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12/04/2021 - Lockdown Easing


23/02/2021 - Remote Learning Parent Survey

A questionnaire was developed on Microsft Forms in order to gather feedback from parents across all sites of the school. This was distributed in the week before half-term, and the responses evaluated w/c 22nd February 2021.

We are delighted to share the results with you;

  • Engagement in remote learning: 3.77 / 5. Parents strongly expressed that their child had engaged with remote learning at home.
  • The amount of work provided has been pitched well by teaching and support staff to meet the needs of students: 80% responded “just right”. 8% responded “too much” and 12% “too little”
  • 80% of parents indicated that they had been able to support their child’s learning at home.
  • 90% of parents said they were “happy” or “very happy” with the support provided from school.

The overall view of remote learning provision at the NW SILC from our families is extremely positive. Parents were asked to give detail on what we are doing well – here are some of the comments;

"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.”

“The difference in remote learning resources from the first lockdown to this lockdown is quite significant. Real thought has gone into the provision of resources to support my sons continued development. I feel that he is continuing to learn despite not being in school fulltime which is down to the quality of resources provided.”

“This is our first experience of a partnership secoundary and all 3 teachers are amazingly supportive and approachable for me and my yp”

“Thank you so very much Green Meadows Secondary School for for full-on support for my son “C” and myself I'm very proud and overwhelming emotions, your school has done us proud thank you so much plz keep safe"

“Thank you - I cannot imagine how difficult it is to meet the needs of pupils with SEN via remote learning.”

“MS Team calls and 1 to 1 time for child. The availability of my child’s teacher has been fantastic. She will always find time to talk through any issues, for my child or us as parents.”

“Material is broken down to the level of my child, and the video call (one to one) is very organised with different ways of showing the lesson to my son.”

“It's lovely that his teacher helped by video chatting with him on Teams.”

"The provision of paper based resources which supports my son's preferred learning style. Daily communication through teams / e-mail.”

“Whilst the learning is very important “T” really needed the social aspect of it and he has enjoyed it greatly. “S” has been amazing”

“Contact with teachers has been excellent and regular. The work provided has been personalised to meet their needs. Regular conversations about EHCP targets has helped me support my child."

Thank you to all of the parents and carers that responsed to the questionnaire, and thank you for your continued support of our school; we are extremely proud of the privilege that we hold in serving our community.

23/02/2021 - March 8th 2021

As you will have seen in the recent Government announcements all of our schools, sites and settings will re-open fully to all of our pupils from Monday March 8th 2021.  We are delighted to be welcoming everyone back, but will of course be very mindful of the continued risks around COVID-19.

Please see the attached letter for further details and arrangements.

05/02/2021 - SILC Listening Ear

SILC Listening Ear

02/02/2021 - Snow Closure

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25/01/2021 - Safeguarding Alert – Tik Tok 'Choke Challenge'


The ‘choke challenge’ is not new, nor has it actually gone viral (yet), so pause, it’s really important to stay calm. Make sure you read this blog to the end to understand what has happened and what you can do to help the children in your care.

  • A young female has died in Italy after allegedly taking part in what is reported to have been a TikTok challenge – often referred to as the ‘choke’ or ‘blackout’ challenge.

  • The challenge is about cutting off the oxygen supply to the brain to induce a ‘black out’ – medics have previously warned of the dangers of this practice which is unsafe.

  • Reports state that prosecutors are now investigating the circumstances of the girl’s death after the girl’s parents told the Italian press that another daughter explained that her sister “was playing the blackout game”.

  • The story has now started to gain traction around global media outlets (some stories relating to this type of activity go back several years).

  • We know from previous press coverage of challenges that these reports can cause anxiety for parents, carers and safeguarding professionals.

  • What have experts found?

  • From scanning TikTok, we’ve found no evidence that this ‘challenge’ has gone viral.

  • Italian media has covered the death of the girl widely, and therefore, there is potential for further media attention that may increase awareness and trigger renewed interest in the challenge.

  • Be aware, there are existing hashtags and videos that show mock choking practices.

  • While children are not said to be participating in this challenge in large numbers, we have concerns of the potential risk to children who may participate.

  • We know that during the first week of the initial national lockdown that there was a 17% increase in live streaming by 7-17-year-olds as they attempted to engage and build an online audience.

  • Our Advice

  • It’s unlikely that the children in your care will have seen this content. Therefore, our advice is to sensitively check in with them. Do this by having an open conversation but do not directly mention the challenge by name.

  • Suggest that you’ve heard there is some disturbing content being circulated in an online challenge and ask if they’ve heard of anything like that?

  • If during the conversation they talk to you about challenges it’s a good idea to configure safety settings on the platforms they use.

  • This is the best way to open an indirect conversation that enables the child to talk to you about any concerns without inciting them or their friends to seek out the actual content.

  • Ensure that children and young people in your care know who they can talk to if they come across something that upsets or distresses them online.

  • Further Support and Resources

  • For more information on having supportive conversations click here  

  • For more information on handling harmful content, check out our recent article here  

  • For advice adults can contact the NSPCC helpline 

  • Children can speak to the Childline Helpline if they have any concerns 

  • Learn how to report, block, configure your safety & privacy settings on TikTok using our Safety Centre

  • Your one page guide on how to stay safe on TikTok

  • Video: Talking to Children about Online Risks

  • Video: More information on Viral Challenges

21/01/2021 - Safeguarding Alert – Avakin Life

We have been alerted to the risk of potential grooming and abuse on the Avakin Life platform by members of our network.  Online safeguarding experts have reviewed and tested the game, and discovered a number of potential risks to young people.  The major risk is that users can easily access children and young people online via private and public chats.

2 million people currently use the platform, with half a million using it every day.

Once a user has kitted out their character, they can embark on ‘endless adventures’ in what the company says is ‘a world with no limits’.

What is Avakin Life?

Avakin Life is a virtual 3D gaming world where users create their own character, or Avatar, before choosing their outfits and interacting with users at different in-game locations. The premise of the game is to encourage social interaction.

The game can be downloaded on iOS, Android and Amazon Devices,

  • Apple Age Rating – 12+

  • Google Play Age Rating – Parental Guidance

  • Amazon Age Rating – Guidance Suggested

What are the key functions?

  • The platform uses real money, real people and real places

  • Users visit different venues (shopping mall, theme park and more) which each have a designated public chat, where users can ‘whisper’ or chat privately in the venue

  • Users can buy and gift items to dress themselves or flirt with other users

  • They can also ‘interact’ by high fiving or sending kisses

Key Risks

  • Testing found that users under 13 would see a message saying they were not eligible to play, but they could still enter the game, if they lied about their age to bypass the age verification process

  • The platform uses public chat rooms, live events and one to one conversations to facilitate interaction

  • The game was initially designed for users aged 17+ but now allows children aged 13+

  • Despite a fun design, it isn’t suitable for children due to the suggestive nature of chats, actions and ‘meet-ups’

  • There is evidence that the platform has been used to groom young children internationally

So what should you as a parent, teacher or safeguarding professional be aware of?

  • Anyone can start a conversation with a user

  • Direct messages are called ‘whispering’ when two users are in the same venue

  • Users can communicate privately at any time, if they are friends

  • The clothes options for Avatars can create sexualised characters

  • There are references to drugs and alcohol

  • New users are awarded coins for in-app purchases

  • Users can buy each other online ‘gifts’ such as outfits and even apartments which may facilitate online grooming

  • Linking other social media accounts such as Facebook and an email address also earns more coins

Blocking and Reporting on Avakin Life

  • Blocking – Once a user is blocked, they can’t contact you or join you in venues throughout the game

  • Reporting – You can report a user to the company if you feel they have breached guidelines – this is called filing a ‘Grief Report’

  • Be aware – There is no way to make an account completely private


21/01/2021 - Online Safety Advice for Parents

With many of our children currently off school and staying home due to COVID 19 the potential for online exploitation will be at its highest.

Although rare, there is a risk that with increased online activity, feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited. An understanding of digital safety will help parents and carers safeguard loved ones from a range of harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.

Please see the attached guidance produced by Leeds Prevent.

14/01/2021 - School Closure


06/01/2021 - Lockdown 3.0; Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

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18/12/2020 - End of Term Letter

Please find below the letter that has been emailed home today re the January 2021 return to school and the recent Governement announcements.

14/12/2020 - COVID-19 Procedures

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we come to our last week of the term, we just wanted to remind everyone of the importance of letting the school know about any positive cases of COVID-19. If your child has any of the following symptoms, they must stay off school and get tested.

The symptoms are;

  • a high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back; and/or  
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours; and/or  
  • a loss of, or change in, your child’s normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If your child shows any of these symptoms, they should not attend school and should be tested for COVID-19, ideally within the first five days of having symptoms. If their test is negative they will be able to return to school, however if the result is positive they must self-isolate for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and everyone else in your household should also self-isolate for 10 days.

Please ring 119 or see the NHS.UK website for more information on testing: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.  

If you are concerned about your child’s health, please refer to the NHS 111 website or telephone NHS 111 or your GP: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. 

If your child has any of these symptoms, or gets a positive COVID-19 result, please contact school as soon as possible on admin@nwsilc.org / 0113 336 8280.  

We are aware that many of you may be worried about the risk of your child catching the virus or coming into contact with a positive case in the run up to Christmas. We just wanted to reassure you that we are doing everything we can in school to minimise this risk. If we are informed of any cases, we will contact you as soon as possible.

Your help with this is much appreciated. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Gavin Hosford - Headteacher, Green Meadows & Partnerships

Hannah Duffey - Headteacher, Penny Field School

02/12/2020 - Leeds is now in Tier 3

Leeds is now back under Tier 3 restrictions.  Please see images below for further details.

10/11/2020 - The Shielding Group in Leeds

Routes to support for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)

03/11/20 - New National Restrictions - SCHOOL WILL REMAIN OPEN


23/9/20 - PHE Guidance on Test & Trace

Please find below a letter from Public Health England regarding the Test & Trace system and when to get a Covid-19 test.

September 2020 - Return To School Information

Please find below letters to our parents and carers from the NW SILC and advice from Leeds City Council regarding the guidance about pupils returning to school.

19/05/2020 - Government Return To School Information

Please find below a letter to our parents and carers regarding the Government's recent guidance about pupils returning to school.

31/03/2020 - Useful Information and Services - Domestic Abuse

Leeds Domestic Violence Service

Our refuges remain open as does the 24/7 helpline, IDVA service and Community DV Practitioners. Drop-ins at GPs and other locations and groups are temporarily suspended.
Most support is being undertaken by telephone, facetime or by conference call, however some face to face contact is still happening.

Refuge Services:
• Where possible refuge sites will be staffed by at least one member of staff, but following social distancing with at least a 2-metre distance
• Advice in relation to safeguarding vulnerable groups will be followed

Community Services:
• 24/7 helpline still being offered along with email support. We are also looking into ‘live chat’ services
• IDVA services still continue, offering telephone support, with some urgent face to face court hearings being offered on a risk assessed case by case basis (being reviewed daily)
• CDVT staff will at present continue to attend appointments and court hearings and wherever possible carry out the appointments that are in the diary
• Drop ins and groups are postponed and support is being offered over the telephone, over video call, over email. WHM staff are creating resources and support packs, with links to content online and other information
• Police control room support and Weekend Domestic Abuse car postponed
• Children & Young People’s workers have developed packs for the children and face time is being used with those who are self-isolating


If you need our support, please call 0113 246 0401 or email administration@leedswomensaid.org.uk.


Womens Lives Leeds:


Women’s Lives Leeds direct services

Drop-Ins:  Our drop-in service will move to telephone-based support. We are still providing confidential signposting and support.

 To make an appointment contact:

• Gurbinder: 07925 575012 gurbinder@ashaleeds.org.uk

• Sharon 07535877089 Sharon.panepinto@getawaygirls.co.uk or

• Minnow 07851 784713 minnowb@leedswomensaid.org.uk

The link to the website regarding drop-ins is: https://www.womenslivesleeds.org.uk/news/help-usto-reach-more-women-and-girls-in-leeds/

EU Settlement Scheme:  Our free help applying for Settled Status, including 1-to-1 support and access to qualified immigration advisers, continues as usual.

Contact: sharon.panepinto@getawaygirls.co.uk 07535877089

Government Guidance:



Other organisations who can help

Contact any of the following organisations to get help and advice about domestic abuse.

Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge
0808 200 0247

Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)
0800 999 5428

Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
0808 802 9999

31/03/2020 - Food Provision for Vulnerable Families

Please see the attached poster below regarding food provision for our most vulnerable families.

Please contact the school with further questions or queries.

24/03/2020 - Coronavirus

Please see the letter below from Diane Reynard, Gavin Hosford and Hannah Duffey with the latest school update re Coronavirus;

Best wishes to all the NW SILC pupils, staff, friends and families, and stay safe at this most unusal time.

23/03/2020 - Coronavirus

Please see the letter below, to all parents and carers, from Saleem Tariq OBE, Director of Children and Families, Leeds City Council.

The key messages from the letter with regard to our pupils;

"Our advice to parents is clear: Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

The final decision as to whether a child can be safely accommodated at the school rests with the Headteacher/Principal based on their risk assessment of the situation.  The Local Authority are supporting Headteachers/Principals in applying the following principles:

  • Schools remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
  • The majority of children will be made safer by adhering to the principle above.
  • School is open to pupils of key workers only where they would not be safe at home and the parents have no other option but for their child to be at school if they are to continue to do their jobs.

If your child has an Education Health Care Plan or a social worker, the decision as to whether they should attend school will be made in consultation with the Headteacher, parents and social workers. If your child can be looked after at home safely, then they should be. Staffing levels may not be high enough for all children to attend."

20/03/2020 - Coronavirus

Please see our latest letter to all parents / carers below of pupils at our Rawdon St Peters Partnership and our Brudenell Partnership;

20/03/2020 - Coronavirus

Please see our latest letter to all parents / carers below;

19/03/2020 - Coronavirus

In light of the Government announcement yesterday evening, and as things stand currently today, OUR SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL ON MONDAY 23RD MARCH 2020 ONWARDS.  We continue to take advice and guidance from the Local Authority and the Government, and will inform you all as and when the situation changes – by text message, our website, Twitter and letters home.  Thanks for your support at this challenging and most unusual time.

17/03/2020 - Coronavirus

Please see our latest letter to parents and carers regarding our current position;

28/02/2020 - Coronavirus

Returning Travellers

Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Public Health England are carrying out enhanced monitoring of direct flights from these areas. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.

These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

12/02/2020 - Meadows Park Update

I am writing further to my recent letter dated February 7th, to update you on the current position regarding the storm damage to Benton Park High School that was sustained due to high winds last weekend. As you are all aware the school was forced to be closed temporarily on health and safety grounds. 

After having spoken to colleagues at Benton Park High School late last night we have made the decision to continue the Meadows Park provision at Green Meadows School for the remainder of this week. 

Whilst some areas of Benton Park High School may be accessible by Friday we believe that it is better to offer consistency this week to support the routines of the families and young people. 

I am hopeful that I will be able to inform you of an update for the first day back after the half-term break, Monday 24th February, by the end of the week. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Green Meadows School, one of the class teachers, or myself directly. 

Please enjoy the half-term holiday when it comes.

11/02/2020 - Benton Park High School Temporary Closure

Due to the adverse weather conditions over the last 24 / 48 hours the scheduled inspections of wind damage were unable take place on Monday, or today, at Benton Park High School.

We have been informed that there is an inspection and subsequent meeting planned for tomorrow, Wednesday 12th February, and we will be informed as to when it is likely that our Meadows Park Partnership pupils will be able to return to Benton Park.

As such, Meadows Park provision will continue at Green Meadows School tomorrow, and we will update families as soon as an update is received.

Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding with this matter.

10/02/2020 -DfE Advice about Coronavirus

Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:

Latest information and advice can also be found at:


Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

07/02/2020 - Benton Park High School Roof Damage & Closure Update

I am writing to update you on the current position regarding the storm damage to Benton Park High School that was sustained due to high winds last weekend.  As you are all aware the school was forced to be closed temporarily on health and safety grounds.

We have accommodated our Meadows Park pupils at Green Meadows School this week, at short notice, and I would like to thank all of our pupils, families and staff for showing resilience, enthusiasm and tremendous flexibility.

Please see the following extract from a statement from Benton Park High School, dated February 6th;

“The scaffolding work is currently underway and this work will continue around the main block over the course of the next two days. Once this is in place there will be a full assessment of the roof on Monday 10th February by professionals. Clearly, the current weather forecast is causing some concern but we are hopeful that with the correct safety equipment in place the inspection will be able to go ahead as planned.”

In light of this news from Benton Park High School, Meadows Park provision will continue at Green Meadows on Monday 10th February, and I will update you further following the inspection that is due to be carried out on the Benton Park roof.

Thank you once again for your support, and we are extremely pleased to be able to offer a continuous offer of education this week that the pupils have responded really positively to.

If you have any questions prior to the start of next week, please don’t hesitate to contact Green Meadows School, one of the class teachers, or myself directly.

Gavin Hosford

03/02/2020 - Benton Park High School Roof Damage & Closure

Following the closure of the school today due to significant Health and Safety concerns related to the roof of the main teaching block, caused by the ongoing high winds, Benton Park have been in close communication with Leeds City Council regarding the situation on site and the safety of students and staff.

The advice from Leeds City Council is to close the site, due to the potential risks until there has been an accurate assessment of the work needed to stabilise and remedy the deterioration of the roof conditions. Colleagues at Benton Park will be trying to ensure that this work takes place in a timely manner within the constraints of the site and the ongoing challenges due to high winds. However it will be Monday at the earliest before the necessary scaffolding will be in place to enable a thorough inspection of the condition of the roof and essential repair work to be undertaken.

Therefore the school site will remain closed to both students and staff for the rest of this week.

However, we have taken the decision to educate Meadows Park students off-site at Green Meadows High School, Guiseley so that the impact to lessons and routines is kept to a minimum.  The school day will run as normal, with transport in place as previously.  Meadows Park students will be joined by the same teaching and support staff, and whilst this is clearly a significant change for some of our pupils we believe that maintaining a full timetable, albeit in a diffferent location, will be beneficial to our young people.

We thank you all for your patience at this time and fully acknowledge the difficulties and concerns this situation may create.  Clearly, we will be working very closely with Benton Park High School over the coming days and will send out further information as it becomes available.

24/01/20 - OFSTED Monitoring Visit

I am writing to inform you that 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 23-24th 2018).

The areas for improvement were:

  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning
  • Further develop the ability, expertise and experience of middle leaders
  • Improve the effectiveness of Post 16

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.

The SILC has already begun to review its curriculum offer and implement the requirements of the new education inspection framework and the recently formed governing body is ardently holding us to account using this framework.

At the start of last term I informed you the Wellspring Academies Trust will become the new sponsors for the North West SILC from the 1st April and that I will return to the East SILC. I believe this monitoring letter and the last full inspection report highlights the progress the leadership team and staff have made over the last three years, and look forward to watching the SILC become a Good school through the excellent leaders who will remain at the school under the direction of the Wellspring Academies Trust.

A copy of the monitoring letter can be found below for your information.

Kind regards,

Diane Reynard

Mrs Diane Reynard

Executive Principal

06/01/20 - Training Days

The remaining Training Days for the 2019/20 academic year are as follows;

31st January 2020

11th May 2020

20th July 2020

A reminder that all schools, sites and settings will be closed to pupils on those days.

16/12/19 - Safeguarding ALERT: UNICO LIVE App

Please see a safeguarding alert that has been brought to our attention by the Leeds Safeguarding Team;

UNICO LIVE is the latest app to come onto our radar, which poses significant risks to children and young people. We’ve put together the features, risks and what you can do to protect children and young people in your care.


Released in April this year, UNICO LIVE is a relatively new live-streaming app developed by a Hong Kong based company. The App features unicorn imagery, which may make it attractive to children and young people.

Key features:

● Users can publicly live-stream themselves or share a screen with another person.
● Users can chat, share gifts (of monetary value) and subscribe to be notified of future live streams.
● Users can use stickers and filters to customise their stream.
● Viewers can send love, and share gifts of monetary value.

What we found:

● Our team testing the app found high levels of engagement from adults instructing children to engage in sexualised activity.
● Each live stream has a message stating that streams are moderated 24hrs a day, but there was no evidence of moderation despite open and public requests for young people to remove their clothing.
● There did not appear to be any reporting function.

The issues/concerns:

●The gifting feature on this platform gives individuals with a deviant sexual interest in children, the tools to encourage, entice and exploit vulnerable young people on the platform via these gifts.
● In one sample live stream, a child younger than ten was being asked to remove her clothing by multiple adult users while simultaneously being gifted coins.
● It appears that this app has been removed from Apple’s UK store and has been brought to the attention of UK police and several safeguarding boards. At the time of publishing, it is still available on Android.

Our Advice:

● Check young people’s devices for this app – and help them remove it.
● Remember even if the app is removed from app stores, it will still work on devices it’s been downloaded on.
● Engage young people in a conversation – about keeping safe online and who they would talk to if someone made them feel uncomfortable online.
● Check that they only engage with other people they know online.
● Check that they understand what they should do if they see something online that upsets or worries them.

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a young person, you should contact the emergency services on 999 (emergency number).


12/12/2019 - New Special School for Leeds?

Leeds City Council would like to make you aware of a proposal to create a new 150-place special free school at Rose Court, Headingley, Leeds from September 2021.

Follow this link for further details about the proposal including how to put forward your views; http://www.leeds.gov.uk/schoolplaceconsultations.

Please note that although the consultation was due to close on 16th December, this has been extended to 19th December to give you more time to respond.

09/12/2019 - Green Meadows School Christmas Fair

Please find the letter below that is asking for any donations in order to support thisyear's Christmas Fair at Green Meadows School.  If you would like to donate anything on the list please contact school for further information, or to talk to Louise Graham, Assistant Head.

02/12/2019 - When Children Get Into Trouble Online...

The internet plays a positive role in many aspects of young people’s lives, but it can also be used for inappropriate, risk-taking or illegal sexual behaviour. It can also be difficult for parents, carers, and professionals to know how to respond and support a child.

Please see the leaflet below for details of support available;

27/11/2019 - Fire Safety Coffee Morning

Please see the letter below with reference to the Fire Safety Coffee Morning being held at our Penny Field site on Friday 29th November 2019, we would love parents/carers to come along and get expert advice from Moortown Fire Station Fire Officers.

14/11/2019 - Children in Need!

Please see the letter below with reference to Children in Need events tomorrow!

15/10/2019 - Tik Tok!

You may have heard of Musical.ly (think of it as a kind of karaoke platform). TikTok is the new name for the expanded version of the app, which enables users to upload, watch and create short videos of between three and 60 seconds.

Here’s what you need to know;



04/10/2019 - Fire Fighters Come to School!

As part of our topic of 'People Who Help Us', we had a visit from Moortown Fire Station today. The pupils were so excited to see a real Fire Engine and to meet the Firefighters. Thank you so much to @WYFRS for your visit!

17/07/2019 - Penny Field School Leavers Video

Please enjoy the 2019 Penny Field School Leavers Video - Goodbye and good luck to all our amazing pupils that leave us this week!  Turn your volume UP!

Leavers movie 2019 Website.mp4

18/04/2019 - Penny Field School Coffee Morning

Details of the forthcoming Coffee Morning at Penny Field School can be found below;

13/03/2019 - Margaret Carey Foundation

Fantastic to meet Helen from the Margaret Carey Foundation at Green Meadows School - really interesting to hear about the work that prisoners do to repair, upcycle and sell on used bicycles.

Our students are so pleased with their new bikes and can’t wait to get out and about!

Thank you so much!

MCF Photo

06/03/2019 - Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

We had a fun filled 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' at Penny Field School today to celebrate Book Week. The staff and pupils dressed up for the occasion and brought along food to the party to be judged.

The jam tarts were the winning dish, made by Rainbow Class and were enjoyed by all, including the Queen of Hearts!

27/02/2019 - Online Safety; "The MOMO Challenge"

Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the ‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)… YouTube Kids.

Please follow the link below to download an excellent 'Parent Guide' and some top tips;



24/01/19 -Training Days & Other Key Dates 2019


The training day scheduled for Tuesday 23rd April 2019 will no longer be taking place.

This means that students will be expected to come into school as normal on this day. 

We have made this change because the Local Authority has chosen to take the first two weeks of April for the Easter break whereas most Local Authorities have opted for the weeks either side of Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Maintained schools in Leeds, like ours, will therefore have 2 full weeks off,  and then return for two four-day weeks to accommodate Good Friday and Easter Monday.  If we then take the 23rd April as a Training Day this will mean another 4 day week followed by another four-day week to accommodate May Day on the 6th May 2019.

In order to create some normality we have therefore decided to cancel the Training Day during this block.

As a result of this school will, however, finish on Friday 19th July 2019 for the summer break and not Monday 22nd July 2019 as originally planned which will give a more natural end to the term for our children and young people.

For clarity please see the list of holidays and training days below;

Easter Holiday

Monday 1st April to Friday 12th April 2019

Good Friday and Easter Monday

Friday 19th April and Monday 22nd April 2019

May Day

Monday 6th May 2019

Spring Bank Holiday

Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May 2019

End of Term and End of 2018/19 Academic Year

Friday 19th July 2019

Staff Training Days (School Closed to Pupils)

Monday 22nd July 2019

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

06/12/18 - Buddy, The NW SILC 'Naughty Elf' Strikes Again!


Our Early Years class at Penny Field School have a cheeky Elf called Buddy, who is causing lots of mischief!

Today he wrapped the Christmas tree in toilet paper and then climbed to the top!

Where will he pop up next?!

27/11/18 - Update from Leeds Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team


Please see the update below that we have recently recieved from our colleagues in the Leeds Integrated Safeguarding Team;

"Many of you may be aware of the risks and concerns around children playing the online game Fortnite, which has a 12 rating but is played by much younger children.

We have been made aware of an emerging trend, where people are playing strip Fortnite using webcams. The rule is that when you achieve a “kill” you have to strip off, potentially adding an additional risk from children being exposed to and/or sharing indecent images whilst playing the game.

Any inappropriate/unlawful contact with children online must be reported."

19/11/18 - Outcome of Recent Section 5 OFSTED Inspection

On behalf of the Interim Executive Board and myself it gives me great pleasure to inform you that the North West SILC is no longer a school in special measures.

As you know the school was inspected by OFSTED last month 23rd/24th October by one of Her Majesty’s inspectors, Michael Wardle (HMI), and three other registered school inspectors. Over the period of two days they spent time observing teaching in classes, reviewed documentation, held discussions and took into account the views of pupils, parents and staff in order to make their decision.

The school has moved from being an inadequate school to one that still requires improvement in certain areas, whilst acknowledging that greater improvement had been made in others. We feel the judgements made are an accurate reflection of what the school has achieved over the last two years and wholeheartedly agree with the areas where further improvement is required.

Below I have provided the overall grades given to the different aspects of school and some of the inspector’s comments which highlight the distance the SILC has covered over the past two years.

Overall effectiveness                                                Requires improvement

Quality of leadership and management                    Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment          Requires improvement

Personal development, behaviour and welfare        Good

Outcomes for pupils                                                    Requires improvement

Early Years                                                                    Good

16 to 19 study programmes                                       Requires improvement

Some of the comments that were made by the inspection team:

‘There has been a palpable change of culture at school as noted by pupils and parents – ‘the school is on the up and up’.

‘School leaders understand clearly what needs to be done and have a proven track record of improvement’.

‘Standards of behaviour have been turned around, specifically on the Green Meadows site’.

‘Staff put the individual needs of pupils at the centre of their work’.

‘A culture of safeguarding pervades the school’.

‘Provision on the Penny Field site is particularly strong’.

‘Pupils are happy and are typically respectful of each other and adults. They have positive attitudes to learning’.

‘The Interim Executive Board and Local Authority have effectively supported the school’s improvement. The IEB bring a wealth of experience to their roles and challenge the school effectively’.

Areas for Improvement

The main areas identified for improvement include:

  • The quality of teaching so that it is consistently good across the whole school.
  • The above to focus particularly on mathematics and oracy.
  • Improve the quality of the learning environment to avoid variability across the sites.
  • Improve the outdoor environments to support pupil’s social and physical skills.
  • Continue to develop middle leaders.
  • Continue to implement the systems introduced to check the progress that pupils are making.
  • Make sure the most-able students especially in the sixth form are being stretched.

It has been an absolute privilege to have led the school over the past two years and we cannot commend the whole staff team enough. They have worked with determination to address the issues identified back in May 2016. It is always difficult to single people out but it would be remiss of us not to praise the Senior Leadership Team of Hannah Duffey, Gavin Hosford, Louise Graham and Kathryn Smith who have, as the Ofsted report states, ‘worked tirelessly over the past two years in order to improve the quality of education on offer. No members of the senior leadership team were in place at the time of the previous inspection’.

I am sure that when you read the report in full you will recognise a very different and greatly improved school. Whilst the teaching staff and all the other staff who work in the background must take the credit for their hard work, on behalf of the IEB and myself I also want to thank you as parents and carers who have supported us by attending school events, challenged us over their child’s needs as every good parent should and thanked us when we have made a difference. Your support has been invaluable to us and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you as we start the next part of our journey to become ‘outstanding’.

Best Wishes,

Diane Reynard, Executive Principal

Jon Hosegood, Chair of the Interim Executive Board

16/11/18 - Penny Field School Trip The Light Fantastic!

On Thursday evening, staff and pupils from Penny Field School joined local residents to see the 'Christmas Light Switch On' in Meanwood, Leeds.

This was such a proud moment for the school as one of our pupils designs had been chosen to be used as one of the lights.

The winning design was produced by one of our pupils in Puddles class and will now be one of the Meanwood Christmas lights every year from now on. 

09/11/18 - Brownlee Class Trip to Guiseley War Memorial Gardens

The focus in English this term has been war poetry in the run-up to Remembrance Day.

Brownlee Class at Green Meadows School have read several different poems, some of these were written during times of war and some have been written since. The language used in the poems was challenging, the students have used dictionaries and the thesaurus to better understand some of the words used. They have been able to identify different language features such as rhymes, similes and alliteration. With this knowledge the class then wrote their own war poems. All of the poetry they wrote featured some rhyming, most featured alliteration, some featured similes and Edward managed to include a metaphor.

It seemed like a fitting tribute to take the poems to Guiseley War Memorial Gardens and read them aloud. The students took flowers and a decorated rock with them. They walked from school to the Memorial where they laid flowers. The class then stood in a circle around the Old Market Cross and read out their poems. The students spoke loudly and clear and they read beautifully.  Charlie then placed the decorated rock in the gardens where it is hoped it will be found, moved and they can follow the progress of its travels on social media.

The students did the school proud and conducted themselves in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

16/10/18 - British Heart Foundation "Re-Start A Heart" Day!

On the 16th October 2018 the NW SILC participated within The British Heart Foundation’s ‘Restart a Heart’ day. The day is designed with the aim of teaching vital and life saving CPR skills to as many young people as possible.

The 2018 aim for Restart a Heart day was to train 200,000 people within the UK in CPR but with the goal this year to go global, the expectation is to train a significantly higher amount than the 200,000 aim.

The NW SILC incorporated our CPR training into a whole school drop down curriculum day, designed to enrich the learning experiences of our young people. We were very lucky to have staff from St John’s Ambulance attend the day and assist in the delivery of our CPR sessions. The team from St John’s Ambulance were incredibly impressed with our young people and their approach to learning within all of the day’s workshops. The NW SILC managed to train an impressive 60 pupils and staff within this vital skill throughout the course of our enrichment day.

The ‘Healthy Heart’ enrichment day 2018 incorporated 7 workshops, which linked our key message of ‘Healthy Living’ to core curriculum subjects such as English, Maths, Science and PSHE. The NW SILC were also incredibly lucky that our Communication and Interaction leaders developed a sensory immersive experience for our young people within our onsite sensory room. The pupils found all of our sessions both engaging and enjoyable, learning new skills in an interactive session.

The pupils from both Green Meadows School and Allerton Partnership Base site rotated through the 7 workshops throughout the course of the school day. Parents and Carers were also invited to join us for our enrichment day and participated within the different workshops alongside their child. The feedback we received on the day from our parents and carers was incredibly positive, with parent’s advising ‘It was lovely to be invited into the school and to see what the pupils are learning’ and ‘It is lovely to see the pupils so excited about their learning’.

The day was successful and enjoyable for all those who participated and we are proud to have contributed to The British Heart Foundation’s vital campaign.

Sensory Experience

Pupils at NW SILC were able to experience an immersive sensory room setting learning about the human heart.

First pupils heard and saw a human heart beating and were encouraged to use a long red vein to move the vein to the rhythm of the heart beat. Pupils then learnt about the heart through watching a funny cartoon video. There was then a quiz with Boardmaker questions checking understanding of what the pupils had just learnt.

Pupils then had the chance to feel blood vessels which were spaghetti dyed red, find risks to the heart in a feely bucket, spell the word 'heart' by finding the letters and taking part in activities to test the heart.

All pupils enjoyed having the opportunity to try lots of different things in order to learn about the heart.

2018 / 19 - Welcome Back!

We look forward to welcoming all of our students back this week.  We hope that everyone has had a lovely summer break, and we are all looking forward to seeing our pupils again!

Students hould return to school as follows;

Allerton High School Partnership - Tuesday 4th September

Benton Park High School - Tuesday 4th September

Rawdon St Peters Primary School Partnership - Wednesday 5th September

Brudenell Primary School Partnership - Wednesday 5th September

Green Meadows School (Primary and Secondary) - Wednesday 5th September

Penny Field School - Wednesday 5th September

Week Commencing 16/07/18 - It's All Happening!

The last week of term is promising to be a really busy time for us!

With lots of whole-school trips and visits on, and with students enjoying reward trips and special treats it's time to catch our breath and remind everyone of all of the activities that are due to take place at the North West SILC.


  • Our Brudenell Primary Partnership, Rainbow Class, will be at the Hyde Park Picture House and then visiting Temple Newsam on Wednesday 18th as part of their end-of-year activities.


  • For Orchard Class at our Rawdon St Peters Primary Partnership a great day awaits on Thursday 19th when the whole class will be visiting the Hollywood Bowl followed by a 'make your own pizza' activity!


  • Stewart Class (Green Meadows School Post-16) will visit Cardigan Fields for some end of year fun as part of their rewards programme on Monday 16th, and their peers in Armitstead Class (Green Meadows School Post-16) will be tucking in to some well deserved fish and chips on Wednesday 18th at the Wetherby Whaler.


  • Our youngest students at Green Meadows Primary School will be taken to Funopolis on Monday 16th for their reward trip, and their older friends in Y4 and Y5 will be going to Billy Bob's Parlour on Thursday 19th for some ice-cream fun!


  • Older students from Green Meadows Secondary School will be taking part in Otley Sailing Club's Summer Regatta all day on Thursday 19th, and back at school there will be a Leavers Assembly held in the afternoon for all those young people that are moving on...


  • This week we also have our School Production, written and produced by our Communication & Interaction Leaders, and there will be two performances - on Tuesday 17th at Penny Field School and on Wednesday 18th at Green Meadows.  Both performances start at 10.00am.

You will find all of the above activities on our School Calendar (the tab can be found on the left of the screen) and please feel free to contact the school for further details - it's going to be a great (but busy) week!


13/07/18 - Green Meadows School Sports Day Prize Giving


The Green Meadows Sports Day was very well organized and was a great success.

The event was full of team spirit, of both staff and students which created a fabulous and enjoyable day for all. A Sports Award Assembly was held on Friday 13th to recognize both participation and achievement.

To hand out the awards a special guest arrived, ‘Ronnie the Rhino’  - the students were so excited to meet Ronnie, so our big thanks go to the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.


10/07/18 - Green Meadows School Reward Trip

Green Meadows Secondary School went on a reward trip to Bridlington sea side!

A wonderful time was had by all and it was a lovely day.

All students were so well behaved and had such a good time paddling in the sea, collecting sea shells, and making sand castles. They finished their day at the seaside with a visit to the café for an ice cream.

Both staff and students are looking forward to the next reward trip! 


07/07/18 - Penny Field School Summer Fair

Pink Panther

The Penny Field Summer Fair was truly a wonderful day with so many activities and stalls for visitors to enjoy. The music bands and dance performers were fantastic and really made the event extra special.

There was also lots of delicious food for guests to enjoy and keep everyone refreshed in the heat. It wasn't just the events and activities that made the day so successful, it was also the happy and welcoming atmosphere.   

06/07/18 - School Prom


On Friday 6th July pupils from Green Meadows School, Benton Park Partnership and Penny Field School joined up with the East SILC to attend their Prom at Roundhay Lakeside Café.

All looked very glamourous and sophisticated, as befitted the occasion, and had a fabulous time. There was lots of dancing and flossing (a type of dance apparently!) 

27/06/18 - Leeds Safeguarding Week


As you may already know, this week is ‘Leeds Safeguarding Week’ and as a school we are using this opportunity to discuss and learn about various aspects of Safeguarding.

Pupils at our Green Meadows site and at our mainstream partnership sites have been given opportunities to learn about various ways of keeping themselves safe including; Road Safety, On-line Safety, Stranger Danger and Sun Safety. Pupils at our Penny Field site have been focusing on friendship and relationships, by sharing various sensory stories and focused activities.

As you will know, Safeguarding has been a real focus of improvement over the past couple of years and we are very proud of our bespoke PSHE curriculum that ensures that we teach our pupils, at all levels of ability, how to keep themselves safe. This half-term's focus is linked to ‘What we put in our bodies’ and as always is planned to meet the needs and abilities of our pupils. For some pupils this will be about experiencing edible and non-edible types of food and for others this will be learning about the issues around drugs and alcohol.

It would be really good if you continue this learning by talking to your child about what they have learnt this week or by using the various resources and links on our Safeguarding page of our website.

If you would like any further support or have any concerns that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Designated Leads (please see contact details below) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Kath Burrell (Penny Field, Alleton, Benton Park, Green Meadows) – 0113 3368282

Louise Graham (Green Meadows, Benton Park) – 0113 3368280

Diane Pollard (Brudenell) – 0113 2785168

Gavin Hosford (Green Meadows, Allerton, Benton Park) – 0113 3368280

Hannah Duffey (All sites) – 0113 3368286

27/06/18 - Safeguarding Alert


We have been made aware of a person using Instagram to target young boys to send nude photos of themselves to him. The person seems to be targeting school aged children and has used various threats to coerce the children into sending the photos.

If your child has an Instagram account, I would advise you to check their account. The person claims to be linked to a prolific Youtuber who does various risky pranks, but the person using the account may not be connected in any way to this Youtuber.

If your child is following an account that you feel is concerning, I would advise you to block the person’s account. If there has been concerning or suspicious activity that involves your child, then please contact the police by ringing 101. It may be advisable to take screenshots before blocking the account so you have examples of any concerning messages.

This information has been shared with staff at all our North West SILC sites and where appropriate, staff will be reminding children about staying safe online. 

  We wanted to send this information to all our parents and carers as this may also affect siblings or other family members.

Please use the following link to access this information: http://www.leedslscb.org.uk/Parents-Carers-Wider-Family/Keeping-children-safe-online 

23/06/18 - Green Meadows School Fair

GM Fair(1)

On Saturday 23rd June Green Meadows held their Summer Fair and were pleased to welcome visitors, students and their families to share in the fun. There was plenty going on from face painting, a bouncy castle, various games and lots of stalls and raffles, as well as delicious food such as pizzas, hot dogs, chocolate cake and lots more.  They were also host to Spiderman and Marshall from Paw Patrol.

However, the highlight of the day was the chance to throw wet sponges at the teachers especially the Headteacher, Gavin Hosford (pictured). As you can see he was a very good sport and took some direct shots and got well and truly soaked!

19/06/18 - Green Meadows School Summer Fair

summer fair

Don't forget that this Saturday, 23rd June it's the Green Meadows School Summer Fair!

Please make sure you make some time to visit our fair on Saturday between 11am and 2pm and bring your family and friends.  We have lots of things planned- face painting, having your photograph taken with Spiderman, a bouncy castle, pizzas, lots of games and a raffle to name but a few.  You can even throw wet sponges at your 'favourite' teacher!

See you all on Saturday.

18/06/18 - Stuart Andrew MP Talking Democracy, Elections and Animal Farm!

We were delighted to be joined by Stuart Andrew MP last week who came in to school to talk to our Y10 and Y11 students about the process of democracy.  Mr Andrew is the Member of Parliament for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough and it was an honour to welcome him to our school.

In English our students have been reading Animal Farm, and Mr Andrew was able to talk to Turing Class about democracy, elections and politics, and gave our pupils some interesting anecdotes about Westminster, the Houses of Parliament and his life as an MP.

It was a real highlight to be joined by Mr Andrew, and an excellent experience for our young people.

MP Visit

14/06/18 - Footballers Hit The Back Of The Net!

Our Under-16 footballers represented the school yesterday at an Inter-SILC Football Coaching & Tournament Day at the West Riding FA.  A great day was had by all, and there were some very sore legs by the end of the day!

Manny and Victoria said that all of our players were a credit to the school and we are all extrememly proud of their fantastic efforts and behaviour.  It's not too late for Gareth Southgate to call us up you know!


11/06/18 - Thank You B&Q!

We are so lucky to have received such a generous donation of plants and flowers from B&Q.  Our students will be using the plants to make fantastic hanging-baskets to sell out our forthcoming Summer Fair, as well as using them to brighten up areas around the outside of the school.

Thank you B&Q!

25/05/18 - North West News

Please find below a copy of our latest school newsletter - North West News!

07/05/18 - Celebrating Sport in Yorkshire Day!

Our inaugural Celebrating Sport in Yorkshire Day was truly a day to remember for our young people.

The Bikeability was running all week, in line with the Tour de Yorkshire, and was fantastic.  The students were great, and the Bikeability instructors said that they had a brilliant week with us and hoped to be back.  The skills demonstration for our parents and carers on Friday morning with all the flag waving was inspirational, and the comments once again from all of the families were a credit to our staff.

We were also joined by Rich Willis – the World Champion Powerlifter from East Yorkshire.  What a guy.  He has been smashing world records and beating able-bodied rivals despite only being some 3 feet tall.  He can lift over twice his body weight!  He is hoping to go to the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 – and before he left us he commented that HE felt inspired by US and our students!  His sessions were so much fun and very informative, and once again the students on both sites behaved impeccably and really entered in to the spirit of the day.  Rich also asked if he can pop in on his travels again sometime soon.  It’s true that real heroes don’t wear capes.

Finally, we hosted the Leeds Rhinos.  An excellent end to the day with the students participating in a Healthy Living assembly, listening so well, and answering questions with real knowledge.  What an honour for them to bring the real Premiership trophy to our school – that is something we will always remember.  The Rhinos will be back for Sports Day later in the term with Ronnie the Rhino – who unfortunately was on match duties during the afternoon with Rhinos playing last Friday!  


Rich Willis - Masters Para World Powerlifting Champion (above)

27/03/18 - World Autism Awareness Week Coffee Morning

Today's WAAW Coffee Morning was a fantastic success!

We were able to listen to 2 of our students, Isaac and Edward, explain "what Autism means to me" and they did themselves and everyone proud.

Really informative short talks were delivered by 2 of our teaching staff;  Libby spoke about Autism and behaviour, and Emily gave us all a hands-on demonstration of Attention Autism strategies.

Heather and Hannah, 2 of our Communication and Interaction Leaders, then spoke to everyone about intensive interaction, sensory stories, and social interaction before we were treated to a really interesting talk from Suzanne, one of our parents, about how visual timetables help her son and her family.

Thank you all for coming to support this event.

12/03/18 - Community Special School is Champion of Mental Health

Please see the recent media article published by the NHS Leeds West CCG about the NW SILC becoming the first school in Leeds to achieve MindMate Champion status.

"A multi-site community special school is celebrating after becoming the first school in Leeds to become a champion of mental health.

North West SILC, a school for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, has successfully completed the MindMate Champion programme. The programme is supported by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Partnership and delivered by Leeds City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Service and Northpoint Wellbeing. It offers a framework for schools to create an environment to promote positive mental health, a subsidised training programme and a unique curriculum which supports young people to manage their own emotional and mental wellbeing.

North West SILC, which has two specialist sites at Meanwood and Guiseley, was the first school awarded MindMate Champion status in the city. The school also has four partnerships with mainstream schools within Leeds.

Gavin Hosford, Headteacher at North West SILC, said: “We are extremely proud to be the first school in Leeds to be designated as MindMate Champions. It is truly a testament to the wonderful team of dedicated staff that we have at the North West SILC, who have clearly demonstrated that they have our students at the heart of everything they do.

The MindMate programme has proved to be absolutely invaluable. The positive changes that we have made are recognised by pupils, parents, carers, families and the local authority. I would highly recommend that every school engages in the MindMate Champion programme.”

Dr Jane Mischenko, Commissioning Lead for Children & Maternity Services at NHS Leeds CCGs Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be highlighting the good work that North West SILC are doing to support their pupils. We are immensely proud of the MindMate Champions programme we have in Leeds. It recognises the crucial role schools can play in a student’s mental wellbeing and gives them the tools to do this. We’ve even had local authorities from other parts of the country contacting us, wanting to set up something similar.”

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Executive Member for Children and Families, Leeds City Council said:  “The vital work that we’re doing here in Leeds to support children and young people’s social, emotional and mental health is having a really positive impact.  MindMate exemplifies our commitment to ensuring the very best for children and families in Leeds and our ambition to become the best city for children to grow up in.

We’ve made great progress so far with 250 schools, SILCS and children’s centres registered on the programme. That’s almost 80% of our education settings in the city as well as Leeds City College and our youth work teams.  We also have two MindMate Champion settings in the city and I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate both the North West SILC and the East SILC for achieving this very special award.  I look forward to more schools and children’s centres achieving this status and sharing their best practice. There’s a lot to celebrate here in Leeds!”


19/01/18 - Green Meadows School Coffee Morning

We would like to invite you to join us on Friday 26th January 2018, at 10.30am for our Coffee Morning at Green Meadows Secondary School.

The theme of our Coffee Morning is around supporting our students' mental health and wellbeing.

We know that 1 in 10 children and young people experience a mental health issue at any one time.  We also know that schools and parents / carers play a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their children, therefore working together is essential.

We are the first school in Leeds to have recently been awarded the MindMate Champion status and Gavin Hosford, our Consultant Principal, would like to share with you, what this means for your children.  

15/12/17 - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We would like to extend our best wishes to all of the students, parents, carers, families, friends and staff of the North West SILC.

We hope you have a fantastic holiday period, and look forward to seeing you all in January.

Happy holidays, a very merry Christmas, and a fabulous New Year to you all!


01/12/17 - Anti-Bullying Video Competition Winners!

The KS3 class at Meadows Park, our Benton Park High School Partnership, took part in and won an anti-bullying competition open to all students within the NWSILC.

The idea was suggested by our PHSE Leads for the SILC.

The students came up with the idea of exploring the issues faced by diversity and conflict. They wanted their short film to show that, through effective communication, issues can often be resolved. 

KS4, Meadows Park, also took part in the competition and came a very commendable second place. They came up with the idea of using role play to explore the sensitive issue of racism. Within the video, they explore the feelings felt by victims of racial abuse and other types of bullying. The video sends a clear message that bullying is wrong and hurts feelings which can have long lasting effects.

Congratulations to the staff and students at Meadows Park!

13/11/17 - Christmas Fairs


Dear all, as Christmas is a-coming and the goose is getting fat, we thought we would remind all parents, carers students, and friends of the NW SILC that this year we will be holding not one, but TWO Christmas Fairs on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

We will be "ho-ho-ho'ing" at Penny Field School in Leeds from 2.00pm to 4.00pm with fun for all the family.

We will also be "ding-dong-ing merrily on high" at Green Meadows Secondary School in Guiseley from 11.00am to 2.00pm on the same day.

We would be delighted to welcome you to either (or both!) of these fantastic events.


30/10/17 - North West News, Half Term 1

Please find below the latest copy of North West News highlighting all of the success, celebrations, achievements and experiences our students had during Half Term 1 this year.


12/10/17 - Autumn Disco

East SILC are holding an Autumn Halloween/Bonfire themed family disco for students and their families on Thursday 2nd November between 6-8pm at the John Jamieson site. NWSILC students and their families are also welcome to attend.

As usual, music will be provided by DJ Jonathan and refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets cost £5 per family, and we would be grateful if you could please send this into school  at your earliest opportunity.  Once payment is received we will send tickets home with your son/daughter.

We look forward to seeing you.

Many thanks once again for your continued support.


05/09/17 - Welcome Back!

We would like to extend a huge 'welcome back' to all of our students and staff, and of course a warm welcome to our new student cohort, their families and to our new members of staff.

There are lots of exciting plans for the year ahead, and we hope that you all have a fantastic and productive year at the NWSILC!


21/07/17 - North West News Summer Edition

Please find below the Summer 2017 edition of North West News.

We all hope you have a fantastic break, and look forward to welcoming you back on September 5th.


18/07/17 - OFSTED Monitoring Inspection Visit

On the 28th June 2017, the North West SILC received a no-notice monitoring inspection visit from OFSTED.

The monitoring inspection was conducted under Section 8 of the Education Act 2005 and in accordance with Ofsted’s published procedures for inspecting schools with no formal designation. The inspection was carried out because Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector was concerned about the effectiveness of the school’s safeguarding arrangements, as previously reported.

We are delighted to announce that following the inspection visit we received the news that OFSTED have judged the NWSILC's safeguarding arrangements to be effective.

The full letter from OFSTED can be seen below, and the following extracts have been taken directly from the letter;

"Colleagues have worked tirelessly to tackle the fundamental weaknesses in the school’s safeguarding arrangements ... and made sure that promoting pupils’ safety and welfare is at the heart of the school’s work."

"As a result, teachers and other adults are knowledgeable about the things that make children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities vulnerable and they know how to give pupils the help and protection that they need. Records show that incidents involving pupils and concerns about their safety and welfare are reported and acted upon in a timely and effective way."

"Staff told inspectors that there has been ‘a dramatic improvement’ in the school’s approach to safeguarding pupils since the last inspection."

13/07/17 - Show Time!

We were delighted to be joined by M&M Theatre Productions on Tuesday 11th July at Green Meadows Primary School.  They gave us a fantastic performance of Alice in Wonderland, and it was enjoyed by both Green Meadows schools as well as our special guests from The Meadows Pre-School.

We will be welcoming M&M Productions back to the NWSILC on Thursday 13th July 2017 when they will perform Alice at Penny Field School, on December 7th 2017 they will be performing Sleeping Beauty for us, and on July 7th 2018 we will be enjoying Treasure Island!

29/06/17 - It's Official - We are MindMate Friendly!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that following a very successful assessment and accreditation visit from Helen Mills, Specialist Emotional Wellbeing and Health Advisor for the Health and Wellbeing Service, the NW SILC was judged to be a MindMate Friendly School!

MindMate is an evidence based self-evaluation, action planning and recognition programme for schools, SILCs and Children’s Centres and is part of the prevention element of Future in Mind: Leeds. A strategy to improve the social, emotional, mental health (SEMH) and wellbeing of children and young people aged 0-25 years.

We are extremely proud of this achievement and would like to share some highlights from the final assessment report with you;

"The Senior Leadership Team have driven forward the agenda for promoting positive social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) across the whole school and this is reflected in school plans"

"The positive school culture and ethos permeates across the schools and is evident in the school environment and the support provided to children, parents/carers and staff"

"The PSHE Leads have done a remarkable job of developing, implementing and assessing a high quality PSHE curriculum that meets the needs of each child"
In the report's summary the general ethos and culture of the school was recognised;

"There was a sense of connectedness where everyone is listened to and praised"

"It is clear that people willingly go above and beyond what is expected of them and that staff feel cared for and valued"

"In all conversations everyone said they felt well supported and looked after and that everyone supports each other"

"The whole school have worked extremely hard to promote and embed a positive and supportive culture and ethos at NW SILC and this is reflected in the outstanding improvements in attendance and behaviour for the 2016/2017 academic year"

We hope that you all agree that the achievement of such an accreditation is testament to the fantastic work from all of the staff across the academic year, and we are happy to be supporting such an important agenda as mental health and wellbeing for our young people.

27/06/17 - Dates for your Diary

Please find below a list of forthcoming events across our sites; we hope to see you all at as many as possible!

Sports Day – 5th July 2017, Green Meadows Secondary School

The Green Meadows Sports Day is being held on Back Lane for the primary and secondary schools.  The afternoon will involce a range of activities, ice creams, and sunshine (hopefully!)

6th Form Leavers Prom – 7th July 2017, Roundhay Café, Roundhay Park

A combined event for students that are leaving the NW SILC and also the East SILC

Transition morning – 10th July 2017, Green Meadows Secondary School

Parents, carers and students who will be joining us at our specialist secondary provision in September 2017 are invited to join us at this event.  We will be giving out important information around timetables, uniform and expectations, as well as the opportunity to tour the school and our facilities.

Parents / Carers Evening – 12th July 2017, Green Meadows Primary & Secondary Schools

This is the time to hear all about how fantastic this year has been from your son or daughter's class teacher and team.  It is also a chance for you to meet the SLT and have any questions that you might have answered.

School Production – 19th July 2017, Green Meadows Secondary School

All of the staff and students from the specialist primary and secondary schools as well as our partnership sites at Benton Park High School and Rawdon St Peters Primary School come together for the highlight of the school year -  the School Production!  Further details to be relased shortly, but please come - the show is hotly tipped for a whole range of Oscars and BAFTAs!

23/06/17 - End of Term Date

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Like many schools in Leeds, we will be breaking up for summer on Friday 21st July 2017.

As you are aware, the school went into Special Measures in May 2016, and additional staff training has been needed to bring about changes in practice.  The staff, have therefore, received additional training which has taken them over the usual 5 training days.  The 2 additional days have been approved by Senior Officers in the Local Authority.

This will not happen next year, and in our final end of year letter we will let you know when next year’s training days will be.

26/05/17 - North West News, May Half-Term Edition

Please find below the latest edition of North West News.

We have had a fatnastic half-term and would like to share our good news, celebrations and achievements with  you all!

05/05/17 - Penny Field School, Open Day

At the beginning of term Penny Field School invited parents and carers to an open morning where they were encouraged to explore and see The Sensory Pathway curriculum being taught around school.

This included Intensive Interaction, Resonance Boards and Music, Rebound Therapy, Positive Eye work, Eye Gaze, Sensory Drama, Sensory Science and Sensory Stories.

Those parents who attended were very positive about what they saw and vibrant and welcoming the school looked.

05/05/17 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Recently Yellow Sunshine, Penny Field School, went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore a range of different sculptures and artists as part of our art topic.

We all had a fantastic time with lots of learning and fun taking place!

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27/04/17 - Safeguarding & Child Protection Update

We have been informed by the Leeds Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) that there are some real concerns about specific 'Dating Apps'. These are aimed at under 18's and therefore there is a real risk of sexual predators being able to target children. One of these is called 'Yellow'.

Please find attached the warning for this from the NSPCC.

There has also been a separate alert sent through about an online game called 'Blue Whale'. This encourages children to self harm for 50 days, drawing a whale on their arm and ends with them committing suicide. This originates from Russia where there have been deaths reported and there have also been two recent deaths in Britain associated with this. 

Also attached below is a copy of the letter home to parents / carers about this.

Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact us at school - or even if you just want to talk in a little bt more depth about this subject one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads will be happy to do so.

26/04/17 - Joint Coffee Morning

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31/03/17 - North West News Spring Term Edition

Please find below our latest edition of North West News.

It's full of all of the fantastic achievements and celebrations of everything that we have done since Christmas - there's a lot!

20/03/17 - MindMate Coffee Morning

Our next Parent & Carer Coffee Morning will be held at Green Meadows Primary School on Bradford Road, Guiseley next Tuesday 28th March at 10.30am.

We will be joined by Helen Mills from MindMate who will be facilitating a session on Mental Health & Well-Being.  MindMate is part of the Future in Leeds Strategy – a plan for Leeds explaining how people will work together to improve children and young people’s emotional and mental health.

We look forward to seeing you there!

02/03/17 - World Book Day

What a fantastic day!

The NW SILC celebrated the 20th WBD, and our students made sure it was the best one yet!

We will be collating a range of photos from across all of our sites, and also some reports and comments about WBD20 from staff and students over the next few days - so please keep checking back for our updates!

Please find below the first few photos of the day for you all to enjoy...

22/02/17 - World Book Day, March 2nd 2017


On Thursday 2nd March the North West SILC will be celebrating World Book Day. This year we will be following the theme of ‘Books Out and About’.

A key part of the ‘Out and About’ theme is for parents and members of the local community to come into school and share their favourite books with one of our classes. We are also hoping that some classes will visit their peers at a different site and either share stories that they have written themselves or their favourite books from home or school.

Each site will also be holding a competition around which class can find the most unusual place to share a story- we will be expecting photographic evidence from all competitors!

In addition, we are encouraging pupils and staff to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.

If you are interested in coming to school and sharing one of your favourite books, please contact your child's school site. A member of staff will then contact you with your allocated time.

We look forward to seeing you, and your costume, on Thursday!

10/02/17 - North West News, Half Term 3 Edition

Please find attached our latest edition of North West News.

It gives an insight to all of the wonderful learning, fantastic achievements and amazing celebrations of success that have taken place throughout January and February.


07/02/17 - Valentines Disco at the East SILC


The East SILC, John Jamieson School, is holding their Spring Valentines themed family disco for students and their families on Thursday 9th February between 6-8pm at John Jamieson School, Hollin Hill Drive, Leeds LS8 2PW

Music will be provided by DJ Jonathan and refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets cost £5 per family and you can pay on the door.

We look forward to seeing you!

11/01/17 - Leeds Intensive Interaction Regional Support Group

All of our parents and carers are invited to attend the next meeting of the Leeds Intensive Interaction Regional Support Group (RSG).

The meeting will take place at John Jamieson School, Leeds on Wednesday 1st February 2017 between 4.00pm and 5.30pm.

This Leeds II-RSG meeting will look at the use of Intensive Interaction with adults and children who have symbolic language skills but who, for a number of reasons, find social interactivity difficult.

This meeting will also collectively try to define when using language with someone IS Intensive Interaction, and when using language with someone is NOT Intensive Interaction.

Further information is provided for you in the three documents below.

The contact for this meeting is Graham Firth on 0113 8555160 or graham.firth@nhs.net

Feel free to just turn up on the day where refreshments, possibly even biscuits, will opefully be made available!

08/01/17 - The NW SILC Achieves FairActive School Status!

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The Fairtrade Schools Award is run by the Fairtrade Foundation.

The Fairtrade  Schools Award is a campaign that gives primary and secondary aged students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of global issues and for us, in the NWSILC, it is an element of our teaching within the Global Learning Programme. The Award aims to teach students how they can be involved in changing the world around them, encouraging them, and empowering them to make a difference. Last year we were awarded the first stage of the Award : FairAware and this week we have been successful in gaining the next stage FairActive.

We we were able to evidence that across our sites we have:

*Explored a range of Fairtrade products and discovered where in the world they have come from

*Held a number of fun events to teach our pupils about Fairtrade including messy fun with Fairtrade chocolate

*Held a Fairtrade assembly

*Invited a volunteer speaker to an event

*Used Fairtrade products at coffee mornings

*Made and enjoyed a Fairtrade breakfast during Fairtrade Forthnight

*Been represented by 4 pupils at the Leeds Annual Fairtrade Celebration.

This is an amazing achievement for the school, and many thanks to Denise Brogden for leading on this - well done!

04/01/17 - MindMate Champions


We are excited to let you know that we recently embarked on our journey to becoming MindMate Champions here at the NW SILC.

The MindMate Champions Programme is a unique and exciting programme for Leeds schools and Children’s Centres.  The programme is designed to promote and develop evidence based best practice in SEMH skills in universal settings as well as training the workforce.

It is part of the prevention element of Future in Mind: Leeds. A strategy to improve the social, emotional, mental health (SEMH) and wellbeing of children and young people aged 0 -25 years (which will be launched in 2017).

We are excited about the prosepct of becoming MindMate Champions and we will keep you all informed of our progress towards accreditation.

Further information about the programme can be found here;


For general information about MindMate in Leeds, for parents, carers, young people and professionals, please click here;


An overview of MindMate, and also of the MindMate Champion programme, are attached below in the form of handy '1 Minute Guides' produced by Leeds City Council;

16/12/16 - North West News

Please find below the very first edition of North West News - designed to keep parents, carers, families and friends of the school up to date with the very latest news from all of our sites.

We will be celebrating our students' successes, as well as showing you just what we have all been getting up to.

We are delighted to offer you our first bumper Christmas edition, and look forward to sharing North West News with you each half-term.  Enjoy!

08/12/16 - NW SILC - Investing in Pupils!

Working towards Investors in pupils

Investors in Pupils is a Quality Mark which we are working towards in the NWSILC. It encourages pupil participation, pupil responsibility and pupil leadership.

Over 500 schools in 50 Local Authorities have already received the Quality Mark.

There are 5 main areas covered in Investors in Pupils:
1. Learning
2. Behaviour
3. Attendance
4. Classroom management 
5. Induction

Launching In January 2017, pupils in all classes will contribute to, and commit to, a class Vision Statement of how they will work together. There will be class targets displayed and individual targets which will be reviewed regularly. As parents and carers, you will be provided with information about the class and individual targets and your role in supporting your child to meet their targets. Pupils and staff will decide on the rewards for meeting targets - this could be a Pupil of the Week Award or Student of the Month Certificate. Each class in the NWSILC will develop an Induction booklet so when new students or staff join the class they can read the booklet to help them settle into their new class.

All pupils will have the opportunity to take on additional roles and responsibilities. We already have Student Councillors and Rights Respecting School Ambassadors and at the last Council meeting students voted to have Sports Ambassadors. As we are also working towards Healthy Schools status, we could even have some Food Ambassadors.

Pupils will also develop opportunities to express opinions and have their say, this includes finding out about how the school is run and how the school budget is spent. They will develop skills in financial understanding and understanding how the school is governed. There will be many opportunities for feeding back on what school is like through questionnaires and focus groups.

We will keep you posted with our progress towards achieving this nationally recognised quality mark!

02/12/16 - January 3rd 2017 - Training Day Announced

The Local Authority has recently agreed to invest in some of the buildings and provisions around the North West SILC.

 We have scheduled this work for the Christmas break to ensure minimum disruption to the school. As a result we are having to make changes to the training days for the schools at Penny Field and both Green Meadows Schools - Back Lane and Bradford Road.  These schools will now reopen on Wednesday 4th January for all pupils.

Partnership sites remain unaffected and will open on Tuesday 3rd January.

The additional training day will be focussing on the learning environment and ensuring that this contributes strongly to the learning in the classroom.  It is a key part of our improvement plan and both staff and leaders are keen to push this forward as quickly as possible.

 We would like to apologise for the late notice of this change, and hope that this will not cause too much disruption.



02/12/16 - NW SILC Christmas Programme

Please find above our programme of Christmas events here at the NW SILC - we hope to be able to see you at these events, but if not then we wish you all a happy and peaceful festive period.


21/11/16 - NW SILC December Coffee Mornings

Our next Parent / Carer coffee mornings will be held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th of December 2016.

At our Green Meadows, Bradford Road site the Coffee Morning will take place on Thursday 8th December, and starts at 10.00am.

The theme of the morning will be around ‘positive behaviour for learning’ and we will be joined by a colleague from Leeds City Council, Paul Dean, who is a Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor to the school.  We will look at how behaviour is currently managed around the school, and explore ideas as to how we can work in partnership with you to ensure that there is consistency between behaviour at home and school – particularly focussing on the use of rewards and potential sanctions.

At Penny Field School this will take place on Friday 9th December starting at 10.00am.

We will be joined by colleagues from EPIC – I’m sure you’re all aware of who EPIC are, but for those who aren’t familiar with their great work;

“EPIC are a parent, carer and families participation forum in Leeds which aims to empower parents/carers and families to work in partnership with services, organisations and professionals.  We aim to improve choices for children and young people with additional needs, their families and carers.  EPIC Leeds are the Parent Participation forum for parents/carers and families of disabled children and young people with additional needs in Leeds.  We meet regularly in and around Leeds for coffee mornings, social occasions, trips out, meetings, training and more…” – www.epicleeds.org.uk

It will also be a further opportunity for you to meet the Leadership Team, and we will address any questions or queries that you may have.

It will be great to see you.


08/11/16 - A reminder that Tempest Photography will be visiting both Green Meadows sites on Thursday 17th November to take student photographs. Photographs will be ready in time for Christmas.


Letter to Parents & Carers

On the 13th October the NWSILC was subject to a No formal designation monitoring visit from Ofsted. Following this visit Ofsted have now published thier report which can be found below, along with a copy of our letter to parents & carers.

Additional Training Days Announced

The school will be closed on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st October 2016


NWSILC pupil wins art competition

At Meadows Park, our specialist inclusion site at Benton Park, we have received some exciting news; one of our KS4 students has won a recent calendar competition we entered with Celsian Education. The pupil worked hard to create art work he thought encapsulated the theme 'New Year's Eve' and to his delight won five calendars for the school exhibiting his work and £100 worth of vouchers for the school to spend on Art resources! Well done!

Many thanks to our fantastic HLTA, Sally Lester for helping all our pupils in entering the competition and the art work that they completed.

NWSILC OfSTED Inspection report. 

Following the Inspection of the NWSILC on the 11th & 12th May 2016, OfSTED have now published the final report. The report can be found below.

We will be holding meetings for parents and carers as we are aware that many of you will have questions about this, and the schools actions plans for improvement. A letter is being sent out today (24th June 2016) with more details. We will also be sending details of the parent meetings next week when the dates have been finalised.

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