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  • St Joseph's Specialist School & College
    Amlets Lane
    GU6 7DH
  • Head: Mrs Annie Sutton
  • T 01483 272449
  • F 01483 276003
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 5 to 19 with autism, moderate to severe learning difficulties, and associated complex needs
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 72
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: From £57,000
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 21st June 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 5th December 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A photograph of each learner adorns the walls of the school. Names are everywhere and this encapsulates our, perhaps, strongest impression – the emphasis on everyone’s individuality...We met Reuben – a huge and handsome black retriever – who administers ‘pet...

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What the school says...

We are an outstanding special school that caters for children with Autism, MLD, SLD and other associated complex needs. Additionally some children have ADD, Fragile X, Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, or Dyspraxia. A Specialist School in the SEN area of Comunication and Interaction and Creative Arts. The school has also been awarded the Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society. We are also a registered children's home offering Care, Education and Therapies over 52 weeks as well as weekly and 38 week residential options ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

A photograph of each learner adorns the walls of the school. Names are everywhere and this encapsulates our, perhaps, strongest impression – the emphasis on everyone’s individuality...We met Reuben – a huge and handsome black retriever – who administers ‘pet therapy’; ‘equine therapy’ happens with six horses kept nearby.


Since 2005, Mrs Mary Fawcett MA DipEd NPQH (late 50s). Prior to assuming the headship, Mary (known universally, as are all the staff, by her first name) taught in the school with various roles. No-one could have had better preparation for running so complex, so tailored and so carefully-tuned a school. In addition to her invaluable experience of dealing with such children as pitch up at St Joseph’s, Mary has endless qualifications and awards including a a Millennium Farmington Award from Harris Manchester College. She is a...

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Special Education Needs

We cater for students with MLD/SLD and those on the Autistic Spectrum. We also specialise in the development of learners with communication difficulties. Some learners have additional medical needs such as controlled epilepsy, asthma and allergies. Conditions include: ADHD, ASD, Fragile X, Downs, Williams, Dyspraxia. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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