Prior’s Court School has been awarded the highest overall 'outstanding’ rating by Ofsted in a recent inspection,having achieved outstanding across the board in all five key assessment areas. These include leadership and management, quality of teaching, personal development and behaviour, pupil’s outcomes and sixth form provision.

Inspectors commended staff for their expertise in the report (published 17 January 2018), noting; “Staff have an excellent understanding of autism and the needs of individual pupils…the excellent quality of teaching results in outstanding learning…staff care passionately about the pupils.”

Exceptional progress by pupils was noted in a number of areas, from communication, to muscle control, behaviour, and in developing life skills. Contributory feedback from parents was overwhelmingly positive, as referenced in the report; “Parents are delighted with the school. They praise how dramatically their children have changed since being at the school. All who responded to OFSTED’s survey would recommend the school to another parent.”

Director of education and life-long learning Sue Piper – who was recognised for her tenacity in ensuring high standards are met - responded, saying; ”I’m delighted with the outcome which reflects the hard work of all the teams involved, and their knowledge of not only autism, but the needs of each individual young person.

“We have high aspirations for our young people and are very proud of their achievements in all areas of learning – especially in light of the many challenges they each have to overcome on a daily basis. The ever changing curriculum is adapted to suit their skills and needs and our staff members are dedicated to helping them achieve their goals and desired outcomes.”

In a separate report, the organisation’s residential care facility received an overall ‘good’ rating but also scored outstanding in how well children and young people are helped and protected. Staff members’ compassion and skills were highlighted, while collaboration between residential, therapeutic and educational provisions were observed to contribute significantly to children’s and young people’s achievements.

Inspectors found many examples of exemplary practice and care, praising the staff, specialist ‘state of the art’ environment demonstrated by the newly opened houses and learning hub, and overall high quality of the provision.

Read the full Education and Care Ofsted reports here.