The Mulberry Bush School

The Mulberry Bush School is an acclaimed therapeutic residential special school for children with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. These are children who have suffered early trauma, neglect and abuse and their behaviours are often very high risk, chaotic, aggressive and/or sexualised.

The School is in Oxfordshire and is a non-maintained residential special school. It provides a three year programme running for 38 weeks a year, delivering therapeutic care, treatment and education for boys and girls aged 5-13 years. 

We can also provide a 52-week service in our new house - the 52-week service is a step-down provision where children then move into the 38-week model at some point. Furthermore, the school works with the families of children placed, in order to support a successful and stable home base for the whole family.

We provide individualised care, treatment and education plans, overseen by a multidisciplinary treatment team of highly trained professional staff, including a therapist. Group living in residential households, National Curriculum education, individual drama and music therapy, individual psychotherapy, group work, family work, VIG work, family therapy training and consultation, all located on one outstanding site are provided as appropriate to meet identified needs.

We are a charity and so are not for profit. We continue to guarantee a 0% fee increase for children one placed, for the duration of their placement. Our Statement of Primary Task is: 'To help primary aged children who have been unable to live in a family or learn in school, who have deep and complex emotional troubles and had developed antisocial ways of being, to discover helpful ways of living with themselves and others and to see themselves as learners and achievers'.

For further information please see our Statement of Purpose.

When is it on?

Session information
School times are 9.00am - 4.00pm (Monday - Friday) for our 3 year programme (38 week provision). 52 week placements now also available.

Who to contact

Contact name
Angus Burnett
Contact position
Referrals and Partnerships Manager
01865 300 202

Where to go

Mulberry Bush School
Abingdon Road
OX29 7RW

Other details

Cost description
On application.
Referral and availability notes

The flowchart of a child's admission on our enquiry and referral procedure webpage sets out the process whereby a child's admission to the Mulberry Bush School takes place. The document follows the progress from initial enquiry, through the referral stage and up to the point of admission. On the admission date there will be a 'Getting to Know You Meeting' attended by the child, their carers and the lead professional. We would then begin our assessment and expect the local authority to liaise with us to arrange reviews.

At the early stages of referral, it is useful to get an overall picture of the child. The documents forwarded by the local authority (or any other referrer) should be able to help us decide on the appropriateness of the child's referral to the Mulberry Bush. The sooner we are able to do this then either - the referral can proceed efficiently with the confidence that the child will be suitably placed or, we can let you know that the child may make better use of a different provision and, where possible, make recommendations. The documentation will also allow us to define indicators and contra-indicators for progress.

We hope that the flow chart and notes are helpful, but if you wish to talk at any stage, please call Angus Burnett on 01865 300 202 ext 228 or 07775 441 730.


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Address: Abingdon Road  Standlake  Witney  Oxfordshire

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