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Mr D. Lennon

Head Teacher and BSAT Team Leader


Keep up to date with my blog as I try to keep you all informed of the fantastic work within The Linden Centre and Education.

Friday 2nd October 2020

Another FANTASTIC week! 

This week, I have been amazed by the learning within classrooms. We have children who have already finished a whole exercise book and are already started on their second book because of how hard they are working. 

I am pleased to see that 'Lennon's Linden Loot' is working well and that some children are saving their 'loot' for a bigger reward whereas others are using the immediate purchases to support their need for gratification. 

Keep trying hard and earning more Lennon's Linden Loot. 

We have revised the kiosk amounts - these will be shared with all students in assembly this week. 

Sunday 20th September 2020



Good morning all, 

You would have heard from the news that our PM is suggesting we are heading towards a second wave. 

I would like to reassure you all that we have been working hard towards our recovery plan and our risk management towards another lock-down.


Staff have been working hard to assess gaps in learning from the previous lock-down and we have supported children within their classes by having two transition days in September which enabled the classes to grow together and learn more about their new teachers and peers. This also allowed for us to complete a range of assessments to better support gaps and plan for bridging gaps. 


Please help us by reminding your children of the ways they can keep themselves safe: 

- Wash (and or sanitise) hands before leaving home in a morning 

- Socially distance whilst waiting outside of the school with parents 

- Wash (and or sanitise) hands upon entering school 

- Children may wish to use a mask in school 

- Windows and doors will be open for full ventilation 

- Children will be encouraged to wash hands regularly (after each lesson) 

- Children will remain as a bubble within the setting and therefore each centre will be one full bubble (to allow for staff to work across the centre)

- Children should bring a water bottle into school which should remain in school, be washed daily and filled for children the following day

- Parents should wear a mask when collecting or dropping children to/from school 

- Staff may choose to wear face coverings and or visors 


Should we heard towards another lock down, we have sourced I-XL as an online platform of learning for each child. You should familiarise yourself with your child's log-on in preparation for this. This can also be used for extra learning at home in addition to their reading and homework. 

We are also looking into a digital learning platform which will allow for lessons to be delivered via a google classroom - more information will be sent out to parents asap. 


Thank you once again for your support 

Mr Lennon 

Friday 18th September 2020 @ 5:30pm 

Another end to a fantastic week. 

All of our staff have now completed their full MAPA training in order to support positive behaviour management and positive manual handling towards aggression. The CPI MAPA course encourages de-escalation techniques which is at the heart of what we do as a school however also allows us to keep your children and each other safe in the times of severe escalation - keeping everybody safe. 

Primary Short Stay have been busy working towards their aims and assessments including working together and in small group tasks. 

Primary Specialist have been busy working on their curriculum subjects and getting stuck into their topics such as vikings within Year 3-4. We have seen incredible work by each student and colleagues have had a lovely week of learning. 

Secondary Short Stay have been busy working on their curriculum lessons and getting fully involved in their learning. 

Secondary Specialist have had a great week - they have really embraced their full curriculum. They have really enjoyed the PE sessions, Music and Outdoor Education working together as a centre in addition to their core lessons of English, Maths and Science. Our Year 10-11's have been busy however need to keep working hard towards their revision at home to give them the best possible chances towards their learning. 


Have a lovely weekend all!

Mr L 

Friday 11th September 2020 @ 3:10pm

We are at the end of week two and I would like to send out a huge appreciation to all students, parents and colleagues as we have truly transformed our school to the 'New Normal'. All children have been FANTASTIC in their support to helping us manage this new way and keeping themselves and others safe. 

Please can I just remind all parents (as per the email sent on Monday) that children should remain outside of the building until start of school at 9am. Children must remain parent/carer(s) responsibility during this time. 

Having walked around the centre's over the last few weeks, I am really happy with the effort and work that your children are putting into their learning. We have started our new positive praise for the children and can not wait to share these with you. 

I hope that you have also noticed the positive changes with our school and look forward to continuing working with you all. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Lennon 



Thursday 3rd September 2020


Welcome back!

It has been such a strange Summer but many of us have been busy working in school, getting centres freshly decorated and ready for learners.

We can not wait to see you all again tomorrow. The teams have been learning lots during our Inset about Emotion Coaching, Behaviour as Communication and methods of de-escalation and so we are ready to support you all. 

You will notice changes to the teaching teams and colleagues throughout the school. We welcome many new colleagues to The Linden Family and I can't wait for you to get to know them. 

See you around the schools.

Kind regards,

Mr Lennon

Monday 20th July 2020

So, we have all completed Autism Education Trust (AET) training today followed by a meeting about our Special Educational Needs support as a school preparing for next year. 

We are all looking forward to the well deserved break and so I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of the members of The Linden Team for their support over the year. The Linden Centre would not be as successful as it is without you! 

We are also waving goodbye to Mrs Byrne as she leaves us to have a baby. Enjoy your maternity and we look forward to seeing you back with us soon. We wish you all of our love throughout the next year - remember where we are :-) 


Well, that is it - See you next term. 

Over and out 

Mr L :-) 




Friday 17th July 2020

Well, there goes another school year - and what a year is has been. 

I am sat here thinking about the year we have all been through and how many young people we have supported through our Linden Centres and BSAT Team throughout Telford and Wrekin. I am really proud of the progress made by each and every student.

As a staff team, we are absolutely gutted that we have not been able to say a Linden Goodbye to all of those leaving us but we know you will be back to see us as you progress through your next stage. 

Please remain safe over the Summer holidays and we look forward to welcoming all returning students back to school on Thursday 3rd September 2020 in your new school uniforms. 


Have a lovely holiday!


Mr Lennon and The Linden Team :-) 

09th July 2020


End of year reports have been sent out to parents. Please read your child's report and share it with them also. We have included targets for students to continue to work on and provided attendance and academic information.

We are very proud of each and every single one of you! Your reports have shown the progress that you have made.

Well done!


Mr L

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Well, Who knew that today is 'World Chocolate Day' or even that Chocolate day is even a thing?

Luckily today, Mrs Hollands jumped to the rescue with a packet of Maltesers, Minstrels and Dairy Milk Buttons.


We have all been working really hard today preparing to welcome back our Secondary pupils continuing with us next year and so the chocolate has helped provide that extra energy.


All Teachers and Teaching Assistants have found out which centre and class they will be teaching next year and I look forward to sharing this news with you all.

We understand that transition this year will seem a bit strange but we will support this by 'Virtual Transitions' and spending the first two days in September as a class to welcome you to the school.

I hope you are all okay still and managing to keep on top of I-XL.

See you all soon.

Mr L

Friday 3rd July 2020 @ 4:20pm

Where did that Summer term go?

Well, I'm sat here today looking back over the term since I took on the role of Headteacher. I've sat in silence for a good 20 minutes just reflecting over the changes over the past six months and looking at how far we have gone.

We started January with three provisions, each of them could easily have been filled up with young people requesting places to support their assessments and requiring an iintervention placement.

With the support of BSAT joining The Linden Centre team, we have been able to support even more transitions and this has now opened spaces up for more students.

We have developed our latest provision, provisionally named 'The Hub' but now known as Linden Secondary Specialist School and the curriculum across the Assessment and Intervention Centres and Specialist Schools have been changed to reflect the full National Curriculum.


Whilst we have had many changes this term, it has been a very difficult term with Coronavirus and not allowing us to support all learners as we would have previously. This has been made even harder with our students transitioning to new placements for September.

Colleagues have been busy preparing end of year reports and planning for the new curriculum.  

I hope that you are all staying safe and I look forward to seeing as many of you back as we can.

Tuesday 24th March 2020 @ 2:21pm

Well, we have just finished our first day as a 'closed school' only open to those with EHCPs and Vulnerable Children.

I would like to thank each member of the team for their committment to each centre. Supporting with learning and childcare in addition to making school lunches and delivering them across Telford and Wrekin to those who benefit from free school meals.

It has been so quiet today!

Please believe me when we say that we are not enjoying this, we would love to have each of you back in school right now. We truly miss you and can not comprehend how the next few weeks/months will look.

Whilst you are not in school, please remember that we will be making contact with you via telephone and you can access teachers in school via teams, skype or telephone should you need any further support.

Keep using I-XL, this will help you and we will make sure you have enough work set to complete.

See you all soon and stay safe!

Mr L and the team


Wednesday 1st January 2020 @ 12:10pm

Hello to all pupils, parent/carer(s) and all stakeholders,

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very Happy new Year.

For me, I saw in the new year surrounded by my family and friends (at a silent disco) and I couldn't wait for the clock to strike midnight, as this was the time that I officially took over as Headteacher of The Linden Centres.

I can't wait to get started and to see you all.

Have a fantastic few days and I'll get around to see you all soon.


Kind regards,

Mr Lennon