Our Aim

The St. Christopher School Academy Trust strives to develop a positive learning community where everyone feels valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential in all aspects of life.

From its opening in 1906, as the first educational provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs in South East Essex, The St. Christopher School has developed to meet the changing demands placed upon it and aims to meet the individual needs of its current pupils.

The school is recognised to meet the needs of children with a range of learning needs, including communication and interaction difficulties, cognition and learning difficulties, Autism and some with social emotional and behavioural difficulties. The St. Christopher School also caters for Key Stage 3 pupils (age range 11-14) and Key Stage 4 pupils (age range 14-16) who have severe Autism and/ or ADHD. Many of our current pupils could be described as having “complex learning difficulties” in that they have a combination of various difficulties. The St. Christopher School also caters for a small number of young people aged 16 – 19 who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or ADHD.

Ofsted ‘Outstanding’

The school was inspected by Ofsted on 8 June 2017 and continues to be ‘Outstanding’.

The report states that “The St. Christopher School is an incredibly happy school. Pupils arrive cheerfully in the morning and are warmly welcomed by staff, who support them exceptionally well. Staff ensure that the learning environment is vibrant and welcoming. Pupils are extremely polite and well mannered.”

For a full copy of the report, click here Ofsted Report July 2017.

SEN Trust

On 1 September 2017 the school became part of the SEN Trust Southend Multi-Academy Trust. This is a partnership between The St. Christopher School, Lancaster School, Kingsdown School and St. Nicholas School. This is a formalisation of the partnership which has existed between these four successful special schools in Southend.

Awards and Achievements

  • The school achieved the Learning Outside the Classroom Gold award in October 2016.
  • The school achieved the Enhanced Healthy Schools Award in 2014 and in 2018.
  • The school became a Stonewall Champion in July 2014, championing diversity and working to eradicate bullying in all its forms.
  • From 1 April 2012 The St. Christopher School became an Academy.