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Lower School

Malden Oaks KS3 is based in Surbiton. Students are referred for a variety of reasons, either by Achieving for Children’s SEN Panel or by mainstream schools. Regardless of the reasons, Malden Oaks is a short term placement for students. Students may return back to their mainstream school or transition on to another specialist placement. Some students may already have EHCPs and other students are referred to Malden Oaks KS3 whilst their needs are being identified and assessed. Whilst every student has their own story, what all students at Malden Oaks have in common is that they need a specialist, therapeutic, small and nurturing environment. 

Through the 4 As; Achievement, Altruism, Attachment and Autonomy, we strive to ensure all students are able to leave our school happier, more resilient individuals with a better understanding of how to manage their emotions and enjoy good mental health.  At Malden Oaks, every day is a fresh start and so opportunities for achievement, both inside and outside the classroom are plentiful. In addition to the traditional subjects found in mainstream settings, students enjoy an extended curriculum of Forest School, Pet Therapy and a range of volunteering opportunities. 

Students in KS3 are taught in small groups of no more than 5. All their learning is done with the same teacher who benefits from having the time and space to really get to know their students; their strengths and their areas for development. Students enjoy a sense of autonomy every time they are able to make a good decision. Such instances are not only noted but celebrated by both their class teacher and the Head of Key Stage 3.

The success of Malden Oaks rests firmly on the solid foundations of positive relationships, both between teacher and student and amongst the students. All students complete a minimum of 5 days of induction. Much of the induction process is completed 1:1 and offers students a chance to gradually settle into their new school. The 1:1 setting facilitates the making of positive and productive working relationships and allows room for teachers to get to know the strengths of the student whilst identifying areas where help can be offered. At the end of the 5 days, a decision is made after a discussion between the student, their parent(s) and school to decide whether the student is ready to begin extending their time timetable or whether they should continue their induction programme. Increases to a timetable are always made gradually and at the student’s pace. 

Malden Oaks strives to provide an inclusive environment for students at a time when everything else might seem a little uncertain. We are accustomed to working closely with other professionals and through regular review meetings we are able to track progress efficiently. 

If you have been referred to Malden Oaks KS3 and would like to know more about us, please see our Instagram account @ks3maldenoaks or phone Sarah Bann on 0203 137 2674.