Friday.  The trip was organised and fundraised for by The Golden Lions Children’s Trust.   Lynda Guy from the GLCT was delighted to be able to facilitate the visit for the students,

    ‘It’s fantastic to be able to support Woodlands Meed Students to come to the South of England Show this year.  It’s been a really enjoyable day for us all and the students have been able to see and learn so much to support their studies.’

  • Parallel Youth Games

    Published on Wednesday 6th June 2018

    On the 23rd May, 40 students from Key Stage 3 competed in the annual Parallel Youth Games held at The K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley.  It was a fantastic event with students from all over Sussex competing in varied sporting activities from football to dance, swimming to boccia, golf to tennis. 

    The Results:

    BOCCIA: Great teamwork and strategic thinking – Our Boccia team narrowly missed out on a medal.

    NEW AGE KURLING: Our New Age Kurlers gained in confidence as the tournament progressed, easily most improved team there!

    TENNIS: Soooo close to making the top three; narrowly missing out, but amazing talent and skill shown throughout… 

    DANCE: A non-competitive celebratory dance to the song ‘This is Me!’. Fantastic performance – not a dry eye in the house!

    GOLF: Our golfer’s epitomised the word ‘determination’ as they dug deep to be crowned BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS!

    SWIMMING: Fantastic effort by each and everyone of our swimmers. Individual swimming awards went to Sammy Elliott for winning 2 silvers medals and to Marlon Osborn for his 2 bronzes.

    STREET SOCCER: In preparation for the World Cup this Summer, our Street Soccer players really put us through it!  It was the first time they have played this type of football, and after taking a match to acclimatise to the differences, our boys put on a glittering display all the way to the final!  In a closely fought contest against opposition who had beaten them 3-0 in their opening game, our footballers showed they are quick learners by more than holding their own.  At full time it was level and with extra time not finding a winner, it went to the dreaded penalty shootout where we eventually lost 2-0.  However, we had won a Silver Medal and that is something to be very proud of!

    CRICKET: Bronze Medalists! They demonstrated great batting and fielding skills during the tournament and grew in confidence as the competition progressed. However, it was the fantastic teamwork and positive encouragement for each other is what won our cricketers their bronze medal!

    SOOOO… The day was a massive success and the students a real credit to the school.  Whether the students won or lost, they always displayed great sportsmanship throughout; supporting not only their teammates, but also those from the other schools.  The sense of togetherness and team spirit is always something we strive to achieve, but I don’t think it has been as clearly evident as it was during The Parallel Youth Games.  We are so proud of each and everyone who competed;

    We are proud to be WOODLANDS MEED!

  • Woodlands Meed: The Hostess with the Mostess!

    Published on Tuesday 1st May 2018

    On the 26th April, Woodlands Meed hosted our very own Inclusive Festival!  42 students from Birchwood Grove and Manor Field, plus our very own Owl and Mole Classes participated in Boccia, Kurling and Table Cricket.

    Students were put into mixed teams which enabled them to work with unfamiliar students and staff; developing friendships with many from different schools.

    The students thoroughly enjoyed the event, but the table cricket was the biggest hit!

    Woodlands Meed worked very closely with Birchwood Grove in particular to enable this event to take place; Birchwood Grove providing some excellent Sports’ Leaders for the session, whilst WM provided the venue, facilities and equipment.  It was a great partnership that proved very successful and we look forward to hosting again next year!

  • On the 23rd April, 18 students from years 6,7 and 8 participated in the Albion Cup at The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill.  The 6 aside tournament, organised and run by Albion in the Community, was highly competitive; with a record breaking 17 teams entering!  Schools who participated including St Marys, Cedar Centre, Oak Grove and LVS.

    Woodlands Meed ‘A’ showed great commitment throughout the group stages and were easily one of the most improved teams in the whole tournament.  Through a combination of determined defending and clinical finishing, Woodlands Meed ‘A’ finished the tournament with two wins, two draws and 3 losses; a very respectable eight points from their eight games.

    In their group, Woodlands Meed ‘B’ demonstrated great attacking play which made them one of the teams to watch in this tournament.  Through a mixture of pace, energy, accurate passing, overlapping runs and the reassurance of a very solid defence, Woodlands Meed B were unlucky not to qualify for the semi-finals, eventually finishing with three wins and one defeat, a total of 9 points from their four group games, only losing one game which was to the eventual winners of the whole tournament.

    Both teams should be thoroughly proud of all they achieved both on and off the pitch.  They were a real credit to the school; epitomising everything that is good about football.  They may not have won the trophy, but both teams won many supporters for their style of play and conduct throughout.  We are all very very proud of you!

  • On Friday 20th April, Ocean Class participated in the Inclusive Sussex Schools Games Event for Table Top Cricket and Table Tennis. It was held at The Triangle Leisure Centre with Woodlands Meed’ students participating alongside other schools such as Saxon Mount, Downs Park and St Pauls. It took on more a Festival theme, with the emphasis being on students accessing sports that maybe they had not in the past and having FUN!

    Ocean Class were very lucky to meet the inspirational Harry Fairchild, World Down Syndrome Table tennis champion, who not only did an amazing demonstration for the students with two of his teammates and coach Pablo, but he also provided some coaching and challenges that our students really enjoyed.

    Ocean Class were an absolute credit to Woodlands Meed; participating fully and with great enthusiasm.  We cannot wait for next year!

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