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March 2021 - Latest information as of 02/03/2021

Meadows School is looking forward to and preparing for full re-opening on Monday the 8th March 2021 where all students will be returning to school full time. In order to undertake the recommended lateral flow testing of all students we will have a staggered start for our students as follows:

  • Monday the 8th March 2021 - KS5 to be onsite for testing and then resuming their normal timetables from then on.
  • Tuesday the 9th March 2021 - KS4 to be onsite for testing and then resuming their normal timetables from then on.
  • Wednesday the 10th March 2021 - KS3 to be onsite for testing and then resuming their normal timetables from then on.

Remote learning will be provided for students not due in until Tuesday and Wednesday with Teams assignments or work set by the teacher. Any parents/carers should speak to the school if they have any concerns or issues regarding the timetable above.

All students where we have received parental consent will have access to 3 lateral flow tests within the first two weeks of their return to school. Although it is not mandatory to take part in this testing it is highly recommended that as many students as possible do participate as it will help ensure the safety of all students and staff. Further arrangements for testing will be communicated in due course.


January 2021 - Latest Information as of 15/01/2021

National Lockdown

England entered a National Lockdown on the 5th January 2021.

Guidance for Special Schools was published yesterday (14/01/2021).

The Principal is emailing all parents/carers with information today. Further information can be found HERE


NHS Test and Trace: COVID-19 testing for staff and secondary school aged students.

You may have heard that testing for those without Coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker Covid-19 tests (known as 'lateral flow' tests).

Along with other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school safely.

There is an information leaflet, letters to students and a consent forms for these tests in our 'latest news' section which can be accessed by clicking here.

End of Term December 2020

The school has an INSET training day on Friday the 18th December 2020.

Students last day will be Thursday the 17th December 2020 when they can come into school in own clothes.

We wish all students, staff and their families a peaceful and happy Christmas. 


Autumn Term 2020 -Welcome back!

The Autumn Term 2020 commences for students on 3rd September 2020. The Government has issued guidance which explains their plans for all students to fully return to school from September 2020.

The guidance from the DfE for what parents and carers need to know about early years' providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term is here

We will be continuing to communicate to all parents and carers about arrangements for the Autumn and any differences that the students will need to know about for when school fully reopens. Please do email us with any questions or concerns you might have to the school email box:

Communication has gone out to all parents and carers explaining the school's plans for September 2020 and what is in place.

All schools have now received a letter from Public Health England regarding the NHS 'Test And Trace' Scheme. The letter can be read online by clicking here


10-07-2020 Summer Term 2020

Meadows School is continuing to be open with slowly increasing student numbers after careful consideration and individual risk assessments. Staff are rota-ed in to provide education, direct care and support for the children of COVID-critical workers. A rota-ed staff team are also available remotely. Staff are working in school and from home to support our students and their families.

We will only update this message when there are any changes to the above.

Thanks to all our wonderful staff, students, parents/carers and all the outside agencies we work with to support our young people. In these unprecedented times it is heartening that everyone is doing their bit.

Please do have a look at this resource: which can provide children and young people with an explanation of the Coronavirus situation.

Information about Early Help, Samaritans, Mind and other support services that can help - the Safeguarding Hub includes links to almost every safeguarding service / organisation in England:

Here is a link to ParentInfo – this DfE backed website provides parents with up to date information about a range of topics:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

Meadows School Information

Meadows School is a non-maintained day and residential special school in Kent run by the children's charity Barnardo's. We provide education for students between 7 and 19 who have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) or are in the process of obtaining one. Our designation is for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

The main secondary school is sited in Southborough between the two historic towns of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge on a 19 acre campus. The primary campus is based in Tunbridge Wells close to Pembury and the A21.

We offer a broad curriculum tailored to individual student need in order to help them achieve their full potential at the school, including opportunities to study for GCSE’s, BTECs, Vocational Skills qualifications, Entry Level Certificates and AQA Unit Awards. We also offer AS Levels for some 16+ students.

'The actions of the school contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people' (Ofsted Care 2020)


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