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Welcome to St Elizabeth's.  We manage and run a School and Children's Home 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 for people of all ages who have epilepsy and other complex needs.  You can find out more about any of our services by using the links above.

We were established in 1903 by the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liège, a Catholic religious congregation (Registered Charity Number 1068661), founded in 1833 in Liège, Belgium. Members were encouraged to set up a school for children with epilepsy at a time where very little support existed and many with the condition were ostracised. Over the years we have developed to provide both specialist education and care to people of all ages with severe epilepsy and other complex needs.

On 1st October 2018, St Elizabeth's Centre became a charity in it's own right, continuing the wonderful work established by the Daughters of the Cross of Liège over 100 years ago.

St Elizabeth's is one of only two national centres offering a range of services to all age groups with learning difficulties.  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 welcome regardless of faith, culture or ethnicity.

Over the past 115 years St Elizabeth's has grown and developed to comprise:

  • A non-maintained special School approved by DfE for up to 68 boarders and 12 day placements between the ages of 5-19 years. Our registered Children's Home means we can provide 52-week care where required.
  • A special Further Education College offering 3 year Independence Programmes, for up to 40 young people in the 19-25 age range aspiring to more independent adult lifestyles who live in tenanted accommodation offered by local housing associations.
  • Domiciliary Care for our College learners supporting a range of lifestyles in a variety of locations.
  • Residential care with nursing support based in small group homes for 102 adults in purpose built modern buildings, plus adult respite care.
  • A comprehensive Day Care Programme for residents and people in the local community, including music, day trips, and projects in organic horticulture, arts and ceramics and jewellery-making.
  • 24 hour health cover provided by specialist nurses and therapists, supported by locally contracted GP service and London hospital consultants.