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Welcome to St Elizabeth's School Positive living and learning for people with epilepsy and other complex needs

Welcome to St Elizabeth's School

Welcome from Headteacher, Samantha Steinke-Sanderson:

"Welcome to St Elizabeth’s School and Children's Homes. We are a specialist independent provider, offering education and care to children and young people with complex needs including epilepsy. The School and Children’s Homes are happy, welcoming places. Our aim is to help young people grow in confidence as they acquire new knowledge and skills that support their independence, health and self esteem. Specialist teams work very closely together to map out a provision which meets individual needs. We pride ourselves on our strong multi-disciplinary team approach - teachers, therapists, nurses and care and support staff work in partnership to enable a holistic approach to learning.

The curriculum is flexible and individualised so it meets the often complex needs of our learners. For some young people, this can mean learning through therapeutic experiences such as Lego, art and music therapy, sensory journey or hydrotherapy. For others this can encompass exposure to the world of work and vocational learning which enables a step into further learning at the age of 19. For all students, there is a focus on developing independence as well as their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.

You are welcome to read our most recent OFSTED reports which will give a flavour of what St Elizabeth’s can offer. However, we urge you to visit us to see what is so special and (we think) amazing about our School and Children’s Home.

I look forward to meeting you."


St Elizabeth's School is a Specialist School for young people aged 5 - 19 years. We offer a warm, welcoming, safe and secure environment for children from all over the UK.

We are more than just an epilepsy school!

The School is a centre of expertise in supporting and educating young people with moderate or severe learning difficulties (MLD/SLD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) or other complex neurological conditions potentially caused or complicated by epilepsy. Our Multi-Disciplinary Teams, in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, equip the School to serve a wide range of complex needs such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), language and communication needs or challenging behaviours.

As either a residential or day pupil, every young person we welcome to our School is unique and valued.  Our integrated care, therapeutic and academic provision is planned around the individual and delivered through a seamless, coordinated and consistent waking day curriculum, either in the classrooms or in our residential accommodation, available all year round.

Supporting pupils to make progress and develop independence skills is at the heart of everything we do, providing a safe and caring environment in which they can achieve their fullest potential.

St Elizabeth’s maintains as a Roman Catholic School, but we are fully inclusive and welcome children from all faiths or of no religion. Religious Education and our Christian ethos is taught by all teachers, and supported by our Catholic Ethos Advocate.  Our Centre chapel is used frequently for Mass and our many prayer rooms give anyone the opportunity for quiet reflection throughout the day.  If they choose, Children can be prepared to receive their First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Ethos, Aims & Values

Weekly assemblies form the focus of our Religious Education, with all children being given the opportunity to organise and participate on a regular basis.  All assemblies begin with the whole school sharing our core value statement: ‘To live and learn as friends together. To Share and Give and Love.’

Our School Community is together:

♦ To be a sign of our Love of God and for each other

♦ To share the Good News with all we meet

♦ To live and learn together

♦ To make our world a better place for all

♦ To grow together in this love by doing our best in all we do

At St Elizabeth’s each young person will have the opportunity to live and learn in a safe and nurturing environment where differences are acknowledged, respected and valued – where abilities are recognised and achievement is celebrated.

Our Aims for Young People:
  • To know and feel that they are safe.
  • To be able to access a full and meaningful education through a curriculum that is adapted to individual learning profiles.
  • To promote an understanding of children’s rights and advocacy services, assisting children to make choices and communicate their needs.
  • To be able to achieve to their full potential.
  • To have access to excellent health and therapy care which enables them to enjoy varied life experiences and retain a good level of general well being.
  • To reduce barriers to living ordinary lives as much as possible.
  • To live and learn in an emotionally supportive environment which promotes their development as a young person.
  • For children receiving residential care to live in youthful and fun houses which offer a sense of security and belonging.
  • To be empowered and facilitated to make informed choices about their own lives.
  • To become as independent as possible.
  • To be able to learn from experience.
  • To be provided with the best quality of life possible in relation to their needs.
  • To be included in their own and local community as much as they are able.
  • To be prepared for a transition into adult provision or alternative learning services as and when appropriate.

In our most recent Westminster Diocese inspection, we were deemed as Outstanding, noting that "St Elizabeth’s is a fully inclusive community that is ‘growing together in love to make the world a better place for all.’” (Diocese of Westminster Section 48 Inspection Report, May 2016).

Regular meetings and reviews with the Diocesan advisers ensure that we are kept up to date and our standards are maintained.

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