Making a difference

Founded in 1922, St. Mary’s has become a centre of excellence for the provision of education and life skills development for children with severe and complex Speech, Language and Communication disabilities. Pupils may also have additional physical and medical difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, autism, epilepsy, acquired brain injury and hearing impairments.

St Mary’s takes day and residential children from age 7 through to 19+. Students attend our 6th form College from the age of 16.

The school provides excellent facilities and specialist staff including experienced Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, an Audiologist, Educational Psychologist, Psychology Assistants, Teaching and Therapy Assistants and Care staff.

A key feature of the work at St Mary’s is not only the development of the children’s communication skills, but also the development of their independence skills. Children who have complex profiles need support to understand their difficulties and develop skills in a safely challenging environment in order that they may gain independence and inclusion in their local communities. All staff work collaboratively bringing together their areas of expertise to meet the individual needs of the pupils.

St Mary’s School & College aims to:

  • enable the children and young adults who attend the school to achieve their potential whilst with us.
  • provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment in which our young people can grow and achieve.
  • provide excellence at all levels of our service delivery.
  • enable our young people to become well rounded and as independent as possible.
  • ensure that everyone has a happy experience.