SENDAT is delighted to be working with John Milton Academy Trust and Suffolk County Council to support this specialist provision.

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 key stage 2 and up to 24 places at Stowupland for key 3 and 4.

Students are part of the mainstream school, they wear the uniform of the mainstream school. Students are taught a broad and balanced curriculum adapted to their needs. They are supported to access mainstream lessons where they have an interest, are motivated or have an aptitude. They may also receive whole class teaching by a subject specialist teacher at Stowupland High School in areas such as art, music and PE. Mulberry students are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of school life at Mendlesham and Stowupland and many engage in activities alongside their peers in the main school, enjoying breaks, lunchtimes, assemblies and sporting/cultural school events.

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 usually working 2-3 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.

Mulberry have been so supportive and helpful, communicating with me along the way. They have gone above and beyond – Year 9 Parent Feb 2022

There’s been a lot of progress at school and at home since starting at Mulberry. **** is a lot more confident now and enjoys mixing with others. -Year 11 parent Sep 2022

Biggest thank you to you all for all the support you have given not just **** but me too over the past year. You have all shown me and **** that education can be a happy supportive place with the right staff, attitude and understanding a child’s needs. – Year 11 parent July 2023

“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