The School

Our Aim

The St. Christopher School Academy Trust strives to develop a positive learning community where everyone feels valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential in all aspects of life.

From its opening in 1906, as the first educational provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs in South East Essex, The St. Christopher School has developed to meet the changing demands placed upon it and aims to meet the individual needs of its current pupils.

The school is recognised to meet the needs of children with a range of learning needs, including communication and interaction difficulties, cognition and learning difficulties, Autism and some with social emotional and behavioural difficulties. The St. Christopher School also caters for Key Stage 3 pupils (age range 11-14) and Key Stage 4 pupils (age range 14-16) who have severe Autism and/ or ADHD. Many of our current pupils could be described as having “complex learning difficulties” in that they have a combination of various difficulties.  The St. Christopher School also caters for a small number of young people aged 16 – 19 who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or ADHD.

The school was inspected under the new Ofsted framework on 5 & 6 March 2014.

The St. Christopher School is now judged to be an “Outstanding” school in all areas:

Overall Effectiveness                       Outstanding
Achievement of Pupils                    Outstanding
Quality of Teaching                         Outstanding
Behaviour and Safety of Pupils     Outstanding
Leadership and Management       Outstanding

The first sentences of our report state “This is an exceptional school.  It is special in every sense of the word”.

For a full copy of the report, click here Ofsted Report March 2014

The school achieved the Learning Outside the Classroom Gold award in October 2016.

The school achieved the Enhanced Healthy Schools Award in 2014.

The school achieved a Gold award for the Outdoor Learning Project in July 2014.

The school became a Stonewall Champion in July 2014, championing diversity and working to eradicate bullying in all its forms.

From 1 April 2012 The St. Christopher School became an Academy.

The Ormiston Achievement Quality Mark Gold Standard for Achievement and Enjoyment in Learning was achieved in July 2011.

Specialist Special School Status for Communication and Interaction was awarded with effect from September 2006. The school was redesignated as a Specialist SEN Communication and Interaction College in July 2010.