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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.

Both videos are available to view below.

Congratulations to the staff and students at Meadows Park!

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13/11/17 - Christmas Fairs

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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.

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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.

Enjoy!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.
 
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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

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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.

Enjoy!

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

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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

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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;

https://mindmatechampions.org.uk/

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

https://www.mindmate.org.uk/

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!

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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.

 

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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.