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.
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.
Close family communication is encouraged to promote consistency in each young person's personal development.
The Priory Lodge School adopts a multidisciplinary approach to education using the best practice models such as TEACCH and active learning programmes. Students will learn how to develop effective compensatory strategies to overcome their difficulties in social and emotional processing, communication and flexibility in thinking and behaviour.
All students have access to the National Curriculum, which is adapted and modified according to the individual needs and abilities of each student. Teaching takes place in one of the specially designed classrooms in small groups of up to six students, to ensure that learning support is provided for every individual.
Individual education plans (IEPs) are implemented to develop communication, personal and social education skills.
All staff are trained in de-escalation and Team Teach 'positive handling' physical intervention techniques.
The Priory Lodge School enables students to:
- Learn how to manage their behaviour and cope with anxieties in an urban environment
- Develop strategies to manage everyday living
- Develop independence, social and communication skills
- Become empowered to make their own choices in life
Environment and facilities
The Priory Lodge School is situated in the grounds of the Priory Hospital Roehampton, in new, purpose built premises close to Richmond Park and only seven miles from Central London, allowing easy accessibility from the A3, M2, M4, M25 and M40.
The spacious and modern building has been specifically designed to accommodate young people with autistic spectrum disorders and Asperger's Syndrome.
Classrooms have been planned and designed for specialist subjects including information technology, art, food technology, science and music, together with specially designed areas for therapy and time-out rooms.
The urban environment of the Priory Lodge School plays an important part in the holistic experience of our young people. It is also uniquely placed to benefit from the breadth of therapy and specialist mental health services provided at the Priory Hospital Roehampton, whilst also working with the CAMHS unit and experienced educational psychologists.
Set within the hospital grounds in the heart of Richmond, students have access to a wide range of activities and facilities including outdoor adventure, physical education, environmental, cultural and social. This provides students with the opportunity to gain a real-life learning experience, helping them make sense of the world they live in supported by the National Curriculum.
- Individualised behavioural therapy
- Child and adolescent psychiatry and psychological support where needed
- Speech and language, Educational Psychology and Occupational therapy
- Working flexibly with pupils and parents to ensure that individual pupils are supported and encouraged to achieve
- Encouragement for all pupils to participate in the cultural and recreational life of the school and the wider community.
- Working within a multi-agency/multi-disciplinary partnership to support pupils understanding and development
- Striving to achieve pupil’s personal aspiration and enjoyment of life and living
Safe and supportive community living
The Priory Lodge School is situated in the grounds of the Priory Hospital, Roehampton in new, purpose built premises close to Richmond Park and only seven miles from central London, allowing easy accessibility from the A3, M2, M4, M25 and M40.
The spacious and modern building has been specifically designed to accommodate young people with autistic spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.
Outcomes and achievements
It is our aim to ensure that young people develop a positive outlook on life; that they achieve, thrive and learn to take responsibility by engaging in appropriate and stimulating learning opportunities in a challenging educational environment.
Students will achieve an enhanced degree of emotional stability through an active approach to learning, which reduces anxiety levels and enables them to access the curriculum. They are able to engage in daily life with increased confidence, self-esteem, dignity and independence.
Quality and regulation
Priory Education Services has a system for auditing the services provided against the regulations detailed by Ofsted Care and Education Inspection Standards and National Minimum Standards where appropriate. 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.
A team of Ofsted inspectors are employed from both care and education to carry out regular visits to each school to conduct a full audit of practice and to check on standards. Quality Assurance systems include Ofsted care and education audits. School performance is monitored against the standards set by regulating bodies and internal company specific performance indicators on a monthly basis.
The Priory Lodge Schools special educational needs policy references the DCSF Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special educational need.
The Priory Lodge School also operates the following policies which are available on request:
- A list of external accreditations and examination results
- A staff list and qualifications
- Anti-bullying policy
- Assessment procedure
- Behaviour management policy
- Complaints policy
- Curriculum policy
- English as an additional language
- Equality and diversity
- Exclusions policy
- Health and safety procedures
- Ofsted report
- Safeguarding policy
- The school's statement of purpose
- Welfare of children and intimate care policy