The School Residential Service was rated Good in the June 2019 Ofsted Social Care inspection.

The residential provision for the school currently runs 7 days a week during term time only. There are a number of residential packages available ranging from a termly placement, fortnightly boarding to a Monday – Friday placement and anything in between. The accommodation is all based on the main school site, offering the residents the full use of the facilities during evenings and weekends.

About Us

Our aims of the service are achieved through offering each young person a bespoke package of support that suits their individual and complex needs. The multi-disciplinary approach is key to the success of the individual learners. Therapeutic approaches are embedded in the delivery of the waking day curriculum. The onsite therapy team work closely with the residential team to ensure effective person centred approaches to support are consistently utilised. An enthusiastic team of Residential Support Workers, who hold or are working towards qualifications in Children’s Health & Social Care, work with the Care Manager Emma Gibbons and the Head Teacher Fran Pass to provide a safe, but stimulating environment. The service is arranged in 3 settings, all of which are based on the school site. In each provision there is a group of resident young people who are supported by a team of Residential Support Workers. The Residential Team are also supported by 2 Lead Residential Support Workers across all houses. The whole team share the responsibility for working with the young people in meal preparation, handling money, shopping, banking and budgeting. There is a strong focus on personal care and matters of health and skills for life. Here at St Johns we are also embedding a Waking Day Curriculum, in which young people are educated from the minute they wake up until the minute they go to bed.

The learning and progress needs of the individuals are paramount. These, plus their likes and dislikes, social groupings, friendships and safety are used to inform decisions relating to residential allocation.

The houses within St. John’s all accommodate small ‘family’ groups of young people. This enables them to learn respect, patience and understanding with and for those around them. Encouraging working together, it promotes more socially acceptable behaviour. It also gives our young people a sense of community and a feeling of security, trust and belonging. We try at all times to balance the needs of the individual and the group. This is always highly complex and will at times require an element of compromise.

Children & Young People (CYP) are encouraged to personalise their rooms with pictures/posters and personal belongings and where necessary are supported in doing this.

For more information please take a look at our Young Persons Guide 2019 and view our Statement of purpose Sept 19 RSS

There are currently four houses in our pre-19 service.

Seaford House

Seaford house is a standalone house situated within the school grounds. There are 8 bedrooms with shared bathrooms on each floor. It has a large communal lounge, a dining area, a kitchen, a laundry room and its own enclosed garden space with decked area, a trampoline and a swing. The house is able to accommodate CYP of varying needs.

Rainbow View


Rainbow View is divided in two, one side has capacity for 5 young people, the other has 4 CYP.

The Heights

The Heights is situated on the top floor of the School building, boasting fantastic views across to the Sea and Seaford Head. It has 5 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms and a bathroom. It also has a communal lounge, kitchen, and dining room with a separate lounge/sensory space.




We are dedicated to ensuring the safeguarding of adults and children – to find out more, read our Safeguarding Policy & Procedure.