The Meadows School is one of Sandwell’s four special schools and caters to pupils aged 11-19, Our school meets the needs of students with complex, profound and multiple learning difficulties, associated communication and language difficulties and challenging behaviours. Many of our students also have acute medical needs. Since 2003, the school has continued to provide for students with a wide range of needs including physical disabilities, autism, sensory impairment, and complex medical needs.

The Meadows School is a student-centred, family school where we see all students as individuals. All staff recognise and reward individual achievement and progress. We actively encourage student independence and making purposeful choices.

The Meadows School has a commitment and responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all learners regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage or religious belief, sexual orientation or identity. We have a strong commitment to exceptional safeguarding practice.

We will seek to safeguard all learners by:

  • Valuing, listening and respecting them
  • Adopting safeguarding guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • Recruiting staff safely
  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need it
  • Involving learners and their Parents/Carers appropriately

We continually review our policies, practices and procedures; we provide opportunities for education, advice and support for students. We are developing provision across all areas of the school to meet the needs and to provide the best possible outcomes for the students of The Meadows School.

The Meadows School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of this website.  

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare.  We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.  

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.  


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Theodora Papaspyrou (Deputy Head Teacher) and Deputies are Graham Spencer (Assistant Head Teacher), Kevin Hurcombe (Assistant Head Teacher)  Kerry Patrick (Pastoral Support Worker), Fay Bedford (Pastoral Support Worker) and Rebecca Malpass (Pastoral Support Worker)

Senior Leadership Team: James Horspool (Head Teacher), Theodora Papaspyrou (Deputy Head Teacher), Eileen Pace, Graham Spencer, Samantha Forbes, Kevin Hurcombe (Assistant Head Teachers), Pamela Meddings, Ariane Parcell (Interim Assistant Head Teachers), Aleatheia Benjamin (Business Manager)



If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school on 0121 569 7080.