Meadowpark News

We aspire to provide all our learners with access to the highest quality of learning and teaching alongside a mix of evidence based Autism specific approaches in order to maximise their success and encourage achievement in its broadest sense.

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Meadowpark News

Published: Tue 14 May 2019

This newsletter is a mid-week special because so many good things happened last week and so much is occurring this week that I know come Friday I will have no energy to collect my thoughts and report back effectively.

To summarise – we had Bank Holiday Monday on 6th May which is always a bit of a treat, especially as the weather was great, but leaves those of us at the chalk face with the same to-do list and less time for completion. On Friday 10th May Knox Academy SLT had an extremely productive and dare I say enjoyable session on Friday discussing improvement planning and asking just how good is our school and are we getting it right for every child? There was some lively debate and professional dialogue prompted and encouraged by Lesley Brown, ELC Chief Operating Officer for Education. We were fortunate enough to be about of school which allowed us to have uninterrupted opportunities for reflection... Read more here...Mid-week special

Published: Fri 3 May 2019

This week we were able to take delivery of a fantastic trike which was procured as a result of one of our teachers, Mr Morrison participating in the 13km Foxtrail race on 3rd November. Having previously taken ownership of an adapted trike that was kindly donated by one of our parents; we have witnessed how important it is that all pupils have the opportunity to practice their cycling skills. For some the 2 wheeled bike is just a bit tricky, and therefore an adult sized 3 wheeler is ideal.  Pupils who might ordinarily be a bit shy about participating in strenuous activities have been quite vocal about wanting a turn.

After much fund –raising and saving we are on the verge of having a trampoline put into the playground. This trampoline is designed to be robust enough to withstand many years of bouncing and is fully surrounded by safety rubber. We are delighted that Roy Auld from Proludic has maintained an excellent working relationship not only with ELC and Meadowpark and has had opportunities to meet pupils and staff in order to glean what would work for them. Read more here...Newsletter 03.05.19

Published: Fri 26 Apr 2019

Good grief – have we really just come back from a 15 day holiday? I certainly felt refreshed and recharged on Tuesday and I could see that pupils (and staff?) were keen to be back in a routine, but I have hardly had time to draw breath this week and it’s all for very good reasons.

A well intentioned friend suggested that this is perhaps a quieter time for secondary schools because of exams and seniors leaving school but I had to point out that this is actually one of our busiest times with transition, planning for alternative courses and concluding reports and IEPs, all of which generate a certain amount of energy and optimism. It’s always gratifying to record pupils’ achievements and this session in particular has seen some Meadowpark pupils achieve recognition for their hard work in SQA qualifications. Read more here...Newsletter 26.04.19

Published: Fri 5 Apr 2019

Although this term has been quite long and many of us were ready for our holidays last week, staff and pupils have dug deep into their reserves of resilience and have continued to show us #whatwecando and #wecandoit.

Pupil D achieved their Bikeability level 2 this week under the excellent supervision of Phil Gilholm in Knox Academy.

Another pupil D had a second successful morning at Edinburgh College and a third pupil D overcame their social anxiety and managed Maths class in Knox this week. read more here ...Newsletter 05.04.19

Published: Fri 29 Mar 2019


This time last year we were finishing for the Easter break and in spite of many attempts to explain why Easter changes it still baffles me that there can be a month’s difference in dates which has a significant impact on those teaching a programme of study and those studying for exams, completing assignments and assessments. Staff and pupils are justifiably tired but the longer lighter days make it bearable.

Forth Class went to the Food Bank in Tranent on Thursday and feedback from staff and pupils has been very positive. Read more here...Newsletter 29.03.19