Welcome to St. John’s, the home of innovative and inspirational learning. Situated in Brighton and Seaford in East Sussex, St. John’s is a special educational needs (SEN) school and specialist college that provides education, care and medical therapy to young people aged 7 to 25.

We welcome learners who have a wide range of complex learning disabilities, those with autism and related autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) and young people who have special needs resulting from behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).

On the 11th of June all of our learners took part in the annual Learner Voice Conference, which was hosted at Brighton’s Holiday Inn.

The event gave St. John’s students a chance to reflect on their learning experience and express their aspirations for the future.

In the main hall there was an exhibition displaying the variety of courses and activities that St. John’s offers. There were also stands from external providers of services for those with learning disabilities, including Grace Eyre, Spiral Media, Oska Bright, Down’s View Leisure and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

To kick off the conference we had a fantastic guest speaker – Olley Edwards – who is an actress and model with Asperger’s Syndrome. She spoke about her experiences of having Asperger’s and the challenges of bringing up her three daughters, two of which have an autistic spectrum condition.

Some highlights of the day included fantastic close-up magic from Matt Parrow, many photos with a ‘minion’, a juggling workshop and a stellar performance from our house band.

Throughout the day learners were able to have their voice heard by being interviewed on the ‘learner journey’ - which involved sitting in a very flashy car and watching a video presenting the journey through our college and school.

Thank you to everyone who made the day a success, we certainly look forward to doing it again next year!

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