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

SENDAT will employ and manage the specialist staff.

Mulberry will include 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.

“We are delighted to be working SENDAT to enhance provision for Children with SEND in Suffolk. We see this as an important gap in provision and compliments the inclusive nature of JMAT schools” 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


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The Offer

The curriculum offer will be designed around the needs of students. It is likely that English, Maths and Social development will be taught as Mulberry classes, with access to mainstream classes for some specialist subjects such as Art and PE.

Students will have access to both SENDAT and  JMAT enrichment offers and the SENDAT 20

Access to SENDAT interventions if suitable Eg art therapy, motional assessments for social and emotional support, literacy and numeracy interventions,


We are working with Suffolk County Council to add new classrooms to Mendlesham and Stowupland schools. When we have more information we will post about them.


Students will be on the role of JMAT, Staff will be SENDAT staff. This requires a high level of trust and communication between the two organisations. To support this their will be a Mulberry Local Academy Board (LAB).

The Role of the LAB is to monitor the quality of the curriculum, teaching and safeguarding. They report to the Boards of both Trusts.


Admissions will be through Suffolk County Council. Students in these classes need to have a full EHCP. 

Students are likely to have Cognition and Learning difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) as primary need, which can no longer be supported within mainstream school with support within local offer (eg outreach)

More information

If you have questions or would like further information please email 

Working at Mulberry

We expect to start recruiting Autumn 2020. We will need:

  • An Assistant Headteacher to lead Mulberry.
  • Specialist SEND teachers at KS2, 3 and 4,
  • Learning support assistants 
  • Family Support worker