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Wednesday 19 April 2023

Working together for better outcomes through the merger of Ambitious about Autism and St. John’s School and College 

The Boards of Trustees of Ambitious about Autism and St. John’s School and College have approved the merger of the two charities taking effect on Friday 1 September 2023.  

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity standing with autistic children and young people. It runs two specialist schools and a specialist college in London, supporting autistic children and young people aged 3-25. Its academy trust is in the process of setting up a new special free school in Kingston due to open in September 2023. 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. 

St. John’s School and College, established in 1886 and based in Brighton and Seaford, is a charity that provides education, care and therapy for children and young people with complex behaviours aged 7- 25. Its services include a specialist college and special school, which are day and residential.   

Ambitious about Autism and St. John’s School and College are well-established charities with shared values and a commitment to supporting autistic children and young people to achieve positive outcomes. The aim of bringing the two charities together is to provide high quality education for more autistic children and young people and to share best practice and resources. Our combined experience will enable us to develop even further 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.  

Following a consultation process, St. John’s School and College staff and services will be joining Ambitious about Autism on Friday 1 September 2023.  

We look forward to working together to create better opportunities and life outcomes for autistic children and young people. 
 

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