Head Teacher's Updates

9th December

Gemma all ready to be Mary in the song 'Three Knight Riders!'
Saturday 9th of December 2017
Busy, Busy Busy! Has been the theme for this week. We have had rehearsals for both our Christmas Concerts, the main one being last Thursday and then the Christmas Fayre on Friday. So, what a week it has been! In no particular order, here we go. Classes have been going on their end of term Christmas visits with more occurring next week. Those who have been have had a fantastic time and the pupils (and staff) returned to school full of energy and enthusiasm. Our first Christmas Concert on...

2nd December

David and Ruth go over the edge during abseiling!
Saturday 2nd of December 2017
Christmas has arrived and the school is decorated in true Redway style! It’s going to be a very busy but joyful and fun filled two and a half weeks to the end of term, which we will all enjoy. On Friday we had our training day where we did a host of essential things, medical update training, practicing our signing to the Christmas songs, as well as team building activities including decorating the school.  Santa’s Grotto is almost complete and I know there will be some magical photos...

25th November

Danny visited Orchid class for The BFG sensory story - he thoroughly enjoyed the sound of the wind blowing
Saturday 25th of November 2017
A quiet week in school – a busy one down in Devon where a group of pupils and staff went to The Calvert Trust for a four night stay. News from the residential: Everyone had a great time and the pupils excelled rising to all the challenges that were presented to them, definitely out of their comfort zones. With the support of school and Calvert staff they were able to participate fully in all activities. There were so many highlights from the week its impossible to pick any one as outstanding....

18th November

Neve was happy to be at school in her PJs!
Saturday 18th of November 2017
On Friday morning there was a beautiful sunrise as I drove towards Milton Keynes and also a lovely ‘red sky at night’ when I left to drive home. These moments of nature’s pure delights are uplifting and reinvigorate the soul – especially after a busy week at school. The autumn is my favourite season due to all the wonderful colours it brings. There has been a lot happening in school this week, exciting teaching and learning as well as making plans for new children, next term and...

11th November

Alfie and Kiran decorate biscuits to resemble a poppy
Saturday 11th of November 2017
This time of year is always a poignant one. With Remembrance Festivals occurring across the country. It feels right and appropriate for us that some pupils attended the Remembrance Parade at Coffee Hall, where their excellent behaviour was commented upon by the Mayor and we featured in the Look East news bulletin on Friday evening. Our pupils promoted the school well did themselves proud and the school too. Well done to the staff who attended and ensured this occurred. So it seemed fitting to devote our...

4th November

Cassia and Daffodils have a great time playing games at the Tennis Festival
Saturday 4th of November 2017
I hope that everyone had a good and relaxing October half term week. The staff were all glad to back at school on Monday for our training day. We had a varied programme, taking in some learning and also some activities to enhance the well being of the staff. Pam and Kate our physiotherapists led a theoretical training session for the majority of staff and will follow this through with a practical session in January. This was very informative and well received by staff. Other sessions included Yoga...

28th October

Ralfs cooks garlic bread on the fire pit to scare away the vampires!
Saturday 28th of October 2017
Half term week – I hope everyone has had a good and relaxing time – enjoying a lot of sunshine despite the dampness of Thursday. As ever, we always make the most of a school holiday to have maintenance work done, repair, clean and paint! This is what has happened during this week.  ‘Upstairs’ in Transitions, more work has been done on the conservatory – installing a new ceiling, lighting, heating and flooring, plus new guttering around the outside. Also the doorways...

21st October

Freiya enjoys Halloween themed Forest School
Saturday 21st of October 2017
Our Multicultural Week focussed upon the Aztecs and the culture of Mexico with lots of interesting activities including artwork, exploring and tasting Mexican food. Everyone embraced this well and had fun in learning. Some groups this week have also been thinking about Halloween including Lee with Butterflies during their Forest Schools Session on a Thursday morning. This will I am sure continue when the pupils arrive back on Tuesday 31st after the holiday. Friday was an emotional day in school, we...

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...
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