Links to some of the organisations and individuals we work with and other potentially useful sites and sources of information.

ASDAN Education

ASDAN is a curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.

t: +44(0)117 9411126

e: [email protected]

The Autism Show

Taking place in both London and Manchester, The Autism Show is for the growing community of parents, carers, professionals and individuals on the autism spectrum who all too often don’t know where to turn for answers. The event attracts more than 7,000 people searching for the latest information, advice, products and services on the condition.

t: +44(0)20 8882 0629

e: [email protected]


Autistica funds medical research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis, and develop new treatments and interventions.

t: +44(0)5601 183601

e: [email protected]

Autism Berkshire

Autism Berkshire is an established charity providing services for all ages of people with autism, their families, carers and professionals working in the field. Services include a daily helpline, regular newsletters, social and leisure activities for children and adults and professional speaker evenings.

t: +44(0)1189 594 594

e: [email protected]

Care Quality Commission

CQC are the independent regulator or health & social care in England. Their job is to check whether hospitals, care homes, GPs, dentists and services in your home are meeting national standards. They do this by inspecting services according to a rigourous set of criteria and then publishing findings, helping people to make choices about the care they receive.

t: +44(0)3000 616161

e: [email protected]

Contact a Family

Contact a Family is a national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. Contact a Family offer support, information and advice to over 340,000 families each year and campaigns for families to receive a better deal.

t: +44(0)808 808 3555

e: [email protected]

Court of Protection for Deputyship

A deputy is someone appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions for someone who is unable to do so on their own. Find out from how to apply to become a court-appointed deputy.

t: +44(0)300 456 4600

e: Email the Court of Protection

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Prior's Court Founding Patron Dame Stephanie Shirley is a highly successful entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. Her main interests are autism and making better use of IT in the voluntary sector.

Dame Stephanie's website:

Dame Stephanie's Facebook page:

DfE Compare Schools

Information on schools in England including performance, characteristics and spend per pupil data. You can find schools using the map, search or follow the quick links.

t: +44(0)370 000 2288

e: Enquiry form online

DfE home page

The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England.

t: +44(0)370 000 2288

e: Enquiry form online

Division TEACCH

TEACCH is at the heart of Prior's Court approach. It is a programme for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autistic spectrum disorders. Division TEACCH is based in North Carolina, USA and provides clinical services, training and research.

e: [email protected]

Family fund

Family fund are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. They can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and family breaks.

t: +44(0)1904 621115

e: [email protected] benefits calculator

An independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get and how to claim. This is free to use, anonymous, and has replaced the Benefits Adviser service.

Mental Capacity Act

The Act came fully into force on 1 October 2007. It provides a much clearer legal framework for people who lack capacity and those caring for them by setting out key principles, procedures and safeguards.


Gabbitas is an independent education consultancy, specialising in school search and placement advice. Gabbitas publish an annual Schools for Special Needs guide for anyone investigating SEN provision for children and young people.

t: +44(0)20 7734 0161

e: [email protected] benefits calculator

An independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get and how to claim. This is free to use, anonymous, and has replaced the Benefits Adviser service.


IPSEA is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All advice is given by trained volunteers.

t: +44(0)800 018 4016


isbi lists and updates information on over 6000 Independent, Special, Boarding, Day and International Schools.

t: +44(0)1980 620575
e: [email protected]

Mental Capacity Act

The Act came fully into force on 1 October 2007. It provides a much clearer legal framework for people who lack capacity and those caring for them by setting out key principles, procedures and safeguards.


UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families providing information, support and pioneering services, and campaigning for a better world for people with autism.

t: +44(0)20 7833 2299

e: [email protected]

NAS - A guide to benefits

This guide highlights the benefits most relevant to people on the autism spectrum, their families and carers. The guide also gives details of how to apply for them and some tips to help you apply.

NAS - West Berkshire branch

The NAS, West Berkshire Branch aims to support children and adults with autism and Asperger syndrome in West Berkshire, including their parents and carers. Services includes a family support worker, three youth clubs, professional speaker evenings, a befriending service, quarterly newsletters, a monthly adult social group, regular family activities, local influence, and lobbying to increase local autism services.

e: [email protected]


The National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) is a membership organisation working with and for special schools in the voluntary and private sectors within the UK. NASS is proud of its role in improving opportunities and standards for independent and non-maintained special schools.

t: +44(0)1904 624446

e: [email protected]


Natspec is the membership association for Specialist Colleges. Natspec believes that a place at a specialist college should always be an option that is available to young people and their parents.

t: +44(0)117 923 2830

e: Email Natspec


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

See latest Ofsted reports and information for Prior's Court School.

t: +44(0)300 123 1231

e: [email protected]

Parent View

Parent View gives parents the chance to tell Ofsted what they think about their child's school. The information provided is used when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when.

t: +44(0)300 123 4234

e: [email protected]

The Pan London Autism Schools Network Research Group (PLASN-R)

The PLASN-Research group (PLASN-R) is a subgroup of PLASN (the Pan London Autism Schools Network) that provides links between schools and autism researchers from a group of universities. The research-practice link enables the identification of priorities for research. 

Read the PLASN-R Newsletters


Pyramid Educational Consultants UK Ltd offers a wide range of consulting services and products for educators and parents of children and adults with autism and related disabilities. Pyramid is the exclusive source of training and consultation for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the Pyramid Approach to Education.

t: +44(0)1273 609555

e: [email protected]

Schools Finder -

Search the official database for primary, secondary and special needs schools near you or anywhere in England. You can also access Ofsted reports and get information on school performance.

Sensory Integration Network

The SI Network (UK & Ireland) is a not-for-profit organisation, promoting education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration. The SI Network provides training courses for therapists, parents, teachers, clinicians and support workers, including postgraduate training in sensory integration in partnership with the University of Ulster.

t: +44(0)118 324 1588

e: Email the SI Network


Sibs is a UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people.

t: +44(0)1535 645453

e: [email protected]

TES Resources

Free teaching resources for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Asperger Syndrome.

West Berkshire Education and Learning

Find links to the range of Education and Learning services provided within West Berkshire.

t: +44(0)1635 519729

e: [email protected]