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  • St Catherine's School
    Grove Road
    Isle of Wight
    PO38 1TT
  • Head: Sarah Thompson
  • T 01983 852722
  • F 01983 857219
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 7 to 25. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders; Dyslexia; SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Isle of Wight
  • Pupils: 92
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 10th July 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 19th June 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 12th October 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Ventnor town is a couple of minutes’ walk away, and is an extension to the classroom. The kids are well known there, and shop staff know to be patient when a child is struggling to communicate. The café has symbolled menus for them. The compromise is the water crossing, which puts off parents, but this isn’t quite the difficulty it might at first seem, and we were surprised to learn that weekly boarders travel as far as London every weekend. Music is a big deal. 45 per cent of children have music lessons, and the school rock band has played at both the Isle of Wight and Bestival festivals. Last year’s cohort had 20 GCSE entries and they all passed. Two students achieved a grade 8 in music GCSE, and have ...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Sarah Thompson took up the role of Principal in April 2020, having previously held the roles of Acting Vice Principal and Head of Sixth Form at St Catherine’s.
Sarah has been teaching for 25 years specialising in mathematics, which she has taught at both GCSE and A-Level. Before arriving at St Catherine’s eight years ago, Sarah held the position of Assistant Headteacher at two local schools.
Since joining St Catherine’s, Sarah has undertaken lots of additional training including Elklan training and a Masters in Language and Communication Impairments in Children.
Sarah is from the Isle of Wight and grew up in Ventnor, the town where St Catherine’s is based.
On taking up her new role Sarah said, “I have watched the school grow in both numbers...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

St Catherine's offers specialist education, therapy and care to young people aged seven to 25 with speech, language and communication needs as well as autistic spectrum disorders, Aspergers Syndrome, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Classes are small (with six to nine students) and each has a speech and language therapist working collaboratively alongside a teacher to plan programmes and agree targets. Additionally, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with students both within the classroom and on a one-to-one basis. Within our residential provision, students follow a five step independence programme covering a range of life skills from money handling to cooking and travelling. Alongside its school for students aged seven to 19, St Catherine's runs a Post-19 provision. St Catherine's aim is to support and enable our children and young people to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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