At Green Meadows Academy we are a dedicated team of highly skilled teachers and learning support staff. Pupils are supported by an experienced pastoral team comprising of Communication & Interaction Leaders, Pastoral & Family Support Officers, and Behaviour Support Workers. All staff work closely with families and our local community in order to offer our pupils the best opportunities possible. Many of our learners have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions, but this is by no means all of our learners, and we have a wide range of differing needs at our Primary and Secondary Schools. Our class sizes vary between 6 to 12 learners.
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Green Meadows Academy – Primary School
At GMA Primary we meet the needs of predominantly primary-aged pupils, many of whom have communication and interaction difficulties including autism. Pupils in the primary school are allocated a class based on their age and also their need. Their class-teacher delivers a ‘primary model’ of delivery, where they teach a broad range of subjects using methods and strategies suitable to the individual needs of the pupils.
Communication and Interaction is central to the curriculum, and learning for our primary pupils takes place outside the classroom as much as it does inside the classroom. Makaton is reinforced throughout the school as a communication aid, and we also ensure that we meet the pupils’ sensory needs.
Green Meadows Academy – Secondary School
At GMA Secondary students have similar needs as those in our primary school, and are able to remain within our Post-16 provision until they are 19 years of age.
As in the primary school, pupils at GMA Secondary are in classes that reflect a combination of their age and Key Stage as well as their area of need. At the core of our learning is English / Literacy, Mathematics / Numeracy, Science, and PSHE – which all of our pupils will study. Our pupils benefit from specialist teachers for these key areas of the curriculum. As learners progress through the school appropriate qualifications (such as Functional Skills if appropriate) and life skill development (such as Food Technology) become key.
At certain points in the term themes and projects are developed using a whole school collaborative approach where classes are joined together so that pupils will benefit from working with a range of other students and staff members.
Green Meadows Academy – Post-16 / 6th Form
As our young people approach Year 11 (the end of Key Stage 4) there are a number of pathway opportunities available to them. These pathways allow them to continue their education and build on the many successes they have had in previous years.
Not all subject areas are compulsory at Key Stage 5. Therefore, students are able to choose from a selection of exciting options, which are tailored to employment or independence pathways. These may lead to further study when they reach 19 or move into other job-related courses such as apprenticeships or employment. The intention of these options is not only to offer a wide and rewarding, relevant study programme, but also continuity of progression and the development of life skills that aid increasing independence, self-confidence and self-reliance.
Opportunities at GMA Post-16 include the chance to gain ASDAN qualifications, attend an FE College (such as Leeds City College) one day per week in order to sample and also gain vocational qualifications, benefit from Independent Travel Training, earn the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and also become ‘job ready’ by gaining a supported internship or work experience locally.
Green Meadows Academy – Partnerships
GMA has long-standing, successful partnerships with four mainstream schools across the city of Leeds. Pupils in these settings remain on the roll of our school, but access learning in mainstream classes with support from our own specialist staff.
Dependant on the setting, and the individual needs of the pupils, they will access a range of mainstream lessons. This access is to ensure that the pupil can progress and develop in academic areas as well as socially with age related peers.
GMA pupils benefit from partnerships within Rawdon St Peter’s Primary School, Brudenell Primary School, Allerton High School and Benton Park High School.