The St Christopher School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Mountdale Gardens
3 - 19
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School Description

The St Christopher School Academy Trust is a large, over-subscribed special school that became an academy in April 2012. It is an SEN (special educational needs) specialist school for communication and interaction. Pupils attend from Southend-on-Sea and other local authorities. Most are White British and speak English as their first language. An above average number of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium (extra government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority or those from a family with a parent in the armed forces). All pupils have statements of special educational needs. About 70% of pupils have autism spectrum disorder. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils’ needs include communication, interaction cognitive and learning difficulties as well as autism spectrum disorders and social and emotional difficulties. At Key Stages 3 and 4, pupils’ needs are mainly autism spectrum disorders and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The very small sixth form caters mainly for pupils from other special schools, most of whom have autism spectrum disorders or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some older pupils attend a local secondary school, St Thomas More, for GCSE courses as well as ‘Action Learning’ for practical, work-related training. The school provides an outreach support service to other local special and mainstream schools.

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This school is an academy and does not conform to the general school admission criteria set down by the Local Education Authority.

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