Aurora St Christopher
Special needs catered for
Aurora St Christopher’s School is a DfE registered Independent Special School providing specialist education for pupils aged 5 to 19 years with severe language and communication difficulties and with profound and multiple learning difficulties including physical and sensory needs.
St Christopher’s is very much part of the local community, overlooking Westbury Park, in a beautiful five-acre site which has been designed to give students plenty of space and independent movement within a structured and safe environment.
This provides multiple classrooms for small class learning of up to five students and individual learning areas can be available if needed. Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, gym and multi-sensory areas. Outdoor spaces are used for additional learning and development opportunities and include a horticultural garden, a tranquil sensory garden with water features, a sunken trampoline and a climbing wall.
Support services provided
The school provides a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, designed to meet individual learning needs. Students benefit from small class sizes of up to five and a high staff ratio. They are allocated a class and given a weekly timetable detailing both group and individual learning sessions. Specialist teaching takes into account group dynamics and each child is supported based on their abilities and strengths.
Where required, students may study in individualised learning spaces if their surroundings and other people impact their ability to learn. But the aim is to be inclusive and encourage group work and interaction as much as possible and to develop social and independence skills.
Students can work towards academic qualifications and accreditation through ASDAN (Personal Progress Units) and EQUALS.
Throughout the school week students experience consistent and familiar rhythms that help them to make sense of the structure of their day.
The skilled team at St Christopher’s is supported by a strong clinical team of nurses, doctors, psychologist, psychiatrist and therapists cover physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy.
This impressive five-acre site close to Bristol City centre, provides flexible learning and living accommodation with six residential houses and two flats to support differing levels of need. Placements can also be flexible with day places at school for a 40-week term, and up to 52 week residential care.
We have completed phase one of our site redesign plans, with phase two starting now, creating a bespoke environment able to support young people with complex learning needs in their ambitions and to achieve their full potential. Young people will leave St Christopher’s with greater independence and opportunities as they leave school and reach adulthood.
Aims and philosophy
We have one aim, to empower the children and young people we support to develop and grow in their own unique and inspiring way. In so doing, we work to progress all of our children in five distinct areas including: self-care, communication, community engagement, decision making and emotional resilience.