We wanted our son to be in a school where there was a 24 hour curriculum that was focused around his specific needs and Prior’s Court has provided that and more. Family members have noticed a great change in him; he notices more and has much better eye contact. He is also very happy and calmer. He has become more independent and can wash his face and hands, dress and undress himself and brush his hair. He is also sleeping much better and for longer. He is able to express himself more and is not so frustrated. We are over the moon with his progress.

Parent of a pupil at Prior's Court School

The most crucial factor for achieving success for our students is the consistency of approach which enables learning to take place throughout the waking day and in all settings (education, residential, community) throughout the year. Consistency is achieved through having a shared approach, careful planning and a focus on expertise for all staff. The collaborative process involves education, residential and multi-disciplinary teams working together with specialists and parents/carers to ensure consistency. In this way each student has the opportunity to develop sleeping, eating, toileting and independent living skills, build communication and focus on academic and physical activities. Prior's Court has a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who organises after school clubs and extra-curricular activities to support students' varied interests.

Personalised programme of learning

The waking day curriculum is individualised to meet each student’s needs. Each has a personalised programme of learning with group and individual activities structured throughout their waking day and consistent learning objectives across both education and residential settings which focus on communication, behaviour management, cognitive, vocational, social and personal skills, therapy and independence. This programme is reviewed regularly, looking at each student’s achievements, their needs, building on strengths and interests and developing and emerging skills. 

Generalising skills

Students learn and develop communication and social skills, daily life skills, vocational and leisure skills, build on strategies to self-manage behaviour, address sensory needs, manage transitions, undertake work placement activities and generalise skills learnt in a variety of settings both onsite and offsite in the community.