About Us

St Philip’s School is a special educational needs school for young people aged 9 -19 years. All our students have Statements, or Education and Health Care Plans, for moderate learning difficulties.

Many students have additional needs such as mild to moderate Autistic Spectrum Disorders, language impairment or emotional issues; a few have sensory or medical needs.

The majority of students come from mainstream Primary Schools where they have been supported 1:1 by an adult, mostly on a full-time basis. The adult to student ratio at St Philip’s makes this unnecessary as class sizes are between 8-10 students.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) students are organised into ‘mixed ability/need’ tutor groups for registration times, tutorials and most of their subject lessons. English and maths are taught in ability sets.

The school provides a broad range of subject option choices at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), in addition to the statutory core curriculum; all courses result in a recognised accreditation.

An array of enrichment opportunities is provided within and beyond the school day; for example, residential trips in Years 8, 10 and Post-16 and after school activity clubs.

Independence, key to the underlying ethos of the school, is supported and developed through a life skills programme, travel training and work experience.

The Post-16 provision caters for those young people who have not yet gained sufficient independence or confidence to transfer to a further education (FE) college environment at the end of Year 11. Their curriculum is designed to develop functional life skills rather than the attainment of higher level qualifications.

We provide significant emotional support through our well-being and emotional support team; providing individual targeted ‘counselling’, Play Therapy and Dramatherapy.

Students’ academic progress is monitored every 6 weeks. Any concerns are referred to the school’s Cognition and Learning Team for further insight, advice and guidance.

Students develop very high levels of positive behaviour and feel extremely safe. They are very considerate, very respectful and caring of others and highly positive about learning.

– Ofsted report

Latest News

Christmas in the Community

The annual Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (OHCAT) Christmas in the Community celebration was off to a cracking start yesterday! The event is held at each regional hub and gives students and pupils across OHCAT the opportunity to join together …

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Our partnership with Hampton Court Palace

Our pupils have been enjoying visits to Hampton Court Palace for some time now, and teacher Mr Mears spoke to UK Ed Chat about the benefits of partnership working with such an historic place, explaining how “a step back in …

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The Great River Race – we made it!

Saturday 8th September saw a crew of staff members from St Philip’s School take part in the Great River Race.  The event starts in Greenwich and heads upstream for 22 miles, finishing in Richmond upon Thames.  This was the first …

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We’re taking part in The Great River Race!

A group of rowers from the school’s staff team is gearing up to take on The Great River Race on Saturday 8th September. The Great River Race is dubbed “London’s River Marathon”; a 21.6 mile spectacular boat race up the River Thames, with …

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