St. Johnís School and College
Special needs catered for
Young people (7 Ė 25) with Communication and Interaction needs (primarily Autism) and/or Downs. Where mental health needs are comorbid with Communication and Interaction (primarily Autism) then we will only accept the placement if community mental health services are already fully involved. Additionally, we will support young people in this former group who have PDA. We also specialise in supporting young people where Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation is an issue in their lives.
We have an array of highly stimulating learning environments and specialist facilities. These include sensory environments, a performing arts theatre, music studios, a fully functioning cafť (for work based learning) and a social enterprise printing shop.
Support services provided
We have a dedicated in-house medical therapy service providing nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, counselling and specialist behaviour management.
We also have a transitions team who support our learners throughout their journey at St. Johnís and beyond, providing personalised transition plans and helping learners achieve their goals and aspirations in future life.
Home school links
We have a dedicated admissions and transitions team.
Our school, situated in the coastal town of Seaford, provides a nurturing and peaceful environment suitable for our younger learners.
Our college, situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Brighton, provides a stimulating and vibrant environment, promoting and empowering independence.
Aims and philosophy
St. Johnís is a charity that provides education, care and therapy for learners from 5-25 with complex behaviours; we are based in Brighton and Seaford. We also offer training across the region and sector.
St. Johnís is about improving lives by making a practical difference to the learners who access our services and by embracing their unique diversity. Our core mission is to enable our learners to achieve aspirational goals and to live their lives to the full. Recognising the complexity and scale of this task we focus our work around five placement outcomes which inform and guide all that we do:
- We promote well-being, the basis of effective learning
- We develop communicationg, the basis of engagement in society
- We focus on skill development, the basis of a productive life
- At all times we promote independence, a fundamental human right
- We passionately believe that all our learners can be employed, in some form, during their lives.
Staff qualification and selection
St. Johnís is committed to excellence in its provision of education, care and therapy and our dedicated and qualified team of staff reflect this commitment.