Clay Hill School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Clay Hill
Lyndhurst
SO43 7DE
02380283633
Pupils
31
Ages
5 - 19
Gender
Mixed
Type
Other independent special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted report
(23/11/17)
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School Description

Clay Hill School is an independent, co-educational special school and is part of Priory Education Services, within the wider Priory Group. It opened in April 2014. It is registered to provide full-time education for up to 46 pupils, aged from five to 19, who have autistic spectrum conditions, attachment disorder and Inspection report: Clay Hill School, 21–23 November 2017 Page 9 of 12 associated complex needs. The headteacher is also the headteacher of Home Farm School, a different school also belonging to the Priory Group. The school was last inspected in June 2014 when it met all the independent school standards. The headteacher joined in September 2015, having previously worked in a different role for the Priory Group. The deputy headteacher took up the substantive role in March 2017. Since the previous inspection, on two separate occasions, the school has applied for a material change to increase its numbers. In 2015, the school increased its numbers from 25 to 41. This was because the school became responsible for education at a 16-bed CAMHS unit, which forms part of the Priory Hospital, Southampton. In May 2017, the school further increased its numbers from 41 to 46 after making adaptations to the main school building to allow for more pupils. Up to 14 of the pupils can be accommodated weekly, termly or for 52 weeks a year in the Priory Group’s residential accommodation. The school is situated in extensive National Trust grounds in the New Forest. The sixth form provision is delivered by Coxlease School, which caters for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs. This is also owned by the Priory Group. All pupils have an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs. Most pupils have experienced significant disruption to their education, and some have had considerable periods when they have not been in school, prior to attending Clay Hill School. Many have been placed by their local authority. Approximately 13 local authorities place pupils at the school. The school aims to ‘provide a warm and welcoming, yet structured environment, which encourages children and young people to develop the social, educational and practical skills they require to enjoy and achieve’. The majority of pupils are White British. The school uses a number of alternative providers including Sparsholt College, Coxlease School, Noadswood School and King Edward VI School. School leaders have also worked collaboratively with Upper Shirley High (USH) School in Southampton to develop the school’s assessment systems.

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