Welcome to Meadowcroft School

Meadowcroft School supports the needs of individual pupils in every aspect. We progress pupils academically and socially and encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Our staff are specialists in supporting emotional development leading to pupils becoming more emotionally literate so that they are able to self-regulate their emotions and their emotional reactions. Socially, we build confidence in our pupils so they are able to have a greater understanding of their wider community.

Meadowcroft School is an independent special school for boys and girls aged from 5 – 19. The school caters for children with a wide range of needs across two sites, Bar Lane and the newly opened Gallery located in the heart of Wakefield Town Centre.   All of our young people have a statement of SEN or EHC plan or are being assessed for a plan.

The Bar Lane site caters for young people aged 12-19 predominantly with SEMH. Students may have other difficulties including speech, language or communication needs, moderate learning difficulties.

The Gallery site caters for two distinct groups; complex needs age 5-19 years and a primary provision for children with SEMH.   Our complex unit currently works with a wide range of complex needs including; Autism, PMLD, Development Delay, OCD, SLD, ODD – our young people may present with a combination of these needs.

What We Offer

For Local Authorities

  • Termly Multi-disciplinary Reviews on each child
  • Half Termly Reviews with placing officer
  • Termly Reports on each child containing details of attendance, progress and behaviour
  • Transport Management Service (cost pass through)
  • EHCP Conversion Meetings & support
  • Transition Planning

For Parents

  • Daily texts from form tutors about how the day has been
  • Weekly phone calls from form tutors to discuss progress
  • Direct phone number to your child’s Form tutor
  • Termly School Parents’ Events
  • Access to Parents’ Group
  • Termly Reports on each child containing details of attendance, progress and behaviour
  • Access to Family Support Worker

For Pupils

  • Safe, Secure Stimulating environment designed to maximise learning opportunities
  • Designated Form Tutor & Teaching Assistant to monitor your progress and help you unlock your potential
  • Twice daily tutor group sessions
  • Access to a wide range of vocational and GCSE courses
  • Therapeutic support from an Educational Psychologist, Art Therapist, Speech Therapist
  • Outdoor Education leading to Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Staff team who have a range of diverse career history and real life experience
  • Information, Advice and Guidance from specialists to help you plan your future


At Meadowcroft our young people have access to an impressive list of facilities to support both their academic studies and personal interests.

Facilities on offer include:

  • Sports Hall
  • Pupil Common Room
  • Therapy Rooms
  • Allotment including small animal enclosure
  • Replica style apartment for life skills classes
  • Mechanics Workshops
  • Outdoor Pursuit Centre
  • Catering provision
  • Gym