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Welcome to Catch 22 include Suffolk Primary School.


My name is Daryl Bates and I am proud to be Headteacher of Catch22 include Suffolk Primary School. We are an independent school located across 3 sites in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds. Our school provides a temporary, full-time, specialist education for children aged 5-11 years old whose needs cannot be met by their mainstream setting.

Some students may struggle with anxiety, low self-esteem and confidence; others may have learning difficulties such as ASD, Asperger’s, ADHD or attachment disorders.

Include Suffolk’s mission, over 2-3 terms, is to support students to increase their capacity and passion for learning, enabling them to return to a stable mainstream or specialist placement. Include Suffolk celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of its students, and its passion and commitment in fostering each pupil’s love for learning is reflected in everything it does.


Our vision for our Catch 22 include Suffolk Primary School pupils reflects a passionate commitment to learning and celebration of the uniqueness of our children as individuals.

We believe every child at our school deserves the best People supporting them, a safe, stimulating and inclusive Place to learn and our Purpose is to re-ignite their love of learning and help them become the very best version of themselves that they can be.


At our school, we are committed to delivering a bespoke and ambitious curriculum, tailored to meet the diverse needs of our pupils. We understand that education is not just about imparting knowledge, but about nurturing people, helping them to find their place in the world, and instilling in them a sense of purpose. We offer an engaging learning experience that sparks curiosity and fosters a love of learning, setting a strong foundation for lifelong education. Our dedicated and passionate staff strive to make our school a place where every pupil feels valued, inspired and equipped to pursue their most ambitious dreams.


Our school centres on the principles of ‘Be Kind (People) , Be Safe (Place) and Be Ready to Learn (Purpose)’. We are committed to nurturing each individual’s emotional and social development within a safe, understanding and therapeutic environment. We promote behaviour for learning by encouraging pupils to be reflective, fostering a calm atmosphere  conducive to growth. Our approach is guided by PACE principles: Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy. We understand that emotional and mental health is pivotal to learning, and employ a supportive, collaborative, trauma-informed methodology, with restorative actions tailored to individual needs. This supportive framework prioritises holistic development, nurturing pupils into empathetic, responsible and resilient individuals.


Our vision for personal development is to create a place where our pupils find their purpose, developing into confident and independent individuals. We believe in fostering the broader development of our people, providing an inclusive environment that builds character resilience and a deep understanding and appreciation of diversity. Our curriculum embeds British values, promoting respect for all. We strive to nurture our pupils to be physically and mentally healthy, equipping them with the skills to support them throughout life. Our goal is to develop well-rounded individuals who are ready to navigate the world with confidence, understanding and respect for all.



Yours sincerely,

Daryl Bates (Headteacher)


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