The Mead School has been providing the children of Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area with an outstanding education for over 30 years.
Our curriculum is broad and imaginative, with strength in the core subjects, exciting extra-curricular activities, and excellent facilities for a town-based school. Our warm and nurturing environment, in which we proactively support and encourage our boys and girls to develop a growth mindset, creates opportunities for children to experience success in all areas of learning.
Individual attention in small classes
Our class sizes are small and we have no combined age groups, which allows teachers to give every child the support he or she needs, with no danger of anyone slipping under the radar in a busy classroom.
The same attention is brought to children’s emotional and mental wellbeing. Happy children are better learners, so there is plenty of time for imaginative play, sport, confidence building and friendships. Risk taking and learning to fail form a key part of learning from an early age, ensuring that our older children take on challenges with a healthy combination of positivity and resilience.
Specialist teaching staff
The team of high quality and enthusiastic teaching staff give The Mead’s pupils the opportunity to enjoy outstanding learning opportunities. Each member of staff is highly experienced and many have subject specialisms, so that even our youngest pupils learn from experts in their field. Both staff and pupils work within a curriculum that is broad and flexible, allowing for high quality education in the core academic subjects, and the opportunity to really extend learning into areas as diverse as STEAM, coding, ancient history and cookery.
The facilities at The Mead School are excellent for a town school of its size. Sport is split between our all-weather double astro pitch and the Bayham Sports Ground. For play time, children can enjoy our fort and climbing areas, as well as our playground which has a variety of play equipment and our ‘Loose Parts Play’ sandpit for imaginative play. Raised beds allow children to explore nature and things that grow.
Opportunities, within and beyond the curriculum, allow every child to discover whatever it is that will motivate and inspire them and fire the desire to learn more. So beyond the core curriculum, we seek ways to expand experience and learning: from school trips and entrepreneurship, to outstanding drama and music provision, Forest School, positions of responsibility and dynamic after-school clubs. Find out more about opportunities at The Mead.
While we are immensely proud of the academic outcomes our children achieve, along with a host of awards and prizes won both during their time at school and in entrance exams to future schools, we are prouder still of the character they develop while they are with us. Supported by an educational system that celebrates every individual and instils a growth mindset, our pupils learn that anything is possible when you are resilient, creative and positive. These skills will support and nourish them as they move on to the next stage of their education and beyond.
Supporting the whole family
The Mead is a community of children, parents and staff. Communication between school and parents is key and we have a clear and effective system to keep parents up to date on children’s progress.
We understand the pressures of family life, particularly for people juggling work and parenthood. Families can take advantage of wrap-around care, from 7.30am-6pm, with up to three delicious, freshly cooked meals a day and a choice of over 25 exciting after-school clubs for the children to enjoy. A holiday club also runs during the Easter and Summer holiday which is provided by an external company, Pied Piper Activities. (Please contact the company directly for further details.)
More affordable than you may think
As a member of the Wishford Group of school, The Mead operates on the principle that exceptional education, with a broad range of opportunities and excellent outcomes, should not cost the earth.
Fees start at £1,606 per term, including meals, which is the equivalent of many Nursery fees.
Active Member of The Independent Schools Association
The Independent Schools Association (ISA) has some 300 member accredited schools across the UK and beyond and provides enrichment, support and comradeship for the Head, the staff and the pupils of each school.
Mead pupils regularly participate in Area and National ISA competitions for Sport, Drama and the Arts. Apart from all the ISA offers its member schools, it also provides reassurance to parents with an excellent kite mark.