To be guided through every day in a positive and structured way just makes our children happy.

Parent of Prior's Court student

Prior's Court School is an independent special school for children and young people with autism aged from 5 to 20 years.

We support students on the autism spectrum who have moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs. Students are non-verbal, pre-verbal or have limited language and are working from lower P scales through to National Curriculum levels 1 and 2. Some have additional diagnoses and exhibit challenging behaviours. We offer day, weekly and termly placements over 38, 44 or 52 weeks of the year. 

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Key downloads:
School Prospectus Statement of Purpose

Our Specialist Approach

We have developed a specialist approach using our expertise, world renowned TEACCH methodologies and our experience of what we know best supports young people severely affected by autism.

By combining autism knowledge and best practice with a person-centered approach, we aim to achieve the highest level of progress for each individual enabling them to self-manage behaviour, communicate, manage transitions, develop independent living and social skills, choice-making and advocacy and progress to building vocational skills and undertaking work placement activities. 

Find out more about our specialist approach here.


An Adapted Curriculum

Students follow an individualised curriculum, adapted to ensure it is both functional and meaningful and is delivered through project themes across nine key areas of learning. Our curriculum is closely linked to the National Curriculum but is adapted to support the complex need and level of understanding of each young person. Staff are there to support students throughout their waking day activities allowing teaching staff to maximise learning opportunities and provide a stimulating and safe environment for all young people.

Read more about our Primary & Secondary Department and Post 16 Department. If you would like to download any of our policies, go to our Curriculum section for education related policies and Policies page for all others, including Safeguarding polcies.