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St Catherine's School & College

Grove Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England PO38 1TT
Tel: +44 (0) 1983 852722

Special School Co-Educational 9 - 19 Years Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

At St Catherine’s we offer specialist education, care, and therapy to young people aged 9 to 19 with speech, language and communication needs.

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Sarah Thompson

At St Catherine’s we offer specialist education, care, and therapy to young people aged 9 to 19 with speech, language and communication needs. Our highly qualified and experienced staff create a positive environment in which young people can reach their potential within our setting and beyond. Visit St Catherine’s and you will see for yourself that our young people are happy, hard-working and motivated to do their best despite the potential difficulties they face.

As a national charity our reach is broader than our school setting on the Isle of Wight. We work collaboratively with an ever increasing range of professionals and organisations to ensure that the needs of all young people with speech, language and communication needs are better understood and addressed.

We would welcome you to visit and the students would be more than willing to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

Open Days, Visits & Events

16-08-2024 - Residential Open Weekend

St Catherine's will be holding a Residential Open Weekend Event for families looking for residential placements on Saturday 16th - Sunday 18th August. Please see the poster for more information. Interest must be registered before 1st July.
Contact admissions@stcatherines.org.uk for more information.

What We Offer

  • ASDAN - Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network
  • BTEC - Business and Technology Education Council
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Design Technology
  • ICT
  • Photography
  • English
  • Sign language
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Gaming
  • Horticulture
  • Music
  • Orienteering
  • Table Tennis
  • Young Enterprise
  • Autistic Spectrum of Disorder (ASD)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Breakfast Club
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian


  • Interview
  • Referral by Local Authority or Social Services
  • Residential assessment
  • Trial day at school
  • Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
    • All denominations welcome
    • Church of England
    • English
    • Sign language

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range9 to 19
      Annual Day Fees *0 to 0
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *0 to 0
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *0 to 0
      * Currency:

      Number Of Pupils

      0Full Boarding0
      17Weekly Boarding2
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 60
      Part-time: 67

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      Ofsted 2024

      Pupils enjoy being a part of this caring school community. They feel safe and secure here, knowing that they are supported by their teachers and other school staff.  

      Ofsted 2024

      As well as a broad academic curriculum, pupils benefit from a focus on wider goals such as communication skills and preparation for adult life. They are well prepared to take their next steps by the time they leave the school.  

      Ofsted 2024

      Staff identify and understand the critical areas for each student’s development and target these in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. This includes working in partnership with students’ families. One parent said: ‘My child has made remarkable progress in his learning since being at St...  

      Former Student

      St Catherine’s helped me after school to get me into agriculture college and set me up for working. I really liked my time in Trinity View as Siobhan and Tracy (care staff) helped me to budget and plan looking after myself. The speech therapy was great and my driving theory, even though it took 3...  


      We all enjoy school, because we all feel the same. Not forgetting we still are a little different...  


      I enjoy Computer, Literature and Information Technology classes and the Awards Development Accreditation Network (ASDAN).