Meadowbrook College is an all-through Alternative Provision (AP) Academy. We work with the most vulnerable young people in Oxfordshire, and are more recently working with students from schools and local authorities in neighbouring counties. Our students range from age 5 to16 and are at risk of, or have been permanently excluded, from school.
We are an Academy within the Radcliffe Academy Trust whose main aim is to provide exceptional education and alternative provision for children and young people, in Oxfordshire and beyond, regardless of their starting points.
Our students come to us for a mixture of reasons usually linked to difficulties with their learning and/or behaviour. Our primary aim is to prepare and equip our students with the necessary skills and tools to successfully move onto their next 'destination'. Our students first need to build their self-esteem, capacity and confidence. They need to experience success when learning - they have often forgotten how this feels. Learning takes place in small, well-supported groups. We have a variety of staff working with our youngsters including Teachers, Coach Mentors, Learning Mentors, Therapists, Lead Trainers, School Nurse. Our older students follow a broad curriculum including Maths, English, Personal & Social Development & Workskills and choose from a wide variety of core options and Vocational subjects including: Art, Photography, Music, Sport, Construction, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality/Cooking, Boxing, Our younger students hopefully only spend short periods of time with us. We have created bespoke education programmes for these students which primarily focus on self-management skills. We want them to be successful in a new school so we focus on them experiencing success in the classroom and learning the skills needed to work alongside their peers whilst being able to manage their behaviours when they find their learning experience becoming difficult.
We unashamadely believe that all our students can achieve academically. Being successful in their subjects, unlocks doors for future progress. We work hard to prepare them to compete alongside their peers when applying and interviewing for further education places, apprenticeships or employment. Work experience is a feature of the year 10 and 11 provision - hopefully long term placements which will give students time to develop their skills and grow more confident in the 'real world'.
A key feature of Meadowbrook College is our strong commitment to the adoption of Restorative Principles and Practice. These underpin all aspects of our community, supporting positive behaviour and relationships and underpinning quality teaching and learning.
We work very closely with parents, schools and outside agencies who are engaged with our students. This allows us to offer an extra dimension of support to ensure our students are given the best chance of success whilst with us at the college.
Meadowbrook College is committed to safeguarding children and young people. We will endeavor to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support and protection.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website located in the 'Document Zone'.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)are Caroline Duncan and Jo Robinson.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) are Jacqui West, Elaine Kinnell, Susy Morgan and Ann McIlwraith.
Contact details for the above named DSLs and DDSLs) can be found under Contact Us.
All post holders in the school/regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory 'Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check'.
Current 2016/17 results (still some to come in!)
- 98% of students attained at least 1 GCSE or equivalent qualification compared to the latest national average of 57.7%
- 79% of Yr11 students gained Vocational BTEC qualifications at Level 1 or 2
- 4 students achieved over 8 GCSE or equivalent qualifications, 9 achieved over 7 and 23 students (40%+) achieved over 5 GCSE or equivalent qualifications
- 38% of students left Meadowbrook with 5 A*-G/9-1 CGSEs or equivalent qualifications against an AP national average of 12.3%. 35% of students achieved 5A*-G/9-1 GCSEs or equivalents including Maths and English
- 21% of our students achieved at least one Level 2/4+ qualification
- 9% of students achieved a C/4 grade or above in English
- 98% of students achieved appropriate accreditation
- 95% of Key stage 3 Discovery pupils were reintegrated back into mainstream schools
- 85% of On Course parents said they "have seen an improvement at home in behaviour/attitude"
What programmes and services do we have available?
The KS4 Programme
We have students on part-time and full-time programmes aimed at preparing students for successful transition back into their schools or in moving on to further education, employment or training at the end of year 11. Learning takes place in small groups and aims to support students to re-engage with education in order to better their chances of being successful. All KS4 students follow a core curriculum focussing on essential knowledge and skills: Maths, English, Science, Well Being Education and Work Skills and additionally choose from a variety of interesting option subjects to make up a strong bank of qualifications. We have a variety of Technical Subjects which students can select from to supplement their Core curriculum.
KS3 provision comprises of four prograrmmes
Is a full time, up to 8 weeks, programme for KS3 students, from across the county, who have been, or are at risk of being, permanently excluded from their schools. Learning takes place in small groups.
The aim of the programme is for students to move successfully on to their next school. All Students have two weeks reintegration support to help secure a successful outcome.
Is a 4 week full-time programme. Students learn about themselves and develop strategies to manage themselves and their behaviour more appropriately when back in school. Coach mentors also work with the students to reintegrate them back into their own schools.
Provision has been developed to provide a bespoke, comprehensive and integrated interim education package for vulnerable and challenging students. Each programme can be tailored to meet the needs of an individual student. Bridges programmes are provided for pupils of all ages (6-16) and can include post placement integration support.
New for 2016
Meadowbrook will be offering support to schools for students who have been through our KS3 programmes but need further support with their learning over a longer period of time. Students will again be in small groups but will follow a curriculum which combines the traditional school 'Core' curriculum with opportunities to study practical-learning based courses. Students should not expect to be with us for longer than two terms.
FLO/Technical Learning Programmes
Students who attend Meadowbrook often love practical based (and sometimes, outdoor) learning programmes. FLO (Foundation Learning Opportunities) is predominantly available to year 9 students and offers the opportunity to study a Level 1 course in a practical subject eg. BTEC Sport. Technical (previously known as Vocational) subjects are predominantly available to year 10 and 11 students (but may be suitable for some year 9 students).
We also offer schools a range of short term, vocationally focussed courses you might access to support your learners (see Vocational Course and Alternative Provision for School page for further information and course availability)
Many of our schools contact us for bespoke support which they would like to take place in their own schools. This can take a variety of forms: in-school consultation; 1-1 support for students; work with focus group of teachers etc.. Schools shape this provision so please call us if you need our support and we will discuss how we might meet your individual needs.
We are able to support schools in developing skills in restorative practice and Team Teach in particular but are happy to provide bespoke programmes of support to schools on a needs basis.