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  • Woodlands Meed Staff beyond PROUD as Remarkable Students Remind Everyone Why Sport is Important at Pivotal Parallel Youth Games!

    Published 24/05/24

    Wednesday 22nd May 2024 may not be of great significance to the majority of the country, but for Woodlands Meed this is the date that everyone has been looking forward to for months; it is the date of the annual Parallel Youth Games!  Almost 50 students from Key Stage 3, accompanied by 18 staff, travelled to The K2 in Crawley to represent Woodlands Meed at this amazing event which gives young people with a range of additional needs the opportunity to compete against their peers in a sporting arena. 

    Our students represented the school in 9 different sports which included street soccer, boccia, table cricket, tennis, swimming and dance.  There were so many successes with lots of students making their competitive debut’ at the games, some were representing Woodlands Meed for the very first time and some were trying new inclusive sports.  Medals were won in boccia, tennis and in the pool, games were won in street soccer, cricket and NAK, but what makes us most proud is quite simply…our students.  Yes they are competitive, yes they want to win, but our students recognise that there is a much bigger trophy on offer, and that is the opportunity to not only enjoy playing sport, but to enable others to enjoy it too.  I am proud that our students were the ones who applauded another school for scoring their first ever goal, that our students congratulated other children when they finished their race no matter what position they finished in, that our students were the ones who picked up others and offered them a supportive comment when they were feeling disappointed.  This is why The Parallel Youth Games, and sport in general, is even more important for our students, it helps to build bonds, create friendships and develop our young people into compassionate adults who, although competitive, will always recognise that there is something much more important than just winning.

    Pen Gittins

    Woodlands Meed HLTA PE Specialist

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  • Magical Moles make Dedicated Debut at Get Active Event!

    Published 24/05/24

    On Wednesday 22nd May, Moles’ class travelled to Palatine in Worthing to represent Woodlands Meed in an inclusive boccia tournament.

    For many of Moles’ class this was the first time they have represented the school off site and we are very proud of them!

    They enjoyed learning about boccia and playing against the students from Palatine school.  Everyone tried their best and showed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout!  Everyone received a certificate in recognition of how well they all did, well-done Moles’ class, we are very proud of them!

    Congratulations to our magical Moles: Robyn, Daniel, Pete, Sam, Chloe, Cam, Liam, Phil, AJ and James W

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  • Hostess with the Mostess: Woodlands Meed Excel in Hosting Highly Successful Inclusive JOLF Festival!

    Published 18/04/24

    On Wednesday the 27th March, Woodlands Meed hosted our very own JOLF Festival and it was an absolute triumph! 

    Neil Plimmer, our JOLF guru has been working with Woodlands Meed for a number of years, delivering bespoke sessions to meet the needs of all our students; including those in our EYFS and primary departments, those in KS3 and also our students with more     complex needs.

    In partnership with our PE department, Neil and Woodlands Meed delivered an inclusive festival consisting of a range of golf activities for students to explore. 

    Students from other schools were invited to attend, with particular focus being on those with special educational needs.  Five schools in addition to Woodlands Meed accessed the event, with 145 children participating!  The event was fantastically supported by 20 sports’ leaders from Burgess Hill Academy, 12 from our year nines, and 6 from Woodlands Meed College.  It really was a collective team effort!

    Staff and students really enjoyed the event with one student commenting that it was ‘the best thing ever on the planet!’  This positivity was mirrored by staff from the attending schools who said that they ‘had a great morning; there were lots of great activities, and it was great to meet new people’.  It really was fantastic to see all the students from different schools playing together and being able to access an event which they would normally find difficult.  I appreciate that especially for some students in mainstream education it can be challenging to find events suitable for all their students.  At Woodlands Meed, we are so very proud to have given this opportunity to targeted students and they benefitted so much from it.  We can’t wait for next year!!!

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  • Wet weather does not dampen Bikeability enthusiasm as week-long training a resounding success!

    Published 17/04/24

    The term started with a bang as all our year 8s completed five days of brilliant Bikeability training.

    It is really hard to put into words how fantastic this year’s Bikeability was and it is one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.  Every year we are always so impressed with our students and this year was no different with everyone    excelling far beyond what we could ever have hoped for!  Every child in year 8   accessed some form of Bikeability, be it trying out different adapted bikes, accessing the equipment with greater independence, gaining confidence to try alternative bikes without adult support, learning to ride a two-wheeler on site, or cycling 4 miles on the road! 

    Some students who had never ridden a two wheeler before, were (after just a couple of days – in the pouring rain I may add!) cycling independently!  Every child has created their own successes and this week will be remembered and celebrated for a long time!  Congratulations!!!

    The weather was not kind to our superstars, but they continued their training with determination and resilience.  When asked if they would recommend Bikeability to others, they gave a resounding yes! They would definitely recommend to other people!

    Here are a few quotes where our students explain what they enjoyed most…

    I enjoyed learning how to do it properly on the road

    I enjoyed doing my hand signals on a busy road

    I enjoyed going on a couple of different bikes. I tried loads of two wheelers!

    I really liked when I was on the 2 wheeler bike and when I was learning how to signal (a new rider!)

    I loved going out on the road with my friends

    Having a laugh with instructors while we were cycling!

    I enjoyed doing the hand signals

    I liked learning how to do the signal

    I enjoyed that I finally know how to balance on a bike now.

    I loved learning how to ride a bike

    We really are very proud of every single one of you!!!

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  • Deputy Head to run London Marathon with six other Emus!​​​​​​​

    Published 15/04/24

    Tom Brown, Deputy Head at Woodlands Meed College, is aiming to break his previous record of running as a Banana in Pyjama in 2019, for a faster group run of 7 Emus all running in costume at this year’s TCS London Marathon.

    Seven emus are taking on the London Marathon on Sunday 21st April to raise money to help fund sporting opportunities and experiences for children and young people with learning, social, physical and communication disabilities at Woodlands Meed School & College in Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

    Tom made headlines in 2019 when he ran the London Marathon in a banana in pyjama costume with running pal Andy.  This year, he will be joined by Andy and five other friends dressed in emu costumes who are keen to support Tom in his fundraising efforts.

    The 7-strong team will be individually dressed as “emu riders’ and are aiming to break the ‘bananas’ previous record of 3 hours 39 minutes.  They’ve recently been spotted taking part in Hove Seafront Park Run and you may well have seen them out and about locally on training runs!

    The Emu’s are hoping to raise lots of money for resources and opportunities to enhance the student’s time at Woodlands Meed, with a special focus on giving the students a summer of sporting experiences - to give the children and young people as many opportunities to try out sporting and physical challenges that ordinarily they might not get a chance to do.

    Tom said he was feeling “unbelievably excited” ahead of this year’s marathon.

     “I am incredibly excited about this year’s London Marathon.  We had such an unbelievable experience last time as the bananas, I can’t wait to unleash the emus on to the course!  The atmosphere and the crowd at the London Marathon is just incredible and I feel really lucky to be able to run to raise money for the inspiring students I teach at Woodlands Meed.’

    As well as running the London Marathon, Tom will also be undertaking a ‘Tomathon’ later in the week at Woodlands Meed on 26 April, where every student at Woodlands Meed will join Tom to run, walk or wheel to be part of the marathon event and help raise money for the sporting activities.

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  • Amazing Students Astound us at Albion Wheelchair Festival!

    Published 26/03/24

    On Monday 25th March, 14 of our students from both College and School represented Woodlands Meed at the annual wheelchair football festival. 

    Our students had so much fun; participating in skills, games and challenges such as IT, tag, races, relays, penalty shoot outs and finally a football tournament!  Everyone (staff included!) fully embraced all the activities and although very competitive, everyone displayed great sportsmanship and I am pleased to say that there were no injuries to report!  All the students were rewarded with medals from Albion in the Community in recognition of their effort and the skills on show. 

    We are very proud of all of you; some made their competitive debuts today, whilst others demonstrated that they have continued to develop their football skills since last year and are now far more confident; CONGRATULATIONS!

    Our amazing squad:   

    Seren, April Rose, Lucas, Katy, Aya, Hana, Shailen, Eva, Tilly, Daniel, Heidi, Chrislar, Jossiah, Ariful

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  • WM Girls show who Rules the World with Impressive Cup debut!

    Published 19/03/24

    On Monday 18th March, it was the turn of our female students’ to represent Woodlands Meed in The Albion Cup.  Many were making their full debuts, as students from both our School and College sites joined forces to put on a fantastic show of teamwork, togetherness, and skill!  

    Exciting attacking play and clinical finishing, combined with tough tackling, expert goalkeeping and a miserly defence resulted in a very successful tournament for our inspiring girls.  Winning three, drawing two, and losing just two of their 7 games; scoring 12 and only conceding 5 goals are very impressive statistics for any team in The Albion Cup, let alone a team who were playing together for the first time!  Special mentions go to Precious; who was our top goal scorer with 7 (including a hat trick against Lindfield!), and Heidi who was solid and so reliable in goal, the highlight being a fantastic penalty save!

    Massive congratulations to all 8 of you, we are so very proud of you all!

    Our Inspirational Squad:   

    Evie B, Precious H, Holly MF, Rosie MF, Megan S, Keira A, Nia S, Heidi P

    Jenny F (Manager) and Mark K (Coach)

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  • KS3s Terrific Table Cricketers do Themselves Proud at County Ground Hove

    Published 06/03/24

    On Friday 1st March, our students attended the annual Lord Taverners’ table cricket competition at The County Ground in Hove, home of Sussex Sharks.  Our table-cricketers have been receiving training from Sussex Cricket Coach Matt Cutlass, and our students were determined to put into practice what they had learnt.  Our students competed against teams from Angmering, Shoreham and our very own College site.  We played three highly competitive matches, and despite all finishing in narrow defeats, our students demonstrated some fantastic cricket throughout and were extremely unlucky to not secure the results that their effort and skill deserved.

    We are so proud of our students who all thoroughly enjoyed the event and represented the school with distinction. 

    Special mentions go to:

    Grace for her exceptional batting and bowling!

    Alfie S for his excellent captaincy and being a fantastic role model for all!

    Deven for showing great adaptability; participating fully in her first ever tournament!

    Our Super Star Squad:

    1. Alfie S

    2. William R

    3. Luke R

    4. Burney W

    5. Daniel H

    6. Aqsa C

    7. Emir B

    8. Grace B

    9. Deven J

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  • KS3 Epitomise School Games Values in Highly Competitive and Successful Albion Cup

    Published 05/03/24

    On Monday the 4th March, eight of our Key Stage 3 students     travelled the short distance to The Triangle in Burgess Hill to represent Woodlands Meed at the annual 6 aside football tournament.  Our superstars played 5 matches against schools such as St Marys, Northease Manor and Muntham House; drawing two, losing one, and our highlight being a 4-1 victory against Saxon Mount, thanks to goals from Tianna, Kielen and Alfie.

    Despite a lot of skill and plenty of effort, our students eventually lost 3-0 in the quarter finals to a very strong Muntham House A Team.  Our player of the tournament went to Josh from Desert class who was our ‘rock’ at the back;   winning plenty of tackles and making countless interceptions in his first ever football tournament!  We are super-proud of all 8 students who represented Woodlands Meed so expertly; demonstrating fantastic teamwork, sportsmanship and togetherness throughout!  Congratulations!

    Our amazing squad:   

    1. Kielen M

    2. David K

    3. Tianna H

    4. Deacon F

    5. Alfie R

    6. Finley S

    7. Thomas T

    8. Joshua R

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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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