From October 2018 SJBC will provide a targeted specialist resource base provision for young people who have an EHCP specifying ASD or Social Communication Disorder needs as a prime need and who have complex mental health needs including high levels of anxiety, eating disorders, phobias or self-harming behaviours. The strong, caring and inclusive ethos of our Catholic school as well as its relatively small size will provide robust pastoral care and support for students with such needs. This fits into the schools wider vision in terms of inclusivity, pastoral care and working closely with the local Wandsworth community.
Although the Devereux Centre curriculum will be delivered largely in 1-1 or small group settings, young people will have the learning potential to follow a broadly age appropriate curriculum. It is intended that these young people, with significant adjustments over time, will be able to access aspects of a mainstream school environment with additional specialist support.
The Devereux Centre will offer up to 7 high needs places (with a maximum of 2% per year group cohort) in addition to the 25 current planned Savio places. These places will be for secondary age students (KS3-5).