Unique services for unique young people

Clay Hill School - Hampshire

Clay HillLyndhurstHampshireSO43 7DE

Tel.023 8028 3633


Clay Hill School - Hampshire

Clay Hill School is an independent, specialist day school providing education for up to 25 young people aged 5 to 19 years with autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome and associated complex needs and learning difficulties. Residential care  can be provided at our on-site residential home for up to 14 young people - either on a weekly, termly, or 52 week basis. The school is situated near Lyndhurst, Hampshire in the heart of the New Forest; ideally located for easy access across the south of the country.

Services offered:

  • An individual education and care plan
  • Appropriate peer group and curriculum
  • TEACCH system throughout the school day
  • A consistent and structured approach
  • A comprehensive and intensive approach to the communication and language needs of the young people
  • Social and living curriculum
  • Behaviour management psychologist
  • High staff to pupil ratio in both education and residential settings
  • Therapeutic input from a dedicated therapy team, including a behaviour management psychologist
  • 52 week, 38 week placements on a weekly or daily provision as required
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Clay Hill School’s service includes a day school and three separate residential provisions based at Kiln House. Each residence is designed to be comfortable, homely and reflect ordinary domestic-style living. Each residence consists of a lounge, kitchen and quiet area, whilst a number of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

Each young person has a nominated key person in both the education and care settings to oversee their day to day needs and promote a positive experience. This further promotes our inclusive approach towards education and care.

Every member of the Clay Hill School staff team is passionate about the quality of service we provide to our young people, ensuring that their individual plans and programmes are tailored to their needs and that every young person is challenged at a speed that is appropriate for them.

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Our Services

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Admissions Criteria:

  • Boys and girls aged 5 to 19 years
  • A diagnosis of autistic spectrum condition (ASC) or evidence of behaviours which are in accordance with such a diagnosis
  • Possible learning difficulties within the moderate to severe range
  • Adequate, or potentially adequate physical ability to participate in a physically demanding programme of learning
  • No reported adverse medical conditions or factors
  • Appropriate family commitment to supporting and maintaining programmes at home

Clay Hill School can meet the needs of children with autism and associated complexities. A vital element of admission process is to ensure that the needs of the child referred can be met and that their admission does not have a detrimental effect on the wellbeing and safety of others.

Admissions Process:

  • An initial enquiry is sent from the Local Authority to the Referrals and Admissions Manager
  • Referral papers are sent to the schools 
  • A description of the child’s special educational needs will match the admission criteria
  • Consideration / reply provided by the Referrals and Admissions Co-ordinator
  • A home visit is arranged
  • An interview is arranged
  • Teachers will review in detail any additional paperwork associated with the education and care of the child
  • A permanent place is offered if the pre-admission process is successful

If the young person is offered a place at the school, they may remain until the end of the academic year in which they are nineteen, or may leave at an earlier point, depending on their Local Authority policy and arrangements.

Clay Hill School considers referrals from all cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds.

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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.

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 receive 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 participating in work experience opportunities or accessing mainstream colleges for further education. 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
  • Access to other therapeutic professionals is available based on identified need

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 provisions based at Kiln House. Each residence is designed to be comfortable, homely and reflect ordinary domestic-style living. Each residence consists of a lounge, kitchen and quiet area, whilst a number of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

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.

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