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  • Priory School
    Hermitage Road
    Upper Norwood
    London
    SE19 3QN
  • Head: Mrs Julie Evans
  • T 020 8653 8222
  • F 020 8771 6761
  • E [email protected]
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Croydon
  • Pupils: 110
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 31st October 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 15th November 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Satisfactory on 13th October 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Special Education Needs

Priory School is a Croydon Council Community School for pupils aged 12-19 who have severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple difficulties. The school is currently fully subscribed and priority for places is given to Croydon residents. The school has gained a number of awards including Artsmark Gold, Sportsmark and The Investors in People Award. Priory School aims to improve the students’ functional communication at all levels. Language development is considered important across the whole curriculum and additional systems such as Makaton signing and symbols are used alongside technological aids according to individual need. In the lower school, there are selective groupings for certain subjects: English, maths and sex and relationship education. The sixth form has a curriculum which is based on life skills. The school offers the pupils the opportunity to complete the ASDAN Award at three levels: Transition Challenge, Bronze Award and Towards Independence. All pupils participate in the full range of sporting activities. There are weekly visits from a number of specialised professionals such as aromatherapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. Priory School aims to have the whole school work together as a community. For example, there are “Leisure Groups” on a Friday afternoon; the pupils can choose the activity they wish to take part in. The school runs an Arts Week in the summer, has links with a variety of different sports organizations and runs a number of other activities such as a Two Day Health Spa.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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 Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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