Admissions

Merrywood Criteria & Process

Merrywood Education educates children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

 

All children must have an Educational Health Care Plan to be considered for admission. We analyse children’s files on a child-by-child basis and will take into consideration the children we have onsite whilst consulting with parents and local authorities on new intakes.

Merrywood Education – School of Opportunities

All children will require a SEMH provision.  We support children with historical and current trauma and/or the below:

  • ADHD
  • ASD
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harming and suicidal ideation
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Speech & Language difficulties
  • Dyslexia or Dyspraxia
  • Depression
  • Lived within a violent and abusive home
  • Low self-esteem
  • Display challenging behaviour
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Speech and language and communication difficulties
  • Sensory needs
  • Literacy and numeracy difficulties
  • Looked After Child
  • Parent with Mental Health Needs
  • Excluded from mainstream education

Merrywood Criteria & Process

Merrywood Education educates children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

 

All children must have an Educational Health Care Plan to be considered for admission. We analyse children’s files on a child-by-child basis and will take into consideration the children we have onsite whilst consulting with parents and local authorities on new intakes.

All children will require a SEMH provision.  We support children with historical and current trauma and/or the below:

  • ADHD
  • ASD
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harming and suicidal ideation
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Speech & Language difficulties
  • Dyslexia or Dyspraxia
  • Depression
  • Lived within a violent and abusive home
  • Low self-esteem
  • Display challenging behaviour
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Speech and language and communication difficulties
  • Sensory needs
  • Literacy and numeracy difficulties
  • Looked After Child
  • Parent with Mental Health Needs
  • Excluded from mainstream education

In addition to this the children will require the following support:

Therapeutic environment and interventions
Small classroom settings
Nurturing and home like environment which is stable and consistent
The space to explore their own feelings, emotions and behaviours
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. 

consultations and referrals

All admission referrals will come directly from the local authority. A SEN case worker will send the paperwork through to Merrywood, known as a consultation. Merrywood will then undergo a formal assessment and come to a decision whether or not we can meet the child’s needs.

The majority of our consultations are located from London boroughs, Surrey, Kent, Sussex and East Sussex.

We follow the National Schools Contract 2013 – for more information click on the link https://www.nasschools.org.uk/national-schools-contract/national-schools-contract-2013/

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Available Spaces

Tadworth Campus – FULL

To join our waiting list please complete the online waiting list form.

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Testimonials

What Our Parents are Saying

“Merrywood House School is a one of a kind school. The journey through the EHCP process and what it took to find the best school for my son was a long and hard one and then came along Merrywood. If I had a wish list of what I would like his school to be, then Merrywood hits every single one of those. They held my hand through the application process and made it as easy as possible. My son has made unbelievable progress and has flourished in his time at Merrywood, from a school refusal to a son who runs into school every day. As a family we feel supported by Merrywood and know we work as a team unit for the best for my son. He has more opportunities at Merrywood than would ever be afforded to him at another provision and I know that the right choice was made. The school takes a holistic, whole child approach and I trust each member of staff fully. The small class sizes and high staff to child ratio means each pupils receives high quality and quantity care. Thank you Merrywood.”
Wendy (Y4 Parent) – Spring Term 2021

“Merrywood school is really good for our son. They have taken the time and experience to really understand his needs and help him feel safe at school. This means he is able to enjoy learning and make friends. Merrywood listens to us as parents and regularly adapt their approach to reflect our sons changing needs. Their on-site therapy provision means all his needs can be met in one place with people he can trust.”
Tim (Y4 Parent) – Spring Term 2021

“From the moment we first visited Merrywood, we fell in love with the school, the setting and their ethos. The school is set in a beautiful old Manor House in stunning grounds surrounded by woodland. We were made to feel like family the moment we arrived for our first visit. Their goal is to provide trauma informed therapeutic style school. The passion and dedication shown by Michelle and all the staff is truly amazing. Our son had struggled in both mainstream and special needs schools his whole life but he felt at home at Merrywood from day one. Our son craved a therapeutic school and Merrywood and all the staff provided everything he needs to thrive. We have had our ups and downs but the staff have been great and have done everything they can to support our son, us and the entire school family.”
Luke (Y5 Parent) – Spring term 2021