Austin Canons, Bedford. MK42 8AA

01234 345 565

Vision & Aims Statement

“Achieving Together”:
Specialist, Collaborative, Dynamic, Aspirational


We believe in “Achieving Together” in a collaborative, dynamic and aspirational way.  Our pupils  love learning and enjoy coming to school.  We aim to make learning irresistible in our school by making it exciting, functional and relevant to our pupils, while meeting their individual needs.  We pride ourselves on using specialist techniques and strategies to support our young people.  We are constantly learning and refine our practice with new ideas.  All our staff receive high quality specialist training so that all our young people have access to the best practice and provision.

We collaborate in many ways.  We are part of the BILTT Multi-academy Trust incorporating two other schools Grey’s Education Centre and Grange Academy. We also work closely with our partners in special and mainstream schools across Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough.  We are supported by the Health Team and their nurses and by Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

We have high aspirations for our pupil and staff at St John’s School.  We are dynamic and energetic and aim to work alongside our young people to help them to achieve the best they can so they can face life’s opportunities and challenges with joy, confidence and resilience.

To achieve our Aims and promote British Values we: 

  • Embrace diversity and celebrate difference
  • Encourage caring and thoughtful attitudes among staff and pupils
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the needs of the individual student and prepares them for their life both in school and in the wider community
  • Ensure that learning is functional and is focused on developing skills which will support transition to adulthood
  • Use specialist techniques and strategies to support pupils
  • Provide high quality specialist training to support best practice and provision
  • Meet students’ physical, sensory, medical and therapeutic needs in collaboration with other professionals
  • Create a learning environment that encourages students and staff to strive to be the best they can be
  • Ensure a successful and positive transition to post school provision through liaison with the Transition Team and by providing parent /carer guidance and support
  • Promote functional communication skills including alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) skills
  • Encourage independence, nurture confidence and empower pupils to make decisions
  • Focus on individual well-being by providing therapeutic opportunities to support the development of confidence and self-esteem
  • Work closely, and in collaboration with, parents and carers, the Local Authority, professionals and other stakeholders