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 reflect British values.

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:

  • Safeguarding
  • 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
  • Makaton
  • 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
  • L3/L4 Children and Young people workforce Diploma
  • L5 Children and Young People Workforce Diploma
  • L4 Positive Behaviour Support
  • L5 Positive Behaviour Support
  • L5 Teaching Disabled Learners
  • L5 Dyslexia Support and intervention
  • L5 Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Support and Intervention
  • L7 in Autism Accreditation that colleagues can work towards
  • Up to L7 in Leadership and Management opportunities.
  • First Aid
  • Sensory Integration
  • Assessment of Motor and Process Skills
  • PECs
  • Talking MATs
  • Attention Autism
  • IOSH
  • Intensive interaction
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • 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
  •  Outdoor play area, including trampolines and swings.

Get Involved

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

School-based Profile

St. John’s offers an inclusive environment for young people, with a diagnosis of autism and other 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, such as Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA Society Website) and other complex needs.

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

  • find communication and interaction difficult
  • have complex behaviours
  • struggle with their social and emotional functioning
  • require personalised community-based programmes of study
  • struggle with issues around identity
  • benefit from a Waking-Day Curriculum via our Residential provision.