- Priory School
- Head: Mrs Julie Evans
- T 020 8653 8222
- F 020 8771 6761
- 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
- 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|
|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|
|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|
Interpreting catchment maps
The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.
Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.
For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained
If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.
Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.
Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.
*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.
The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.
Children get into the school from here:
sometimes, but not in this year