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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...

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Head teacher

Since September 2021, James Lynch.


Pupils all have a diagnosis of Asperger's, autism, or associated difficulties. The school also accepts children with mental health issues, PDA, and attachment issues. Assessments involve visits by the child and family, and taster sessions. As well as looking at the child’s suitability for the school, staff also consider the risks the child poses and their potential impact on the rest of the cohort.

The majority of pupils will start on a phased transition, typically building up to full time attendance over the course of four to six weeks. Parents told us, ‘Settling in was very well planned and great communication between school and parents made the transition smooth.’ Another added, ‘As parents we were in full control and the school did the process as we...

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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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