Meadowbrook College is an all-through Alternative Provision (AP) Academy, within the Radcliffe Academy Trust. Our aim is to provide exceptional education and alternative provision for children and young people aged 5-16 in Oxfordshire and beyond. We work to prepare and equip our students with the necessary skills and tools to successfully move onto their next 'destination' be this a transition to a new school, college, employment or training.
Our students first need to build their self-esteem, capacity and confidence and to experience success when learning - they have often forgotten what this feels like. Learning takes place in small, well-supported groups of between 6-8 pupils. We have a variety of talented 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, Employability, RSHE and choose from a wide variety of additional subjects including: Art, Photography, Music, Sport, Construction, Childcare, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality/Cooking and Boxing. Our KS3 students hopefully only spend short periods of time with us and so we have created bespoke education programmes for these students which primarily focus on self-management skills. We also ensure that where KS3 students stay with us for longer periods of time that they continue to study a variety of subjects including English, Maths, RSHE/PSHE, Sport, Art, Science. KS1/2 students follow a topic based curriculum which includes English, Maths, Art, Humanities, Sport, Science, PSHE focused learning and develop their phonics/reading skills.
We want all our students 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 unashamedly 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 and consists of long term placements one day-a-week, which gives 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 endeavour 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'.
Other than the Headteacher, our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)is Susy Morgan.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) are Vicki Knight, Sophie Thompson, Beverley O'Toole, Carl Humphries, Nick Lacey, Carly Bayliss, Sarah Green, Ruth Priest and Sarah Lowman.
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 2020/21 results
- 85% of students attained at least 1 GCSE or equivalent qualification compared to the latest national average of 57.7%
- 34% of students left Meadowbrook with 5 A*-G/9-1 CGSEs or equivalent qualifications against an AP national average of 12.3%.
- 57% of our students achieved at least one Level 2/4+ qualification
- 97% of our students achieved an English qualification
- 100% of our students achieved a Mathematics qualification
- Art & Design students achieved 100% pass rate with 8 students achieving a Grade 4 or higher and a third of students achieved a Level 2 Grade 5+
- 1 student studied Spanish this year and achieved a Grade 9
- Biology students enjoyed 100% pass rate
- VTCT Hair & Beauty students achieved some amazing results with 100% rate at Level 1 and 2
- English Literature, Construction BTEC, Caring for Children BTEC, Photography GCSE, Sociology GCSE, Sport & Active Leisure BTEC, NCFE Music Technology and NCFE Business & Enterprise all saw a 100% pass rate
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: GCSE Maths, English, Science (Biology), Personal & Social Development BTEC and additionally choose from a variety of interesting option subjects at GCSE/Vocational/Technical level to make up a strong bank of qualifications.
KS3 provision (3 programmes)
Is a full time, up to 8 weeks, programme for students 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. School referrals: students should have attended the On Course programme before joining the Discovery programme.
On Course (preferably Year 7/8)
Is a 4-week full-time programme focused on students developing their own self-management skills. Students learn about themselves and develop strategies to manage themselves and their behaviour more appropriately when back in school. Coach mentors work with the students to reintegrate them back into their own schools.
Year 9 Base
We 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 (Year 8 & 9)
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/Fitness.
We also offer schools a range of short term, vocationally focused courses you might access to support your learners (see Vocational Course and Alternative Provision for School page for further information and course availability)
Provision has been developed to provide a bespoke, comprehensive and integrated interim education package for vulnerable and challenging students. Each programme can be tailored for schools to meet the needs of an individual student and take place off site or in the school setting. Bridges programmes are provided for pupils of all ages (6-16) and can include post-placement integration support.
Bridges also supports: 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.