SENDAT is delighted to be working with John Milton Academy and Suffolk County Council to support new specialist provision from September 2021.

SENDAT employs and manage the specialist staff.

Mulberry includes Key Stage 2 classes at Mendlesham Primary and Keystage 3-4 classes at Stowupland High School.

Students in these provisions will benefit from being able to access mainstream classes and have specialist SEND classes to meet their personal needs.

Mulberry centre is part of Suffolk County Councils graduated offer for SEND provision. Suffolk commissions 18 places at Mendlesham for keystage 2 and up to 24 places at Stowupland for Key 4.

Students are part of the mainstream school, they wear the uniform of the mainstream school. they are taught predominately within the centre for English, maths and social development, where possible over time they are supported into up to 50% of mainstream lessons where they have an interest, are motivated or have an aptitude.

Admissions to the Mulberry centre are via Suffolk County Council. All students need to have a full ECHP for cognition and learning, moderate learning difficulties. 

As a cognition and Learning centre for students with moderate learning difficulties, the centre is appropriate for students struggling with the SEND needs in mainstream, but there needs are not so great that they require the full “wrap around” care and support of special school provision such as Stone lodge Academy or Priory school.  Appropriate students are working 3-4 years behind their peers, but they are socialising with their peers. Students with more complex needs or who find socialising with peers difficult may need more specialist provision. The EHCP and working with the councils SEND team will help to determine this.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with SENDAT to enhance provision for Children with SEND in Suffolk.  This development reflects the inclusive ethos of all JMAT schools and it is a significant step forward  for the county.”     Karen Grimes CEO of JMAT.

“SENDAT has a history of developing new provision. We will be pulling on our experiences especially at Stone Lodge and Priory Schools. This partnership is good to support high quality SEND provision”  Lawrence Chapman CEO SENDAT