About Us

St Philip’s School is a special educational needs school for young people aged 11-19 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.  (link to KS3 curriculum page)

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. (link to KS4 Curriculum page)

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

Proposal to extend age range and expand overall numbers

What’s being proposed? Our proposal is for St Philip’s to grow downwards to educate children in Years 5 and 6 as well as from Years 7 through to 14. The proposed expansion in age-range and overall numbers would provide 16 …

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We’re officially part of OHC&AT!

We’re pleased to announce St Philips School is now part of Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT). OHC&AT forms a family of specialist providers with a focus on pupils and students achieving their maximum potential within their local communities. By working together …

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Year 11 Media Students experienced filmmaking

Year 11 Media students experienced all aspects of filmmaking; directing, cinematography, make-up, sound, acting and post-production (editing) in the “See It Make It: Transition filmmaking programme”, led by professional filmmakers as part of IntoFilm and FILMCLUB, two educational charities delivering …

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SAINSBURY ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS – 22nd February 2016

SAINSBURY ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS Once again we are taking part in Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2016 and will be collecting for Sports and Food Technology equipment. Active Kids vouchers can be collected from now until 3rd May 2016 at all Sainsbury’s …

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