Dear parents and families,

Just a quick note to welcome you back to the new academic year and to reassure you that the national crisis around RAAC has not impacted St Joseph’s ability to remain open. We have identified a very small quantity of RAAC in a basement cupboard and are waiting for a specialist surveyor to assess it. In the meantime we have closed the cupboard, relocated the stationary supplies and as a precautionary measure closed the small room above the basement cupboard until we are satisfied.

I look forward to another great year of achievement and happiness with your young people.

Best wishes



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 (Education) inspection returned a report stating that St Joseph’s Specialist Trust remains Outstanding.

Ofsted Inspectors visited on the 28th February – 1st March 2023 and confirmed that St Joseph’s Specialist Trust continues to be an outstanding school. They deemed it outstanding in safeguarding, education and therapies.

Here are some quotes from the full report:

‘Pupils form exceptionally trusting relationships with staff, who know them well. Adults create a nurturing environment where pupils can flourish’

‘An unwavering commitment to developing pupils’ communication underpins all learning’

‘Pupils benefit from a wealth of cultural opportunities through art, music and dance.’

‘Leaders prioritise keeping pupils safe. Staff are well trained and they report all concerns, no matter how small.’

‘Parents are overwhelmingly positive in their praise of the school. They value and appreciate the dedication of the staff team.’

‘Leaders have high expectations for all pupils to achieve everything of which they are capable.’

‘Academic learning is seamlessly interwoven with therapeutic interventions.’

Please click on the links below to access the full reports

Education – Full Inspection March 2023

Unique Registration Number: 125456

Registered Children’s Home – Full Inspection 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 

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Registered Charity Number: 1177680