Head Teacher's Updates

14th October

Zayan toasts a marshmallow up on the field during Forest School
Saturday 14th of October 2017
The penultimate week before half term has been action packed! Sharon has been out all week on the first part of her course in Dorset, which embraces how horses and other animals can enrich the life and well being of all our pupils, which we are going to put into practice as soon as is feasibly possible. Carolyn has risen to the challenge of leading some Forest Schools Groups with a variety of different pupils, all of who have really engaged, participated and responded well to this. Lee continues to work...

7th October

enjoying willow weaving
Saturday 7th of October 2017
This week started with something a little different! Sharon arranged, as part of our outdoor education work, for a willow-weaving workshop to occur in school, on the field. The majority of pupils participated at times during the day and with support from class staff were able to help produce the final willow structure on the gate onto the field. The main highlight of this week has been our two harvest festivals. Thank you to all who came along and supported us, as well as donating produce. Patrick and...

30th September

standing proud - pupils in a Kenyan School enjoying wearing donated Redway school jumpers
Saturday 30th of September 2017
There has been a lot happening in school this week – as always! New staff completed their mandatory safeguarding training after school on Monday.  On Thursday and Friday some of our new staff received their Team Teach Training. This Monday some groups will be participating in Moving and Handing Training, whilst others Epilepsy Training with the school nursing team.  All of which is a mandatory requirement for staff and as such we have a rolling programme of training. A special moment...

23rd September

Poppies prouldly show off their denim in aid of Jeans for Genes day
Sunday 24th of September 2017
Week 3 of a new academic year is always an interesting one and this week certainly was! This week and usually week 4 is when the ‘honeymoon’ period with our pupils is over and they present us all with some challenges to resolve, which we have done and embraced in style! Our new pupils and staff have settled in extremely well and have embraced the special Redway ethos. When walking around school and the Transitions Department, throughout the week this was apparent – everyone was very...

16th September

Lily relaxes during music and movement - dressed as Fantastic Mr Fox!
Saturday 16th of September 2017
Our first full week back at school has been a productive one. Our new pupils have settled well into their class groups and our new staff are embracing The Redway ethos! We have now worked a full week of new class timetables and have ‘ironed out’ any slight hiccups or changes that needed to be made so hopefully all will be well next week with no further changes required. A highlight of the week happened on Wednesday – our ‘Dahlicious Dress Up Day!’ We had a host of Mr...

9th September

George is having a blast in his new class!
Saturday 9th of September 2017
The summer holidays are now over, and we are all back into our usual routine at school. I hope you all had a lovely summer break. As stated in this week’s Friday Letter it was good to see all the pupils and staff back at school on Tuesday. We welcomed several new pupils and members of staff. We started the new academic year with two assemblies, which were, as always fun filled and action packed. By Friday all our pupils, old and new had settled into class routines, Di and I were very pleased about...

5th August

Aiden smiles for the camera!
Saturday 5th of August 2017
This years Summer Activity Scheme ended yesterday and it signifies the end of another academic year for me and also to the staff who worked, without whom it would not be possible to offer this addition to the school year. We certainly have had a lot of fun, from visits out, including paddle boarding, canoeing (in the rain!), kite flying on Dunstable Downs, karting, a successful trip to the cinema to name a few. Staff in Transitions have ensured that the pupils based there have continued with their...

29th July

Saturday 29th of July 2017
The summer holidays have arrived!  Di, the Leadership Team, and the school staff, as well as myself appreciate how difficult this long holiday is for our pupils, parents and carers. Some of us find it a bit daunting too and are looking forward to September! However, we have had a fantastic week one of the summer activity scheme. The staff have been very proactive in arranging different activities for the pupils to enjoy – both off site and on site. Most pupils swam every day - we even made...

22nd July

Saturday 22nd of July 2017
The last week of an academic year is always one full of happiness, emotions and things to be sorted! This week was such for everyone. All teachers and support staff ensured that the last week in school was a positive one for all the pupils with lots of great interactions and communication opportunities. The highlight of the week though was our Carnival Day on Thursday. The weather was not great at the start of the day – but we overcame this and ignored it, so we just got a little damp! We...

15th July

Crystal and Jacob together at the Leavers Ball
Saturday 15th of July 2017
What a busy but fun week we have had! The highlight of which was our Disney themed Summer Concert. We all enjoyed singing and performing to some of our favourite songs from the films of Walt Disney  - the Mayor sang all they way through with gusto and a smile on his face! Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us and for your generous donations. Wednesday evening brought along our annual Leavers Ball – always a happy evening but tinged with sadness. It was a delightful celebration...

8th July

Strep B Awareness café in full force
Saturday 8th of July 2017
Last Saturday’s Summer Fayre was amazing - thank you all for coming along, supporting the school and to the staff for giving up their precious time over a weekend. We raised over £2000 – which is fantastic news. As always we enjoyed the music from Kobold as well as the great jokes and comments! All part of the ‘ambience’ of the day. This week there have been lots of exciting things happening. Several classes went on their end of term outings, more are occurring next...

2nd July

Presley enjoys the Chinese sensory session
Sunday 2nd of July 2017
After a week away at The Calvert Trust this week has been a bit of a ‘catch up’ one! It was great to be back in school to see all the pupils and staff. This week has been our MFL (Modern Foreign Language) focus week in school. As you are all aware this year we went for something different from our norm – Chinese and China! All classes embraced this ‘with gusto!’ as you can see from the photographs. Mike will be writing an article about this which will soon go on the school...

24th June

David enjoys a foot spa to help cool down in the heat
Saturday 24th of June 2017
What a week this has been – both in school and down in Devon where a group of pupils accompanied by staff were on a 7 night residential. Everyone was affected by the exceptionally hot weather. In school I know that a lot of water play occurred, which is great for developing pupils communication skills as well as having a lot of fun and keeping cool. Please could you all ensure that we have sun tan cream in school as well as a hat for your son / daughter. All pupils and staff who attended the...

10th June

Hazal class enjoy a walk out in the community
Saturday 10th of June 2017
It’s been an interesting week this week both in school and out! We were all pleased to see the pupils arrive back in school on Monday, there were a lot of happy, smiling faces, everyone appeared pleased to be back after the half term holiday. We welcomed one of our new teachers for September, Emma who is going to be with us for some of this term, getting to know the pupils and preparing for September. On Wednesday, Peter our fantastic photographer came into school and took a whole host of...

3rd June

Ellie-Victoria enjoys time outside in the sunshine with the shaving foam
Saturday 3rd of June 2017
It seems surreal that we are coming towards the end of the half term holiday and that June is upon us. I hope that you all are enjoying the lovely weather and half term break. First, a bit of a catch up from the last week of school as there was no Headteachers Weekly Update. On Thursday we interviewed for a second Senior Teacher Post to join our Leadership Team. We have updated the Leadership Team ready for September in line with our growing school population. The candidates were all very good but after...

20th May

Students from Bluebells and Daffodils took part in a Swimming Pentathlon
Saturday 20th of May 2017
There has been a very happy ‘buzz’ around school this week with lots of positive things happening. First, well done to the pupils from Daffodils and Bluebells who attended a swimming competition at Stoke Mandeville Stadium with pupils from other special schools in the south. This was a first for us and they did very well. Verity and Sarah were very proud of their achievements, as were they – all the pupils loved their medals as well as being presented with their certificates in...

14th May

Hassaan enjoys being out on the lake
Sunday 14th of May 2017
Healthy Living Week in school last week was a very busy and exciting one but the pupils experienced lots of different activities, including, sailing, canoeing, driving the power boat on Caldecotte Lake, karting, ice skating, tennis, World of Sound and ‘Pampering Sessions’ to name but a few of the activities! We also took over the snow dome for a couple of hours on Wednesday morning where over 40 pupils attended and had a fantastic time, loving being on the snow. Class teachers have also engaged...

6th May

Alwiya and Carmen making bird feeders in Forest School
Saturday 6th of May 2017
I hope that everyone enjoyed last week’s Bank Holiday Weekend. This week as a result of being only 4 days seems to have flown by! This week we welcomed to school Riley – a new pupil in Bumblebees and also Helen our new teacher in the PE Department. I have every confidence that they will both enjoy being part of The Redway family. Well done to everyone who ran in the Milton Keynes Festival of Running last weekend raising funds for the school – it is very much appreciated. Buses...

29th April

Nile, Yahya and Ralfs working together in the mud kitchen
Saturday 29th of April 2017
I would like to start this week’s update by thanking everyone for all their best wishes, comments of support and sponsorship for my running of the London Marathon last weekend. It was as, always a fantastic day, the sun shone, the crowds were brilliant and the atmosphere special. Running London is a unique experience and I revelled in every minute of it (well perhaps not between miles 16 and 19 which were a bit of a struggle!) Congratulations too to George’s Mum, Sarah and also to Nikki both of...

22nd April

Introducing our new friend Joshua who has joined us in Daffodils Class
Saturday 22nd of April 2017
As always it was good to welcome all the pupils back to school on Tuesday. They all appeared very happy and content to return after the Easter Holiday, as did the staff too. We welcomed our new pupil Joshua to Daffodils, - he has had a very positive start to his new learning journey at The Redway. During the holiday, lots of work has been done across school and at the Transitions Department. The pool has had a deep clean – thanks to Dawn for doing this – it sparkled on Tuesday when we...

1st April

Sumayya explores the light dome during Peter's story 'The Storm' for World Book Day
Saturday 1st of April 2017
This term seems to have flown by – it’s rather surreal to think we are now at the start of the Easter Holidays. However, this term has been a productive one with lots of positive teaching and learning happening within school as well as some special events, such as fundraising for Red Nose Day, Autism Awareness and Emily’s Star. A huge thanks goes to Sam and the café team, as well as school staff, parents and carers for their support of this. This week we said ‘Goodbye...

25th March

Amelia recieves the Head Teachers Award
Saturday 25th of March 2017
Spring appears to be on its way! Everyone enjoyed the sunshine during the week, especially towards the end of it. It was good to take the pupils off site to be able to generalise skills as well as learn new ones and to observe the signs of spring arriving. During the week we interviewed for new teachers for September and we successfully recruited two new ones. We are hoping that they will be able to join us for our training day in May and also be able to spend some time in school before...

18th March

Saturday 18th of March 2017
It’s astounding to think that we only have another 2 weeks until we break up on the 31st for the Easter Holidays. Where does the time go? So please remember that at 10am on the 31st we have our end of term Easter Assembly to which you are all invited. As the school grows it does become more of a challenge to fit everyone into the space we have for assemblies but we always manage to do it! But before that we have a lot happening. Next Friday, March 24th is the last Transitions Café of the...

11th March

Maple class had their own Holi Festival this week - Millie Ann admires her colourful self!
Saturday 11th of March 2017
This week pupils have enjoyed and participated in different stories told by different members of staff as part of our Book Week focus. Teachers have enjoyed visiting other class groups and sharing a story with them and the pupils too have also enjoyed this experience. Another highlight of this week was our assembly on Friday led by Lou celebrating the festival of Holi. Not only did we sing songs with a colour and friendship theme, we used sensory lights and parachutes to create some ambience before in...

4th March

Oliver shows off his running skills during the indoor althletics festival at MK College
Saturday 4th of March 2017
This week has been a busy week in school with lots of good learning happening. A group of pupils went to an indoor athletics festival on Tuesday and excelled, which was pleasing to note, plus we had our tennis coach in again working with different groups of pupils. This has been very popular – thank you to Verity and the PE team for making this a positive experience for our pupils. Several staff are in the process of completing the final stages of their Forest School Course and have some great...
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