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At St Mary's our residences are warm and caring places, creating a 'home from home' feel. In nurturing and stimulating environments we work with our children and young people to develop life skills and encourage everyone to learn and live with each other. 

I like having my own room and my own bathroom 

Lauren, pupil at St. Mary's School & College

St Mary’s has several onsite and off-site houses which are grouped according to age and needs. We have created warm, caring environments for our children and young people so they feel comfortable and ‘at home’. Our living areas have communal space for everyone to spend time together as well as shared or individual bedrooms and bathrooms.

We create exciting and appropriate opportunities to take part in activities in the community as well as on site. Pupils work with residential staff to create their activity plans which will enable them to enjoy and learn. Our ethos of promoting independence continues through the living areas where pupils are supported and nurtured to build on life skills and learn how to care for themselves.

St Mary’s follows a ‘waking day curriculum’ which means that throughout the day staff are clear about the goals and targets pupils are working towards and provide opportunities for them to do so. We place social and independence skills within the curriculum so that our pupils are confident in real-world situations. Importantly, this means pupils can practise their new skills in different places.