Saint Paul’s is a school which caters solely for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis.
The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1971 as an outreach from the Child Guidance Clinic of the Mater Hospital. Today, it is managed by a Board of Management and funded by the Department of Education and Skills.
There are eight classes in the Main School in St Pauls’. These classes cater for boys and girls in small groups taking into account pupils’ ages and individual support needs. Classes are taught by a specialist class teacher supported by highly experienced Special Needs Assistants. Classes follow the National Curriculum and are guided by the IEPs devised for the individual pupils. Teaching and Learning is supported by the inputs from the Multi-Disciplinary Team based in St Pauls’.
Our aim is to provide an Education to each child, which reflects their needs and is delivered in a holistic manner. Therefore we look to all the needs of the child whether these are social, spiritual, physical or academic.
We have ten full-time teachers and several part-time teachers. In addition to Primary Curriculum subjects classes are provided in Woodwork, Pottery, Horticulture, Music, and Art. Supplementary to this, Play Therapy is provided by our resident Play Therapist.
There are thirty-five Special Needs Assistants who assist the children ensuring that they can safely engage in learning activities throughout the school day. They are an integral part of the provision of care and education of the children in St Pauls’ Special School.
The staff at the school works closely with the Multi-Disciplinary team in St. Paul’s Hospital, which is based on the same campus. The Clinical Team based on St. Paul’s site, comprises of Psychiatry, Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists Occupational Therapists and Nursing Staff. This ensures that a multi-disciplinary team is available to each child attending St Pauls’ Special School. ****Please see Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme below****
Enrolment – Please Note:
Enrolment into the Early Intervention Class does not guarantee any future placement in the Main School.
A separate enrolment list operates for the Main School.
Parents must contact St Pauls’ Hospital to place their child’s name onto the waiting list for the Main School.
Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme
The HSE is introducing the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme.
Its aim is to achieve a national unified approach to delivering disability health services so there is a clear pathway for all children and young people to the services they need (HSE, 2014). Some children and young people may have their needs met by their local primary care services. Those with more complex needs will be looked after by children’s disability network teams in a defined
geographic area regardless of the nature of their disability or developmental delay.