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Welcome from the Acting Headteacher


Thank you for enquiring about the educational provision here at Chart Wood School.


On the 5th June 2017 St Nicholas School and Starhurst School amalgamated to form Chart Wood School operating across two sites in Merstham and Reigate. The age range of the School changed in September 2016 to include Year 5 and 6 pupils.


Chart Wood is a special day/boarding school for boys (105 day pupils and 24 boarders) aged 9 to 16 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs. Some pupils also have moderate learning and attachment difficulties. This means that pupils struggle to form strong, healthy and sustainable relationships with others and can present with challenging behaviour. All pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).


Class sizes are small with no more than six pupils in each teaching group. Lessons are carefully planned and take into account the needs, interests and abilities of all pupils so that learning is more purposeful and engaging. Additional support in the classroom is provided by way of classroom assistants who work with pupils to build their confidence and self-esteem whilst also supporting their academic, social and developmental needs.


The School also benefits from a strong therapeutic team who are all based on site.


Pupils have access to:


Trusted Adults

Speech, Language and Communication Therapy

Li’l Oaks Farm


Additionally, the School has a full time Home School Link Worker (HSLW) who supports families in the management of behaviour, improving their child’s attendance at School and facilitating access to other Health and Social Care services.


As a highly successful and oversubscribed School, places are limited. Vacancies are identified in each year group at the end of a school term and we make this known to education officers at Surrey County Council. We follow a very clear admissions policy and work with the Local Authority to achieve this by only accepting pupils whose SEND needs can be met by our Local Offer as detailed on the School's website under Policy & Practice.


This is an exciting time in the School’s development with a committed £15 million new build and relocation to Dorking by September 2019. The project will see a modern, ecologically designed building arranged over three terraces and divided into a lower school (Years 5 to Year 8) and upper school (Years 9 to Year 11) with state of the art facilities and the latest innovative technologies.


I am justifiably proud of Chart Wood. The staff have worked incredibly hard to create an inclusive school which provides children with opportunities to experience success and realise their full potential.


If you are considering a place here for your son, please take the time to peruse the School’s website before contacting us to arrange a visit.





Acting Headteacher