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Welcome to St Elizabeth’s. We manage and run a school for 5 -19 year olds, a college for 18-25 year olds (supported by a domiciliary care agency) and a residential care home with nursing. We provide education, care and medical support to people of all ages who have epilepsy and other complex needs. You can find more about any of these by using the links above.

We are one of the charitable works of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege (“the Congregation”), a Roman Catholic religious congregation, founded in 1833 in Liege, Belgium where its Generalate is still located. The Congregation in the British Isles is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 15 January 1998 under company number 3492921 and registered under charity number 1068661.

St Elizabeth's is one of only two national epilepsy centres offering a range of services to all age groups with learning disabilities. We provide holistic care, support, health and education services in a safe environment for very vulnerable people recognising them to be unique individuals who should be valued, supported and enabled to maximise their personal potential in all areas of life. All referrals are welcomed regardless of faith, culture or ethnicity.

Over the past 100 years St Elizabeth’s has grown and developed to comprise:

  • A non-maintained special school approved by the DfES for up to 68 boarders and 12 day placements between the ages of 5-19 years.
  • A specialist Further Education College offering 2 - 3 year Independence Programmes, for young people in the 18-25 age range aspiring to more independent adult lifestyles who live in tenanted accommodation offered by local housing associations.
  • Domiciliary Care for College learners supporting a range of lifestyles in a variety of locations.
  • Residential care in small group homes for 105 adults in purpose built modern buildings, including respite care.
  • A comprehensive day care programme for residents and people in the local community.
  • Social Enterprises in Organic Horticulture, Arts & Ceramics and The Cross Galleries & Jewellery Projects
  • 24hr medical cover provided by specialist nurses and therapists, supported by locally contracted GP’s and London hospital consultants.

Welcome to St Elizabeth’s.   We specialise in providing for the care of people of all ages with severe epilepsy, associated neurological disorders, learning disabilities and other complex medical conditions.

The Centre is set in 65 acres of safe, spacious parkland only 15 minutes from Bishop’s Stortford and comprises a Residential Special School for young people up to the age of 19 years; a Further Education College with Domiciliary Care Agency supporting learners aged 18-25 aspiring to more independent living, (in housing both on campus and in Bishop’s Stortford), and a “village” of modern bungalows for over 100 residents requiring Adult Residential Care. 

Nursing and Therapy support is integral to all services.  You can find more about any of these services by using the links above.

Friendships and lifestyles at St Elizabeth's, both on and off campus, are enriched through our own Day Activities Service provision and various Social Enterprises, (both also open to Day Placements), offering supported training and employment in organic horticulture, artwork, ceramics and jewellery with retail outlets in surrounding towns.  St Elizabeth's also provides an Adult Respite Care Service.


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