As Headteacher for the past 3 years, 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/ social communication needs, Global Developmental Delay, Downs Syndrome and physical/ medical needs. Over the past 2 years the school has grown significantly in size. We will have 50 pupils on roll from September 2021, with continued expansion expected in the coming years.
Our 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.
Over the past few years we have worked particularly hard to adapt parts of our school building to meet the needs of our pupils. We have 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. In the coming months we will be having a new upgraded kitchen facility to support pupils to access a wider range of foods at lunchtime. Further changes include the development of a bespoke regulation zone to aid pupils with sensory feedback requirements and the addition of more sensory spaces within classes.
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 feel it is important for our pupils to take measured risks in a safe and supportive environment as well as developing their gross motor skills. We also have a beautiful fruit orchard, a pond and several raised beds to grow produce and will further develop the grounds in the coming year with a new edible playground project investment, 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 COVID safe tour of the school at your convenience. We are very aware that choosing specialist provision can be an difficult and uncertain time for families, especially if you are dealing with a new diagnosis or if a mainstream placement has not been as successful as you had hoped. You may also be worrying about the implications of your child accessing different transport options such taxis / travel via minibus. We hope to calm any fears your have and that you will be excited by the ethos in the school and the diverse curriculum that we offer.
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.