Situated in the village of Meldreth, just ten miles south of Cambridge, on the Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border. Meldreth Manor provides education, care and therapeutic support for children and young people who have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties resulting in complex learning needs.
About Our School
Meldreth Manor supports children and young people age 6-18 years who have highly complex learning difficulties and is one of the few schools in the country that also supports young people with complex health needs and associated difficulties such as enteral feeding. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.
Young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from the specialist facilities which are designed to meet their needs. The highly skilled team of teaching, care and clinical staff take a holistic approach that considers physical, emotional, social, medicial, sensory and therapeutic needs within an educational context across the waking day.
The support provided enables each young person to engage and progress at their own level within a living and learning environment that is all about enriching individual lives and helping everyone to achieve their full potential as they reach adulthood.
Our aim is quite simple, to empower young people to grow in their own unique and inspiring way.
The school provides day placements for 38 weeks of the year and the children’s home offers flexible residential placements for up to 52 weeks of the year, including weekly boarding and shared care arrangements or residential care placements for young people accessing other local schools. Short breaks are also available for a small number of children who are looking for overnight stays during term time and in the holidays at a caring and homely facility able to meet their complex needs.
Set within 14-acres, the site provides creative spaces for living and learning which are currently undergoing a multi-million pound redesign and refurbishment to include interior designed living areas, upgraded school, a new hydrotherapy pool and landscaped gardens with a multi-use activity area. There will be a café and hub in the front of the school, providing opportunities for young people to undertake social enterprises including running the café and events.
The service provides:
High staff ratios
Small classes of up to six students
Individual learning areas for break out time and quiet time
Therapy including physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy
Accessible site with hoisting throughout
The vision for Meldreth is of a vibrant and enabling environment that gives young people opportunities for new experiences, to explore their interests further and increased independence to live the life they choose.
The School Day
The school day runs from 09:30 to 12:00 with a break for lunchtime and again from 13:30 to 15:45. Throughout the school week students experience consistent and familiar rhythms that help them to make sense of the structure of their day. The slightly later start to the school day and longer lunches, give students the time to prepare for learning in the morning and to develop their eating and self-care skills at lunch times.
All students receive access the IMPACTS curriculum. This is a needs-led curriculum that focuses on the key areas of: communication, cognition, physical development, environmental control technology and personal, emotional and social wellbeing which includes self-help and self-advocacy skills.
Where appropriate the National Curriculum is taken into consideration in the planning and delivery of both content and context. Our curriculum is personalised to take account of the needs and the starting points of our students, recognising their strengths and abilities. Each class group has students grouped with consideration to their sensory needs, cognitive understanding and compatibility. Differentiated learning opportunities take into account age appropriateness, group dynamics, individual needs and interests. Some of our students have particular interests which are not necessarily related to their chronological age, but rather to their developmental age. We consider it important to strike the right balance in acknowledging the students’ interests and offering age appropriate options.
We aim to provide students with memorable experiences and stimulate them through the activities they undertake – the goal is to promote self-esteem and personal independence for all of our students, who have complex learning difficulties and may have accompanying physical disabilities and medical needs.
Every student has personalised targets. These are referenced and reviewed regularly by staff, who are skilled in breaking down common learning themes into discrete activities, which enable students to work towards and achieve their personal goals. Teaching staff work as part of a multidisciplinary team together with therapists and learning support assistants to develop strategies to deliver a meaningful, appropriate and personalised curriculum.
For most of our students, learning new things is a slow process and staff work intensively with them towards each new step, building on previous learning and earlier achievements, enabling students to continue to make progress, no matter how small, through familiar routines, practice and repetition. For some students, maintenance of skills is considered as progress.
This approach is enhanced by the imaginative use of a variety of suitable and interesting resources and the environment they are in - from the rich experiences of sound, colour and touch in the sensory room through to visits at the local garden centre, physical exercises in the hydrotherapy pool or during energising rebound therapy. Regular off site visits and trips provide opportunities for students to experience the local and wider community. Enterprise activities include Meldreth Manor Apple Juice and handmade greetings cards.
Whatever the activity, our focus is always on developing skills and awareness and an ability to communicate with others around them.
Meldreth Manor is also a registered children’s home and provides flexible accommodation designed to meet the needs of the children and young people. The extensive refurbishment programme will provide highly desirable themed rooms and a vibrant yet homely space in which to live, whether throughout the year or just occasionally if undertaking a short break.
Our care team is passionate about ensuring that every individual is happy, healthy and well supported to meet their individual needs, embracing their abilities and nurturing them to make choices about the lives they want to live. Developing friendships, exploring new and favourite interests, taking advantage of the many opportunities for after school and social activities are all part of life at Meldreth.
Supporting the complex physical, sensory and health needs of children and young people is crucial to maintaining good health for young people so they can access education and take part in their daily activities. Skills include delivering personal care and medications, posture management, managing epilepsy and other conditions.
Houses have spacious living/dining room with TV, games and eating areas and individual bedrooms with a mix of bathing facilities and hoisting throughout for safe and easy movement for those with physical conditions. For those that can eat orally, fresh food is prepared daily by our chef and a variety of tastes and diets are catered for.
We encourage families to visit regularly and are able to offer limited family accommodation, which is also undergoing a makeover.
How to find us
Meldreth Manor School is within easy access of the A1 and M11 (Junction 11).
Meldreth train station, with mainline links to London and Cambridge, is approximately a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive away from the school.
Policies and Information
Statement of Purpose - Click here to view or download
Child Protection Safeguarding Policy - Click here to view and download
Accessibility Plan - Click here to view and download
Behaviour Management Policy - Click here to view and download
Admissions Policy - Click here to view and download
Anti-bullying Policy - Click here to view and download
Compliments and Complaints Policy - Click here to view and download
Introduction to Meldreth Manor School - Click here to view or download
Aurora Meldreth Manor School
Tel: 01763 268 000
Principal - Rob Bates
Head of Education - Janis Rogers
Head of Care - Emma Nelson