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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 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

Supporting our community

As part of an enterprise project, Post-16 students have been selling delicious freshly cooked meals to the staff team. This term, they made a profit of £110! The group even adapted their business model to fit with current restrictions, offering …

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Give a Little Love scheme rewards our staff team

Staff at St Philip’s received a welcome boost to morale when mince pies and biscuits arrived at school. The gifts were a thank you to our team members for their hard work over the past year. Waitrose in Surbiton chose …

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Make it snappy!

Students in Key Stage 4M (KS4M) have been visiting Richmond Park over the past 9 weeks, learning to take a range of photographs. After a lot of deliberating, we have decided on a final twelve to be displayed at school. …

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At one with nature

Eco Education is being developed in school due to our growing understanding of the importance of contact and connection with nature for students’ healthy development. As Sean Henn from our Student Support Team says; “We are hoping to share our …

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