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The classroom that impressed the most was art. It defies any expectations of autistic-style undecorated walls as it is bursting at the seams with displays and explosions of colour. Some absolutely fantastic creations and very high standards. We saw three older lads happily working on their art, sharing some teenage banter; it was easy to forget this is not a mainstream school.

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Head teacher

Since 2017, Steve O'Gara. Previously executive head at Pathways School in Middlesbrough, his CV also includes stints running PRUs and as national head of education for Continuum Education Services. Studied sports studies and history at Brunel University followed by a PGCE.

Originally from Newcastle, Steve is a former athlete who ran for England. Injured at 29, he moved to a career in education and care. Parents agree he is, ‘very friendly and easy to approach’. One parent added, ‘He’s making some really positive changes and his communication is just excellent. If he says he will do something, it gets done.’ Steve spends his weekdays at North Hill then heads back to Newcastle for weekends with his wife and two young children.


Pupils all have a diagnosis of Asperger's, autism, or associated...

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Special Education Needs

No comment taken to the point of secrecy. As if the Priory was something out of The Da Vinci Code. SEN details added by us. Officially, the school is an independent school, approved by the DfES for boys with Asperger's Syndrome.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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