Priors Court School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Prior's Court Road
RG18 9NU
5 - 20
Other independent special school
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Priors Court School was established as an independent special school in September 1999. The school is run by Priors Court Foundation, a registered charity. The majority of the pupils who attend the school live in residential accommodation provided by the foundation. The school caters for pupils who have autistic spectrum disorder. All pupils have an education, health and care plan for their severe learning difficulties and associated challenging behaviours. Nearly half have involvement with child and adolescent mental Inspection report: Priors Court School, 21–23 November 2017 Page 8 of 11 health services (CAMHS). Pupils often have additional medical and physical needs; for example, over a third of pupils have epilepsy. Approximately 80% of pupils are non-verbal and communicate through pictures and symbols. Approximately 30 local authorities use the school to place pupils. Prior to attending this school, pupils have often had some time out of education or have been excluded from their previous schools. A number of pupils enter at different times during the school year. The school is registered for up to 70 pupils. Currently there are 58 pupils on roll between the ages of seven and 19 years. There are 24 pupils in the sixth form. The school aims to ‘enable pupils to access their individual strengths and achieve as independent a life as possible’. The headteacher took up her post in 2011 having worked at the school for the previous 10 years. The school works with several international institutions, including the University of North Carolina, to carry out research into specific aspects related to autism. Senior staff are also involved with national research groups. They have also been on visits to specialist autism centres and schools in New York State and Massachusetts. Research visitors have come to see the school from as far away as China. The school does not make use of alternative provision.

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