St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is an independent non-maintained specialist school and college, registered children’s home with two local adult supported living houses nearby. The St Joseph’s community consists of approximately seventy five students at the school and college, eleven tenants resident at the Supported Living Houses who are supported by almost 270 staff.

We cater for young people aged 5 – 19 with complex and severe learning difficulties, many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum, and other associated difficulties.  Our provision uses an embedded therapies approach and focuses on access to the community for all, irrespective of their challenges. We are a Catholic provision with Christian principles at our core; welcoming students and staff of all faiths and of none.

St Joseph’s 22 acre site is situated on the outskirts of Cranleigh in the Surrey Hills between Guildford and Horsham.

St Joseph’s is a registered charity, if you would like to donate please scan the QR code below:


St Joseph’s is delighted to report that the recent Ofsted Section 8 inspection has returned a report stating that St Joseph’s School & College remains Outstanding.

Short inspection of St Joseph’s Specialist School and College

Following my visit to the school on 14 November 2017 with Simon Yates, Ofsted Inspector, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection findings. The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be outstanding in June 2013.

St Joseph’s continues to be Outstanding in Safeguarding, Education and Therapies.

“The School is a happy and highly caring place. The rich curriculum is sharply focused on meeting pupils’ needs and aspirations. Pupils’ learning and wider development is catered for extremely well.”

“Teaching is sharply attuned to pupils’ learning and development needs.”

“A heightened focus on preparing pupils for adulthood.”

“Increasing and broadening pupils’ opportunities to experience the world of work.”

“Teaching is even more strongly rooted in a holistic understanding of pupils’ progress and learning needs.”

“Safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are details and of high quality.”

“Close working between education staff and therapists ensures that learning activities are sharply focused on meeting pupils’ learning and development needs. This supports outstanding progress over time.”

“The school provides a rich range of opportunities for all pupils. The offer is highly bespoke to each pupil’s interests and aspirations. Links with colleges and local employers are utilised very effectively.”

Please click on the links below to access the full reports:

Education Short Inspection 14 November 2017
Unique Registration Number: 125456

Registered Children’s Home Full Inspection 5th – 6th July 2022
Children’s Home Registration Number: 2502382

Every year Ofsted seek the views of families, young people and external stakeholders about social care provision. Ofsted regulate the care at St Joseph’s and welcome your views and comments.

Please follow the link to leave your feedback: Ofsted Parent View for Children’s Homes

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Registered Charity Number: 1177680