Government Grants...

Community, school and pupil context...

The Lincoln St. Christopher’s School is a large Special School (239) for pupils with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, many of whom have autistic spectrum disorders. St Christopher’s School is a co-educational provision with a 3-19 year old intake of children and young

people. The pupils are predominantly from Lincoln and surrounding areas and is located on Hykeham Road, Lincoln LN6 8AR.


The school presently has 239 pupils, 25 of which are presently in the sixth form. 65 students across the school are girls. An above average proportion of pupils are eligible for funding from the pupil premium.


Barriers to educational achievement...

The social and economic background of our pupils is diverse, due to the extended catchment area with 141 pupils entitled to free school meals; 9 are service children. There are 7 looked after children at the present time. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their first language; 7 pupils have English as an additional language. Pupils can join the school at any point in their school life, although the main admissions take place in primary and Year 7. Most pupils arrive with well documented evidence of levels of attainment well below their mainstream peers, particularly in literacy and numeracy. Many have difficulties with personal and social development. A significant number who arrive from a mainstream context have a history of inappropriate behaviour or being difficult to manage in other educational settings. Some have a history of being previously temporarily excluded.


All have an Education Health Care plan apart from some pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school has an increasing large proportion of children and young people with complex needs for example non-verbal children with severe autism and challenging behaviour. These children are based in the ARC (Autistic Resource Centre) provision at the school.


The majority of pupils have a moderate learning difficulty combined with specific communication difficulties, and many of our pupils have associated difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, or other specific Learning Difficulties. 147 of our pupils have an autistic spectrum condition as their primary need; 31 have severe learning difficulties; 45 have moderate learning difficulties; 6 have profound learning difficulties.


There is a specialist facility for primary aged children with severe autism. At the present time 46 children attend this facility.