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Head's Letter to Parents


Please read the Head's Letter to Parents for July 2019


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award


The Hottest of Camping Trips

Last weekend, 29th & 30th June, saw temperatures rise to 35C in some parts of Kent, and for 110 pupils this was the heat they undertook their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in! Pupils from three Swale Academies Trust schools arrived at Meopham Secondary School loaded with heavy backpacks and plenty of water. At 9am they began their 15km hikes in the beautiful countryside of the North Downs.


Each team had organised a personalised route which passed through at least 3 checkpoints dotted around the countryside. A group radioed in after an hour to say they’d had a bag break but they were going to carry it to the next checkpoint and could a replacement be dropped off.

This shows the resilience and independence they had rapidly developed during the previous months of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The first group arrived back to Meopham School at around 4pm a little hot and eager to setup camp and cook their dinner.


Pupils took their tents and setup camp for the night. Pupils worked completely independently of staff; pitching their own tents and cooking their evening meal. The temperature was still in the high twenties at 10pm and some had decided sleeping in a tent was far too hot and decided to camp under the stars.

The Sunday morning saw pupils waking early, cooking breakfast and taking down their camps ready for another full day of walking. The first team left just before 9am and the last team returned by 4pm all having completed 12km of cross country walking, as a team.

The teams had to undertake a “project” while out walking. They had decided that they would attempt to collect something from the landscape beginning with every letter of the alphabet. As a result we ended up with a rather unusual collection of road side debris including; a number plate, a toy zebra, a leek and a length of rope!

The pupils showed great resilience throughout the weekend and worked excellently as a team to complete their Bronze Awards.



Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2019


Business Studies Teacher of the Year: Michael Beacher, Meopham School

Michael is a dedicated teacher and team leader who ensures his students achieve the best outcomes regardless of academic ability. This was particularly evident when the school moved to a new building. Michael’s computer classroom had no windows or air conditioning and, in the summer, temperatures reached well into 30 degrees. Yet he continued to teach, ensuring that students were hydrated and had coping strategies to get the best from the lessons.

Michael also plays a huge part in the Senior Management Team with many of his ideas contributing towards the whole school’s success - including schemes which have radically improved attendance and homework.

Award text from Kent Teacher of the Year Programme May 2019


From The University of Kent Dr Zita Stone presents Michael Beacher the award Overall Business Studies Teacher of the Year at the Kent Teacher of the Year 2019 awards.

Picture by: Martin Apps


Mr Beacher won a prize package donated by the University of Kent – a pair of tickets to an In Conversation event featuring University Chancellor Gavin Elser and a leading public figure, a bespoke experience day for a group of students, and a limited edition Monopoly game.

Extract from Kent Online



Outstanding Ofsted



Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, celebrating  the Outstanding Ofsted news with students




 Meopham School has been given an “Outstanding” judgement for overall effectiveness in our recent January 2019 Ofsted inspection, here you can read Head's Letter and Full Ofsted Report.




GCSE Results August 2018


Students and staff at Meopham School are celebrating another set of fantastic GCSE results. 

71% of students achieved the new Standard Pass, Grade 4, or above in both English and Maths. In addition, 85% secured a Grade 4 or above in English while 78% secured a Grade 4 or above in Maths. In a year when GCSE examinations became more challenging, outcomes were equally strong in other key traditional academic subjects.  80% achieved Grade 4 or above in Combined Science and 86% achieved a Grade 4 or above in Languages.

Exceptional student successes include Mitchell Ward, who achieved 11 Strong Passes.  Mitchell also achieved a Grade 8 in Maths and Combined Science, and a Grade 7 in English and Geography.  Mitchell said, “I’m stunned and overjoyed to have achieved such amazing results.” Fope Afolabi-Brown, who achieved 10 Strong Passes including a Grade 8 in Combined Science and History, said, “This is just so brilliant, I am over the moon” Other outstanding outcomes include Tom Knowles (who achieved a Grade 9 in Maths), Ted Bartlett (who achieved a Grade 9 in Combined Science), Rebecca Saunders (who achieved a Grade 9 in English Literature), and Bass Seye (who achieved a Grade 9 in French).

Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, said, “We are delighted with the outcomes achieved by our students again this year. These are our best results ever. We are thrilled that our students have continued to perform so strongly in English, Maths and Science, and have responded so well to the increased challenge of the reformed GCSEs.”

Deputy Headteacher, Matt Pyrke, said, “These results show that hard work pays off.  I am so pleased that our students have achieved the results they so richly deserve.  I am deeply proud of each and every one of them.”

Suzanne Dickinson added, “We are delighted that our academic and family ethos in a small school setting continues to produce such excellent outcomes for our pupils.”


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