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: 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

Published: Fri 8 Feb 2019

It has been a delight to witness some of our young people making fairly momentous strides this week and achieving personal goals and aspirations.

For one this has meant being in school, fresh and ready to learn on Monday morning which can often herald a challenge for him from getting up and being ready for the taxi, to actively participating in activities. Of course this is not unlike many of us but is further exacerbated by his autism. We chatted together yesterday and I had a sense of personal success that he has managed in school all week, actively engaging with his peers and coping with changes in staffing.

Another pupil has been following a new approach to his learning, using signs and symbols, carefully considered boundaries and engaging positively with staff. In spite of a language barrier and some attachment issues he has settled very quickly and we have seen his personality shine through. Read more here...Newsletter 08.02.19

Published: Fri 1 Feb 2019

It feels natural to continue the theme of planets this week as the night sky has been so clear and in the early morning at 0600 when I am walking my dog on the beach I have been able to see the waning crescent moon and Saturn (the bringer of old age), Venus (the bringer of peace) and Jupiter (the bringer of jollity).

Pupils staff and I had fun on Tuesday when I took the German Masterclass and the theme was animals. I found a useful and amusing video that explained how some of the animal names are put together: Hund – dog, Seehund – sea dog = seal; Fisch – fish, Tintenfisch – ink fish =  squid. But my favourite was Schnecke – snail and Nacktschnecke – naked snail = slug J All pupils responded very well to my lack of expertise and Mr Gilmour chuckled on his return and explained that he was going to teach domestic animals! It’s a perpetual learning curve for me! Read more here...Newsletter 01.02.19