The Mulberry Bush School

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 38 week therapeutic care, treatment and education for boys and girls aged 5-13 from across the country. The school also works with the families of children placed, in order to support a successful and stable home base for the whole family.

The Mulberry Bush School provides individualised care, treatment and education plans, overseen, in each case, by a multidisciplinary treatment team of highly trained professional staff, including a therapist.

The service comprises of group living in residential households, National Curriculum education, group and individual drama and music therapy, individual psychotherapy, group work, family work, VIG work, family therapy, training and consultation, as appropriate to meet identified needs. All parts of the service are located on one outstanding site.

The School can also work closely with carefully selected foster care providers to form 52 week packages.

Mulberry Bush is a charity and so is not for profit.  It continues to guarantee a 0% fee increase for children once 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 have developed antisocial ways of being, to discover helpful ways of living with themselves and others and to see themselves as learners and achievers.’ 

For further information please see our Information Booklet

Who to contact

Contact Name
Angus Burnett
Contact Position
Referrals and Partnerships Manager
01865 300 202 01865 300 202
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Where to go

The Mulberry Bush School
Abingdon Road
OX29 7RW
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Associated Cost


Referral required
Referral Details

To view the process whereby a child’s admission to the Mulberry Bush School takes place please see our Flowchart of the Process of a child’s admission - use this link: 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. We hope that the flow chart and notes are helpful, but if you wish to talk at any stage, please call Angus Burnett on 01865 300202 ext 228 or 07775 441730

Other notes

The Mulberry Bush School supports children with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  The children we help come to us with a wide range of needs and a variety of diagnoses. Many of the children can broadly be described as having an attachment disorder of some kind while other diagnoses may include:

Attachment Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Challenging Behaviours

Complex Needs

Complex Trauma

Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)

Learning Difficulties

Mental Health Conditions

Mental Health Needs

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH)

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