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Parents and Carers

Parents and carers are a very important part of the Meadows School team. Regular communication is essential to maximise the opportunities for success and to investigate solutions to enable the students to overcome personal difficulties.

All students have a key worker and class tutor. These are the first point of contact for parents and carers and are available for telephone discussions on a regular and agreed basis.

Parents and carers can expect;

  • regular communication from relevant staff
  • home visit prior to placement to discuss the transition into Meadows and make arrangements for the Admission/Partnership meeting
  • key worker visits to the home by arrangement where necessary
  • outreach support for students not in school (health reasons or extenuating circumstances)
  • termly/annual reports
  • feedback from Governors

Meadows expects that parents and carers will;

  • keep in regular contact with the school and inform us of any significant changes to home circumstances (e.g. holiday updates)
  • provide written feedback upon request to enable the school to improve performance and practice
  • contact the school before 9am if their son/daughter will not attend due to illness
  • attend scheduled meetings (reviews every 6 months and for other specified reasons)
  • support their son/daughter at prizegiving/concerts/sporting events/other events where possible
  • commit to working in partnership with the school for the benefit of their son/daughter

If you would like more information please contact us.

Download our calendar of term and holiday dates;

Term Dates 2018-19


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Barnardo's Ireland have some great FREE parent resources: please click HERE to access them. You will need to select the resources you would like, add them to your basket and give your address details - all the ones that state they are €0 really are FREE!!

Autism Support for the Summer Holidays

Please click below to access a resource from the National Autistic Society for parents/carers of children with Autism for the summer holidays. It details some info of tips to make the summer easier, as well as some organisations/services that may be able to help in the holidays;

Autism Support resource


Parents/carers and the school can work together to educate young people on safe use of the internet

Read our useful leaflet 'E-Safety - A Parents' Guide'

CEOP has announced a new website for parents and carers at The new site offers a completely refreshed suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety.

Families can visit to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.

Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre ( where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.

Another  resource for parents is, which has been developed by CEOP and ParentZone and is aimed at schools and parents.

Cybercrime: Preventing young people from getting involved

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the increasing number of young people engaging in cybercrime.

The #CyberChoices campaign targets parents of 12-15 year olds who may be involved in hacking or other kinds of online crime without their parents' knowledge. The campaign, also aimed at professionals who work with children and young people, highlights the range of criminal activities that children may be involved in, how to spot signs of potential problems, what the consequences could be and importantly, signposts better ways for young people to use their technical skills.

For further information about cybercrime, and to watch the short film produced for the campaign, visit

Emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people

'Young Minds' is the Uk's leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people.

They have a website providing support and information for parents/carers and children and young people;

Young Minds

There is also a 'Parents Helpline' - 0808 802 5544

Positive questions to ask your child about their day!

Re-inforcing the social and educational skills our students learn at school;

Have your say...parent/carers views are very important to the school

Parents/carers are regularly asked for feedback on the school (collated in reviews and consultations).

For a summary of parent/carer feedback please view;

Parents/carers made some fantastic comments including;

"(My child) has made huge progress this year and has grown in confidence and maturity. Thank you for all your continued support and hardwork"

"In a short period of time {my child) has seen a profound transformation.  He is happy, has made friends and isn't looking forward to xmas breaks as he will miss the school and his friends.  Million thanks for all you do!"

Parent View - Ofsted Feedback

Download Meadows School's Parent View Responses 2016-17:

If you are a parent/carer of a student at Meadows School and you would like to provide feedback for the school, this can be done at any time. You will need to register with 'Parent View' at Ofsted and can then respond to the questions;

Parents/carers have the opportunity to provide their views and feedback at all student reviews

Staff...take proactive steps to supporting positive family relationships' (Ofsted Care 2017)