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 have an adult learning provision that takes learning through to 25 and we focus on continuing our goals to support young people in to work.

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 (now levels) 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 documents:
School Prospectus Statement of Purpose

Our Specialist Approach

Priors Court staff and studentWe have developed a specialist approach known as the Prior 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 in the following areas;

  • Healthiness
  • Communication
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Vocational Skills
  • Functional academics
  • Keeping me safe

Progress made across all these areas will support our young people to be able to live a life which is fulfilled, healthy, where they have a job and are as independent as possible.

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 in the lower end of the school and through streams of learning in the upper end of the school. 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 Lower and Upper school learning areas with examples about the learning programmes.