St John’s RC School is a co- educational non- maintained Roman Catholic special school. St John’s is part of the organisation of the Sisters Of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brentwood, and works closely with the mainstream primary and secondary Catholic sector. Although Catholic, we welcome children and young people from all faiths and from none.

We aim to provide to meet the educational needs of young people with a range of learning difficulties including moderate to severe and complex learning needs, speech and communication difficulties.

The majority of children and young people who attend St John’s have a statement of SEN, or since September 2014, an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). We are constantly engaged in the process of assessing and responding to pupils’ needs, both formally including through the annual review process, and through our own policies and practice in relation to assessment. Throughout the process, we look for advice and input from a range of partners, including internally, through our therapists and learning mentors and class staff teams. we also take on board the views of our external partners including parents and families, and through agencies such as educational psychologists, CAMHS, social care professionals. Thus we aim to meet pupils’ needs in a holistic way to secure the best possible outcomes. The role of SENCO is undertaken by the head teacher.