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Meopham School
Wrotham Road, Meopham, DA13 0AH, UK Gravesend
+44 (0)1474 814646

Meopham School is an 11 - 18, co-educational Foundation High School situated on a large, open, community campus in a rural position within North West Kent. We share our site with a Medial Centre, Day Nursery, Public Library, Leisure Centre and recycling facilities, giving the school the characteristics of an Extended School. the student population is a good mix of people from the nearby and more outlying areas, of varied social statuses and all abilities, making Meopham School as nearly comprehensive as is possible in an area within the Kent Scheme for selection. With over 26 acres of land, the school is viewed as a natural centre for sporting activities and the LEA has placed Meopham School at the centre of its strategy for sports development in Gravesham, both as a Specialist Sports College and as a hub school for the School Sports Partnership.

Our motto theme is 'Learning for Life and Lifelong Learning' but what does this mean in practice and what makes Meopham School distinctively different?

Students come to us in Year 7 as young, eager children ready for the next great phase of their development. They leave us as young, confident adults equally ready to the excitements and challenges of the rest of their lives. It is our privilege, in partnership with parents, to bring about this transformation and we are passionate about finding the best ways of doing this for all the students who pass through our hands. We do not believe that 'one size fits all' in education. We have a commitment to adjusting the curriculum we offer to create the most appropriate route for every child at each phase of his or her education.


Arrangements for Admission 11+ for September 2008

The school is open to boys and girls of all abilities without reference to a selection test. The school’s published admission number is 150. The school is has to apply criteria to prioritise applications in the event of being over-subscribed.

Oversubscription criteria:
If the number of preferences for the school exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied and priority given to:

  1. Applicants in Local Authority Care
  2. Applicants who can demonstrate a special aptitude in physical education or music or drama or arts (up to a maximum of 20 places in all);
  3. Applicants who have a sibling association with the school at the time of admission, i.e. a brother or sister, step-or half-brother or sister, an adopted brother or sister or other person resident at the same address as if a sibling;
  4. Applicants for whom a medical or Social Services recommendation has been made;
  5. Applicants living closest to the school, as measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data.

Special Aptitude places:
Governors reserve 20 places each year for students with a special aptitude for Art, Drama, Music or PE. 5 places are awarded in each area on the basis of information provided and, if necessary, an interview. If fewer than five places are taken in one subject, Governors can choose to offer more places in another, if suitable applications have been received. Students with special aptitude places are automatically included in our Able, Gifted & Talented programme.

Application Form:
A separate application form is required only from parents who seek one of the 20 special aptitude places. These are submitted to Meopham School at the same time as the Common Application Form is sent to the LEA.




School Tie*

Meopham School tie.
Available from Longfield Wools and the School Office.


Plain black straight trousers.
(No jeans or fashion trousers. Metal belts and tabs are unsafe).
Skirts should be a sensible length for school wear.


White, full length, long sleeved, with a collar, worn tucked in, with the school tie.
(Fashion blouses are not acceptable alternatives).
A short-sleeved version of a “school shirt” is acceptable in the summer.

School Blazer*

Black, with badge embroidered on to the pocket.
The price of this garment has been kept to what we hope parents will consider to
be acceptable, starting at £36, with badge woven in place.
It is a washable garment and can be drip-dried.

School Sweater* (Optional)

This is a black v-neck sweater, with green edging, and is the only
garment allowed if pupils want an extra garment for warmth.


Black, sensible shoes. (No boots for girls or heavy boots for boys).
Trainers are only for breaks and lunchtimes.
Plain dark socks or tights (flesh or dark).

All items marked with an asterisk are available from Longfield Wools at Station Road, Longfield (telephone 01474 705273) or St George’s Centre, Gravesend (telephone 01474 351190). A donation is made to the school for every purchase.

All other garments are standard school clothing and may be available from other suppliers.

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