Welcome to St Christopher’s School

St Christopher’s is an independent Special School and Children’s Home providing an integrated waking day curriculum for up to 52 weeks encompassing care, education and therapy for children and young people between the ages of 5-19.

Our children and young people have severe and complex learning difficulties which require a high level of staff support. Our guiding values are inspired by the educational principles of Rudolf Steiner which seek to honour the uniqueness and integrity of each individual human being. St Christopher’s was founded by Catherine Grace OBE in 1945.

Our approach is inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s educational principles and his Curative Education theory:

  • The needs of the child / young person must be addressed on all levels – physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual.
  • The integrity, individuality and potential of each young person we work with is recognised.
  • As carers, educators and therapists we must continually develop ourselves and learn from each other.  In particular, we should develop our observation skills and our understanding of the conditions that the children and young people present us with, because through those we will begin to formulate the right approach and treatment to support them.
  • In practice, this means that we work in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary way to formulate a common understanding of each child and young person.

 

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SCHOOLS DIRECT  TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMME

Schools Direct is a new programme originally proposed in the 2011 Department for Education (DfE) Initial Teacher Training (ITT) strategy paper Training our next generation of outstanding teachers and is intended to help schools take a leading role in ITT.  It allows schools, or groups of schools, to apply to the Teaching Agency (TA) to be able to offer an ITT place, which they then work with an accredited ITT provider to deliver.

The Partnership Teaching School (TPTS) has bid for a number of School Direct places for the academic year 2014-2015.  The training will be delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.  Places have been requested for Primary and Secondary trainees.  This is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainees, who may receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.  At present, TPTS does not offer places for salaried route School Direct training. All applications for places are handled by UCAS.

For a national overview of different training routes into teaching and what a career in teaching has to offer, please see www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching

Acknowledgement of Outstanding Practice by ASDAN – January 2014

St Christopher’s School (Bristol) has been awarded a certificate of Acknowledgement of Outstanding Practice by ASDAN.  This has been awarded to us for demonstrating best practice in achieving the Personal Progress qualification standards.

Here at St. Christopher’s we link the Personal Progress units to our pupils’ Individual Learning Plans.  This means that all our pupils who are 14+ have the opportunity to work towards a qualification.  Teachers collect evidence of their progress continually and they record their evaluation yearly as required by the Personal Progress qualification with photographic evidence and a very precise and to the point evaluation of what the pupils have learnt.  Parents receive a copy of this as part of the ILP evaluation sent out to them in preparation for their Annual Review.  The Personal Progress qualification allows for a personalised route to be taken, so every pupil is working on units relevant and motivating to them.

We are obviously delighted to have our good work recognised and celebrated by a nationally well-known awarding body like ASDAN.

Bolette Jensen, Senior Education Manager

For more information about ASDAN qualifications please go to http://www.asdan.org.uk/

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