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  • 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.

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

    “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. 

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