About Us

St Philip’s School is a special educational needs school for young people aged 9 -19 years. All our students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

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

Blog

A First Class result!

We’re always delighted to hear from former students and we were overjoyed to hear some amazing news from Emma, who finished her studies with us in 2014. Emma sat her GCSEs with us, what her mother calls the ‘launchpad’ that …

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Results 2020

Despite a very challenging time, Year 11 and Post-16 students achieved a range of fantastic qualifications over the past few weeks and we are all incredibly proud of them. There are still some results to be confirmed but the early …

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A birthday surprise!

Having a birthday is such an exciting time especially when it is your 18th. One of our students, Dean, was 18 on Friday and his mum organised a surprise Zoom birthday party with his friends. She got in touch with …

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Our Poetry Competition winner is Ashley!

Thank you to all of the staff and students who entered the poetry competition. There were some excellent entries and Mr Walsh enjoyed reading every one of them. After much deliberation it was decided that Ashley’s poem really captures the …

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