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

Parent Survey Results

A big thank you to all parents and carers who took the time to complete the parent survey that was issued at the end of last term.  We had 106 responses which is considerably more than the survey we conducted …

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Path building: part 2

Students in year 11 have almost completed repairing the path. We have made great progress on the path – the end is in sight! Several other year groups have supported us – Y8, Y10 and Post16.  The wet weather recently …

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Stag Beetles!

Great news –  Stag beetles have settled in our Nut Walk! So far, our primary students have found two females (as seen in the picture) and a male which have larger pinchers. The male was found during wild time last …

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Mental Health Week

The importance of mental health and wellbeing is very important to us at St Philip’s. As the focus of mental health week is nature, we took the opportunity to go outside as much as we could! While outside we could enjoy …

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