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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.

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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


Since April 2016, Annie Sutton. Has worked in education since 1998, starting as an SEN assistant before qualifying as a maths teacher and becoming head ofyear in a large West Sussex secondary school. She joined St Joseph’s in 2010 as deputy head, initially with responsibility for inclusion and achievement as well as leader of RE, and was appointed to the top job after the retirement of long standing principal – Mary Fawcett. Annie has five children.

Academic matters

St Joseph’s children have a great range of learning difficulties. The majority are on the ASD spectrum, ranging from those who also have Downs, who are non-verbal and who suffer from eg Oppositional Defiant Disorder, to high functioning learners who may achieve a few GCSEs. Children have MLD, SLD ADD, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, dyspraxia and other associated...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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