The pupils are extremely well educated in line with the school's aims to encourage them all to feel success.
ISI Inspection Report, June 2014
There is huge house loyalty within the school. Each family and staff member upon joining The Mead is placed in one of three houses:
Chalybeate – Green and named after the spring in the Pantiles. The original source of Tunbridge Wells
Thackeray – Yellow. Named after the famous author William Makepeace Thackeray who owned a house in Tunbridge Wells, now an excellent restaurant!
Wellington – Red and named after the Iron Duke. The rocks on Tunbridge Wells common also carry his name.
Children gain ‘good works’ throughout the week which are added to their house totals and announced each Friday. The winning house each term has a special ice cream at breaktime and all points go towards the winning of the House Shield at Prizegiving. These ‘good works’ are awarded for a myriad of reasons including achievement, effort, progress, manners, thoughtfulness or for any reason a staff member may deem positive! Key Stage 2 children proudly carry their ‘good work’ book with them at all times in order to never miss an opportunity. Houses meet weekly and thereby cross age friendships are forged, team spirit is developed, exemplary behaviour encouraged and all learn to work together to the benefit of everybody.
Year 6 pupils are elected as House Captains and Sports Captains; the post carries a full job description!
Inter House sports matches are hugely contested and the annual Inter-House Swimming Gala and Sports Day are highlights of the school year.
Each house supports a chosen charity and organises regular fund raising activities and assemblies.