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Meadows School transforms the lives of its pupils through the quality education that it provides.

Meadows School

Meadows School provides OUTSTANDING care and GOOD education as judged by Ofsted.

Meadows School is proud to celebrate 10 years of 'Outstanding' judgements for residential provision (Ofsted - previously CSCI)

The most recent Ofsted Care Inspection was held on the 5th to the 7th December 2017 - rated as 'Outstanding'

Meadows School underwent an educational Ofsted 'short inspection' on the 4th October 2016 - where the school has been judged as continuing to be 'Good'

Meadows School is a non-maintained special school in Kent run by Barnardo's. The school buildings are purpose-built and offer excellent facilities on a 19 acre site.

We offer placements on a 38 week Monday-Friday basis.

We provide education and care for;

  • up to 90 students
  • residential and day students
  • girls and boys aged 7-19
  • young people who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • young people with speech, language and communication needs, who are on the Autistic Spectrum or who have other associated needs
  • young people who have a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or who are in the process of application with completion due shortly.

During the summer term Meadows School will be opening an off-site Junior campus for KS2 students -  'Meadows Junior School - Ravensdale Campus' - further details to follow...

We offer a broad curriculum tailored to individual, special needs in order to help our students achieve their full potential at the school. This includes:

  • 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
  • regular day trips and educational visits (and some residential trip opportunities)
  • providing a key worker to work with every young person and their parents/carers throughout their time at the school
  • celebrating achievements through school assemblies and weekly and annual prize giving ceremonies

Latest news and events



INSET day on Friday the 4th of May 2018. The school is closed to students and staff on that day.

Meadows Junior School - Ravensdale

To find out more about our exciting new development for 2018 please click HERE for some initial information

Latest School newsletter (December 2017) - please click HERE to view

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES! We are recruiting for talented and dedicated Teachers and Learning Support Assistants to add to our team!

For further details please look at our

Job vacancies  

page for more details and how to apply!

Ice Skating

In December, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council kindly donated 15 ice-skating tickets for Meadows School students to go and enjoy the icerink in Calverley Park. Students from years 8-13 were able to participate and were very excited, thoroughly enjoying themselves!



including information on what Meadows School provides

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Pupil Premium Information

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PE and Sport Grant Information

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