COVID-19 - SCHOOL INFORMATION
A unique child-centred school that provides an individualised education, tailored to meet all of your child’s needs. Within the structure of Meadowbrook’s highly-effective hybrid curriculum, children are comprehensively prepared for secondary education and beyond.
Small School - Big Benefits
We maintain small class sizes to ensure that our experienced staff have time with each individual child and work on the premise that you cannot educate a child well until you first know that child well. Being a small school creates stronger relationships between our staff, pupils and parents.
The application of Positive Discipline© enables us to understand our children’s behaviour and respond with kind but firm discipline. We focus on solutions rather than blame and punishment to encourage pupils to think for themselves, learn from their mistakes, be accountable for the choices they make and become responsible members of society.
Message From Our Director of Education
Welcome to our website and thank you for taking the time to look through these pages.
If you are looking for a change of school for your child, I’m guessing that what brings you to our website is a feeling that something just isn’t right with your child’s current school. That’s not to say that it isn’t a good school but rather that your parental instinct tells you mainstream education (whether state or private) doesn’t quite fit your child. Perhaps you are already seeing the consequences of academic pressure or the relentless focus on whole class teaching that means either your child can’t keep up or needs more of a challenge? May be you fear your child has become ‘invisible’ or perhaps what makes them unique and loveable to you, is undervalued in their current school or in the process of being eradicated altogether?
For those just starting out on the parenting minefield of school selection, I hope that you have found us because you are searching for a school as close to your parenting ethos as possible. This is ours….firm but loving, nurturing yet challenging and intent on building the closest possible relationships with our children so that we really can make a difference. After all, you have to touch the heart of a child before you can reach the mind!
As you would imagine, all of this makes us somewhat unique. A school that provides an individualised education and puts your child at the heart of our practice, evolving with their needs rather than expecting them to fit around ours. This is not just website rhetoric or PR by the way! We really do strive to do exactly what we say, prioritising your child’s well-being (children will only learn when they’re happy) protecting their individuality and ensuring that education is relaxed and light hearted rather than stressful and anxiety provoking.
The best bit…and especially for all those doubters out there….none of this comes at the expense of robust academic standards or comprehensive preparation for mainstream secondary school. It is possible to have high expectations (for both behaviour and academic achievement) without sacrificing your child’s happiness and natural curiosity for learning. I like to call it, having your educational cake and eating it!
I have been involved with Meadowbrook for over 30 years and during that time, we have developed an innovative hybrid approach, where child-centred Montessori practise, combined with the National Curriculum and under pinned by theories such as Growth Mindset and Positive Discipline, enable the all-round education of children (I would rather not use the term ‘holistic’ but in essence, I suppose that’s what I’m saying) in a supportive yet ordered learning environment.
We genuinely value and respect individuality, working with our children to help them become independent, resilient and resourceful members of society. We do it in a manner that is encouraging rather than punitive or demoralising as we believe that like adults, children will do better when they feel better.
Supported by over 6 acres of beautiful countryside (the importance of outdoor learning and nature does not go unnoticed by us) complete with Forest School sessions, nature trails and even Meadowbrook chickens – we pride ourselves on offering highly tailored teaching, taking into account each child’s preferred learning style and making use of a range of strategies to ensure that our approach fits as well as possible.
If you think Meadowbrook School may be what you’re looking for, please do get in touch to arrange a visit or perhaps just have an initial chat. In the current climate, meetings and class observations can also be arranged via Zoom.
Director of Education, MA. Ed. Management