Prior's Court's bakery with a difference ‘Bread & Beyond’ is a ground-breaking venture which has been developed to provide training and work opportunities for young people with severe autism.

The purpose-built bakery which is set up to be commercially viable and in line with industry standards is located on the Prior's Court site.

Great British Bake Off contestant Briony Williams is handed a loaf of bread from PriorOur aim is to develop and bake the finest hand-crafted goods, using the highest quality ingredients, free from additives and preservatives. And at the same time, provide vocational training and employment opportunities for young people with severe autism. Only 32% of autistic adults in the UK are in any kind of paid employment and for people with severe autism, the current expectation is that they will never enter the world of work. This significantly reduces their independence, increasing the risk of social exclusion and mental and physical ill-health. We want to change the outlook for young people with autism, building on our existing work placement programme, and give real opportunities for paid work in a commercial environment both here and out in the community.

Baking is an activity which really suits the strength and skills of people with autism; highly process driven, practical and with an end product which is rewarding and motivating. 

While the bakery shop is not open to the general public, Bread & Beyond products are available in shops such as Casey Fields Farm Shop near Reading. Find out more about the products, bakers, stockists and more on the Bread & Beyond website.