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The Ambassadors of the Parent Forum would like to thank the following groups of people following our challenging journey from September 2016 through to Sports Day & End of term Awards 2017:

Pupils – Thank you for being YOU! It is an absolute honour & pleasure witnessing & sharing your successful journey, thank you and keep up your GOOD work!

Staff – Jon and his team, keep up the solid work no matter your role as all are extremely important! Thank you ALL for your gallant efforts through extreme times, with more success to follow during our journey!

Governors – Our unsung heroes in a volunteer role not for the faint-hearted! Perseverance is key to further success. Thank you for your guidance especially through our turbulent and more recent journey!

Parents/Carers/Families – You are not alone as we all share a common & special bond with our respective children. We are all great Parents alike no matter our challenges in life! Great to see three volunteer teams participating at Sports Day, well done Guys & Gals!

Have a great Summer 2017 – Steve, Vicki & Andy

Summer Newsletter

Please find below the Springfields Summer Newsletter:

Newsletter Summer 2016

Parent Forum Meeting – Tuesday 20 September 2016

Tuesday 20 September 2016 (meeting starts at 6.30pm at the Academy)  – Senior guest speakers from Wiltshire SEND Services will give you an overview of the My Plan and the conversion from a Statement to a My Plan.  Please feel free to familiarise yourself about the ‘My Plan’ using the following link – My Plan

The Parent Forum Ambassadors strongly encourage ALL Parents & Carers to attend all Parent Forum Meetings where possible, but in particular this meeting to obtain valuable information in support of your children!

YouTube – 5 Top Tips for Parents – @SWGfL_Official

The SWGFL recently published this guide for YouTube:


YouTube – 5 Top Tips for Parents

There is no denying it children love YouTube. They can spend hours searching and watching their favourite videos, researching a school topic or creating their own videos and uploading them to share with family and friends. Unfortunately, not everything on YouTube is child friendly, and young people can come across some very inappropriate content including violence, sexual videos, bad language and even bullying and trolls. So we’ve put together some top tips for parents to help make YouTube that bit safer.

  1. Create an account in Google that is used by the whole family. When you make a shared Google account you can see exactly what videos your children are watching, uploading and sharing.
  2. Once you have signed in to Youtube via the Family Google Account, the next thing to do isswitch on restricted mode. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the YouTube page you will see an option to turn on restricted mode. This will help keep out some, but not all, of the inappropriate stuff you don’t want your kids to see. Remember that you have to save this option and you have to set it up for every browser that you use. So if you have multiple computers then you will have to do this on each one.
  3. Sit down with you kids and go through the things that they like to watch. Most content they like will be attached to a channel. If you are happy with the content of the channel then ask your children to subscribe to it, this will then promote content to their feed when they log in. It also lets them know when new videos are available and hopefully this will stop some of the searching which may lead them into content they don’t want to see.
  4. If your children are into creating videos then make sure they are signed into the Family Account when they upload, and make sure they upload privately. When they click the upload button they can choose to upload as Public, Private or Unlisted. Private means that only people you choose can view the video. If you choose Unlisted then the video can only be viewed by a link generated within the video and this means that only people that you send the link to can view the video.
  5. The last thing to do is disable the comments. By disabling this it stops people from making inappropriate comments on any video uploaded by them.

YouTube is an amazing resource for knowledge and entertainment, as well as a great way for children to explore their creativity when making videos. By following these 5 tips you will make it a safer place, but remember you can’t make it 100% safe, so keep having regular chats with your kids about what they are doing and take time to sit down with them and use YouTube together and have some fun as a family. Lastly don’t forget that YouTube’s own terms and conditions mean that it should not be used by anyone under 13 years of age.

If your children are under 13 years of age then YouTube has created an App available on Google Play and Apple’s App store especially for them called ‘YouTube for Kids’. Created especially by Youtube using stronger filtering algorithms to keep kids safe. Remember though nothing is 100% safe so maintain an interest in what they are doing and keep having those important safety chats.

Staying safe online this summer @UK_SIC

The UK Safer Internet Centre has recently published this email which contain useful information on staying safe online over the summer:


Pokemon GO advice for parents, Staying safe online this summer and an OBE.
UK Safer Internet Centre
July 2015
PokemonGo! – What is it?
PokemonGo launched in the US and Australia this week and it looks set to be this year’s Summer Craze. In this article our Harm Reduction Officer Alan explains a bit more about the app, the risks and what parents can do to avoid them.
Staying safe online this summer
With the summer holidays just around the corner, children are looking forward to having more free time. For some, this will be spent using the internet to keep in touch with friends, catch up with the latest apps and online trends, and playing their favourite games. The team looks at how parents and carers can help and support them.
IWF Partners CEO Susie Hargreaves OBE
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) CEO Susie Hargreaves and partner in the Safer Internet Centre was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

On hearing of her award, Susie said: “This is a great honour not only for me, but the whole IWF team. It is because of the dedicated work done by our team of analysts, that we’ve been able to make such a significant global impact in the battle to against online child sexual abuse images and videos.


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On Monday night our pupils in particular and the Academy as a whole were acknowledged in London through a teamwork award.

Firstly congratulations to all those pupils who participated this year in The Dallaglio Award Scheme. This is not just about rugby skills. Far more importantly it is about overcoming adversity through working together. On Monday night our pupils in particular and the Academy as a whole were acknowledged in London through a teamwork award.

With our last campers happily returned, this is a good point to reflect on the achievements of all the pupils who went out camping this year and faced their fears, whilst working together in some often difficult conditions. The building of social skills and resilience as we prepare young people for independence is absolutely key to our mission. Great credit should also go to older pupils who attended as mentors , to all staff and particularly the leaders who have contributed long hours week on week to keeping the children safe, happy and engaged.

It was great to see so many day pupils enjoying our fun evening on Wednesday and staff and parents joining in too. Ensuring that residential and day pupils enjoy shared activities is a key aim for the year ahead. As we continue to grow in number we will become strong together.

We have a strong improvement drive in place for 2016-17, we will continue to consolidate our acknowledged effective work in safeguarding . We will drive to improve all aspects of Teaching and Learning and work intensively on improving all communication.

Please don’t forget the key dates and timings next week; Sports day starts at 0900 on Thursday with presentation starting at 1200. We will be finished for the year by 1300. Please let us know if you are able to transport your child home. The new year starts on Monday September 5. We’re looking forward to it already!

Jon Hamp



Therapy News!

Therapy Department News!
It has been a busy and exciting academic year!

The Therapy Team has grown!   Our Lead Healthcare Professional Olly Kemp has settled in and the students know where to find him! 

 Karen Ireland, the Speech and Language Therapist (Virgin Care), is in school three days a week and Sarah Casson, our school Counsellor visits twice a week! 

 All three have said how much they enjoy working at Springfields and have been made to feel very welcome by staff and students!

The Therapy Team have been involved in lots of new exciting initiatives this academic year!

The Sensory garden is now complete and is used constantly! The willow shelters are used as a space for quiet time or for students to sit and chat! The sandpit is used regularly as a stage and students can be seen singing and dancing at break time and the willow tunnel is a great addition to any game of dragons or hide and seek!





The equipment installed by the P.E. department contributes towards meeting the sensory needs of some of our students. The equipment is on the front lawn and is used at breaks and during lessons if part of a sensory diet! The students really enjoy the equipment that promotes a swinging or spinning movement!




The Interactive Learning Room is now up and running due to the hard work and dedication of Mr Portlock and his team! The room has many uses and is used on a regular basis. Here are a few photos demonstrating how it is being used!





If you would like to talk to the therapy team please call us on the Academy number, 01249 814125 or email me direct and I will pass your query on to the relevant member of staff –

Thank you for your continued support this year and we look forward to working with you next year!

Liz Burns

Occupational Therapist

Springfield’s Academy


The Commodore 64 #c64 lives on!

Many thanks to one of our students Gran’s, (you know who you are!) for the donation of a Commodore 64 complete with tape player and games.

This morning one of our studnets spent the time seting up, fault finding, tuning an old analoge TV and programming the older machine:

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Our first program was:

10 A=0
20 A=A+2
30 IF A<=8 then 50
40 end
50 ? “frodo lives “,A
60 A=A+1
70 goto 20