Unified Academy is the new name for Chart Wood School.

We moved to a new site in Dorking on 1 September.

The new building is a great learning environment with lots of excellent facilities for students to enjoy.

We look forward to sharing news and celebrating students’ achievements with you.

Canine Assisted Learning

Canine Assisted Learning (CAL) provides an opportunity for pupils to spend time and learn with trained therapy dogs, within small groups and on a 1:1 basis. 

It has been proven that within educational settings, the presence of a therapy dog within the classroom, can reduce blood pressure, promote physical healing, reduce anxiety, fatigue and depression, as well as provide emotional and academic support. 

The positive impact of delivering CAL at Unified Academy is demonstrated by pupils’ saying that spending time with the therapy dog made them feel, “happy and relaxed”.

My son joined Unified Academy in September 2020 and it is the best educational setting for him.  As a parent, I was apprehensive about my son attending a new place, but the experience for him has been fantastic. Having had a tough time in previous schools, his attitude to attending school has been difficult. Unified Academy has changed his attitude towards school and that is thanks to the positivity of all the staff.  My son finally feels accepted and that is a great weight off my shoulders!

Latest News

Fundraising for Children in Need 

Always keen to help those less fortunate than themselves, students’ put on their aprons and rose to the challenge once again. This time, they put their baking and fundraising skills into action to support the charity, Children in Need. The …

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Remembering Josh

Year 10/ 11 students, led by Kyle and Jesse, were keen to organise a bake sale to raise money towards a commemorative bench to remember their friend and fellow student Josh, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017. They …

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Meet Lilly, the therapy dog 

We welcomed Lilly, the therapy dog and her trainer Angela, to Unified Academy this week. They are part of the Canine Assisted Wellbeing Group (CAWG) which is dedicated to improving the mental health, emotional wellbeing and literacy of young people …

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Leyton’s poppy enterprise 

The school have been learning about Armistice Day, including why poppies are the symbol of remembrance.  One tutor group were tasked with making their own poppies. Student, Leyton, wondered why he hadn’t seen many people wearing poppies in school and …

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