About Us

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

Simon Charleton
CEO
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Liz Dollin
Director of Operations
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Lou Harman
Head of Learner Services
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Karen Grist
Principal
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Fran Pass
Head Teacher
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Angela Dobbs
Vice Principal
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Alexandra Harris
Autism Lead, Vice Principal

I joined St. John's as a Learner Support Worker in 2005, and whilst in this role I undertook my Teacher Training qualification at the University of Brighton. St. John’s places a lot of importance on the professional development of its staff team, and I am fortunate to have since worked in a variety of roles at both our school and our college, including a Tutor, a Teacher, a Pathway Leader, Head of Learning for Personal Development, and most recently Vice Principal at the college. I also became an Autism Champion for the education department in 2012. I am now responsible for St. John’s autism training, and I qualified as an Intensive Interaction Coordinator in 2016 and enjoy delivering this course to staff across the organisation.

 

In 2017, St. John’s was awarded Autism Accreditation status by the National Autistic Society. I am very pleased to have been appointed as the organisation’s Autism Lead as of September 2020. In this new role, I am overseeing and working with our Therapy department across our school, college and residential services. Our work is dedicated to providing best autism practice throughout our services, along with our goal of gaining Advanced Autism Accreditation status.

 

In 2018, I began undertaking a Master of Education in Autism at the University of Birmingham. I am now in my final year of this course and have recently commenced my dissertation which is focusing on how we can further promote the voice of autistic people at St. John’s in order to help continue to develop the service and achieve the best outcomes for our learners.

Stuart Terry
Deputy Head Teacher
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Emma Gibbons
Residential Care Manager
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Fiona Coutts
Residential Care Manager
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Steph Kneller
Residential Care Manager
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Lia Timmins
Residential Care Manager
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Pam Smith
Residential Care Manager
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Simon Phillips
Residential Care Manager
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Ellie Crosthwaite
Safeguarding Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Roxy McPhail
Speech & Language Co-ordinator
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Sarah Mole
Occupational Therapy Supervisor
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Stacey
The College View Cat

Stacey the College View Cat is a feline neighbour who has been dropping by and settling in at and around College View for the last year and a half. 
You may find her roaming around on the college site or with Fiona Coutts, her partner in marathon racing and training... 

Annie
Pips Class Dog
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Will Folkes
Fundraising Officer
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Lois Lanyon
Learning and Development Manager
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Sue Evans
Transitions Co-ordinator, St. John’s School
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Jo Weeks
Transitions Co-ordinator
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Liz Coles
Admissions Manager, St. John’s School and College
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Denise Pettett
Receptionist, St. John’s School
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Jennifer Teasdale
Receptionist, St. John’s College
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Trustees

1. Mr Simon Smith

Chair of Trustees

2. Mr Richard Stewart

Trustee

3. Dr Len Parkyn

Trustee

4. Mrs Jean Marshall

Trustee

5. Mr Bill Catchpole

Trustee

6. Mrs Anna Thatcher

Trustee

7. Mrs Linda McMillan

Trustee

8. Mrs Mary Fawcett

Trustee

9. Mr Peter Redwood

Trustee

10. Ms Karen Nicholls

Trustee

History

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.

 

The Timeline

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.

  • 1875

    First appeal for funds made by Jane Borradaile

  • 1886

    Secured funds to open St. John's on Walpole Road (where we are to this day!)

  • 1890

    1890 Foundations laid for the chapel (now the performing arts studio)

  • 1918

    1918 Jane Borradaile died, leaving St. John's more than £500 (a lot of money in those days!)

  • 1956

    St. John's becomes a school for children with learning disabilities

  • 1971

    Walpole Road site refurbished

  • 1991

    New classroom block (Sea View) opened

  • 1994

    Further education unit opened to provide for students up to 19 years of age

  • 2001

    St. John's opens the school in Seaford

  • 2007

    Age range at the college extended to 25

  • 2007

    Age range at the College extended to 25

  • 2010

    New chief executive, Mark Hughes arrives and total refurbishment of St. John's begins

  • 2012

    Refurbishment work completed

  • 2013

    St. John's re-brands and launches new website.

  • 2016

    St. John’s celebrated its 130th year with a varied programme of events which culminated in a two day creative arts festival for our young people.

  • 2017

    Simon Charleton appointed as new chief executive.

  • 2018

    Launch of ten new service developments.

  • 2020

    Launch of new strategic plan.

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