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St. John's joins ԰

St. John’s College, a specialist college based in Brighton, has joined national charity .

St. John’s College in Kemptown provides education, care and therapy for autistic young people aged 16-25, many of whom also have learning disabilities. Young people can attend the college on a residential or day basis.

԰ is the national charity standing with autistic children and young people. It runs three specialist schools and a specialist college in London, supporting autistic children and young people aged 3-25.

The merger was announced in April and takes place just before the start of the new term, on Friday 1 September. St. John’s College staff and services have become part of ԰ and will be managed through the charity’s governance and executive leadership structure.

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of ԰, said;

԰ and St. John’s College share values and a commitment to supporting autistic children and young people to achieve positive outcomes.

Together we will provide high quality education for more autistic children and young people and also share best practice and resources.

Our combined experience will enable us to further develop a robust, evidence-based model of education for autistic children, young people and young adults that leads to better life-long outcomes and influences policy and practice nationally.

Karen Grist, Principal of St. John’s College, added;

This is a really exciting new chapter for St. John’s College as we join ԰.

With support from the national charity, we will continue to provide a stimulating learning environment for young people that promotes the development of their personal interests and abilities and prepares them for greater independence and autonomy over their future lives.

St. John’s College was established in 1886 as a seaside convalescent home. In 1956, it transformed into a school for disabled children.

The college is seeking residential support workers to join its team and support autistic young people to nurture their interests, embrace new experiences and be part of their community.

The charity ԰ also runs national youth and employment programmes, offers training and consultancy, and campaigns nationally to ensure autistic children and young people can be themselves and realise their ambitions.