“We find a way to ensure that school life can be enjoyable and fun for every pupil.” (Headteacher)
Innovative curriculum to re-engage reluctant learners
Dedicated, specialist staff achieving extraordinary results
Dedicated to ensuring successful outcomes for the most reluctant & troubled learners.
Specialist primary provision for pupils with more complex needs.
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Welcome to Meadowcroft School from the Headteacher – Lynette Edwards
When you come through the doors at one of our three sites, you quickly realise this is no ordinary school. We have a truly amazing team who pride themselves on their relentless determination to help every child, no matter what their situation or circumstances, to achieve their potential.
Our school is based on three sites, The Gallery, The Hub and The Works, each providing very focused care for the children we support. All our children have complex social, emotional and mental health needs and many have additional severe learning and communication difficulties. Most of the children we care for have struggled to engage in formal education, so our job involves far more than simply providing an engaging and creative setting for them to learn in. We come alongside our children, take an interest in their lives and help them to overcome barriers that prevent them engaging in education.
We know each child well enough to be able to set ambitious, realistic targets and put in place a structure of support to ensure they achieve them. Success looks very, very different for each child, so we take time to build personal plans and celebrate the progress they make.
When they leave Meadowcroft, we want every child to have secured the skills and confidence they need to find sustainable employment; developed interests and hobbies to keep them motivated; and learnt how to make and sustain healthy relationships. With these key skills, we know our children can be healthy, happy, successful adults.
A highlight of my time as Headteacher here was seeing eight of our students achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award . It was incredible to watch the young people grow in self-confidence as they persevered to complete the programme. They are a shining example of what can be achieved with the right care, support, encouragement and determination.
I hope this website will give you an overview of the care and educational support offered by Meadowcroft. If you’d like to know more about the opportunities we provide and the difference we are able to make in the lives of young people, please get in touch.
“Since Luke has been at Meadowcroft, his life and our lives have changed massively; He’s a completely different person. It’s the first time he’s been in a school that fully understands him. The communication between the school and home is first class. I know that staff at Meadowcroft have Luke’s interests at heart – It’s just a brilliant place!” Parent
“Working at this school is amazing as I am part of a wonderful team who are committed to working with our students. The dedication to making a positive difference and unlocking
the potential of every pupil is staggering and the job satisfaction is immeasurable.” Headteacher
“The school know that I want to go into landscaping when I’m older so they have been able to put me on a Land Based Studies course. I would never believe that that I could be getting a Gold Award and a chance to go to Buckingham Palace. It’s really good to be in a place where people understand me.” Pupil
“Meadowcroft School has helped to give my son opportunities and the future he deserves, and given me the wonderful son I always knew I had. He just needed to be understood.” Parent
“I’m privileged to be part of a team who are so passionate to ensure students, regardless of their background are able to have access to a personalised learning experience which will serve them later in their lives so that they can
make a valuable contribution to the society in which we live.” Deputy Headteacher
“The staff team are patient, good listeners, friendly and kind. They helped me apply for colleges and prepare for my interviews to get onto the course I wanted to do.” Pupil
“As a parent of a child who has issues being in mainstream school, one of my worries was his future. Lynette’s commitment to the future of the kids at Meadowcroft is phenomenal and was so apparent even on our first visit. We made our decision right there and then; George has loved the place ever since!” Parent
“I have different staff for different things and I make them into my little family and when I’m not around school I feel like something’s missing.” Pupil
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