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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

Blog

Supporting our community

Post 16 students at St Philip’s have been running a business enterprise cooking lunch for staff on Fridays. As part of this, the group plans and shops on a budget each week, supporting and developing their functional maths and English …

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A super time at the Super 1’s

A group of keen cricketers from St Philip’s enjoyed taking part in the Lord’s Taverners first Super 1’s competition of the year! The Super 1’s programme offers participants between the ages of 11-25 years old the chance to play regular …

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Learning on Location

One of our KS4 teachers, Mr Mears, has been somewhat of a journalist recently, writing for a number of education publications. He shares his experiences of working with our students, and in a piece for SENCo magazine, he focuses on …

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Going for Gold!

One of last year’s leavers has been in touch to keep us to date with her amazing news. Ciara was encouraged to pursue her skills for sports by staff here at St Philip’s, and she is continuing to win medals …

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