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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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Meopham School New Build Update


Meopham School New Build Update

Meopham School’s new build is now heading towards its conclusion as work continues to prepare the building for opening in February 2018. The structural work on the new building is almost complete, with work teams now focusing on the internal fittings that must be completed before staff and students can move in.

Excitement is now growing in the school community as staff and students begin to prepare for the move. Boxes and removal equipment will begin to arrive in January to allow for a smooth transition in the weeks to follow.

With Meopham Library also moving to new premises in November 2017, by next Spring the old buildings should be completely vacated and will be systemically knocked down. The land will then be landscaped for the school’s use.

The new building was made possible by the Education Funding Agency’s initiative, the Priority School’s Building Programme.

The new design, built by KIER, is going to offer the school traditional teaching spaces in a single building. This will increase green space, allow for quieter classrooms, a new library and a larger sports hall and fitness suite available for community use.

The local community has been extremely positive about the project.  The village of Meopham is located within an area of outstanding natural beauty.   The new building has been designed to be sheltered by the landscape around it, providing extended views of the countryside beyond.  The school itself will be shielded from road noise by a physical barrier created from the ground works.

Staff have already been able to visit the site and explore their new classrooms. The new school will also feature some new furniture and ICT resources to ensure that students are learning in a fresh and modern environment. The Oracy Zone and Study Support areas will also have new, open plan spaces in the new building.

The new school will open on 26th February 2018. 



GCSE Results Day August 2017


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

In a year when examinations in English and Maths became significantly harder, 61% of students achieved the new Standard Pass, Grade 4, or above in both English and Maths.    In addition, 74% secured a Grade 4 or above in English while 68% secured a Grade 4 or above in Maths.  Outcomes were equally strong in other key traditional academic subjects:  78% achieved C or above in Science and 85% achieved a C or above in French.

Exceptional student successes include Lillie Matthews, who achieved 12 A*-B grades.  Lillie also achieved a Grade 9 in English (the highest possible grade in the new awards system) and a grade 8 in Maths.  Lillie said, “I’m just so pleased with my results.  I tried really hard and my teachers supported me all the way. To get the top grade in English is a real shock.” Charlie Richards, who achieved 10 A*-B grades, said, “I didn’t think I’d do so well, but I have and I’m just so happy right now.” Other outstanding outcomes include Emma Wedge, who achieved 9 A*-B grades, and Grace Toombs, who achieved 8 A*-B grades.

Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, said, “We are thrilled with the outcomes achieved by our students again this year.  The new reformed GCSEs in English and Maths are incredibly rigorous and we are delighted that our students have thrived under this additional pressure. ”

Acting Deputy Headteacher, Matt Pyrke, said, “Once again students at Meopham School have shown what hard work and pure determination to succeed can do. I am extremely proud of what they have achieved.”

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



A Level Results Day


Meopham School is celebrating another successful year for Sixth Form students.   Suzanne Dickinson, Headteacher, said, “Once again, our Sixth Form students have achieved an excellent set of examination results. This is testament to their hard work and dedication, and that of our staff.”  Director of Sixth Form, Manj Nijjer, added, “We are delighted with the performance of the students. We are proud of everything they have achieved over the last two years and wish them all the best for their future.”

The school have a number of individual success stories. Carla Bolton, who achieved 4 A-Levels in English Literature, Film Studies, Finance and Psychology said, “I’m over the moon with my results, especially my B grades in English Literature and Finance. I am now looking forward to studying Criminology at Greenwich University.” George Buckland, who achieved a Distinction* in Business, Distinction* in ICT and a B in Finance said, “I am so pleased and I can’t wait to start my apprenticeship in Financial Studies.”

Another student who was equally delighted, Charlotte Sparrow, said, “I am really happy with my A grade in Finance, double Distinction* in Health and Social Care, C grade in Film Studies and C grade in Psychology. These results have enabled me to study Primary Education at Greenwich University.” Alex Wallace, who also achieved an outstanding set of results said, “My Distinction* in Business Studies, Distinction* in ICT and A grade in Finance now means I can go to Sheffield Hallam University to study Finance and Investment.”  

Suzanne Dickinson, Headteacher, added, “We are immensely proud that our students continue to excel in both their academic and vocational studies which has led to another year of fantastic results.”




Feeding The Community


With the summer holidays fast approaching, local food banks are heading in to a busy period as students who would otherwise be fed at school must now be fed at home. This was the inspiration for Meopham School’s latest charity event.

After the success of the school’s Book Drive, which managed to collect 2,000 books for Demelza Children’s Hospice, the school decided their next collection should be for Gravesham Food Bank.

Gravesham Food Bank was more than happy to receive the donation, asking specifically for donations of long life milk and tinned meat ahead of the busy season.

The school and the local community brought in donations for a week and a half. One student in Year 7 brought in the equivalent of a family’s weekly shop! The box in the school’s reception was endlessly overflowing with donations which were then collected by Gravesham Food Bank at the start of July.

Jill Kettle, of Gravesham Food Bank, said, “Thank you again for all the food that was collected at your school.  We weighed it in at over 200kg!  This was brilliant.” The food barely fit in the vehicles that the Food Bank brought to the school in order to collect it!

The majority of the collecting and promotion for the event was done by the Learn To Lead ‘Just Raise It’ Team. The students in Year 8 went around the school with leaflets and posters, promoting the Food Bank to tutor groups. They also kept track of student donators and organised the food stores.

Meopham School commented, “We’re so proud of our school community. The generosity of the parents and carers has been overwhelming.”

At the end of the day though, this event was organised to help vulnerable families this summer. Kettle’s final words to the school were, “Please thank everyone involved, it will help to feed a number of families.”

It has been suggested by the Senior Leadership of the school that this will become a regular event at the school. The success of this event and the real impact it will have upon the local community has opened the eyes of students and staff alike. Meopham School would like to personally thank everyone who helped to make this event a success.


Knock Out!


The National School Championships for Boxing have just passed and Libby from Meopham School has managed to defend her title for the second year in a row. In the 2016 competition, Libby claimed title for the 41.5 kilos weight class in the girls’ competition. This year, she has done it again!

Libby has been boxing for almost four years now and trains three times a week at a club in Sittingbourne. She started boxing mostly out of curiosity when her brothers took up the sport as a hobby. She’s been hooked on it ever since.

To win the title, Libby fought three rounds. She won two of these which earned her the golden boxing gloves. When asked about the competition, she said, “I was nervous going to the Finals again but I was confident in myself and thought I had a good chance of winning.” 

Libby has now been offered the chance to box for England. They go to camp once a month and when a competition comes up for her class, she’ll be representing her country! Libby has just transitioned in to Year 9 and will now be fitting training around her GCSE subjects. 

Boxing has become her passion. “My favourite thing about boxing is the fighting but the hardest part is the training up to it because you have to work really hard.” Libby is definitely not afraid of a little hard work and now has her sights set on winning more titles – this time for her country!


London to Brighton Cycle


On the 18th June Charles and Henry Martin from Meopham School both completed the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton bike ride.

It was an early start having to be at Clapham Common for a 0730 start. It was already starting to get very warm.

They set off with the other 15,000 rides on the 54 mile ride to Brighton. The ride itself was very well marshaled with plenty of water and food stops.

It was hottest day of the year and they needed to stop a number of times to fill water bottles. People were cooling riders down with hoses from their front gardens.

The boys rode up all the hills including the very steep Ditchling Beacon.

On arriving in Brighton the crowds cheered the riders along the sea front where their names were called out as they crossed the finish line and they were presented with a medal.

They raised £300 for the BHF and are looking forward to next years ride! Such a wonderful achievement for two students from the school. 

Thank you to Ian Martin for supplying this story.



Creative Industries Enterprise Competition Day


On Tuesday 27th June the year 7 students will be involved in a Creative Industries Enterprise Competition Day. The aim of the day is to give the students the opportunity to explore a variety of Creative Technologies and inspire students to be creative thinkers. As a result students will be able to identify, understand, relate, examine, develop and determine the importance of creativity as a transferable skill. The students should then be able to apply these skills across the curriculum and see how their artistic abilities might help them in more academic subjects.

Students will be split into mini companies. In their companies students will plan, create and market a product during the day and in the evening, students from each company will present their product in a Dragon’s Den style competition. This will be judged by external judges.

Parents are invited to the finale event which will take place in the School Hall between 5pm and 6.30pm. This will be where the students present their product for judging and the winner will be announced. As part of the judging process, there will be an opportunity for friends and relatives to visit the market place set up by the students to purchase the products made as part of the day.

This is an exciting new opportunity for our Year 7’s.  The day will highlight the importance of creativity in industry while allowing students to develop transferable skills. The focus of the day will be creative thinking and problem solving, developing a practical understanding of resilience and team building. However, it should also be a day of independence, creativity and fun!

For more information, please contact Mrs Curtis ([email protected])



Win at STEM Challenge


On Friday, six Year 8 and six Year 9 students went to the University of Greenwich Chatham campus to participate in a STEM Challenge day along with 6 other schools.

Each pair of our students formed a group of 4 with another school and they worked together on challenges including; designing an E-Fit of a suspect using software used by the Police; diagnosing patients using sampling techniques and interpreting medical scans; building and racing a Meccano car and programming a Lego robot to navigate through a maze. The day was a fantastic opportunity for students to experience real life applications of Science and explore potential career options of the future.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and won a number of prizes. James Ricketts and Dylan Phelps (both Year 8) formed part of the winning team from all schools present. They have progressed to the regional finals against winning teams of other STEM days in the area, and will attend the next event in January.

Prizes were presented by one of the Deputy Lieutenants for Medway, who also gave a short speech. Workshops were run by university students taking STEM subject degrees, and students had the opportunity to ask them questions about university life and higher education.


In It To Win It


Lucy, a Year 7 at Meopham School, recently attended the Cheerleading British Championships. Kent Cheer Academy had nine teams that attended the Championships. The athletes had been working towards this competition for months and their work completely paid off in the amazing results the programme achieved. Lucy trains twice a week for at least three hours with her squad. Her group is made up of girls from Year 5 to Year 7 in the local area. 

Over 85 programmes from all over the UK entered the British Championships and Lucy’s programme were the only ones who could proudly declare that every team placed within the top three for their category. The whole group won three National Champion titles and a Grand Champion title – the highest score of the entire day.

The Head Coach said, 'It was an amazing achievement for our teams to place so highly across the board, and is a testament to our athletes hard work and our coaches dedication to train every athlete to the highest standards - regardless of their level or age.' 

When asked about her cheerleading, Lucy said, “Everyone was really buzzing at the competition and I was really excited to go. At the end of the day, everyone was so happy because it’s the best our team have ever done in a Championship.” 

Meopham School loves to celebrate the achievements of their students. If you have a story to share, whether it is sport, volunteering or any other extra-curricular achievements, please contact: [email protected]




Summer Open Mornings


Open mornings are coming up very soon for all those who would like to consider Meopham School for their children. Please find dates and details below.

Summer Open mornings...
Monday 10th July 2017 – Friday 14th July 2017
Appointments at 9 a.m. and 10.45 a.m.

To book an appointment please phone Reception on 01474 814646 
Or email openwee[email protected] 

Open Evening
Thursday 28th September 2017 
From 5.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. (no appointment necessary)
Headteacher will speak at 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. 

Open Mornings
Monday 9th October 2017 – Friday 13th October 2017 
Appointments at 9 a.m. and 10.45 a.m.

To book an appointment please phone Reception on 01474 814646 
Or email [email protected]



Food Drive




Year 9 Army Day


British Army Put Students Through Their Paces

The purpose of the day was to develop student’s resilience, team building and leadership skills as well as inform them about careers in the Army.

The day began in the hall. Students were met by a team of 8 soldiers who are currently serving in the British Army. Redgrave and Brunel students promptly went out onto the field and began their physical activities which included a gun run, camouflage techniques and several problem solving activities. For this students were split into small groups. Each team had a time limit to complete the activity before moving to the next.

While Redgrave and Brunel were on the field, Holmes and Newton stayed in the hall for the careers presentation. This was informative and focused not only on the skills needed for the army but on general employment and life skills. Students had time to ask questions and discuss what they had seen and heard.

After break the groups swapped and it was Holmes and Newton’s turn to compete the physical activities while Redgrave and Brunel took part in the careers presentation. Students had an excellent time and came back to lessons in the afternoon covered in camouflage, still buzzing from this unique experience.







Operation Brakes


Meopham School have been working alongside Kent Specials with ‘Operation Brakes’ over the last few weeks. The programme is a Road Safety and Speed Awareness campaign. The pupils have been outside the front of the school on Wrotham Road, with Kent Specials, operating the hand held speed guns.

With students at the helm, the officers would then stop any vehicle caught speeding and they were given the option of either receiving the points on their license and a fine, or be questioned by pupils. These questions were created by the pupils as the officers wanted as much input from the pupils as possible. So far we have had two successful ‘Operation Brakes’, with 51 people pulled over speeding the first time and then 49 the second time.

One of the questions from a year 8 pupil was, “How would you have felt if you had killed me due to your speeding?”

A speeding motorist stopped on Operation Brakes said, “I’m devastated, I would never be able to live with myself if I had killed you”.  There were even tears from some of the speeding motorists as the pupils’ questions really brought the message home about the risks of speeding.

The aim of Operation Brakes is to have an impact on the community here in Meopham, and to slow motorists down. Miss Miles, one of the teachers running the project, said, “Already, it is the talk of the school and the community and we have already noticed a decrease in speeding motorists outside our school.” The aim of the scheme is to also make the pupils at Meopham more speed aware, ready for when they start to drive, and to encourage their parents/carers to also slow down when driving.

With two successful days of Operation Brakes already, Meopham School and the Kent Specials are looking forward to the future of Operation Brakes and the positive impact it will have on the community. The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed themselves so far and those that haven’t yet been able to take part are eager to get involved. Check out Meopham School on Twitter or Facebook for plenty of photos from the day!


Bend It Like Meopham


Thursday night for any student might often consist of rushing your homework for Thursday and then catching up on your favourite show on Netflix. Not for Courtney, 13, from Gravesend. On Thursday 11th May the Meopham School student was off to Birmingham to compete in the Playstation National Final Schools Cup 2017.

Courtney is a Year 8 student at Meopham School and a known “football star” by the Sport department. It was the school who recommended she try out for the Playstation National Final Schools Cup 2017 and her P.E teacher, Miss Miles, who helped her to get there.

A keen footballer from the age of 5, Courtney currently plays for the Gillingham under 14s and also represents the county in the Kent County under 14s team. When Miss Miles suggested that she enter the national competition, organised by the English Schools Football Association, Courtney couldn’t wait.

The finals were held at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s Park and Courtney proudly came back to school the next day with her medal in hand. It’s easy to tell she loves football; whenever anyone asks her about it she lights up and smiles. When asked, she said, “The thing I love about football is that you get to meet new people and build friendships. You get to work on your social skills and leaderships while doing something you really love.”

Courtney aspires to play for the English Women’s team. Her position of left mid is only the beginning. It’s a dream that began when she saw her brother playing football and decided to give it a try herself. From then on, Courtney has been in love with the sport. She’s got a plan for her future clear in her head:

“The first step was playing for my county, then I can try out for England Schools and from there, I can eventually go to England trials.”



Year 9 Army Day


On Monday 24th April, Year 9 will be taking part in an Army day. The day will be filled with
team building and resilience activities. Please see copy of letter home below.

Year 9 Army Day Letter


Results Press Release


Staff and students at Meopham School are celebrating the confirmation from the official DfE School Performance Tables (published today) that we are the highest performing High School in Kent. 

Meopham School has achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.48, which is significantly above the national average. This score also places the school first amongst all schools in the local area of Gravesham (including the Grammar Schools). 

Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, said, “we are delighted to have our outstanding 2016 examination outcomes recognised in the Provisional 2016 Performance Tables.  This is such a positive endorsement of the high standards which exist at our school.”

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Sixth Form Results


It has been another successful year for Sixth Form students at Meopham School. Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, said, “We are thrilled that our Sixth Form students have, once again, achieved a stunning set of examination results.” Director of Sixth Form, Manj Nijjer, added, “We are delighted with the performance of the students and the hard work that they have put in over the course of their studies. The results are a testament to the efforts by students and staff alike.”

The school have a number of individual success stories. George Young said “I’m over the moon with my A grade in English Literature, A grade in Film Studies and B in Media Studies. These results have helped me get into my first choice university, The University of Kent, to study Film Studies and English.

Another student who was equally delighted, Brandon Smith, said, “I am really happy with my B grade in Creative Writing, C in Film Studies and C grade in English. These grades have allowed me to gain skills that I will be able to use whilst studying Business and Media at UCFB”. Joe Lawrence who also achieved an outstanding set of results said “I am so happy with my A grade in English, B in Finance and Distinction* in Business, these results have enabled me to secure my place at university.”

Indeed a record number of students at the school has gained entry to their first choice of university this year. Suzanne Dickinson, Headteacher, added, “We are immensely proud that our academic and family-focused ethos is yielding such excellent Sixth Form results. These results are truly transformational.”


GCSE Results Day


Students and staff at Meopham School are celebrating the highest GCSE results in the school’s history. An incredible 71% of students achieved 5 or more good GCSEs, including English and Maths.  In addition, 84% secured a grade C or above in English Language while 80% secured a grade C or above in Maths. 74% attained the “gold standard” A*-C in both English and Maths.

Notable student successes include Phoebe Bix, who achieved 8 A grades and 1 A* grade as well as 2 Bs. Phoebe said, “I’m speechless and shocked. I’m just so happy.”  Lucy Graham, who achieved 8 A grades and 4 B grades, said, “I’m overwhelmed. I did not expect to achieve grades this high.” Billy Peacock, who achieved 6 A grades, 4 B grades and 2 C grades, said, “This is just amazing! Amazing. All that hard work paid off."

Headteacher, Suzanne Dickinson, said, “These outstanding results are due reward for the hard work and commitment of students and staff.”

Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for student outcomes, Matt Pyrke, said, “This year’s outcomes are a tribute to the commitment and resilience of the students at Meopham School.”

Suzanne Dickinson added, “It is fantastic that our academic and family ethos in a small school setting is producing such excellent outcomes for our pupils.”


Meopham Grammar Initial Consultation


New Education Secretary Justine Greening has said she is prepared to be “open minded” about allowing new grammar schools in England.

Please click here to read the letter