Merrywood House Independent Special School

Educating children within a home like environment that uses nature to enhance the child’s social, emotional, behavioural and academic development.
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Merrywood Mission

School of Opportunities

Our mission here at Merrywood is to educate children within a home-like environment where children with social, emotional and mental health needs will flourish. Children will benefit from an individualised, inclusive and nurturing setting where they will have the opportunity to explore deep-rooted issues and traumas through therapy. At the heart of our therapeutic curriculum is nature and play. Our beautiful countryside surroundings are home to all manner of animals and wildlife, where the children will benefit from playing and learning in the wilderness. Our core aim is to provide a nurturing space for children to grow educationally, emotionally, morally and socially. Children will develop a deep understanding of themselves as an individual and a connected part of society, they will understand and value themselves and their unique offering, and grow an appreciation of learning and an engagement in education.

Our CEO

MICHELLE QUAYLE – Behavioural Consultant, Social Change Activist, Founder of Personal Independence & Merrywood House Independent Special School – has set up a not for profit community interest company 10 years ago with the goal of changing the life trajectories of children and young people who have experienced trauma and been rejected by the system.

Michelle is committed and passionate about supporting children who have had a difficult start in life, and she strongly believes that with nurture and support in developing self-discipline and self-worth, every child and young person can succeed, be happy and contribute to society.

Michelle’s extensive range of qualifications include: Independent Domestic Violence Advisory, Youth Violence, Social Sciences, and Counter Terrorism. She has dedicated her career to developing and creating a number of unique and innovative services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable young people. A keen advocate of sharing good practice, Michelle has travelled to Gothenburg to spread PI’s theory, service and impact. Over the last two years Michelle has expanded Personal Independence across 4 London boroughs (Southwark, Lambeth, Croydon and Merton) as well as Cambridgeshire, working with over 200+ police officers & professionals and 300+ young people.

Merrywood house school

School of Opportunities

Merrywood House is a not for profit independent special school for pupils aged 7 to 11 (KS2) with complex needs including:

• Social, emotional, mental health (SEMH) difficulties
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Autism (ASD)
• Anxiety
• Self-harming and suicidal ideation
• Attachment Difficulties / Disorders
• ODD
• Speech & Language difficulties
• PDA
• ADD
• OCD
• Dyslexia or Dyspraxia

The majority of children will have faced the feelings associated with; exclusion, feeling different from others, isolation and resentfulness.

We understand the psychological effects of exclusion and our model has been developed with a trauma informed approach, whilst keeping nurture and boundaries at the core of our daily school lives.

We want every child to feel safe and happy to attend school, primary school is the time when a child should learn, play and build the skills relevant to a successful career educationally and socially.

Offering an inclusive, non-judgmental learning environment

Building Children’s Confidence

at merrywood

 

Merrywood’s main focus is to nurture and support children educationally, socially, morally and physically. Our four priorities are:

  1. Providing a stable, home like, consistent and therapeutic environment in which children can develop respect, self-esteem and an ability to value themselves and others
  2. Developing the child’s own moral values and self-awareness
  3. Providing a framework in which children develop an understanding of their personal strengths, needs and capabilities
  4. Facilitating academic progress that will enable the children to successfully access the next phase in their education

We meet our priorities by:

● Instilling a desire to learn by setting relevant targets, providing appropriate support, and rewarding achievement
● Developing lively, enquiring minds fostered by increasingly independent learning
● Encouraging parents to be active partners in their children’s education
● Fostering self-reliance and motivation
● Providing a safe, stimulating and nurturing learning environment
● Encouraging children to act creatively and with imagination
● Supporting an understanding of the children’s pasts which will help them to live successfully in the present, and to plan intelligently for the future
● Promoting cooperation in all aspects of school life
● Facilitating discussions, debate and learning how to value the differences and diversity within our school

SECURITY AND SAFETY

Merrywood House offers a secure, stable, home-like environment in which children can learn not only academic skills but also the social, emotional, behavioural and communication skills to aid them to live happy, functional and fulfilling lives. Our framework has been developed by our multi-disciplinary team with the various needs of our children at the centre. We aim for whole child development and improved resilience, with the aim that many of our children will be able to reintegrate into a mainstream school at secondary age.

MERRYWOOD MISSION

Michelle has made it her mission to bring children and young people from all backgrounds together with police officers, policy makers and educators and the outcomes have been astounding. Children who have who had been ‘written off’ by professionals a few years ago are now prospering in jobs and education. Police officers who struggled to communicate with young people are now actively working as advocates for them. Ultimately Michelle’s work has led to a deeper understanding and compassion for young people within the police force, education and further. She has dedicated every moment in the past decade to creating social change.

ABOUT MICHELLE

Michelle’s extensive range of qualifications include: Independent Domestic Violence Advisory, Youth Violence, Social Sciences, and Counter Terrorism. She has dedicated her career to developing and creating a number of unique and innovative services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable young people. A keen advocate of sharing good practice, Michelle has travelled to Gothenburg to spread PI’s theory, service and impact. Over the last two years Michelle has expanded Personal Independence across 4 London boroughs (Southwark, Lambeth, Croydon and Merton) as well as Cambridgeshire, working with over 200+ officers & professionals and 300+ young people. Personal Independence works with law enforcers such as the Metropolitan Police Service and Youth Justice Boards. Within the Personal Independence management board, she collaborates with professionals such as Chief Superintendent Steve Wallace, Dr. Ursula Weekes, Dr Yen Lam, Natalia Greene (Security and Defence Consultant).

ADMISSIONS

If you'd like to go through the admissions process, visit our page dedicated to Admissions to Merrywood House School here.

contact details

Merrywood House School
The Old Pheasantry
Merrywood Grove
Tadworth
KT20 7HF

Tel: 07427 630 539
Email: admissions@merrywood.org.uk

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