INFORMATION
STUDENT LIFE

Give Our Students the Tools to Succeed

Welcome to The Meadows School
Thank you for choosing to join our school. We hope that your time here will be happy and fun and that you will gain skills and qualifications for your future life in and beyond school.

Arriving in school
Your taxi will bring you to school for about 8.30am. When you arrive you can get breakfast in the dining room and there are a range of activities you might want to try: the TV, newspapers and magazines, computer class, the gym or chatting to your friends.

The Day
8:40 – 9:05 Arrive at the Meadows from taxi’s and report to tutor group
9:00 – 9:50 Lesson 1
9:50 – 10:40 Lesson 2
10:40 – 10:55 Break
10:55 – 11:45 Lesson 3
11:45 – 12:35 Lesson 4
12:35 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:05 Lesson 5
14:05 – 14:55 Lesson 6
14:55 – 15:05 Tutor time and await taxi’s home
On three afternoons you can choose to stay until 6pm for Extended Evening activities.

Induction/Joining the school
The staff team want to give everyone the best possible chance to settle well into your new school. We believe this is helped by meeting with families at the beginning (The Family Conference Meeting) to make sure we know what families/young people need and to explain what the school can offer and expect. We need to get to know every young person as quickly as possible so we can have an induction process which will be more carefully explained as you join the school. It is different for every child.

Curriculum
At The Meadows, we follow the National Curriculum which includes the core subjects English, Maths and Science, RE and a range of foundation subjects covering the arts, humanities and technology. In addition we offer Life Skills at KS3 which focuses on basic skills like literacy and numeracy in everyday life situations. At KS4, our older pupils also have Vocational Education but this focuses on the skills required for the world of work and adult life skills. Students also have opportunities to participate it both within school and externally with a range of businesses and partner colleges.

Extended Day Provision
Two nights a week Tuesday and Thursday we have extended nights until six o’clock. Participating pupils can visit a range of locations in County Durham and beyond. We also provide meals before pupils return home. We have various activities such as visiting our local Youth club, bowling, ice-skating, film nights, the beach and many more. For some students this can be their only social activities and is important for their emotional well being, self esteem and bonding with other pupils and staff in a different environment to school.
This is also a great opportunity to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development of pupils within school and the wider community. It is also a good place to have fun. If you would like to stay this is organised by Mr Tonner.

Charges for school activities or visits
There may be circumstances where a small contribution will be requested for some of our school activities and visits.

Disabled Access
Disabled access provision and ground floor of main building new build.

 

Enriching Our Students Learning Experience

Vision and Ethos of The Meadows Special School

Values

All members of the school community of The Meadows have a right to:
respect;
be valued;
an environment in which to develop trusting relationships;
be able to develop as a unique individual;
develop the skills to manage themselves, their emotions and the direction of their own life;
receive support for their own personal journey;
receive nurture and care;


Adults also have the responsibility to ensure that these values are offered unconditionally to all young people and they are accountable for providing this.


Principles

The school ethos, life and curriculum have been built upon the following three principles:

A Sense of Belonging;
Progress for all;
Additional and Different.

A Sense of Belonging: this includes
the development of relationships;
a place to belong;
the school which is not only a house but a home;

Progress for All includes:
personal development;
social competence;
meeting the individual’s holistic needs;
achieving the basic grounding for making choices about the future;

Additional and Different: includes
Additional input in learning and social situations;
A therapeutic environment and specific services;
Extracurricular experiences such as day and residential trips;
Family groups through vertical tutor groups;

Rationale

This is a school where all pupils have a Education Health and Care plan (EHCP). They all began their education in mainstream and have failed within mainstream opportunities. 

The purpose for a special school such as this, is that pupils should make measurable progress in academic and life skills but even more that they will be able to overcome their emotional insecurity and social volatility so that when they leave us at 16, they will be able to create for themselves a positive future of their own choice. This is despite the challenging personal circumstances which the young people continue to experience at home while they attend school. We provide an ethos and curriculum which meets these specific needs and do not attempt to replicate the curriculum which has failed them in the past.

This school therefore takes a very different approach to the education and development of these pupils. Our curriculum is designed to meet their complex needs by engaging them equally in academic learning, support for their emotional and social needs and the development of vocational and life skills. The Meadows offers a therapeutic environment with specific therapies available as appropriate.

The priority here is to address the holistic needs of each individual pupil so that they become adjusted and successful young people when they leave the school. Our teaching focuses on providing intensive support for students as individuals, recognising their individual strengths and weaknesses. We offer a range of qualifications that gives every one of them the opportunity to attain. One-to-one support is provided as appropriate and is always flexible. We provide ongoing support for their emotional and social needs within and through a structured learning environment.

Each pupil receives regular individual assessment to ensure that their experience here meets the balance of their emotional, social and behavioural needs alongside their educational needs. We believe that without the focus on their barriers to learning, they will be unable to take advantage of the educational offer. The curriculum is therefore designed as an aggregation of individual pupils’ needs, rather than a fixed curriculum delivered to all pupils. This is provided within a caring environment which also offers fun for our young people and a range of stimulating experiences beyond the classroom.

ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

What to Know About Admission

The Meadows is a Durham County Council Special School and as such all referrals must be made through the Statutory SEND Casework Team, Children and Adults Services, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham. Telephone:- 03000 265 878

All our students have Education Health Care plans relating to Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. Students can join us in any year from year 7 to year 11 after a referral from the Special Educational Needs Panel. The school has places for 60 students.

The majority of our students live in Durham County but we accept referrals from nearby authorities when referred by their local SEN panel. The school is not currently over-subscribed; should this happen there will be a waiting list for prospective students referred by the SEN panel. The maximum number of students in each year group is 8.

The Meadows is a maintained school funded by Durham County Council, which publishes its school admission arrangements and information about SEN. If you wish to enquire about a place at The Meadows, would like information about the referral and admissions process, or wish to refer a student, please contact the School.

 
 
VISION & ETHOS
CURRICULUM PRINCIPLES

Our curriculum delivery is designed to ensure that it is coherent and pupils are enabled to make connections and understand one aspect of learning through the lens of another area of learning. We recognise that some students require support on arrival to the school and aspects of their learning are supported through appropriate elements of the KS2/1 curriculum.

 

In KS3 we offer:

 

 

 

 

In KS4 we offer:

 

 

 

 

PE

Citizenship

Computing

Media

Vocational Education

Employability

Horticulture

In KS4 we offer:

 

English

GCSE (9-1) English Language

GCSE (9-1) English Literature

Functional Skills in English

Entry Level Certificate in English

AQA Unit Awards

 

Mathematics

GCSE (9-1) Mathematics

Functional Skills in Mathematics

Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics

AQA Unit Awards

 

Science

Entry Level Certificate in Science

ASDAN Short Course Science

 

Citizenship

The Project

 

Computing

ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills

AQA Unit Awards

 

Employability

ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE)

NCFE Level 1 Award in Occupational Studies

NCFE Level 1 Award in CV Writing

NCFE Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness

NCFE Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness

NCFE Level 1 Award in Sexual Health Awareness

NCFE Level 1 Award in Health and Safety Awareness

 

Enterprise

GCSE in Art and Design

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Food Technology

 

PHSE

AQA Award and Certificate in Personal and Social Education

 

Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education (Full and Short Course)

We believe that academic, social and emotional development are inseparable and we visually represent these connections for our pupils through The Big 4: Think and Reflect, Take Responsibility, Manage Challenge and Connect with Others

English
STEM
Music
Discover
Enterprise
PE
Outdoor Education
Enrichment
John Muir
Philosophy
English
 

Our curriculum delivery is designed to ensure that it is coherent and pupils are enabled to make connections and understand one aspect of learning through the lens of another area of learning. We recognise that some students require support on arrival to the school and aspects of their learning are supported through appropriate elements of the KS2/1 curriculum. 

The Meadows Currciculum Intent can be found by clicking on the button below

We believe that academic, social and emotional development are inseparable and we visually represent these connections for our pupils through The Big 4: Think and Reflect, Take Responsibility, Manage Challenge and Connect with Others

Music
Enrichment
Innovation


The BIG 4 is a framework designed to create coherent opportunities for talking with young people about attitudes that enable young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively. We believe that conversations support understanding and students who are more able to talk about their learning and abilities, learn faster and learn better.

We use the Big 4 phrases to encompass Spiritual Moral Social Cultural aspects of learning as we believe that a consistent framework can support our students to make meaningful connections.

If you require any additional information about our curriculum please contact the school on 01388 811178 or email themeadows@durhamlearning.net for the attention of Miss S Took.

KS4 RESULTS 2020

There were 17 pupils in the 2019-2020 cohort.

 

100 % students left with an accreditation in English and Mathematics 

 

94.12% students gained at least 5 GCSE or equivalent. 

 

5.88 % students with a good pass at GCSE English and Mathematics (grade 5 and above) 

 

The number of students attaining 5 GCSE's or more was 64.71%

 

Percentage of students who achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE (or equivalent) in 5 or more subjects, including English and Maths - 0%

 

Percentage of students who achieve Progress 8  and Attainment 8  - 0%

 

Percentage of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate 0%

 

100% of students had confirmed post-16 education, training placements or employment

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CURRICULUM PRINCIPLES
 
PUPIL PREMIUM & YEAR 7 CATCH-UP 

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools, including:

    • special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)

    • pupil referral units (PRUs - for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)

  • academies and free schools, including

    • special academies (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)

    • alternative provision (AP) academies (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)

  • voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement

  • non-maintained special schools (NMSS - schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)

 

Other Years and documents under review are available on request

Pupil Premium Policy 2020-2021                                                                  Covid CatchUp Report 

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2022 

Pupil Premium 2019-2020                                       

                              

 

*Items which are grey are under review

ATTENDANCE

The government considers 95% to be a level of attendance that most pupils should reasonably be expected to achieve each year.

 

Pupil attendance at school is extremely important. Pupils who have high levels of school attendance are most likely to achieve success at the end of Year 11 and transfer to post 16 life in education, employment or training. We celebrate attendance stars each term.

 

Our essential information for parents can be obtained by contacting the school office.

OUR STAFF

The Meadows School has an outstanding staff team that work together to provide the best opportunites and outcomes for their pupils

MISS S. TOOK

Headteacher

MRS K. BRECKON

Literacy Lead Teacher

MS C. TAYLOR

Numeracy Lead Teacher

MR A. TONNER

 Deputy Headteacher

MR A McGARRY

Assistant Head teacher

MRS E. WALKER

Teacher

MR F. WILSON

Teacher

MR J. BURNS

Enterprise Teacher

MR P. ROBERTS

Enterprise Teacher

MR A. STEPHEN

Teacher

MR M. KATOROZ

Teacher

MR L. GILHESPY

Teacher

MR C. WILD

Teacher

MS V. WILSON

Teacher

MR M. RITSON

Teacher

Teacher

MS L. STOBO

MRS S. STRAUGHAN

Teacher

MISS V. TROTMAN

Teacher

MR C. TATE 

Website, E-safety and DPO

MR R. WALKER

Teaching Assistant

MISS S. ATKINSON

Teaching Assistant

MR I. CLARK

Exams Officer & HLTA

MISS J. PATTERSON

Teaching Assistant

MR D. CHAPMAN

Teaching Assistant

MR T. ABBOTT

Teaching Assistant

MR S. COBAIN

Teaching Assistant

MRS S. HALL

Transition

MR D. DIMUCCIO

Teaching Assistant

MISS K. LODGE

Teaching Assistant

MS T. CRAIGS

Office Manager

MR D. STRANGE

Caretaker

MS L. MORRISON

Teaching Assistant

MISS L HALL

Admin

MR S. STEWART

Sports Assistant

MS C FISHBURN

Admin

Teaching Assistant

MS B. DEVERAUX

MISS P. JONES

Admin

MS B SAWLEY

Cleaner

Cleaner

MISS K WILSON

D SMITH

Cleaner

MS A. CRAIK

Cook

MS K. HILL

Cook

ICT Technician, E-safety & Health and Safety