About Us

Welcome from Executive Head Teacher

“Merton’s specialist education support schools and services have combined to form Melbury College; a partnership that includes the Smart Centre, Melrose School, the Merton Medical Education Service and the Merton Alternative Education Service.

Melbury College aims to educate the ‘whole child’ through a personalised approach to learning.  Pupils are supported, challenged, stretched and inspired in a wide range of learning opportunities through our broad, balanced and engaging curriculum.  We will transform the lives of young people by providing bespoke and specialist education of the highest standard. 

Our vision is to ensure that students who for one reason or another are finding it difficult to attend or make progress in the borough’s mainstream schools, are provided with an individualised curriculum that meets their needs and aspirations and the support that they and their family might need to help them to succeed.

Both Melrose and the Smart Centre have been judged ‘good’ with some outstanding features by Ofsted. We want to build upon this to create a more coordinated approach across this vital sector which delivers education to some of Merton’s most vulnerable students, many of whom have struggled with aspects of the curriculum in their former schools.

In Melrose’s last Ofsted inspection the inspector judged that: “the majority of students make progress at or occasionally above levels expected nationally in mainstream schools with the progress of pupils receiving the pupil premium being ‘outstanding’”. The inspector was also impressed by the school’s curriculum and the high expectations that the teachers have of their pupils’ progress. The work that the school does to keep students safe and secure was also judged ‘outstanding’.

Similarly in its last inspection of the Smart Centre Ofsted praised the school’s approach to individualised work programmes, the work done by staff to help those students who had gaps in their learning, the school’s strong community spirit and the strong partnerships with students’ families.

This focus on partnership is a vital aspect of Melbury College’s work. We think it’s really important that we work with families and any other agencies that might be supporting them to deliver positive outcomes for our pupils.

The Merton Medical Education Service is based on the Canterbury Road site and delivers education to students who cannot attend school for medical reasons/ mental health issues.

The Alternative Education Service has worked with mainstream schools for many years to place students in settings that offer a variety of vocational and academic programmes, many of which are not available in schools.

For more information about Melbury College or any of the individual provisions, please contact Carla Chandler at: exechead@melbury.merton.sch.uk

Carla Chandler
Executive Head Teacher

Welcome from the Head of the Smart Centre

The SMART Centre is a KS3 and 4 Pupil Referral Unit that caters for secondary aged pupils who are permanently excluded, on respite from their home schools, Year 11 pupils without a school place and new arrivals into the borough. It caters for both boys and girls.

Most students at The Smart Centre have had difficulties in mainstream settings and will have been excluded or have been referred for a period of timed intervention, assessment and/or behavioural support and other types of intervention. After assessment, some students may require an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Many pupils have Social and Emotional difficulties and some have associated learning difficulties which are wide ranging in terms of severity.

We work closely with a range of professionals, with our own Safer Schools Officer on site twice a week, a Speech and Language therapist, Educational Psychologist and CAMHS worker.

Each student has an Individual Learning Plan that includes social development opportunities. Students are taught in small groups and take a wide range of GCSE subjects in Year 10 and Year 11. Our aim is for students to reintegrate into schools or at the end of Year 11 to move on to Sixth Forms or College.

For more information about The Smart Centre contact Neil Morris at: nmorris@melbury.merton.sch.uk

Neil Morris
Head of The Smart Centre

Statutory Information

We have provided links to all the required statutory information concerning Smart Centre on the Information section, click here to view.