Cleeve Meadow School

Client Department for Education; London Borough of Bexley

Sector Schools and Colleges

Location South East

Value £12m

Cleeve Meadow was created as a new Free School for the London Borough of Bexley, providing education for 120 pupils, aged 11 upwards with additional and special needs.

The school focuses on offering a highly-specialised education for pupils who have moderate learning difficulties (MLD) and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) including those with sensory impairments. In addition to the main teaching areas, the facilities also include a therapy hub, a performing arts centre and a full-sized 3G Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

Cleeve Meadow was purposely co-located within the grounds of a local secondary school, which shares the performance and sports facilities, allowing pupils to attend mainstream lessons and integrate more effectively with their peers.

The school's learning spaces were specifically designed to reduce anxiety and provide appropriate stimulation and outdoor learning areas, in line with guidance from Pozzoni Architecture’s School Design Guidance for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with safe breakout areas - including the internal courtyard. A life skills room for Sixth Form use is intended to help with the school’s ethos of removing barriers for SEN students.

As a project, Cleeve Meadow proved to be a spectacular success for Galliford Try, with the team achieving a 10/10 customer satisfaction score, and achieving maximum scores against the Department for Education’s Key Performance Indicators.