St. John’s School and College is a place where learning is shaped around your hopes and aspirations; where our courses are tailored to meet your goals and where you are supported by a highly skilled staff team who respect your choices and lifestyle.
St. John’s is a non-maintained independent specialist school and independent specialist college, working with young people who have complex learning disabilities including some who may have difficulties resulting from Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Asperger’s Syndrome and Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) and other secondary needs such as hearing/visual impairment and mental health needs where there is already community mental health support. We also have strong expertise in supporting young people with autism who are also experiencing gender identity issues.
Our committed staff have high expectations for the students, helping them to achieve outstanding success in their learning and preparation for their young adult lives.
Young people can work with us on a residential, day, full or part time basis, in partnership with other providers, or on a sessional or outreach basis. The choice is yours.
Meet the Team
Learning and Development Manager
Head of Finance and Director of Operations
Safeguarding Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Head of HR & Staff Development
Transitions Co-ordinator, St. John’s School
Admissions Manager, St. John’s School and College
Receptionist, St. John’s School
Receptionist, St. John’s College
Caring for children & young people for nearly 130 years
Children and young people have been cared for at St. John’s for nearly 130 years. The founder, Miss Jane Borradaile, opened St. John’s as a seaside convalescent home in 1886.
Miss Borradaile had been campaigning for over 10 years to open a free institution for the care of the poor and needy from the East and South-East of London. She organised appeals to raise money for the project.
In her first appeal she wrote, “In the first place, I am anxious to make an entirely free home, no weekly payment to be required for any patient”.
In 1956, St. John’s transformed into a school for children with learning disabilities and it has continued to provide the very best in education, care and support to this very day, maintaining the vision of our founder in protecting and helping those most vulnerable in our society.
St. John’s has seen the turn of two centuries and is very proud of its heritage and the young people who have been the most important part of it.