|Location||Burns Lane, Warsop
|Students||860 (2014 Ofsted report)|
Meden School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form on Burns Lane between Market Warsop and Church Warsop in Nottinghamshire, England, with 860 pupils at the Ofsted report of 2014, of which 116 were sixth-formers. The school is a member of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust, led by Mr John Tomasevic. The trust includes Nottingham University Samworth Academy and Toot Hill School.
The local area is historically a coal-mining area in the Mansfield district, with the closed Welbeck Colliery, one of Nottinghamshire's last surviving pits, nearby at Meden Vale. The school is next to the main A60 road and near the River Meden, with the Meden Sports Centre, which has a small swimming pool, integral to the site.
The school opened as the Meden Comprehensive School on 7 September 1965. The official opening took place on 8 June 1966 attended by the Secretary to the Council for Education in World Citizenship. The £253,000 building was built to withstand mining subsidence and had around 600 pupils. The school gained Technology specialist status in 2001 and was placed into special measures during 2011, becoming an academy under the auspices of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust in 2012. The school had 860 pupils in 2014. The school is currently undergoing a £1.5 million refurbishment to its infrastructure.
The school is led by Ms Emma Sims, Head of School and successor to Janet Brashaw. The Torch Academy Gateway, which Meden is a member of, is led Mr John Tomasevic - Executive Headteacher.
The school has a vertical pastoral system which is composed of three houses. These are Challenger (yellow), Discovery (Blue) and Endeavour (Green). Phoenix (red) was also a house but was removed in 2013 when there were not enough students to fill four houses. The Phoenix students were scattered between the other houses, mainly Endeavour. Each house has a Head of House and an Assistant Head of House, with there being ten 'tutorials' within each house. Every tutorial has a lead tutor and a co-tutor (two members of staff).
The school's college is led by Mrs A Fallon and has well-subscribed year twelve and thirteen cohorts. Meden College provides each student has the use of a 'tablet' PC to help with studies. The college facilities have wireless access and a suite of computers.
The school was placed in special measures by OfSTED in 2010. Since being taken over by the Torch Academy Gateway Trust, Meden has become one of the most improved school in the country, and in May 2012 was taken out of special measures due to the significant improvements that the school had made since being under new leadership. In 2012 the school secured the following results for key stage four (KS4) pupils;
Key Stage Four Academic Performance 5+ A*-C GCSEs (including English and Maths) = 6.7% 5+ A*-C GCSEs = 860% 3+ A*-A = 310%
Key Stage Five Academic Performance A2 Level - 100% Pass.
UCAS Performance - Double the acceptance ratio for Medicine and related courses, compared to the National Average - Double the acceptance ratio for Humanities and the Arts related courses, compared to the National Average. - 10% higher acceptance rate compared to National average for Biological Science courses. - 20% higher acceptance rate compared to National average for Maths and Maths related courses. - Higher than the National Average acceptance rates for Education, Engineering and Science related courses.
Notable former pupils
- Jake Ball, cricketer, nephew of Bruce French
- Steve Frost, producer of Coronation Street
- Bruce French, former England cricketer, uncle of Jake Ball
- Neil Pointon, former Everton footballer
- Jamie Johnson (judoka), British Judoka
- Meden School Ofsted report 2014
- Torch Academy Gateway Trust - schools in the trust Retrieved 2014-10-29
- Meden Sports Centre Retrieved 2014-10-30
- Progress brings Meden School out of special measures Chad, local newspaper, May 2012 Retrieved 2014-10-30
- Emerging tough special measures trap Nottingham Post, June 2014 Retrieved 2014-10-30