New Tunbridge Wells special school opens

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A new Barnardo’s school has opened in Pembury for children with additional special needs aged seven to 11.

Tunbridge Wells Mayor Len Horwood opened Meadows Junior School: Ravensdale Campus on June 8, which will provide an annexe facility to the existing Meadows Junior School in Southborough.

The facility has three classrooms, a hall, an atrium space and an outdoor play area.

It is designed to support children who need extra social, emotional and mental health support. The main Meadows campus in London Road offers education for 90 pupils aged seven to 19.

Vaughan Jackson, Principal at Meadows School said: ‘We very much enjoyed opening the new primary school site and welcoming the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells to cut the ribbon.

‘We are sure the children are going to enjoy the new facilities and are excited to see their progress.’

Mayor Horwood joined pupils, parents and carers for the ribbon cutting, which also featured a barbecue, balloon modelling and a face paint workshop.

He said: ‘This bright, purpose-built school will provide an ideal environment for the Barnardo’s ethos of encouraging every child to develop to their full potential.

‘I couldn’t help being inspired by the dedication of the teachers, enthusiasm of the children and support of the parents. We wish them every success.’

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