St Piers is a non-maintained special school for pupils aged five to 19. With state-of-the-art facilities, highly skilled staff and a warm, caring atmosphere, it’s a fantastic place for children with neurological conditions and behavioural difficulties to learn new skills, grow in confidence and make new friends.
We don’t believe conditions like epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) or profound multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) should stand in the way of children having a normal childhood.
With the right support, everyone should be able to achieve their own personal goals and go on to live full, happy lives as young adults.
At St Piers, we make that possible. We have the time and resources to meet their educational, emotional, cultural, physical and health needs, allowing the pupils here to flourish.
St Piers School is an incredible place for children with neurological conditions and behavioural difficulties to thrive. Our highly experienced and dedicate staff excel in teaching pupils with a range of conditions including:
At St Piers School, we don’t feel that health conditions or physical limitations should be a barrier to healthy living. There are huge benefits to staying fit and we believe that all children should exercise – even if it’s done at a low intensity.
That’s why we’ve a fantastic range of sports facilities on campus: from a gym and a sports hall, to a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool. There’s a brilliant low level ropes course with obstacles and bridges. We’ve even got a pond, where pupils can use kayaks and go sailing.
For the children, it’s a way of having fun, interacting with their friends and building confidence. Before coming to St Piers, they may have felt excluded from activities and sports. Here, we encourage everyone to get involved.
At St Piers, our vision is to provide equal access and opportunities for all pupils. Specifically, we aim to:
Originally established in 1897, the organisation was initially created to teach agricultural skills to men with learning or physical disabilities.
However in 1904, a school was built exclusively for children with epilepsy, where staff used the local on-site farm, garden and wildlife to teach pupils. Children and young people with epilepsy and other neurological conditions were admitted to the school and the name changed to St Piers.
Our Governing Body consists of 15 governors drawn from staff, the Local Education Authority, parents and the wider community.
Our governors come from a range of backgrounds. They’re all experts in their own fields and all 100 percent committed to making St Piers School the best possible place for children with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
Next meeting dates: 25 September 2017, 27 November 2017, 29 January 2018, 19 March 2018, 14 May 2018, 9 July 2018, 24 September 2018, 26 November 2018.
Below is the latest Ofsted report for St Piers School.
Below are links to the latest information and reports:
At St Piers, we deliver a programme based on the National Curriculum that's designed to enhance the quality of life for all pupils - and support their progression to further education or employment, where appropriate.
Our curriculum accommodates the learning styles and communication skills of all pupils using visual and auditory aids and sign language. Most pupils are taught through a combination of one to one teaching and small group teaching with one to one support.
We promote equal opportunity for all pupils whether on site or out in the community.
At St Piers, our number one goal is to see children grow into happy, healthy individuals. That’s why we think it’s absolutely essential that all pupils – regardless of their ability – get involved in subjects like physical education.
The benefits to children are enormous. Their confidence grows, they learn to interact with others – and they learn to express themselves. These skills are vital.
We believe no school other than ours is able to dedicate so much time and effort to these special subjects. What makes us so special is the range of facilities we have at St Piers, and the highly skilled and dedicated teachers that we are lucky enough to have.
We receive fantastic feedback from our parents and carers about the positive impact creativity and physical play has on children, and how it improves their outlook and confidence.
When children have neurological conditions, it’s absolutely essential that we find alternative ways for them to interact and communicate.
That’s what our sensory suites are all about.
Unique to us, these state of the art rooms give pupils the opportunity to express themselves through touch or art, music or movement, or simply provide a space where children can be calm – away from the usual distractions of school life.
The sensory suites play a central role in every day life at St Piers School.
We find they help to reduce fidgeting, improve concentration and put pupils in a better frame of mind to learn, or carry out a task. They also allow the children to express themselves in ways that may not have been available to them before.
Nothing is more important to us than providing a "home away from home" for the children that stay with us.
Many of our students have felt isolated or left out at mainstream school and come to us with very low self-confidence. Our job, above all else, is to make them feel comfortable, safe and happy.
Around 50 children and young people live here. We have three houses for up to 24 students whilst they attend St Piers School based on the campus.
In these houses we provide weekly and term-time boarding. We also offer weekend or holiday short break services for parents and students who need additional support.
Our Children‘s Home enables parents and local authorities to extend their stay from 39 week for up to 52 weeks a year.
Staff are highly trained to ensure they can meet the very specific needs of the children and young people in their care.
They are trained in specific areas such as managing epilepsy, developmental play, working with challenges in communication and behaviour, as well as autism.
When working with children and young people, staff use our five golden rules of communication:
All children and young people are supported by the multidisciplinary team of therapists. The team work with the residential staff on a range of programmes to support each young person with their daily needs.
For some children and young people with learning or behavioural difficulties, being able to easily have access to a therapist or psychologist can make all the difference to their wellbeing and happiness.
At St Piers, we have a range of therapy services available on site - from educational, clinical and occupational therapy, to speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and play services.
Here, children who are distressed, feeling unwell or just need a bit of one-on-one time can spend time with our therapy team to support their needs.
We work together to share care plans between our residential, education and therapy teams, to give our young people a tailored level of care that can improve their lives enormously.
The Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre is a world-class medical facility that provides in-patient assessments and rehabilitation for children and young people aged three to 19. There’s nowhere quite like it in the UK – and we’re fortunate enough to have it on site at Lingfield.
What this means for pupils at St Piers, many of whom have complex medical conditions, is that we can offer them first-rate medical attention whenever they need it.
This is a huge comfort to parents of children with epilepsy and other neurological conditions, and it means we can minimise distress and drastically improve the lives of children here.
Find all the latest news and updates from the students at St Piers School.
The St Piers Parent Group is a group for parents of the students at St Piers School and College.
It is facilitated by a member of staff from the development team and aims to bring parents together for mutual support, friendship and learning. We sometimes have visiting speakers, discuss current topics or issues that families face (such as moving on from here, benefits, rights and more) and we always have nice coffee and cake!
We meet on the last day of every half term from 10am to 12 noon in the Whitley Training Centre on the campus. Follow the signs and you should find us.
Many parents are coming to campus to collect their son or daughter for the holidays on this day so we have found that this time works well.
If you would love to join us, but can’t make it at these times, do let us know. We’d also love to hear from you if you have any suggestions of topics or activities that you would like to do with the group.
Our prospectus includes details on the medical conditions the school can cater for, the curriculum students study, the residential services we can provide, testimonials from existing students, plus the medical and therapeutic services the students benefit from receiving.
St. Piers School is part of Young Epilepsy. Young Epilepsy is the operating name of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE)