Welcome from Headteacher

At Merton Medical Education Services, we offer high quality, bespoke education provision for highly vulnerable students who live in Merton and who are unable to attend mainstream school because of medical and/ or mental health needs.

Students can be referred by their mainstream school if they have, or will have 15 days of absence from school because of their medical condition. The school will need to provide medical evidence from a hospital consultant or CAMHS professional.

We offer home tuition, in community provision, on line learning, a placement at our KS4 centre or a combination of some/all of these, depending upon the individual needs of the student.   We have recently formed a partnership with Merton SEN department and will now consider referrals for students with EHCP’s if they are in KS4, as there is a lack of provisions available to support these most vulnerable pupils.

An individual learning plan will be devised upon entry to our services and regular reviews with the mainstream school and medics, where appropriate, will be held to ensure the best possible outcome.  Our curriculum currently concentrates on the core subjects, English, Maths and Science, We offer Art, Literature and ICT options and we can offer further specialism GCSE subjects on a 1:1 basis.

We work closely with other services to deliver a supportive curriculum, eg: CAMHS, Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology and My Futures. We also offer an enhanced PSHE curriculum, with an onus on building resilience and self-esteem amongst our young people.  We also provide transition support into the Post 16 environment, and continue to offer support for the first term of their new placement. This has resulted in fewer ex- students becoming NEET; the majority thrive, going onto apprenticeships/A levels and higher education, BTECS and short courses.

Our numbers have increased year on year.

To meet demand, we moved to larger premises in October half term 2020. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us. Our KS4 students now have access to specialist classrooms, outside space, a dining hall and common room. We will continue to provide excellent tuition in small groups in the core subjects options, but we are also now able to offer PE, DT and cookery based in a neighbouring specialist school, Melrose. With more capacity we are able to extend the on-site offer to KS3 pupils as well, ensuring they have broader access to the curriculum, rather than 1:1 home tuition.

Planning ahead, from Sept 2021 we are looking at further increasing pupil onsite numbers . These pupils will continue to be supported in small class groups of no more than 10, but have access to specialist on-site facilities such as food technology, Art, Design Technology, PE and Computing. This is an increase from the focus of core subjects currently.

As we expand, we will be working closely with staff and students to ensure we remain a calm, safe and nurturing environment where we enable all young people to flourish.

For more information on MMES contact Jessica Husaini at: jhusaini@melbury.merton.sch.uk

Jessica Husaini

Head of MMES