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Residential Care

St Catherine’s is so much more than a school for our children and young people.  The care team are integral to the holistic support approach we adopt.

Deciding to let someone else look after your child can be a difficult decision for parents or carers who are considering boarding for the first time. You want to know that your child will be:

  • safe;
  • happy;
  • comfortable;
  • active;
  • healthy; and
  • enjoying opportunities to practise the skills he or she learns in the classroom. 

Each year the quality of our care is assessed by Ofsted. St Catherine's received Outstanding from our latest inspection in February 2019.


Within the main school the young people live in one of two residential houses on the main school site. Within the sixth form centre two residential buildings are on site with another house for our more independent learners a short walk away in Ventnor. Each house comprises a combination of single study bedrooms, kitchen, TV lounge, recreational rooms and quiet areas. Each house has its own staff team led by a Head of House or Team Leader.

These trained and experienced teams provide:

  • Well planned and balanced social/leisure programme;
  • Support in managing everyday routines of residential living;
  • A keyworker system;
  • Support to keep in touch with home;
  • Support to student in out of school hours;
  • Homework support;
  • Help with budgeting, pocket money and finances; and
  • Support in developing life and social skills/experiences.

Each student and his/her keyworker identify the skills needed to develop the self-confidence and independence of the young person. Individual Care Action Plans are agreed and the keyworker helps the young person to work toward gaining these skills at an appropriate pace. It is usually the case that one Care Action Plan will be linked with the student's Individual Education Plan and the other will focus on developing independence skills.

The care, teaching and therapy teams work together closely to ensure a consistent, co-ordinated approach for the learner.  

Please follow this link for a copy of our most recent Care Ofsted Report.

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