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In partnership with Sailibility, 26 pupils go sailing every week from April to mid-September in Prior’s Court’s own boat. Physical education is part of the curriculum and parents are thrilled with the results: ‘His whole demeanour has changed and he is happy and enjoying life again.’ There is an arts room and just recently photography has been introduced to give pupils another way to express themselves ...

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Director of Education and Lifelong Learning

Since 2011, Sue Piper. Originally from the Midlands, Piper studied psychology at Portsmouth University and has specialised in autism for more than 20 years, joining Prior’s Court as a teacher in 2001. Keen for Prior’s Court to remain a leading edge facility for young people with autism, she has travelled to the US to visit groundbreaking schools and to present at the international TEACCH conference. Sue is collaborating on a research project with schools in Norway, and is also working with Jersey Autism on an arts project. A TEACCH trainer at advanced consultant level, she is also part of the South and West Association of Leaders of Special Schools (SWALSS) and the London Pan-Autism group.

Lives locally with her husband and two teenagers who regularly help...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
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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