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Meadows School is a successful non-maintained day special school run by Barnardo's. Meadows School works with students aged 7-19. There is a Primary Campus (in Tunbridge Wells) for 7-11 year old students. Students aged 11-16 are on the main campus  and the post-16 provision (students aged 16-19) is also on the main site some 400m from the main school. All students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs. The main campus is sited in Southborough between the towns of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

Key Stage Manager (KS4)

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to fill our Key Stage Manager role (with responsibility for Key Stage 4).

The post of key stage manager is a critical mid-manager role in Meadows School. You will be responsible for a key stage and all that encompasses including (but not limited to); monitoring education, progress, attendance, attitude and behaviour. The role brings together the educational with the pastoral in order to further support and help shape the future of our students. This is a teaching role with an estimated 45% teaching commitment. In order to find the right candidate, we are flexible in what subject you are able to teach. This role does not require a qualified teacher.

The successful candidate will be hardworking, creative and energetic, able to both lead and support Meadows' ethos in engaging a group of students to reflect on their learning and the wider role they have in the school community. They will deliver appropriate student-focused strategies set within the culture of the school. They will have the capacity to help us to further develop an accessible learning environment and build a culture of enthusiasm for learning. Their professionalism and dedication will enable our students to achieve more than they believe possible.

Key Responsibilities:

 Key stage development

  • Involvement in monitoring/leading elements of the school development plan, and liaising with governing body
  • Planning and implementing reward events in collaboration with appropriate staff
  • Reading of referral papers for student placements and leading on the admission of new students to your key stage
  • Contributing to the leadership of Meadows School's behaviour policy
  • Covering for absent colleagues as required.
  • Organising extra-curricular activities, planning, budgeting, risk-assessing
  • Overseeing KS4 behaviour, reporting, sanctions and interventions of KS4 pupils

Student development:

  • Monitoring the attendance and punctuality of all students within the key stage and provide accurate and timely reports
  • Providing feedback to students in relation to attainment, progress, achievement, behaviour, and attendance to all learning: in school, remote learning and any off-site provision
  • Responsibility for keeping and updating records, including relevant filing, as agreed with other staff, contributing to reviews of systems/records as required
  • Monitoring key stage's ‘tutor time' including pastoral sessions with daily drop-ins to ensure programme is followed and that students are engaging and following expectations
  • Managing and delegating extra-curricular, charity and community activity including careers opportunities
  • Leading assemblies, celebration assemblies and KS4 prize giving

Staff support:

  • Line management of staff team including supervisions and 6 monthly professional development reviews
  • Carrying out earning walks and lesson observations
  • Overseeing assessment data deadlines for KS4 team
  • Chairing and minuting key stage meetings
  • Leading KS4 provision plan meetings


  • Fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and outside agencies such as social services, virtual schools
  • Liaison with Ofsted during inspection
  • Linking up with the schools of prospective students, information sharing, taster sessions
  • Leading on transition: information packs, taster sessions and admission meetings for new starters; transition between key stages
  • Proof read, edit and write reports
  • Writing KS4 updates on school website
  • Attending EHCP reviews, PEPs and LAC reviews as necessary
  • Regular meetings with the well-being services team (SALT, OT, Clinical Psychologist) as necessary
  • Attending child protection reviews and conferences as necessary

Additional duties

  • Leading and managing a team and role-modelling expected standards, behaviours and ways of working
  • Attending team meetings and staff meetings as required
  • Maintaining confidentiality inside and outside the workplace
  • Taking responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of students
  • Complying with and promote policies and procedures relating to child protection, equal opportunities, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection, freedom of information and report all concerns to the appropriate person
  • Developing constructive relationships and liaison between managers/teaching staff and support staff
  • Working flexibly to promote extra-curricular activities and out of hours learning which enhances learning opportunities
  • Engaging in relevant and challenging continuous professional development opportunities
  • To undertake other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Principal, recognising that the duties of this post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or level of responsibility. Recognise that roles and responsibilities may change as the school develops.
  • Teaching responsibility of 45% - subject negotiable



  • Small class sizes
  • Free fantastic school lunches and free on-site parking
  • Excellent opportunities for relevant CPD
  • Regular training provided
  • Supportive staff team
  • Pension scheme
  • Barnardo's Benefits Portal
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Recognition and reward

Meadows School is a successful non-maintained special school (for 7-19 year olds) on a main campus and off-site junior provision run by Barnardo's, providing education for pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Speech and Language difficulties and associated learning difficulties.

It is imperative that you have the passion for making a difference to the education and lives of the young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships. You should be a team player, resilient and motivated by challenge and have the ability to think creatively. You will need to be willing to work to Barnardo's Basis and Values.

You may be required to work anywhere within Meadows School (across Key Stage 2-5, preferences will be considered).

For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please consult the school website at: or contact Katie Bain (Head of Education) on 01892 529144. Virtual discussions are encouraged.

To apply please click the link HERE and complete the application form as FULLY as possible, including a full employment history.

Meadows School provides excellent opportunities for all staff to gain new skills and develop professionally.

School Specific
  • 'Buddy' system for new starter staff
  • Free fantastic lunches
  • Free on-site parking
  • Ongoing regular CPD and opportunities for progression
  • Supportive, friendly staff team
  • Small class sizes
  • Teaching staff can be part of the Teacher Pension Scheme
Salary and leave
  • Salary is paid in arrears in 12 equal instalments on the 23rd of each month. Salaries are normally reviewed annually.
  • Pension Scheme: Barnardo’s offers a 4% or 6% matched contribution to our Group Personal Pension. For those that pay into the pension they will be provided with death in service cover of 4 times annual earnings.
  • Enhanced maternity pay for eligible employees at 50% of weekly pay for 12 weeks, plus 39 weeks’ Statutory Maternity Pay. The right to take up to 52 weeks maternity leave is available to all pregnant employees.
  • Enhanced adoption pay for eligible employees at 50% of weekly pay for 12 weeks, plus 39 weeks’ Statutory Adoption Pay. The right to take up to 52 weeks leave is available to employees adopting a child.
  • Fostering Leave: up to 52 weeks for new foster parents fostering on a long term basis and fostering pay for eligible employees.
  • Support Leave: 2 weeks’ leave for partners to be taken on or around the time of birth/adoption/fostering. Parental Leave: eligible employees are entitled to 18 weeks unpaid leave to be taken by the child’s 18th birthday
  • Shared Parental Leave: eligible employees can share up to a maximum of 50 weeks leave and 37 weeks’ pay following the birth/adoption of child.
  • Sickness Absence: Barnardo’s is required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own discretionary sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.
  • Work life balance - Barnardo’s offers a number of policies to help employees achieve a greater work life balance including flexible working.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): is a health and wellbeing benefit available to Barnardo’s employees. It offers access to a variety of confidential services including telephone and online counselling and legal and financial information services.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme: buy a bike and/or safety equipment up to £1,000 on a tax efficient basis for the purpose of going to and from work.
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: We have four networks (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, Disability, LGBT and Women) which are open to all and provide support to those that identify with them.
  • There are more than 5000 discounts and deals to be found on our staff benefits platform, including discount cinema tickets and reloadable store cards.
  • Barnardo’s Shops offer employees a 20% discount
  • Choice Discount Stores: 10% off all merchandise
  • Merlin Entertainments: big discounts available e.g. Alton Towers, Legoland
  • Discount holidays and breaks at locations across the UK
  • Hotel accommodation: stay at a number of hotels in UK at a discount rate
Job Vacancies

Job vacancies are advertised on Barnardo's website - to view the latest vacancies please look here.

Online applications must be completed for all roles.

Barnardo's Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Our safer recruitment processes mean that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount at every stage of the process and therefore we adopt rigorous scrutiny in our pre-employment checking. Applicants must be willing to undergo relevant pre-employment checks, including references being taken up prior to interview and for the successful candidate, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance.

As part of your application, you will need to provide full details of your employment since leaving secondary education, starting with your current or most recent employment first and then by working backwards, including reasons for leaving. Please also include any periods of voluntary work and/or training, providing reasons for any periods not in employment, education or training.

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.