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  • St Joseph’s Specialist Trust
    Amlets Lane
    GU6 7DH
  • Head: Mrs Annie Sutton
  • T 01483 272449
  • F 01483 276003
  • E office@st-josephs…
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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: 68; sixth formers: 20
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £97,000; Boarding £146,368 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 1st March 2023
    • 2 Full inspection 20th June 2013

    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 11th May 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Embedded therapy is a watchword at St Joseph’s, so the large team of therapists - six speech and language, six occupational therapists, drama, music and art therapists - take classes and confer with teachers to set weekly targets. ‘Previously therapy was seen as sterile, in isolation, a remote thing…

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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 Communication 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


Since 2016, Annie Sutton, CEO of St Joseph's Specialist Trust. Started her career as a SEN teaching assistant, I’ve been a real person first’ she states with pride. Then took a maths degree at Brighton University and worked at The Angmering School, Hampshire, as secondary level maths teacher, soon to be promoted to head of year. In 2010 she was appointed deputy at St Joseph's, then more recently taking on CEO with additional responsibilities beyond the school. Married with five children (whom she has named alphabetically – a reflection of both her accomplished administrative skills and her sense of humour) and a husband who works in IT. She has managed the school’s ambitious restructuring project to provide embedded therapy in the education, ‘The teacher and therapist are joint professionals, with equal status and responsibility...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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
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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