St. John’s College currently delivers PSHE through a weekly tutorial session. The PSHE curriculum is structured so topics are taught to all learners within each Pathway over the three-year programme.

Tutors and specialist staff deliver key topics such as: Friends and Relationships; Respecting others; Get Healthy; Culture; Our History; Is Life Fair?; Rights and Responsibilities; Money and Work; and quite complex concepts using a variety of differentiated teaching strategies and resources.

Sex and relationship concepts are taught in small groups such as separate men and women groups and bespoke personalised 1:1 sessions.


All learners are encouraged take part in a level of physical exercise to maintain good health and socialise with staff and peers. A range of sports can be undertaken such as: football, basketball, cricket, table tennis, fitness circuits, cycling, swimming, yoga, dance and movement.Termly sports days take place at our school site in Seaford and learners represent St. John’s at local sports tournaments.

Lewes FC have provided football coaching and learners have undertaken work experience placements at local sports and leisure clubs.

Skills for Life

The Skills 4 Life learning programme is delivered by a transdisciplinary team of therapists and education staff, who structure practical based teaching and learning to ensure that learners develop increasing levels of independence in the performance of daily living tasks. Functional skills are embedded within all learning activities.

Skills 4 Life Programme Elements include:

  • Food Preparation – Choosing and planning a menu, shopping for ingredients, following a recipe and preparing light snacks and meals.
  • Home Budgeting – Managing weekly income and expenditure.
  • Home Safety – Safety in the kitchen and living areas.
  • Travel Training (Road safety, using public transport).
  • Community Access (Travel training, interaction with public amenities and services, local business.
  • Leisure and physical recreation – physical fitness activities, relaxation, accessing community facilities and participation in various leisure activities.
  • Integrated working with residential staff and close collaborative work with parents and carers ensures that these daily living skills are transferred into the home environments and sustained into adult life.


Performing Arts/Drama (productions)

Based in the fully equipped Wolfson Theatre, learners develop individual and group performing skills in a range of activities such as mime, acting, improvisation, role play, stage craft, sensory movement and dance via the access of Immersive theatre technology. Learners also develop technical skills such as directing, lighting, operating sound equipment, of live performances and work across curriculum areas such as music and the creative arts. Numeracy and literacy skill learning is embedded within the teaching and learning sessions.Learners have the opportunity to contribute to the creation, planning, rehearsal and performance of college productions. Undertake workshops led by external theatre groups and take part in various local performing arts events such as the Fringe Festival and The Great Escape held in Brighton.

Music (Resonance)

Based in a dedicated area of individual music rooms, including a recording studio, learners access a range of musical instruments and technological equipment to experience a range of musical activities and learn a range of music skills including.

  • Song writing
  • Composition to a brief
  • Playing an instrument
  • Repairing and maintaining musical equipment
  • Producing content for the college music zine
  • Developing Independent instrumental skills
  • Improvising musically with others
  • Leading a musical group
  • Being a member of a band
  • Singing solo and with others
  • Exploring new genres
  • Critical listening
  • Understanding of the science of sound and sound recording
  • Setting up for a recording session
  • Music theory and reading notation
  • Developing numeracy and literacy skills
  • Planning for an event
  • Creating their own musical instruments
  • Choreographing dance sequences
  • Performing as part of theatrical shows and musical gigs in College and in the local community.