Melbury College; a partnership of Merton’s specialist education support schools and services supporting primary and secondary pupils with complex behaviour needs, Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues (SEMH) and medical issues.  Sites include Melrose School, Canterbury Campus, Merton Medical Education Service, Cobham Court and the David Nicholas Assessment Centre.

Melbury College aims to educate the ‘whole child’ through a personalised approach to learning.  Pupils are supported, challenged, stretched and inspired in a wide range of learning opportunities through our broad, balanced and engaging curriculum.

We will transform the lives of young people by providing bespoke and specialist education of the highest standard. 

Our vision is to ensure that students who for one reason or another are finding it difficult to attend or make progress in the borough’s mainstream schools, are provided with an individualised curriculum that meets their needs and aspirations and the support that they and their family might need to help them to succeed.

Both Melrose and the Canterbury Campus have been judged ‘good’ with some outstanding features by Ofsted. We want to build upon this to create a more coordinated approach across this vital sector which delivers education to some of Merton’s most vulnerable students, many of whom have struggled with aspects of the curriculum in their former schools.

In Melrose’s last Ofsted inspection, the inspector judged that: “the majority of students make progress at or occasionally above levels expected nationally in mainstream schools with the progress of pupils receiving the pupil premium being ‘outstanding’”. The inspector was also impressed by the school’s curriculum and the high expectations that the teachers have of their pupils’ progress. The work that the school does to keep students safe and secure was also judged ‘outstanding’.

Similarly in its last inspection of the Canterbury Campus (previous known as the Smart Centre), Ofsted praised the school’s approach to individualised work programmes, the work done by staff to help those students who had gaps in their learning, the school’s strong community spirit and the strong partnerships with students’ families.

This focus on partnership is a vital aspect of Melbury College’s work. We think it’s really important that we work with families and any other agencies that might be supporting them to deliver positive outcomes for our pupils.

The Canterbury Campus Medical Service is based on the Canterbury Road site and delivers education to students who cannot attend school for medical reasons or mental health issues.

The Alternative Education Service at Cobham Court has worked with mainstream schools for many years to place students in settings that offer a variety of vocational and academic programmes, many of which are not available in schools.

For more information about Melbury College or any of the individual provisions, please contact Carla Chandler at: cchandler@melbury.merton.sch.uk

Carla Chandler
Executive Head Teacher