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Meadowbank School

Belong, Inspire, Flourish

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Welcome to Meadowbank!

I have great pleasure in welcoming you to Meadowbank School, a primary special school supporting children aged 4-11 years who have a range of complex learning needs & developmental language disorders (DLD). Our school motto is 'Belong, Inspire & Flourish'. Most importantly we want our pupils to feel part of the school community, we want to inspire them to learn and develop at their own pace, and in turn see them flourish as individuals. 


For many years the school specifically supported pupils with Specific Language Impairments (SLI). Following a Local Authority consultation at the start of 2018 we have continued to support pupils with DLD, but now also admit pupils with a range of other complex learning needs, including pupils with Autism, Global Delay, Downs Syndrome and physical/ medical needs. Over the past 18 months the school has grown significantly in size. We will have 40 pupils on roll from September 2020, with continued expansion expected in the coming years.


Our new website aims to tell you a little about the school and the exciting learning experiences that take place here. Our ethos focuses on the child being at the centre of all learning, with creative, wellbeing and life skill experiences being at the heart of our curriculum. We believe that a child needs to feel safe and happy before they can learn effectively. We therefore invest our time in creating a calm and nurturing environment where the provision supports bespoke small group learning. Staff use a total communication approach to support our learners communication needs, this includes the use of Makaton, PECs visual strategies and interactive IT.  


This past year we have worked particularly hard to adapt parts of our school building to meet the needs of our pupils. We have recently installed a new soft play facility to support gross motor development and a fantastic new interactive sensory room. We also have a children's kitchen to support the development of healthy eating and cooking. Our grounds have also been adapted with a new outdoor playground at the front of the school and exciting adventure trail at the back. We also have a beautiful fruit orchard, a pond and several raised beds to grow produce. We hope to further develop the grounds in the coming year with a new Forest School area and poly tunnel. 


If you are considering Meadowbank as a placement for your child then we are happy to give you a tour of the school at your convenience. All placements are made by the Local Authority and a pupil needs to have a Statement of Special Educational Needs to access a place. Alternatively, if you have any questions/queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.




Claire Hardy