Newsletter 14th October 2022

14th October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

Apple Week

Pupils harvested, prepped, pressed and pulped a bumper crop of apples from our orchard this week. They were then rewarded with a taste of fresh juice that they had made themselves.

Preparing for Adulthood

Parents and carers of pupils in Year 9 and above are invited to an in-school session on Thursday 24th November, 11am-12noon, being run by Elaine Letten from the Preparing for Adulthood team. This will be a chance to learn more about the service and find out about the ‘hot topics’ in Adult Social Care such as Mental Capacity, Deprivation of Liberty, Deputyship. It will also cover the Mental Capacity Act and be an opportunity to ask any questions.

Please do attend if you can. The PowerPoint presentation will be available afterwards for those who cannot make it. You are welcome to send any questions in to ahead of time if you do not feel that you want to speak in the group.

Evidence for Learning

If parents are unable to access evidence for learning, please can they contact Grace Norman using this email address

There is also a guide here for downloading and using the Evidence for Learning Family App

Speech and language resources

A new Speech and Language Therapy online service has been launched by Devon’s Children and Family Health.

Find out more here: childrenandfamilyhealthdevon #earlycomms

If you are waiting to see a therapist, you can also find helpful resources here: Speech and Language Therapy Resources #Covid-19

Rotary Raffle Tickets on sale for Mill Water

Tickets and a letter have gone home for the regional Rotary Club Raffle for 2022. 90% of tickets sold will go directly towards extras for our pupils.

First prize is £1,000!

£1 per ticket or £5 for a book of 5. On sale until Mon 31st October, with the draw taking place on Thursday 22nd November. If you need more tickets or details, please email the office at

Thank you and good luck!

Blue Tokens for Mill Water

Tesco is kindly supporting Mill Water again through its blue token community grants scheme. Remember to get yours at the till when shopping at any Exmouth or Budleigh store. This will run from October 2022 to January 2023. Money raised will go towards the school’s playground transformation project. Thank you and spread the word. Every little helps!

Short Breaks Coffee Mornings

Devon County’s Short Breaks Project is working to improve its offer for disabled children and their families. It is working alongside Parent Carer Forum Devon to host a series of coffee mornings so that parents and carers can talk directly about their experiences of the service.

The nearest to Mill Water will be in Exeter on Monday 14th November.

The dates and locations of all their coffee mornings and the booking form can be found on the SEND Local Offer Website

Online Safety

This week's National Online Safety topic raises awareness and advises parents and carers about FIFA 23. You can download this leaflet here

You can register with our school here to create a free account, download the National Online Safety App and access all of the free resources.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

To mark AAC month, AssertiveWare is offering an extra trial month and a 50% discount on orders placed by October 17th. View the offer details here

Autumn Covid Booster Vaccination

The Autumn Covid Booster vaccination is now available to all unpaid carers aged over 16. 

Book or manage a COVID-19 vaccination

Further guidance for the COVID-19 autumn booster can be found here


Exmouth Foodbank provides food help to anyone struggling to make ends meet, from its premises in Sheppards Row.

Tel: 07749 322291

Devon County Financial Support and Advice
Help with household bills, energy costs and financial assistance

Do you need help with childcare costs?
The Government’s Childcare Choices lists all the schemes available here