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The St Christopher School
Mountdale Gardens, SS9 4AW, UK Leigh-on-Sea
+44 (0)1702 524193

The St Christopher School

As a school we aim to create a safe, stimulating and positive environment
which enables each pupil to achieve their full potential.

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.

From September 2005 The St Christopher School will cater for up to 105 pupils aged 3-11 with a range of learning needs including communication and interaction difficulties, cognition and learning difficulties, autism and some with SEBD. The St Christopher School will also be designated to cater where appropriate for Key Stage 3 pupils (age range 11-14) and Key Stage 4 pupils (ages range 14-16) who have sever autism and/or ADHD.

This recognises the changing nature of the school with regards to the complexity of pupil needs that the school is catering for.

From September 1999, The St. Christopher School became a Foundation Special School. The school was awarded Beacon School Status with effect from September 2001 and was awarded School Achievement Awards for academic years 1999/2000 and 2000/01. This followed an outstanding Ofsted Inspection Report in May 2000, the school attained an equally positive inspection in January 2005.


The curriculum at The St. Christopher School aims to ensure that pupils receive teaching which meets both the requirements of the National Curriculum and recognises each pupils’ individual Statement of Special Needs.

The school is divided into Primary and Secondary Departments with Autistic Resource Bases supporting pupils in both departments.


Computer club, Girls Club, Swimming Club and P.E. activities such as football, gymnastics etc. take place after school 3.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. on a rota basis. Any secondary aged pupil can participate with their parent’s permission. Parents are responsible for the transportation of their child after such activities.

Programmes of after school activities for primary pupils are run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.00 p.m. – 4.15 p.m. Parents are sent a list of activities at the beginning of each half term and can then book the sessions they wish their child to attend. The school charges 50p per session when the booking is made, to cover refreshments and any materials required for the activity. Parents are responsible for the transportation of their child after such activities.

An Evening Centre is open two nights per week – Wednesday 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm and Thursday 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. for pupils in Year 6 and above.


The school uniform is as follows:

Secondary School
White Polo Shirt(pref. with school logo)
Black Trousers / Skirt
Black V Necked Sweatshirt (pref. with school logo)
Black Shoes

Primary School
White Polo Shirt (pref. with school logo)
Grey Trousers / Skirt
Grey V Necked Sweatshirt (pref. with school logo)

P.E. kit for both Primary and Secondary Departments will consist of:

  • School Logo T Shirt (initial Tshirt supplied free of charge)
  • Black PE short / PE skirt or black track suit
  • Plimsolls or trainers
  • Swimming kit and towel

Polo shirts and sweatshirts with embroidered school logo are available to purchase / order from the school.


Click here to view the Specialist School Bid document

From September 2006, we are recognised as a designated specialist school for pupils with communication and interaction difficulties. This builds upon our former role as a Beacon School and enables us to develop our ability as a school to work with other schools and local community groups in developing knowledge and expertise in the areas of autism, ADHD and associated learning difficulties.

To enable us to do this we have created a specialist Communication & Interaction centre by extending existing buildings to create new resources and dedicated training and meeting areas. From September 2006 we will be employing additonal specialist staff to help us roll out this programme.

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