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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 3-year programme running for 38 weeks a year, delivering therapeutic care, treatment and education for boys and girls aged 5-13. In addition, the School can now provide a Residential-to-Family step-down provision where children move from an initial 52-week care into the 38-week model. Furthermore, the school works with the families of children placed, in order to support a successful and stable home base for the whole family.

Mulberry Bush provides 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.

The School can now provide a 52-week service on-site in our new house. The 52-week service is a step-down provision where we expect children to move into the 38-week model at some point.

Mulberry Bush is a charity and so is not for profit. It continues to guarantee a 0% fee increase for children one placed, for the duration of their placement. The School's 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.


Contact Name
Angus Burnett
Contact Position
Referrals and Partnerships Manager
01865 300202
The Mulberry Bush School
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Abingdon Road
OX29 7RW
Toilet facilities
Parking accessible for people with disabilities
Toilet facilities for people with disabilities

Further information

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Cost Details
On application.
Display Date/Time
School times are 9.00am - 4.00pm, Monday - Friday, for our 3-year programme (38-week provision). 52-week placements now also available.
Referral details

The placement request document 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 LA 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 contact Angus Burnett on 01865 300202 ext 228 or 07775 441730.

Age range
5 years to 13 years
DBS check?
(formerly CRB)
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Additional needs details
The Mulberry Bush Schools supports children with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The children we help come to us from a wide range of needs and a variety of diagnoses. The children we work with suffer from attachment and/or trauma difficulties. In some cases, they might have a secondary diagnosis.
Last updated: 06/10/2020
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