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Meadows School is a non-maintained special day 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 pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Our secondary site is in Southborough (between the two historic towns of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge) on a 19 acre campus. The large site incorporates Key Stages 3 and 4 and has a separate post-16 provision. Our Primary Campus is based in Tunbridge Wells, close to Pembury and the A21.

At present there is capacity for 100 pupils on roll.

The pupils who attend Meadows school may have had a negative experience of education and some will have spent time out of school in the past. It is for this reason that we have the three values of 'Engage, Enrich and Empower' at our core. We strive to achieve a culture that: promotes respect, tolerance and kindness; celebrates success and provides the ability to work through difficulties. Working in partnership with families and agencies, we aim to support pupils to develop character strengths and promote their resilience to enable the young person to maximise their potential during their time with us.

We offer a broad curriculum tailored to individual pupil need. There are opportunities to study for GCSEs, BTECs, Functional Skills, Vocational Skills qualifications, Entry Level Certificates and AQA Unit Awards. We also offer AS Levels for some 16+ students.

Why Choose Us

​​​​​​​Excellent facilities​​​​​​​

The school consists of purpose built buildings on the beautiful site which is  sited between the two historic towns of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, and a newer Primary Campus in Tunbridge Wells .

Well-Developed Behaviour Management

Meadows School provides a holistic approach to individual behaviour and well-being.

Each student has an allocated link worker to work with them and their parents/carers throughout their time at the school.

Bespoke, Broad and Balanced Curriculum

A bespoke curriculum is provided which can engage individual pupils in education and enrich school experience with new and challenging opportunities.  This will empower them to move on to the next step of their education and careers, and ultimately to lead independent lives.

'Pupils feel happy and safe. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong. Pupils know that staff care about them and are interested in their well-being.'

Ofsted Education 2022

Meadows School

Primary Campus

London Road, Southborough,
Kent, TN4 0RJ

01892 529 144

Sandhurst Road, Tunbridge Wells,
Kent, TN2 3ND

01892 546800