St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is a co-educational residential and day school catering for children between the ages of 5 – 19 with complex and severe learning difficulties. St Joseph’s has excellent provision for students, within the above categories, who are on the Autistic Spectrum.

The school has developed excellent provision for students with communication and interaction difficulties and in 2009 achieved specialist status in the SEN area of Communication and Interaction. We have a purpose built therapies centre which was completed in 2011.

St Joseph’s is non-maintained and has full DCSF approval; we currently deal with around 20 local authorities and have built up a wide reputation for high quality provision for students with complex special needs. We hope you find the information contained in our website informative and helpful.


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 20th April 2021
Monitoring Visit 9th February 2021
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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