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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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