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  • Muntham House School
    Barns Green
    West Sussex
    RH13 0NJ
  • Head: Harry Anderson
  • T 01403 730302
  • F 01403 730 510
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys aged from 8 to 18 with behavioural difficulties, autism and ADHD.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 75
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 31st January 2019
    • 2 Full inspection 14th January 2015

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 11th September 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

We drop in on a year 9 maths class. They are studying algebra through the means of a pirates’ game, with pupils figuring out the co-ordinates for buried treasure. The DT department was abuzz with saws, drills, and hammering, and the welcome sight of boys clearly enjoying the work. In the art room the primary class children were laughing and chatting together sociably as they worked on their masterpieces. Hard to believe that all had been deemed unmanageable in their mainstream schools. It’s a sign the school does...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Principal: Harry Anderson MA, MEd, BEd (Hons), NPQH. Arrived with a
wealth of experience in leading special schools, both day and boarding. Passionate about making pupils' educational and residential experience as good as it possibly can be. 'The environment is everything at Muntham House School' and he considers residential provision is a home away from home for pupils and one which they should all thoroughly enjoy. The South East representative for Engage in their Future and he sits on the board of Trustees at National Association of Special Schools (NASS), which, he tells us, makes Muntham House at the cutting edge of special needs provision.


Some come from special schools, but the majority arrive after serial failed mainstream placements. There is the usual detailed assessment before entry, but the only type of behavioural...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Muntham House is an independent residential special school catering for boys from 8-18 years with social, emotional and mental health problems (SEMH), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autistic spectrum disorders. Ofsted has judged the school in the last 15 years as either good or outstanding, and in the last report Ofsted reported Muntham House is 'a good school with some outstanding features'.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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