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St Catherine's School

Grove Road, Ventnor, PO38 1TT, Isle of Wight

01983 852722



St Catherine's School
School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 1983
Special Needs AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, DYSL, DYSP, SCD, SLD, SPLI, SpeechLD
Principal Mrs R Weldon
Date Appointed September 2016
Co-ed Age Range 7-19+
Number of pupils 64
Number of boys 49
Number of girls 15
Number of boarders 35
Number of sixth formers 33
Fees On request
Average Class Size 5-13
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:6
Associations NASS

St Catherine's offers specialist education, therapy and residential care to students with speech, language, communication and occupational therapy needs, and associated conditions such as autism, dyspraxia and dyslexia. Our small school provides a nurturing and supportive environment for our students - a mixture of day, weekly and termly boarders - who come from across the UK.

What makes St Catherine's special?

  • Our education, therapy and care departments provide a tailored package of individualised support for each student.
  • Intensive speech, language and occupational therapy is integral to the education and residential care programme.
  • We focus not only on academic success but also on each student as a whole. Students take a wide range of qualifications including Entry Level exams, GCSEs and BTEC and we work to achieve success outside the classroom with a focus on life-relevant learning skills.
  • Where required, we provide a Total Communication approach including the use of sign-supported English to aid understanding.
  • We support each student with their social development, helping them with relationship management and developing social and emotional resilience.
  • We provide a homely experience for our residential students, with each student having their own bedroom and access to personalised extra-curricular activities.
  • Our seaside town-centre location means that we are actively involved in the local community, which offers a range of activities and a 'real life' setting for practising essential life-skills such as shopping and independent travel.
  • We have two dedicated nurses within St Catherine's, who work closely with the care, teaching and therapy teams.
  • We offer a range of work-related experiences including accredited vocational courses, work experience and taster courses at the local College.
  • On an individually-approved basis, we also offer provision to students aged 19+, where appropriate.

"The genuinely whole-school approach towards meeting the needs of young people is the main strength of the school." Ofsted 2017