St. John’s is a non-maintained specialist provision, working with autistic people, the majority of whom also have learning disabilities. Some of our learners also have conditions such as epilepsy, hearing or visual impairments, or mental health needs. We also support autistic learners who have an additional profile of pathological demand avoidance syndrome.
Each learner’s curriculum is shaped by their individual strengths, interests, and challenges. St. John’s is awarded with Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society (NAS). We support our learners to develop their skills in the NAS’s four focus areas of:
- Difference in social communication and interaction
- Self-reliance and problem-solving
- Emotional well-being
St. John’s has an outstanding training package which ensures our learners are supported by a highly skilled staff team who respect their choices and lifestyle. We have high expectations for our learners, helping them to achieve success in their future lives.
Young people can attend School or College on a residential, day, full- or part- time basis, in partnership with other providers, or on a sessional or outreach basis.
|Simon Smith (Chair)||Trustee/Trustee finance/Estates sub-committee|
|Bill Catchpole||Trustee/Trustee finance/Estates sub-committee|
|Peter Redwood||Trustee/Trustee finance|
Caring for children and young people for over 130 years
Children and young people have been cared for at St. John’s for over 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 the present day, maintaining the vision of our founder, to support those most vulnerable in our society.
St. John’s has seen the turn of two centuries. We are proud of our heritage and all the young people who have passed through our doors.