St Elizabeth's School
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
About St Elizabeth's School
St Elizabeth’s is a non-maintained DfES recognised special residential and day school. We are located in a sixty-eight acre parkland campus in rural Hertfordshire which we share with St. Elizabeth’s College ( post 19 ) and St. Elizabeth’s Adult Residential Home with Nursing .
The school was founded in 1903 by the Catholic Order of Sisters known as the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege. It specialised in supporting and educating young people with epilepsy and has developed a reputation for expertise in this field. Although the school is based upon our Christian principles of love, dignity and respect to those who it serves, referrals are accepted regardless of religious or cultural backgrounds.
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
And to grow together in this love by doing the best in all that we do
St. Elizabeth’s uses its expertise and multi-disciplinary approach to cater for pupils who present with a profile of complex learning and medical needs, including epilepsy, autism and associated social and communication difficulties, some challenging behaviours, moderate and severe learning needs. Our pupils require access to highly specialist teams which include teachers, nursing staff, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and skilled care workers who liaise together to ensure an integrated and co-ordinated approach. Our teams are complemented by outside professionals such as consultant neurologists from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the National Hospital, Queens square.
We cater for pupils who present with a profile of complex learning and medical needs, including epilepsy, autism and associated social and communication difficulties, moderate and severe learning needs.
We specialise in supporting young people aged 5-19 years, offering 68 residential places and 12 day placements. We are particularly successful in educating pupils who because of the nature of their needs have been unable to access opportunities within their local provision or their epilepsy has severely impacted upon their learning opportunities, to enable them to maximise their potential.
The pupil population presents with a range of severe and complex needs, that often require access to highly specialist teams which include teachers, nursing staff, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and skilled care workers who liaise together to ensure an integrated and co-ordinated approach. Our teams are complemented by outside professionals such as consultant neurologists from Great Ormond Street Hospital.
All pupils attending the school must have a statement of special educational needs and are funded by their local education authority. Referrals for a placement can be made either by the parents, the local authority, the child’s local PCT or social services.
The strengths of our school include:
• small class groups with typically 5 or 6 pupils/students;
• individualised programmes tailored to assessed needs;
• extended curriculum experiences covering the waking day;
• highly specialised staff supported by a vigorous training scheme;
• multi-disciplinary teams, including speech and language therapists and physiotherapists, providing a holistic approach;
• good standards of teaching and learning;
• extensive health support with 24 hour specialist nursing and visiting consultants;
• sensitive systems of pastoral care and spiritual development;
• access to a considerable range of Centre wide facilities and opportunities, including the network of social enterprises.
Every pupil is uniquely valuable, and our aim is to ensure all pupils fulfil their potential. Their strengths and challenges are assessed and monitored within the Essential Skills Framework. Small class groups enable young people to follow a suitably individualized and differentiated curriculum, which reflects their personal needs.
Our multi disciplinary team works with pupils and their families to devise an individual living and learning skills programme that reflects the pupil’s interests and aspirations. This affords access to the National Curriculum and the Post 16 Framework. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are augmented and enhanced by a range of therapies.
The literacy, numeracy, ICT, PSCHE and the enrichment curriculum are developed in the context of life skills and promote confidence and independence in daily living. The waking curriculum during the evenings and weekends supports promotes further social and learning opportunities. Within St Elizabeth’s Centre’s campus three Social Enterprises operate, which provide structured and supported work related placements. Achievement is celebrated throughout the year and progress is accredited in many different ways.