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Merryfields School, Newcastle

Merryfields  School is a generic Special School, for pupils aged 2 to 11 with special educational needs. In addition to pupils with moderate and severe learning difficulties we cater for the needs of pupils with very specific special educational needs, including Autistic Spectrum Condition, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and significant sensory difficulties.

We provide a broad, balanced and highly personalised curriculum which will enable each individual to participate as members of their community, to become as independent as possible and to achieve their potential. Within Merryfields, the curriculum, classroom environment and lessons are amended to ensure pupils make the best possible progress in all areas of learning and development

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Neil Brannigan
Contact Position
01782 914219

Where to go

Merryfields School
Hoon Avenue
ST5 9NY Get Directions (This link opens in a new tab)

Other Details


Referral Details

Aims and Ethos

  • For pupils to make the best possible progress in all areas of learning and development through high quality teaching, which is imaginative and challenging.
  • To provide a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum, with individual targets.
  • To ensure pupils are guided towards independence and that they have challenging demands made of them.
  • To promote good relationships amongst pupils and to encourage pupils to value each other.
  • To encourage the development of positive attitudes and positive behaviour in partnership with the whole community.
  • To ensure school is a happy place to work and visit, and where success and achievement are celebrated daily.
  • To provide a safe, happy, caring, stimulating environment wherein each pupil is able to develop to their maximum potential.


To do this we:

  • Deliver a balanced and appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of pupils and differentiate for those who require a more flexible approach to learning
  • Deliver enrichment activities to add quality and breadth to the curriculum offered
  • Help pupils make sense of their own behaviour and to improve self-confidence and self-worth
  • Promote and value links with families to work in partnership with the school
  • Ensure effective resources are utilised to maximise the opportunity for every pupil to lead safe, happy, healthy and successful lives.

Local Offer


Merryfields School is a member of the Manor Hall Academy Trust. We cater for 100 pupils aged from 2-11, with a wide range of needs, including cognition and learning, Autism, communication difficulties and social and emotional needs.

Care provision to support access to the curriculum

  • Small classes with at least two members of staff
  • Students organised in classes according to their strengths and weaknesses , age, specific needs and teaching styles
  • Students taught in groups recognised by a teaching team to support attachment issues
  • School work matched to the abilities and needs of the children
  • Flexibility in outlook and curriculum
  • Continuity of class based timetables

 Access to a supportive and inclusive environment

  • Nurturing ethos permeates the school
  • ASC Accreditation gained 2017/18
  • Facilities to promote sensory activities, eg. Sensory playground and sensory resources.
  • Classroom environment differentiated to increase the extent to which our pupils are able to take advantage of, and access high quality teaching.
  • Pupil work and achievements are celebrated on displays throughout the school.
  • Certain classrooms include their own outdoor area, equipped with age and need appropriate resources.   

Access to medical intervention

  • Personal care plans
  • Staff trained in administration of medication.
  • High proportion of first aiders
  • Cook food on our own site
  • School Nurse
  • Paediatric clinics held in school

Arrangements to promote access: Building, curriculum, information

  • Local authority transport and escorts
  • School website updated regularly
  • School based mini-buses and drivers
  • Half termly Newsletters
  • Open door policy for visitors and parents
  • Parents evenings/Sports days/Summer Fayre

Planning and Assessment

  • Curriculum attainment tracker informing target setting and interventions
  • Annual reviews
  • Personal Education plans
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plan’s
  • Transition plans
  • Care plans
  • Moderation of pupils class work

Engagement with Parents/Carers

  • Designated safeguarding officers within school
  • Transition coordinators
  • Parent members of Local Academy Board
  • Parents evenings each term
  • Progress reports discussed with parents
  • Parents invited to Whole School events – Coffee Mornings, Christmas Performances.

Communication with Professionals

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Local Support team
  • Social care-building resistant families/intensive prevention
  • Police (local arrangement)
  • Assessment team
  • Virtual school
  • County Transport
  • Special school networks

Specialist Experts in School

  • ASC accredited staff
  • SCIP link coordinators - Arrangements for specialist experts outside school
  • Visiting therapists
  • First Aiders on Site
  • Stonewall Accredited Staff
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Early Years Foundation Stage specialists
SEN Provision Type
Last updated: 09 Sep 2019
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