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Welcome to St John’s RC School

We are a non-maintained special school offering day provision for pupils aged 5 to 19 with a wide range of needs including moderate to severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and those with associated speech language and communication difficulties.

Although we are a Roman Catholic school we welcome pupils from all faiths and backgrounds.

Sue Burnside

Sue Burnside
Head Teacher

School is open.


St John's 6th Form Centre

Brentwood Diocese Catholic Primary Heads Conference Friday 2nd October 2015

On Friday I was privileged to spend time with Catholic Primary head teachers along with Bishop Alan Williams and members of the clergy. The morning culminated in a wonderful mass…

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Open Morning 7th October 2015

Open Morning 7th October 2015

An invitation to young people with SEN, their families and professionals. St John’s is a happy and successful special school for young people with moderate to severe and complex learning…

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Peggy Oliver

Peggy Oliver

Sad news. I am so sorry to have to inform you of the very sad news that Peggy Oliver The Pearly Queen of Redbridge was killed in a car accident…

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I am truly overwhelmed by your efforts and that of the incredible team of speech and language therapists at St John’s School. …sometimes as Carers/Parents, we miss opportunities to appreciate how much difference professionals like you do make in our lives and that of our children. Often, it’s the little conversations, the easily-forgotten asides, the friendly smile and indeed brief compliments that mean so much and make the difference to carers like me. To avoid forgetting this important gesture, I just wanted to take some time to express how much I enjoyed talking to you and listening to you last week, and the advice you gave me. Really, I only had a vague notion of the support the boys needed, but you translated my concerns into action. Even more the attention to detail at making the travel stories for the boys, not forgetting the teddy raffles during the summer fete last Saturday.

Your team truly stand out and I am blessed to have my boys supported and nurtured by you. I am particularly moved by your swift follow ups on information about swimming, the school nurse, the waiting list for the School Paediatrician, as well as going out of your way and making contacts with other colleagues just that my boys and I can access the right support.

Thank you! …for caring,

After visiting St John’s ,for the first time as a prospective parent, I was so impressed by the caring, family atmosphere that I knew that I wanted my youngest son to come here. After an exhausting ,year long, battle Ian finally arrived at the school. Four years later I can say that our expectations have been more than met. Ian has improved from the little boy who was locked in his own world and following his own agenda to one who wants to take part in everything that is going on. The biggest thrill for me is to hear him talking and reading as he was virtually non verbal when he arrived.

Recently I became a governor at the school in the hope that I can give back something of what St John’s has given to Ian and our family.