'(The Principal and the) staff make a significant difference to pupils' lives by working with them to develop positive feelings of self-worth and by providing them with the strategies and resilience to manage their own emotions more effectively' (Ofsted Education 2016)
01-06-2020 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: https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf 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:
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 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.