St. John’s College

Providing skills & qualifications that will contribute to a fulfilling & purposeful life.

St. John’s College

Providing skills & qualifications that will contribute to a fulfilling & purposeful life.

Situated in the diverse city of Brighton, St. John’s College provides young people and adults, aged 19-25 years, specialist expertise to acquire knowledge and skills that enable them to achieve significant life enhancing outcomes.

We aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that promotes the development of personal interests and abilities and prepares our young people for greater independence and autonomy over their future lives.

Using a range of well-equipped onsite facilities and the vibrant local community, learning is made fun, relevant and progressive. Our young adults are encouraged to follow their passions and/or to try new learning activities so that aspirations for the future are sculptured and realized.

A specialist multidisciplinary team of staff, who have a range of expertise and experience, will support you throughout your placement with both your learning and wellbeing, working hard to meet your individual needs and guiding you into your future destinations.

At St. John’s College, young people will:

  • Have an individualised study programme comprising of English, mathematics, vocational learning and community work placements
  • Receive high-quality teaching and learning and assessment by a team of teachers with subject specialisms
  • Be supported by experienced keyworkers, in education and residential settings
  • Achieve learning outcomes under five key learning areas: Wellbeing, Communication, Skills, Independence and Employability
  • Make progress and achievement towards their individual EHCP outcomes
  • Work towards and achieve relevant qualifications at various levels from Entry Level 1 all the way through to Level 2 in English and Maths, vocational subjects such as: horticulture, catering, performing arts, IT & creative media, PSHE, Life Skills, enterprise, supported employment and personal progress
  • Where appropriate, young people will be supported to access qualifications at local mainstream colleges
  • Undertake functional skills learning (Maths, English, IT and Communication) embedded throughout all learning activities
  • Receive indirect and direct support for learning from a range of therapists including: Occupational, Speech and Language, Physiotherapist, Psychology and Behaviour assistants, and medical staff
  • Access to a safe and inclusive community that aims to exemplify British Values; democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; respect for all and tolerance of those who are different
  • Have individual progress tracked and recorded in order to reflect and celebrate learning achievements that can be shared with parents and carers and presented at Annual Reviews
  • Have access to a variety of professional learning environments that reflect learner needs including: onsite café, deli preparation kitchen, professional theatre, music and recording studio, dedicated area to develop life skills, practical enterprise workshop, outdoor sports facilities including all-weather playing area, hard court area for basketball, tennis, bike riding and outdoor fitness gym equipment
  • Have access to a comprehensive range of work experience placement in and around the city of Brighton which is responsive to young peoples’ interests, talents, and work aspirations
  • Be given information advice and guidance throughout their placement to support their decision making and planning of their future destinations.

Maths, English and ICT

English and Maths are at the heart of everything that we do at St. John’s College.

Our functional skills team deliver bespoke small group sessions tailored to an individual’s needs, EHCP outcomes, and focused on overcoming barriers to achieve their aspirations. English and Maths levels of students are assessed prior to starting at St. John’s College and all young people work towards English and Maths qualifications. ICT is delivered in a functional and embedded manner across the curriculum.

How It Works

Achievement Continuum

Young people at St. John’s College have a wide range of abilities and skills and are assessed on the Achievement Continuum, at Entry Levels, and at Levels 1 – 2.

Qualifications range from Awards and Certificates in Personal Progress, Entry Level Functional Skills qualifications up to Level 2 and GCSEs. Generally, learners progress from one level to another every year/year and a half.

Functional Skills

Our functional skills team set an English and a Maths target every half term for each individual to work on throughout the curriculum, in the community, in the workplace, and in our residential placements.

All education, therapy and care staff document and monitor progress in English and Maths on Evisense. Evisense is our online digital portfolio, which enables staff, students and parents to celebrate progress, share good practice, communicate around support strategies and plan the next steps.

English and Maths calendar

We have a college-wide English and Maths calendar where staff are asked to focus in on one or two areas each week.

All staff are asked to promote the themes in a fun and creative way, embedding it in sessions and as they move around the college. This supports young people to transfer their skills between different sessions and into different areas of their lives.

Get Involved

If you are interested in a placement at St. John’s, please contact our Admissions Team.

Young Person Profile

 St. John’s offers an inclusive environment for young people whose learning, social, emotional and/or communication difficulties are too complex for many mainstream educational settings to support.

Many children and young people at St. John’s have complex diagnoses – their needs do not always fit into a single or simple diagnosis, and therefore all children & young people are individually assessed, and their programmes individually designed to meet their specific needs. St. John’s supports a wide range of young people with additional and specific needs.

We support young people from 19-25 who:

  • Find communication and interaction difficult (predominantly autism)
  • Have complex behaviours
  • Struggle with their social and emotional functioning
  • May require personalised community-based programmes of study
  • Alongside one of these needs identified above are also managing issues around gender identity
  • We also have considerable experience in supporting young adults to understand issues around sexual orientation
  • Alongside autism, may have a Hearing/Visual Impairment
  • May require residential provision up to, and including, 52-week provision