St. John’s School Ofsted

St. John’s School Ofsted report: ‘wide-reaching action plan’ in place

St. John’s School in Seaford has now received a final report from Ofsted following its inspection on 10th & 11th January 2023. The full report is available here.

Previously judged as ‘good’, in this recent inspection, St. John’s School was judged overall to be within the category of ‘special measures’.

The governors and the senior leadership team are all very disappointed by the findings of the report but have immediately put in place a wide-reaching action plan that faces the issues raised head-on.

“This news is obviously very disappointing for everyone – students, parents, staff, headteacher and governors,” said Simon Charleton, CEO of St. John’s School and College. “Pupils’ education, wellbeing and safety is top priority and we are committed to providing the best education for the children and young people at St. John’s School. We have created an action plan that will ensure the required improvements are made with immediate effect. In addition, we are looking forward to working closely with the HM Inspector to help steer us through the changes required.”

Alongside the trustees, governors and senior leaders, headteacher Anthony Carlo will be leading on the agreed action plan and St. John’s is committed to ensuring the school has the support and resources to implement it.


Ofsted inspectors also found many positive strengths within the school. Staff work hard to build positive relationships with pupils, and to engage them in school life. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective and pupils are generally well-supported.


The action plan includes:

  • We are drafting in external support for the team and have appointed an experienced School Improvement Partner to support the school’s improvement and development.
  • There will be a new ‘rapid improvement group’ who will be looking at ways to improve the way targets are set and the curriculum is managed and executed.
  • An experienced SEN teaching lead will become the interim Chair of Governors.

Please note that St. John’s School in Seaford and St. John’s College in Brighton are two completely separate entities and that this Ofsted report is specific only to the school.

St. John’s School residential provision has an Ofsted rating of ‘good’.

St. John’s College (19-25 years) has an Ofsted rating of ‘good’.

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