Mulberry Tree House Update

22nd February 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Mulberry Tree House residential school service remains paused at this time, pending the recruitment of a permanent head of care and deputy head of care. Until these two key management roles are filled, Mulberry Tree House is not able to offer a residential experience for registered young people as this is a Regulatory requirement. The Academy and the Local authority remain committed to reopening this service, once these key roles have been filled. There is a nationally recognised shortage of suitably experienced and qualified level 5 head of residential care managers, and recruiting suitably qualified staff into this role is the barrier for us to restart the service. Ofsted, the regulatory body has been informed and are aware that the service has been paused.

We will update you again before the end of this term, later in March how the recruitment process is going.

Mark Dale-Emberton


Mulberry Tree House (Previously Rainbow House)

Ofsted Report | Mulberry Tree House | 2021

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.

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

Greenwich Short Breaks A Guide for Families and Professionals 2021 – 2023 PDF

Mulberry Tree House Staff

Judith RobbinsInterim Head of Care
Jackie FletcherSenior Care Worker
Nick RichardsKey Worker
Catherine FalconerNight Care Worker
Mercy EdunNight Care Worker
Kathryn StowellSchool Link
Bryher PennellsTeacher in Charge
Steve RichardsonIndependent Listener
Mostyn LewisGovernor Link Safeguarding

School Office: 020 8249 6844

More information:
Twitter: @Charltonsch

Download the Mulberry Tree House
Statement of Purpose Symbol Version


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