St. John’s School

Maximising each pupil’s potential to be independent

The aims of St. John’s School are to:

Maximise each pupil’s potential to be as independent as possible in their lives

  • Ensure all children & young people can engage, progress and achieve within their learning
  • Enable all children & young people to develop their knowledge and skills in: Maths, Science, English, technological, human & social, physical, aesthetic & creative learning opportunities
  • Promote the intellectual, personal, spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development of all children and young people at the school, together with their sense of citizenship and their place within the school, the wider community and modern Britain.

Our Staff

All our staff are experienced in working effectively with vulnerable children and young people with complex diagnoses, learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health issues.

The relationships, routines and environments are personalised, adapted to help children and young people to develop behaviours for learning, engage with their education, build self-confidence and cultivate ambition and aspiration.

Here is a list of some of the major training and qualifications that all staff working with our young people complete as standard:


Communication and de-escalation

Autism Awareness

Autism and Sensory

Autism and Communication

NAS Autism Essentials

Maybo Positive Handling skills

L2 Therapeutic Skills

Epilepsy and the administration of emergency medication

Anaphylaxis and the administration of auto-injectors

Diabetes and the administration of medication and auto- injectors


LGBT Awareness


Some of our amazing colleagues also have the opportunity to work towards the following major training and qualifications:

L2 Understanding Autism

L3 Supporting teaching and learning

L3 Education and Training

L4 Positive Behaviour Support

L5 Positive Behaviour Support

L5 Teaching Disable Learners

L5 Dyslexia Support and intervention

L5 Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Support and Intervention

First Aid

Sensory Integration

Assessment of Motor and Process Skills


Talking mats

Attention Autism


Intensive interaction




Mental Health

Basic counselling skills

Understanding Attachment

Working with complex trauma

Understanding child and adolescent behaviour

Working with self-injury

Supporting visual impairments

Supporting those with hearing impairments.


Our Campus in Seaford

St. John’s School provides excellent learning and recreational environments, including:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Playing fields & grounds for outdoor learning
  • Horticulture area including polytunnels and flower garden
  • Sensory garden
  • An ‘open all day’ café/venue – Harmonies
  • IT hub and project space
  • Science room
  • Outdoor gym
  • ‘OPTI Music’ studio
  • Sports hall
  • Tennis courts/basketball
  • Youth Club
  • Sensory room
  • Music studio
  • Art room
  • Fully equipped food tech room

Get Involved

St. John’s is a non-maintained independent specialist school and independent specialist college

School-Based Learner Profile

St. John’s offers an inclusive environment for young people with autism and other special needs, 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 C&YP are 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.

In particular, we support young people from 7-19 who:

  • Find communication and interaction difficult
  • Have complex behaviours
  • Struggle with their social and emotional functioning
  • Require personalised community-based programmes of study
  • Alongside one of these needs identified above are also struggling with issues around identity
  • May require residential provision.