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.

Our aim is to help all our pupils be the best they can be as:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors

Meadowpark News

Published: Fri 15 Mar 2019

We are hugely grateful to Miss Laudi from Knox Academy Eco-Committee for providing us with a wealth of information, motivation and opportunities to consider our own responsibility in Meadowpark to our community and wider society in relation to reducing our reliance on plastic.

Tyne class concluded the week with a thought provoking assembly which highlighted just how much plastic we have around us in school. From chairs, DVDs, trays, pens, glue sticks, telephones and computers we have become possibly over-reliant on this product which we discovered enters the eco-system, including our bodies as BPA (bisphenol A) which is an industrial chemical that has been used as an element of polycarbonate plastics used to make food containers and plastic bottles since the 1960s. Although safe in very low levels there has been increased awareness of BPA possibly leeching into the food chain and can have possible health effects on brain development and possibly behaviour. Read more here ...Newsletter 15.03.19

Published: Fri 8 Mar 2019

As the days are getting longer and lighter and thoughts turn to Spring I was contacted by the education representative from David Wilson Homes this week asking if we were still keen to put bird boxes up around the school grounds.  Naturally, I chirpily replied, indeed we are. I am hopeful that this will take place before Easter, so that both pupils and birds can benefit and we can monitor the activity of our feathered friends.

Pupils are naturally drawn to being outdoors and have learned to use whatever they find to regulate or stimulate sensory need. This week some of the planks that have been set aside for the Playpod had been creatively manoeuvred onto the tyres. The planks are sturdy enough to withstand the young people bouncing on them so I did not have the heart to remove them in case they were broken and so play happily continued. Read more here...Newsletter 08.03.19

Published: Mon 4 Mar 2019

I was delighted to see the feedback from the SQA this week indicating that the verification of National 2 courses and Personal Achievement Awards undertaken by Esk class was approved. In some areas the evidence was  cited as good practice and gives us credence that we are certainly on the right track to be providing a climate of learning that will see our pupils become successful learners and confident individuals.

We are still in the early stages of developing our senior phase and transition beyond school. That said I have had feedback that one former pupil has been attending college successfully and they  hope to continue to enhance the qualifications attained here at Meadowpark. Read more here...Newsletter 01.03.19

Published: Fri 1 Mar 2019

Meadowpark pupils volunteered to clear invasive rhododendron from the grounds around Amisfield Walled Garden. Some of our young people volunteer weekly, where we have  an amazing work partnership developing rural skills and horticulture. The garden is well worth a visit!

Published: Fri 22 Feb 2019

Pupils have returned after a refreshing February break aided by the unseasonably warm weather, and there is a sense of busyness across Meadowpark as we settle back into routines, plan ahead for visits and engage with partner providers to develop and enhance learning experiences.

I was delighted to catch sight of a Twitter feed on my phone last night stating that Haddington Area Partnership have approved funding for Meadowpark and Knox Academy request for an Art Therapist. I have just received the final details of this and am overwhelmed with relief that we can offer this significant service to an increased number of pupils in Meadowpark and Knox Academy. Having previously received funding from Dunbar and East Linton AP, Preston Seton and Gosford AP and  Fa’Side AP we can fully concentrate on creating a bespoke provision with high quality resources.

Having seen the positive impact of Art Therapy for several of our pupils I am thrilled that we are able to offer this service across a broad range of need and I am happy to share the experience of one pupil again Read more here...Newsletter 22.02.19