From 1 April 2021, Mulberry Tree House will replace Rainbow House.
21 March – Coronavirus Update – Residential Educational Settings
Mulberry Tree House
Accommodation: In this brand-new building consists of 11 single bed rooms with ‘Jack and Jill Bathrooms.’ All have height adjustable beds equipped with specialised sensors linked to the medicare call system, overhead through hoists, hotel quality linen, and are personalised for each student’s stay.
Additional facilities include: A Kitchen / Diner with Large Lounge area, an ICT suite with computers, Soundbeam 6 and Sensory Equipment, Meeting Room, Nurses Room, Laundry and Office. Being on the first floor (accessible via 2 hospital lifts and 2 staircases) we also have access to all the specialist provisions within Charlton Park Academy (CPA), such as the Halls, Hydrotherapy, and Modulation Rooms as well as the new playgrounds and our own Kitchen Garden.
Within Mulberry Tree House there are two large, hight adjustable Prowise Plasma screens linked to the internet. We also have all the ‘old’ favourites such as PlayStation, Nintendo Wii and Scalextric games, iPads, a new Library, environmental control equipment and board games!
We offer a wide range of activities including supporting students who use The MOVE Programme, are part of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Capital Growth and accredit via ASDAN My Independence and AQA Unit Award Scheme.
Activities: Mulberry Tree House benefits from links within the wider community from Charlton Park to The Royal Opera House – our first major post covid trip being to the Royal Opera House for ‘The Magic Flute’ in September.
Students have a range of clubs that they attend, these are currently supported ‘in house’ by colleagues and online by a range of professionals.
Mulberry Tree House are fortunate to have an Independent Listener who maintains regular contact and is always available.
Meals are chosen in advance by students and cooked freshly after school each day, however they may choose from the a la carte menu which is also available if their preferences change.
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The term “short breaks” refers to services that help parents/carers to more effectively provide care for their disabled children by providing them regular breaks so that they can meet the needs of other children in the family; study or take part in leisure activities themselves; or carry out day to day household tasks. We also want short breaks to help make sure young people access positive activities.
Royal Greenwich has a duty to provide access to short break services for parent/carers of all disabled children aged 0-19 in Royal Greenwich (or up to 25, where part of a support plan). This statement explains:
- The range of services on offer in Royal Greenwich
- Who is eligible for services
- How to access services
- How we develop short breaks
- How you can shape short breaks
Parents said that they appreciate the range of activities and spoke highly of the opportunities afforded to their children to go out on trips and engage with the wider community.
– Ofsted, January 2020
Our residential provision extends the school day, provides after school care, additional educational opportunities, and sets out to promotes pupil independence and skills for a wide range of young people. The vast majority of young people have complex conditions and have recognised disabilities requiring high levels of support and supervision. Usually this is on an extended day and overnight basis during term time.
Rainbow House is integrated within Charlton Park Academy and is a homely purpose built provision. All young people are in possession of either Single Education, health and care plans or SEN statements, generally with non statutory support through a variety of funding streams including personal budgets. Rainbow House is currently open Monday – Friday during term time. We are planning additional respite services with a separate Respite services provider to include weekends and holidays periods.
Rainbow House has a positive ethos that is based on the empowerment and enabling of the young people who use the service. Specialist staff are employed to support the house’s enhancement of a caring, happy, relaxed, stimulating and vibrant atmosphere that is enjoyed young people and supports parents keep their children in locally provided services wherever possible.
A lot happier and can’t wait to get to Rainbow House …. amazing staff, well done to you all.
I know my son is happy by his reaction when he see’s his case.
My daughter feels more confident staying away from home.
My daughter is happy because of nice staff and place.
Parents/Carers (September 2017)
* Students names have been removed
Rainbow House Staff
|Judith Robbins||Interim Head of Care|
|Jackie Fletcher||Senior Care Worker|
|Nick Richards||Key Worker|
|Marie Rose Jabang||Care Worker|
|Teresa Ward||Care Worker|
|Catherine Falconer||Care Worker|
|Kathryn Stowell||School Link|
|Bryher Pennells||Remote Temporary Teacher in Charge|
|Steve Richardson||Independent Listener|
|Graham Harknett||Governor Link Safeguarding|
School Office: 020 8249 6844
Rainbow House Mobile (Jackie):
07805 703 622
Rainbow House Office ext: 102 or 251
Write: Rainbow House, Head of Care
Charlton Park Road, London, SE7 8HX