St Christopher's School
Special needs catered for
Severe and complex, profound and multiple learning difficulties, language and communication impairments. Associated conditions include: Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behaviour Disturbance, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome.
Waking Day Curriculum. Steiner Curriculum linked to EQUALS (National Curriculum early levels) and individual education and care plans. Small class groups. High staff/pupil ratio. Therapeutic environment. Range of therapies including Music Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Massage, Occupational Therapy, Eurythmy. Indoor heated swimming pool, sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, sensory garden and sensory integration room. Termly/52 week boarding (flexible).
Support services provided
In addition to the above: Structured teaching, Autism Accreditation, Sensory Integration Therapy, Developmental Psychology, School doctor in attendance twice a week. Qualified nursing staff on site. Waking night staff in all boarding houses. Nutritional therapist, special diets.
Home school links
Regular letters and telephone calls between parents and children. Termly newsletters to parents. Annual Parents’ Day. Yearly educational reviews including parents and local authority representatives. Regular telephone calls from staff to parents. Visitors flat on site for parents/families visiting overnight.
Six acre campus with modern school buildings, large play area, five large Victorian houses and two purpose-built units for residential accommodation. Close to the Downs and a mile from Bristol city centre which allows regular access to theatres and leisure facilities. Within easy driving distance of seaside and country.
Aims and philosophy
St Christopher’s provides pupils with a caring and stable environment, nurturing and supporting the whole child’s development. We aim to engage pupils in a variety of experiences to assist and stimulate their learning and growth. Our educational approach is inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s principles.
Staff qualification and selection
Teachers – state qualified and working with the principles of the Steiner curriculum. In-service training programme for all staff. QCF Level 3 training provided for care staff and teaching assistants.