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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

Latest News

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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Tommy statue unveiled

On November 11th we marked Remembrance Day with the official unveiling of our Tommy statue. The statue was generously purchased by two students who donated their Jack Petchey Award funds to show respect for those whose lives have been impacted …

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Jack Petchey Award winners

On Monday 4th November 2019 students from St Philip’s and Bedelsford schools headed to Richmond Theatre to receive their Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for academic year 2018-19.  Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and …

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