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Meath School celebrates 30 years of supporting children’s communication with a tea party during I CAN’s 125 Anniversary Year

Meath School celebrated its 30th Anniversary at a tea party event yesterday (Thursday 23 May).

Meath School was opened by I CAN in September 1982 as a non-maintained special school for children with speech, language and communication difficulties. This year is also I CAN’s 125th Birthday and to help celebrate this anniversary, the school invited over 125 guests to the tea party – including current pupils and parents, ex-pupils and parents from across the school’s 30 year history, current and past staff and School Governors.

The tea party was held in the school’s gardens with pupils entertaining guests with songs and a maypole dance. A former pupil, Sawa aged 12, delighted guests with a performance on the clavinova.

Janet Dunn OBE, Meath School Headteacher said, “This tea party was a fantastic way to celebrate the school’s 30 year history of helping primary aged pupils with communication difficulties. Over the school’s history we have become a centre of expertise for children with severe and complex speech and language needs, with 2 outstanding OFSTED inspections most recently. Our residential setting has received outstanding annual OFSTED care inspections for several years.”

“Almost all our pupils leave the school making the Government’s highest progress levels in learning for children with Special Educational Needs and their progress in speech and language is outstanding.  We reach out to many more children in schools across Surrey and further afield with communication needs through our training and consultancy and our close involvement with the local Runnymede South Confederation. Our pupils achieve to the best of their abilities thanks to the commitment, expertise and collaboration of the multi-disciplinary school staff. This event was a wonderful celebration of 30 years’ successes.”

Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN Chief Executive said, “In I CAN’s 125 year history, we have supported vulnerable children who otherwise would have been left out or left behind. Meath School is an outstanding school and this 30th Anniversary event during the charity’s birthday is a wonderful way to celebrate the commitment and support from staff and pupils, past and present. Thank you to everyone who went along to the event to help make it a resounding success.”

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