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Within ten minutes of where I live I visited an extraordinary establishment I did not realise existed. St Joseph’s Specialist School and College is a co-educational residential and day school for students with complex and severe learning difficulties who are typically on the Autistic Spectrum. They cater for students, typically 80 in total, from 5+. There are 300 staff which indicates the personalised nature of the support every student receives. They have a long waiting list and desperately need more residential accommodation. It was a privilege to meet many of the staff and students. In my  view, the dedicated staff are true “saints”.