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St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is a Non Maintained Special School and College under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

All our students at St Joseph’s have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and have a range of complex special needs including Autism, Speech and Language difficulties, social communication difficulties, moderate / severe learning difficulties, ADD / ADHD and sensory processing difficulties.

It is registered and approved by the DFE and is a registered Children’s Home under the Children’s Home Regulations 2015.

Applications for places are welcomed from children and young people of all faiths, and none.

Initial contact may be made to the school by families or the relevant authority.  Families should send in a copy of the child’s EHCP or Statement of Educational Needs and up to date reports including the annual review report and actions; the families will be invited to make an informal visit to see the school and college and meet with members of staff to discuss their child.  Initial enquiries from the Authorities should be made by telephone or by submitting papers to the admissions officer.

Once contact has been made by the relevant authority a representative is likely to assess the student at their current school or at home and following this, a period of assessment is arranged here at St Joseph’s.

Following the assessment visits, which includes informal ‘assessment’, a decision will be made as to whether or not a place can be offered to the child or young person.

St Joseph’s has a tiered fee structure depending on the phase of education being accessed and the level of need of the individual child.  Our local authority partners are invited to discuss fees directly with the school.

For more information regarding Admissions and to receive a copy of our prospectus, please contact the admissions department on 01483 272449 or email:

St Joseph’s works closely with families when there is no space available.  St Joseph’s gives families the most likely date of admission, and where appropriate the names of similar schools to look at if we are unable to meet need because of oversubscription.

St Joseph’s is part of the Local Authorities Local Offer whereby a Local Authority places children at St Joseph’s.  We work closely with over 22 Local Authorities and have good positive relationships with the Local Authority Case Officers who are knowledgeable about our admissions criteria.

School Prospectus