Our aim is to bring about the best in every student to enable them to receive a positive educational experience and to progress according to their own individual skills and abilities.
Whilst some may attend local mainstream schools and colleges, the majority of young people in our residential houses will attend Clay Hill School.
Clay Hill School adopts a multidisciplinary approach to education using the best practice from models such as TEACCH and those developed throughout Priory Education Services. Pupils have access to the National Curriculum, adapted and modified to meet their individual needs, and will learn in small classes of up to six and where applicable one-to-one tuition.
We offer a whole school approach to the curriculum which provides:
- Structure and routine
- A modified environment and learning processes
- Experienced and qualified staff
- Development in independence training, self-help, communication, social and leisure skills.
Clay Hill School staff will support our young people whilst they’re doing work experience. Students have the opportunity to access mainstream colleges for further education and will be supported by the staff of Clay Hill School.
Close family communication is encouraged to promote consistency in each young person's personal development.
Holistic and Therapeutic approach:
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
Accommodation and facilities
Clay Hill School is near Lyndhurst, Hampshire in the heart of the New Forest. It is well situated for easy access across the south of the country, close to the M27 and M3, approximately two hours drive or one and a half hours by train from London and just five minutes from Brockenhurst train station.
Clay Hill School compromises of a day school and three separate residential houses. All the houses are designed to be comfortable, homely and reflect ordinary domestic style living. Each house consists of a lounge, kitchen quiet area and some of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities. All our students are encouraged to personalise their rooms to reflect their individual personality and preference.
We provide an environment that is free from discrimination, where young people have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
Quality and regulation
Priory Education Services has a system for auditing the services provided against the regulations detailed by Education Inspection Standards. These are implemented at individual school level by managers and staff as part of the day to day life and work of the school and include expectations, systems, policy and procedures.
Each school is audited for the quality of its provision and outcomes for the young people in its care by Priory's Regional Managers and by the School Improvement Partners who visit every term. The 'Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda is at the heart of everything we do.
Clay Hill School’s performance is monitored against the standards set by regulating bodies and internal company specific performance indicators.