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Mapledown School

Mapledown School


April 2018

Welcome back, I hope you all managed to have a good break. The summer term is always busy with Annual Reviews taking place in June. All parents/carers will soon receive their Review dates and invitations to comment – if you need to re-schedule please phone Kristina today (0208 455 4111) Thanks.

We start the new financial year with less money than we would like and a new School Improvement Plan (SIP) which contains all the plans for the coming year. Among the main targets in this year’s plans are projects to:

  • Begin detailed conversations with developers about building a new school as part of the Brent Cross South Regeneration Plan

  • Achieve an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report at our next inspection

  • Continue to develop joint working with the other Barnet Special Schools.

  • Recruit a new Headteacher to start in September 2019

A full copy of the SIP can be obtained from the school office – just ask and we will send one home – or take a look on the website. I have decided to step down and retire after fifteen years as head. Our Governors will be busy recruiting a new Headteacher this term and we hope to have a new head in post by June. If the governors are not successful recruiting in the summer term they can re-run the process again in the autumn term. Whatever happens we will keep you informed.

Our ever popular International Evening will take place from 6pm to 8pm (ish) on Saturday June 30th. The weather over the last few years has been kind to us and we usually get a really good turnout. The usual expectation is simply to turn up with your family/friends and bring some food (clearly labelled). We supplement this with a BBQ and free soft drinks and the magic happens as we share food and entertainment from around the world. Would you like or do you know anyone who could do a short performance? A dance, song or anything that could contribute to the evening – please get in touch with the school office.

One of our Learning Support Assistants (Ashraf Hussain) is running the London Marathon on April 22nd. He is raising money for ‘The Golf Trust’ who provides golfing experiences for disabled youngsters – including many Mapledown pupils. If you would like to sponsor Ashraf please go to our website or Facebook page. Thanks.

Please note …… The price of school lunches has been kept at £2.15 per day. If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals please contact the school office and they can check for you. If you have recently changed your mobile number, e mail or home address please let the school office know. Thanks.

Key Dates for summer term 2018:


  • Monday April 16th School Closed for Staff Training

  • Tuesday April 17th – Pupils return

  • Sunday April 22nd – Earth Day and The London Marathon with Ashraf Hussain

  • Monday May 7th – May Day Bank Holiday - School Closed

  • Friday May 18th - 6pm to 8pm Fundraising guided tour of ‘Dockside Thames’ with Steve Carroll – All money to the Friends of Mapledown (£10 per head) Meet at Tower Hill Tube

  • Wednesday May 23rd – ‘M.O.V.E.’ Celebration Day 10:30


  • Monday May 28th – Friday June 1st School closed for HALF TERM


  • Monday June 4th - School closed for staff training

  • Tuesday June 5th – pupils return to school

  • Wednesday June 6th Friends of Mapledown Meeting – Please note new time ….. 5pm

  • Friday June 8th Headteacher Interviews

  • Annual Reviews – Everyday between June 11th to June 29th

  • Saturday June 30th – 6- 8pm International Evening. Please bring some food and join the celebrations!

  • Wednesday July 4th – Parents Workshop/Coffee Morning 10:30 – 12:00

  • Friday July 6th - 10:30 Whole School Sports Day – details to follow

  • Friday July 6th – Friends of Mapledown fundraising BBQ – 4pm Just £10 per head

  • Sunday July 8th – from 12 onwards the Rett Syndrome Association will host their annual family picnic/bbq at Mapledown School.

  • Monday July 9th – Full Governors Meeting – 7pm

  • Thursday July 12th – Camping Night – information to follow in June.

  • Thursday July 19th – Leavers’ Graduation Ceremony 10:30 – 12:00

  • Friday July 20th – last day of school.


Please note the new school year for pupils starts on Wednesday September 5th.

All key dates for next year and lots of other useful information can be found on our website


Steve Carroll