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*Please see the important announcement below about the NW SILC, Green Meadows Academy, Penny Field School and Wellspring Academy Trust*

Wellspring Academy Trust, Green Meadows Academy & Penny Field School - A New Era

We are absolutely delighted to inform you know that on May 1st 2021 we will become part of the Wellspring Academy Trust, with the NW SILC closing on Friday 30th April.

The following day, May 1st 2021, Green Meadows Academy and Penny Field School will be formed, and school will continue as normal on Tuesday 4th May.

The NW SILC will be splitting, with both Green Meadows Academy (URN 148654)  and Penny Field School (URN 145732) becoming stand-alone schools, rather than being part of the wider NW SILC.  Mr Gavin Hosford will remain as the Headteacher at Green Meadows Academy, and Mrs Hannah Duffey continues as the Penny Field School Headteacher.

Whilst the name of the school is changing, and we become part of the Wellspring family, the day to day operational running of the school will not change and all sites and settings will continue to operate as normal – obviously this includes all of our partnerships settings too.

Over the next week or so we will be having our new websites finalised, and our email addresses will change to incorporate our new school names, and as and when this happens we will of course inform you.

In the meantime, and going forward, it is business as usual for us all and we hope that you share our excitement of the dawning of a new era for our school.  We are all looking to a bright future working within the Trust.

For further information about Wellspring please see their website at the following address - https://wellspringacademytrust.co.uk/

You may also find the following video of interest regarding Wellspring’s “Vision 2025” as described by the CEO, Mark Wilson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOqvsiGG59

Mr. Gavin Hosford - Headteacher, Green Meadows Academy & Partnerships

Mrs. Hannah Duffey - Headteacher, Penny Field School

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Welcome to our School

The North West SILC is a community special school that offers fantastic learning opportunities for children and young people aged from 2 to 19, with a range of complex learning difficulties. Some of our pupils are on the autistic spectrum, have complex medical needs or who because of their communication difficulties become anxious and struggle to engage. All are our priority, and with outstanding staff and their passion to deliver innovative learning, we are proud to say we meet the needs of all our young people, helping them to achieve their maximum potential.

We have the specialist sites of Green Meadows School and Penny Field School, and many of our pupils are based full-time in our mainstream partnership bases within Brudenell Primary School, Rawdon St Peters Primary School, Allerton High School and Benton Park High School. 

Welcome to our website, and if you have any questions or queries about the school and our provision then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Mr. Gavin Hosford - Headteacher, Green Meadows School & Partnerships

Mrs. Hannah Duffey - Headteacher, Penny Field School

The fact that he is doing the same work at home as he does at school is fantastic. He has gone from needing a significant amount of support and encouragement to being a much more independent learner on the days we are at home.”

Parent / Carer Feedback, February 2021 (Lockdown 3)

"I would like to thank all of the school staff for all the efforts made in these difficult times for us all. Your praiseworthy efforts have had a great impact in alleviating the suffering of the Coronavirus pandemic, especially in the field of educating, protecting and caring for my daughter at school."

Parent / Carer Feedback, November 2020

"The support not only during the lockdown has been phenomenal - regular phone calls, updates and keeping in touch.  It's not only the child that is supported but parents as well, we can simply call and ask a question or send an email.  One of the key things that stands out is that all of the staff genuinely care for the welfare of the students.  We were taken aback when S and J visited during the Lockdown to see how D was doing, this was so touching.  We appreciate that staff walk the child to the gates before and after school, and answer questions or to give you feedback how the day's been.  A BIG, BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE STAFF FROM US!"

Parent / Carer Feedback, December 2020

January 2020 OFSTED Monitoring Visit Outcome

On Tuesday 7th January Marian Thomas HMI visited the NWSILC to monitor the progress school is making towards the areas for improvement identified in its last inspection (Oct 23rd - 24th 2018).

Unlike previous inspections this was a monitoring visit – one day, one inspector, to enable Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, to check whether the school was continuing to make progress to become a good school.

We are delighted to report that the letter concludes we are continuing to make effective progress.

Please see our 'Latest News' section of the website for the full outcome letter.

 

Our Ethos Statement

“We treat everyone as an individual. In partnership with others we do our best to provide opportunities in which to learn, fulfil potential and develop life skills. Everyone can enjoy learning in a safe, secure and friendly environment. Everyone respects, cares for and supports each other”.

Our ethos is a long standing and deeply embedded one and fits well with British Values: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Our Offer

Admission to the North West SILC is via the Children Leeds SEN Pupil Placement Team based at Adam’s Court (0113 395 1100). The North West SILC is named on a pupils’ Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)..
The North West SILC will consider all referrals and will only question admission if:

  • we cannot meet the pupil’s needs
  • the placement of the pupil represents an inefficient use of resources
  • the placement of the pupil would be detrimental to the education of other children.

We ensure that all of our pupils are treated with respect and dignity. They are given equal access to learning opportunities regardless of their special needs and disabilities. This is achieved via planning (eg individual education plans and high levels of curriculum differentiation), a wide range of physical adaptations to our premises (eg wheelchair access ramps and low stimulation areas for pupils with autism) and the availability of equipment (hoists, standing frames etc). Future developments include attention to accessibility (required under the Equality Act 2010) and the specific needs of pupils. 

Please contact us directly if you would like more information or a visit – we are always keen to share what we do with others.

"We would like to convey our gratitude for all you do.  Through lockdown and afterwards, your support has been exemplary.  From the work sent home, to the contact and even the YouTube videos, it has been absolutely amazing.  'E' has come a long way in a short time. If you ever wonder if your efforts are worth it or doubt if you make a difference, take a look at how far she has progressed and be proud."

Parent / Carer Feedback, December 2020

The NW SILC is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of all our children and expects staff, volunteers and parents / carers to share this commitment

North West SILC, Tongue Lane, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 4QD

Tel: 0113 336 8270        Email: info@nwsilc.org

Twitter: @NWSILC

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