Head Teacher's Updates

12th October

Saturday 12th of October 2019
This week was harvest week! We celebrated the harvest in true Redway style with two visits to St Mary’s Church,  where the vicar, Paul and his team were as welcoming as always. Our final harvest celebration was in the orchard on Thursday morning. All three harvest festivals were a thanksgiving for the food produce we have and how fortunate we all are.  We all enjoyed singing our favourite harvest themed songs, there was some wonderful singing and signing from some of our pupils, while...
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5th October

Saturday 5th of October 2019
A major focus of this week has been our preparation for our harvest festival’s next week. We had practices of our favourite harvest songs before school and classes have been hard at work making their boxes for harvest produce. We do hope that you will be able to come along and support us, this week is one of the highlights of our school year, and is a moment of ‘awe and wonder’ as well as celebrating how fortunate we are with our fruitful harvest. Classes have risen to the challenge of...
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29th September 2019

Sunday 29th of September 2019
First, thank you all for supporting both Jeans for Genes Day and also our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday by coming along to the café, by baking cakes or just donating. We support a lot of good causes and your active involvement is very much appreciated. This week’s ever changing weather has provided us with some challenges. A classroom was flooded on Tuesday morning and then we had issues with the fans in the kitchen on Wednesday which meant that we had no gas for cooking! Everyone rose...
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21st September

Saturday 21st of September 2019
This week in school we have all enjoyed the lovely sunny, weather with lots of classes enjoying their outside learning and Forest Schools work. The pleasure in the pupils faces of being outside and having fun with their learning is a credit to all the staff who strive to make every moment a positive experience. All pupils have relished in the pool being back in action – their weekly swim is often a highlight. The classes that go off site for their swim are doing very well and making progress with...
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14th September

Saturday 14th of September 2019
Our first full week of the new academic year – a busy one it has been too – working through the new class timetables each day is always a challenge at the start of a new school year. We are now settling back into work mode – as you will see from the photographs mark making activities, messy interactive play and visits off site – especially to the sunflower farm which all pupils enjoyed. This is also in addition to focussing back on pupil’s individual therapy needs, which...
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8th September

Sunday 8th of September 2019
As always, it was good to be back to a normal routine as from last Monday. Our staff training days on Monday and Tuesday ensured that we were able to cover Safeguarding requirements, with further in depth training to follow later this term. Staff also had time to prepare the classrooms and lessons ready for the return of the pupils on Wednesday. Wednesday arrived, and it was wonderful to see the happy smiling faces of the pupils returning to school. There were some very happy parents and carers...
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21st July

Sunday 21st of July 2019
What a year this has been and how fast has it gone? It has been phenomenal with lots of wonderful learning opportunities and experiences for all our pupils. None of which would be at all possible without the hard work and dedication of the staff team. Their commitment to the school is highly commendable – everyone puts the pupils well-being first as well as being supportive of colleagues. The last week of the academic year – what an exciting but emotional one it has been. Another visit to...
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14th July

Sunday 14th of July 2019
It’s hard to believe that this is the final week of another academic year. This week has been a busy one in school with lots of class end of year visits, plus several classes walking to the splash park at Willen – what a time they had too! The photos in the Friday letter say it all and embrace all that we as a school are about. More pupils go tomorrow and I’m sure that they too will have a fantastic time. On Thursday we had our Transitions Leavers Afternoon Tea Party. Parents and...
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7th July

Sunday 7th of July 2019
This week has been a busy one in school – as are the next two final weeks of this academic year. It’s amazing to think that this school year is almost over – it feels that it has flown by! Thank you to everyone who came to the Summer Fete last Saturday – the hottest day of the year so far. Frances has just informed me that we raised a grand total of £2, 237.30 and as always, the 30p is very important! This money will be used to support off site activities and classroom...
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30th June

Sunday 30th of June 2019
Another busy week in school – but lots of smiling, happy faces of both pupils and staff. Due to the rain on Tuesday we decided to hold our last sports morning inside, the first ever that we have held inside in the many years I have been at The Redway. However, we rose to the challenge and whilst we did not have as much space as we do outside everyone had a good time and participated well. We are very grateful for all the help we have had once again from DHL for all three of our sports...
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23rd June

Sunday 23rd of June 2019
It’s been a busy week both at school and down in Devon. The residential to The Calvert Trust was once again successful, the pupils surprised us all with their achievements and how they embraced all the challenges. This could not have been done without the support of staff from Calvert but also the school staff who accompanied the visit, as well as those back at ‘base camp’ keeping the school running smoothly. At school Di led Wednesdays assembly- all about the summer solstice with...
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9th June

Sunday 9th of June 2019
It’s amazing how time goes so quickly – the last half term of another school year seems to have arrived sooner than we expected. Over the holiday several safety checks on equipment or annual services have been carried out, the sad news being about the hydrotherapy pool roof’s panels. It was not an easy decision to close the pool but I had no option. Hopefully we will get this sorted sooner rather than later, we are obtaining quotes for the work and the LA are fully aware of the...
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26th May

Sunday 26th of May 2019
Happy Bank Holiday Weekend and Half Term Holiday! I do hope that everyone is having a good weekend and enjoying the bank holiday. The highlights of this week in school were the Early Years sports morning on Wednesday, where we were once again supported by the DHL team. A fun time was had by all and we were pleased to welcome many parents, carers and grandparents who came along to support us. Team PE supported by class staff did an amazing job – so well done to them. Friday brought along the...
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18th May

Saturday 18th of May 2019
It’s been a quiet week in school with everyone. We definitely made the most of the sunshine at the start of the week with a lot of off site learning occurring, about which I was pleased. Our outdoor learning activities continued, at Basil’s Barn, the allotments – off site and on site, at the orchard, as well as visits further afield and locally. Some pupils were keen to try their skills at making different items and focussed very well requiring minimum support. This week’s...
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11th May

Saturday 11th of May 2019
The four day week in school is always a slightly confusing one for both pupils and staff! We all thought it was Monday on Tuesday! We have had a good week, with lots of interactions between pupils as well as with staff and some wonderful engagement in learning too. I have been very pleased with what I have observed occurring in classes on my daily walks around school and in the Transitions Building.  Although we had some lovely sunshine, which we all enjoyed, the downpours we had highlighted...
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5th May

Sunday 5th of May 2019
What a wonderful week we have all had.  This years Healthy Living Week has been full of positivity, learning and embracing new challenges. Everyone has truly engaged in all the activities, from the long walk or cycle to Willen, to a range of activities at Caldecotte, karting, football and cheerleading to name some. Although at the end of the week there were some tired pupils and also staff, it was well worth it for the happy smiling faces on all pupils participating in the diverse activities and...
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28th April

Sunday 28th of April 2019
As always after a holiday it was good to see the pupils back in school on Tuesday. Everyone seemed happy to be in their usual daily routine – staff as well as pupils! Over the holiday Dawn and the cleaning team had done a wonderful job in ‘sprucing up’ classrooms all ready for this next term, before their very deep clean during the summer holidays. Sam updated some of the displays within school and  thanks to Jenny’s pre planning over the academic year we had several checks...
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6th April

Saturday 6th of April 2019
The end of the Spring Term has arrived and school closed on Friday until April 23rd for all but Pirates Class who have some significant training on that day. As expressed previously, it has been more than a busy term but with lots of positive, exciting learning and activities occurring. We said goodbye to Natasha and Michaela, who are taking up new teaching posts elsewhere and wish them both the very best. Our assemblies on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning were based around our outside...
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30th March

Saturday 30th of March 2019
The penultimate week of term!  The time has flown by since we returned to school after the February half term holiday and once again this week we have all enjoyed the spring sunshine. It certainly did a lot for everyone’s well-being. We hope for as much sunshine as possible now we have our solar panels on the main school roof in the hope that we will see a drastic reduction in our energy bills. This next week is a busy one in school and as a result our end of term assemblies that are usually...
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23rd March

Saturday 23rd of March 2019
This week in school has been a reasonably quiet one – but with lots of positive learning and interaction occurring. So, it’s a short Headteachers weekly update because of this. We welcomed a new pupil into Willen Class,  Farron – Mae whom we are sure will enjoy all that life at The Redway has to offer and are confident that she will be happy and will learn whilst with us. The Leadership Team and Governors were very pleased with the update regarding the impact of our new...
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16th March

Saturday 16th of March 2019
It’s definitely been a rather wet and windy week which has meant that many of our pupils have been in ‘high spirits!’  But we have had a good week at school with lots of positive learning occurring. Although the weather has not been so favourable this week pupils attending Basil’s Barn, and experiencing Outdoor Learning have been really engaged with the practical learning activities and opportunities provided for them. They were not put off by the weather! Having said that,...
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10th March

Sunday 10th of March 2019
This week has been one of mixed emotions in school. First, and most importantly we said a sad goodbye to Jenson who will always be remembered in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. However, we do have to focus on all our other pupils and ensuring that we continue to do the very best for them. Several pupils went to a Panathlon Tournament at Stoke Mandeville on Thursday and  did very well – they all returned to school very proud of their achievements and their...
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2nd March

Saturday 2nd of March 2019
We all have revelled in the lovely, balmy February sunshine this week and made the most of the unseasonal weather. It is rather surreal that this time last year we were experiencing ‘the beast from the east’ and this week we’ve had lovely warm sunny weather. The pupils have really enjoyed this and the outdoor learning experiences it has brought. We have also had a lot of fun in learning in school too – especially our drumming sessions across many classes – always a platform...
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16th February

Saturday 16th of February 2019
Happy Half Term Holiday everyone! We all really enjoyed and took advantage of the lovely warm sun shine on Thursday and Friday with classes going out into the local community – which everyone enjoyed. This past week has been our MFL week where we have been focussing on Greece and Greek! Pupils have had fun and have not only been dressing up in ancient Greek costumes but also  have been experiencing Greek music, food, and traditions as well as learning about some of the Greek heroes! This...
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10th February

Sunday 10th of February 2019
I trust that everyone is having a good weekend – despite the rain today. This past week has been a quiet one in school. We said goodbye to Marie a STA who has been at The Redway for a very long time and has led some fantastic yoga sessions with a variety of pupils. Marie has now has retired to embark on some exciting adventures. We will definitely miss her, but wish her all the very best for the future. Peter led the assembly on Wednesday – all about Chinese New Year. Pupils made Chinese...
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