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St Catherine's School

Grove Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England PO38 1TT

Special School Co-Educational 7 - 19 Years Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)


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Sarah Thompson

At St Catherine’s we offer specialist education, care, and therapy to young people aged 7 to 19 with speech, language and communication needs. We support students with conditions such as developmental language disorder, autistic spectrum conditions, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. 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 communication difficulties 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.

What We Offer

  • ASDAN - Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network
  • BTEC - Business and Technology Education Council
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • SATs (UK) - Standard Assessment Tests
  • Business studies
  • Design Technology
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Sign language
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Beavers
  • Cadets
  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • Cubs
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Horticulture
  • Music
  • Rainbows
  • Sailing
  • Sewing & Knitting
  • 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
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Interview
  • Referral by Local Authority or Social Services
  • Residential assessment
  • Trial day at school
    • All denominations welcome
    • Church of England
    • English

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range7 to 19
      Annual Day Fees *£0 to £0
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
      * Currency: GB Pound

      Number Of Pupils

      0Full Boarding0
      19Weekly Boarding1
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 44
      Part-time: 42

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      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...  

      Ofsted 2017

      The genuinely whole-school approach towards meeting the needs of young people is the main strength of the school.  


      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).  

      Ofsted 2018

      Parents and carers...feel that staff go to great lengths to meet the needs of their children. One parent commented, 'We feel truly blessed to have a place at St Catherine's.'  


      He has developed into a young man whom we are very proud of and we are sure he will continue to benefit from his experiences at St Catherine’s and the Sixth Form Centre.