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  • Football Fever Returns as both School and College show off their Skills at Local Tournament

    Published 07/02/24

    On Monday 5th February, 13 students from our school and college sites travelled to The Triangle to represent Woodlands Meed in the annual year 9, 10, 11 football tournament.  We were able to field two teams with one representing each site.  Our school site won one game and lost three in the group stage, with Kaden and Tom getting on the scoresheet, whilst our college site drew two and lost two in their opening four fixtures. 

    Unfortunately, neither of the teams made it through to the knockout stages, but we still played a friendly where we mixed all the school and college teams together. This game ended 2-2 with Kaden scoring 2 great goals. The skill level was high, so it was a difficult tournament, but all of our students represented Woodlands Meed amazingly and were brilliant, both on and off the pitch.  There were 2 fair play awards that were handed out from the Brighton Foundation for ongoing fair play and great teamwork throughout. These were given to Olly from the school site and Taylor from the college site.  Congratulations!

    On another note, the school and college site both had assistant managers to help us.  These were scholars from the Brighton Academy who were U18/U23 players.  They were helping and giving tips and advice to help our teams.  Our students were fantastic; making them feel very welcome and they definitely enjoyed their company. 

    All the boys were a credit to the school and college, and they enjoyed a fun day out!

    Our two squads:

    School: Kaden, Charlie, James, Bobby, Olly, Harry Mc and Tom F

    College: Quinn, Leon, Taylor, Harri, Josh D and Tyler

    Congratulations, we are very proud of you all, and we are especially proud of the sportsmanship you showed towards each other and also the other schools.  Well done!

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  • Great Glacier Amazing at Get Active Event!

    Published 07/02/24

    On Thursday the 25th January, Glacier Class travelled the short distance to The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill to take part in the Students ‘Get Active!’ event, organised by Active Sussex.  Our students participated in sports such as gymnastics, dance, pickleball and karate!  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event, with karate being a firm favourite!

    Both Freya and Lisa were extremely proud of their class who behaved impeccably, demonstrated exceptional teamwork and tried their best in every event; quite simply, they were a pleasure to take out.  Everyone received a certificate in recognition of their achievements, well done guys!

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  • Christmas comes early as phenomenally generous donation puts smiles on students’ faces!​​​​​​​

    Published 23/11/23

    Christmas really did come early at the end of 2023 as we received not one, but two amazing donations!  Firstly we now have 10 new all singing, all dancing bikes thanks to Amex, and then two weeks later we received 9 sports’ wheelchairs curtesy of Abbvie!  They are all brand new and top quality!

    We are very excited and can’t wait to use them during Active Time, PE sessions and competitions...this really is inclusion at its best!

                     

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  • ‘Amazing’ Fox Class Get Active

    Published 13/10/23

    On Tuesday the 10th October, Fox Class travelled the short distance to The Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath for a Get Active event organised by Active Sussex.

    For many of the students, this was their first time representing Woodlands Meed and they all did the school proud!  Activities included familiar sports such as squash and cricket, but this event also gave students the opportunity to try more unusual sports such as martial arts, pop-steps and pickleball!  Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed trying all the different activities; here is some pupil voice about the event…

    ‘I liked learning how to bowl in cricket’

    ‘I like all the songs and dancing’

    ‘I loved the martial arts!’

    ‘I liked playing tennis’

    A member of staff who works at The Dolphin Leisure Centre also reported back to us to say how ‘amazing’ our students were, how they were ‘all engaged’ in the event and they all participated fully and with ‘great enthusiasm'!

    Well done Foxes, we are very proud of you!

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  • Woodlands Meed achieved an Artsmark Gold Award!

    Published 06/10/23

    Woodlands Meed has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Huge Congratulations go to the Performing Arts team and all our staff and pupils for this fantastic achievement!

    Woodlands Meed received this feedback from the Assessors -

    'Woodlands Meed have used this Artsmark journey to develop an ethos of everyday arts across your two sites. You added an Artsmark tag to Seesaw your online learning journal to track arts activity across all subjects to ensure arts activity was an everyday part of school experience. You have rewritten your performing arts plans with a detailed 4 to 19 strategy in place and created a new learning skills strategy with creativity as a core skill. You ran an arts festival and a performance at a local theatre that involved every member of staff and all students. You have ensured that your arts curriculum has good representation of gender and artists who are disabled and you employed learning disabled arts leaders for your arts festival. You have drawn attention to the creative and cultural industries as career choices through assemblies that focus on arts careers. Children and young people enjoy a broad arts and cultural offer. Students have worked with another college on arts activities. You work with a wide range of arts organisations including Royal Opera House, Orpheus Centre, M&M Theatre and Second Hand Dance. You worked through your School Council to gain feedback on students creative interests and you offer Arts Award. You have Student Arts Leaders who have delivered workshops in a local primary school. Are there ways you can further develop the voice of all your pupils so they actively contribute to the planning and delivery of authentic arts, cultural and creative experiences and take ownership of their engagement and personal progression within the arts? You have set up a SEN arts group between three SEN Schools and are sharing best practice and CPD. You offer CPD to your staff provided by artists and arts organisations including the Royal Opera House and local dance professionals. It would be good to hear more about how this CPD and your other work is working towards a shared understanding of what quality in the arts and cultural curriculum means, and how the arts inform your whole school pedagogy. You have plans to run a national SEN conference and we look forward to hearing about the impact of this on other settings and how it supports them to develop their own vision for arts and culture.'

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  • A Day at the Races for Woodlands Meed

    Published 27/09/23

    Last week the whole of year 9 from Woodlands Meed took part in a race day experience with the charity "Racing to School". They were able to learn about maths in a fun and functional way using information provided about racing horses, weighing jockeys and even watching two races! The students (and staff) had a thoroughly enjoyable time and they even had a run down the final furlong. The students even learned about the history of this type of measurement and how and why it is still used in racing today. Racing to School is an education charity that aims to inspire young minds through the provision of free, interactive, and healthy outdoor educational events for schools, staged at a variety of racing venues. The charity works with young people with special educational needs and over one third of our output is targeted to engage those from inner city, rural and deprived areas. The charities staff have a range of industry backgrounds including former jockeys who have retrained to develop their second careers, and their experience is invaluable as the charity introduces horseracing as an accessible sport to young people.

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  • Woodlands Meed exhibit at the 2023 Haywards Heath Arts Festival

    Published 19/09/23

    Woodlands Meed took part in the Haywards Heath Arts Festival at the weekend.

    Artwork by students at both the school and college sites were included in the exhibition which was held at the Perrymount Road Methodist Church in Haywards Heath. Students whose work was exhibited were invited to attend the private view for organisers, exhibitors and special guests on Friday 15 th September and the evening was a great success. The exhibition was open to members of the public attending on Saturday 16th September.

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  • West Sussex Fostering Team visit Woodlands Meed

    Published 19/09/23

    The Fostering and Kinship Service visited Woodlands Meed School this week. Deputy Head, Chris Carter, gave the team a warm welcome and gave a presentation about supporting children with disabilities and helping highlight the real need for more shortbreaks Foster Carers across West Sussex.

    The Fostering service is hoping to encourage more people to step forward and consider fostering children with disabilities. If you're interested in making a difference, please find out more here: https://bit.ly/3RnRts1 

    There is a video here of foster carers speaking about the benefits that short-breaks foster care provides for them and the children they care for. https://fosteringwestsussex.org.uk/fostering-stories/judith-kim-and-davids-fostering-story/

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  • Double Minister Visit to Woodlands Meed

    Published 19/09/23

    Woodlands Meed College were very excited to meet not one but two Ministers of State this week.

    The Minister of State (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work) Tom Pursglove MP and Mims Davies MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression) visited the College and joined in a Citizenship class where the students got to ask their own questions to the Minister and what his department were working on for disabled people in particular.

    The students had thought up some great questions and the Minister gave detailed replies and asked the students what they would like do if they had his job.

    After spending some time with the students, the guests had a brief tour of the College and update on the new College build and then spent some time hearing about the ambitious plans at Woodlands Meed to help young people with special needs gain skills and experience to help with their future employment.

    The Minister is returning once the new College is complete for a visit and to have an update of the progress of the Meeds Job Club and Careers Team at Woodlands Meed.

    Headteacher Adam Rowland said ‘We were extremely grateful to Mims Davies MP for inviting Minister Pursglove to come and see the work we are involved in at Woodlands Meed. The students in particular felt very proud to be able to ask their questions and have an answer from the Minister for Disabled People.’

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  • Careers Champion 2023

    Published 06/07/23

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  • Year 9s trip to London

    Published 03/07/23

    Please use this link to watch the Meridian News article about our Year 9 trips to London 

     

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