St Mary’s School and College

Special needs catered for

Speech, Language, Communication Needs, Autism, PDA, Learning difficulties, and associated complex needs

Specialist facilities

In addition to supporting Speech, Language and Communication needs, St Mary’s School and College offers a personalised plan for each child to access a broad and balanced curriculum fully integrated with physiotherapy and occupational therapy, social, emotional and mental health support and opportunities to develop independence and life skills. Our facilities offer excellent opportunities to support individual needs and include a swimming pool, library, sports hall, Food Tech and Science rooms, physiotherapy and sensory integration facilities and therapy support rooms.

Support services provided

St Mary’s is a total communication environment. This means we utilise a range of approaches that enable our pupils and students to succeed in their development of their communication skills. All of our staff, including those in non-child facing roles, are trained in sign-supported English

Our signing team provides assistance for parents and carers who wish to learn to sign in order that they can support their child in the home. In addition, we value and proactively invest in communication and learning technologies. Our onsite therapy and health professionals work in partnership with our education and residential staff to provide integrated support and intervention.

Home school links

All of our staff work in partnership with families and their pupils/students to ensure they achieve the very best outcomes.

General environment

St Mary’s School and College is unique in the provision it makes as a residential and day special school. We provide personalised education, care and therapy for pupils aged 7-19, that is flexible and responsive to pupils and students’ differing needs.

St Mary’s School and College has excellent residential facilities onsite. We operate two houses that are organised to take account of individual needs. We also offer extended day, overnight respite or short stay opportunities for day students.

Our Vocational Centre provides opportunities for our students to develop employability skills and experiences. It offers a range of work-related learning opportunities such as a café and design and printing facilities, through which our students build on their work and life skills, whilst gaining relevant qualifications.

Aims and philosophy

At St Mary’s School and College, we promote working towards independence in every aspect of our provision. This means our pupils and students are well supported to become as independent as possible in their learning and personal development. St Mary’s School and College provides a fantastic opportunity for residential and day pupils and students– everyone involved in the school is ambitious for all of our learners!

We are very proud of our pupils’ and students’ achievements, our relationships with parents and carers and the hard work of our staff which creates a wonderful atmosphere in which to live and learn.

Staff qualification and selection

A team of on-site therapists support the core team, including: Speech and Language Therapy (SALT), Sign Supported English (SSE) trained staff, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT), Educational Psychology, School Nurse and Child and Family Intervention Lead.

All therapists are registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC).

Regular staff training ensures the highest levels of knowledge and expertise

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St Mary’s School and College
Wrestwood Road,
East Sussex,
TN40 2LU


01424 730740



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Ms Natalie Edwards (Acting)

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Length of school year

38 weeks

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