Our son getting a place at Prior’s Court has been life-changing for all of us. It is wonderful to see and hear about his progress and to enjoy great quality time together as a family - something we have not been able to do for a long time. We are very grateful for all the care and education he is receiving. Every child with severe autism deserves the input and opportunities our son is getting at Prior’s Court. Thank you all so much!

Parent of Prior's Court student

Just accessing the classroom is a major achievement for many of our students and may take months or even years. With patience, small steps and lots of motivation and reward, our young people are achieving in all areas.

Due to the low numbers of students in all key stages, the information on this page relates to all young people in the Lower School (currently Years 5-10). As students join Prior’s Court at various points throughout the year, some will have had less than a full academic year at the school in which to measure progress.

All young people at Prior’s Court are functioning below National Curriculum levels and follow our equivalent of ‘P’ Levels. Within each area of learning there are 10 levels young people may be working at, each containing 10 ‘I can’ statements. We view this as an equivalent to old P levels. Our young people vary in their starting point between that of Level 1 and 7.

The expectation is that if a young person achieves 10 new skills within a key area at a mastered level, meaning that through structure and visual support the young person can work without prompts or help, then they are functioning at an ‘outstanding’ level. Other areas of progress are rated on the continuum of good to below expected. With all young people we aim to achieve the highest number of new skills at the most independent level possible, but target setting is dependent upon all the varying factors influencing learning.

The areas that we have collected measures in are;

•  Reading

•  Writing

•  Communication

•  Computing

•  Maths

-   Categorising

-   Measures

-   Money

-   Time

-   Number

We recognise and value the uniqueness of each young person and appreciate that the journey for every individual is different and needs to be viewed in that way but the overview tables give a summary of all young people in lower school.

2019-20 progress data
English language and literacy
Reading
96% of our young people mastered 6+ statements
92% of our young people mastered 9+ statements

Writing
76% of our young people mastered 6+ statements
24% of our young people mastered 9+ statements
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy

Each area within maths is focused on at different points throughout the year, therefore the criteria are changed to reflect this:

Number
76% of young people mastered 6+ statements
36% of young people mastered 9+ statements

Money
52% of young people mastered 6+ statements
28% of young people mastered 9+ statements

Measurement
56% of young people mastered 6+ statements
28% of young people mastered 9+ statements

Time
52% of young people mastered 6+ statements
32% of young people mastered 9+ statements
Computing
Computing
92% of our young people mastered 6+ statements
12% of our young people mastered 9+ statements

Where progress is not yet at the level we would hope for a young person, this is often because they still require some level of staff support or prompting in order to complete a task and therefore while they haven’t yet achieved the skill to a ‘mastered level’ they are still working to achieve this.