Priory Lodge School - London

Priory Lane
Roehampton
London
SW15 5JJ

Tel. 0208 392 4410

Fax. 0208 392 4415

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The Priory Lodge School is a co educational, purpose built day school in South West London for young people aged 5 to 19 with mild to moderate autism, Asperger’s syndrome and associated learning difficulties.

It is our intention that every pupil will achieve their full potential in both academic and personal development, take up new challenging goals and work hard to achieve them.

As a day school we provide an alternative to residential education which supports pupils to develop independence and social skills whilst living in their home environment. The Priory Lodge School enables pupils to become successful learners, responsible citizens and confident individuals.

The Priory Lodge School aims to deliver the highest level of education and care according to individual need in a safe, positive and structured environment in which every pupil is encouraged to achieve the best possible academic, social and vocational outcomes.

Services offered 

  • Purpose built education facilities for young people with autism and Asperger syndrome in an urban setting
  • Provision of a curriculum of the highest quality and range which meets personalised learning needs for all pupils
  • Integration of a broad range of Nationally Accredited GCSEs, Functional Skills and Entry Level programmes
  • Development of work-related and enterprise skills as a high priority in the curriculum
  • Where appropriate, inclusion within main stream school provision as part of a pupil’s individualised learning programme closely supported by educational staff from Priory Lodge School 
  • Small teaching groups
  • High staff to pupil ratios
  • Access to a wide range of therapies
  • A culture in which pupils feel safe, secure and valued
  • Close working relationships with parents and professionals
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The Priory Lodge School can provide day places for up to 40 students. Placements are flexible and for 38 weeks of the year. All of the young people referred to the school will have a Statement of Special Educational Need.

The Priory Lodge School provides education for children with mild to moderate autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and associated learning difficulties. All admissions are made in accordance with the current school policy and the appropriate legislation.

Admission process

Admissions to the Priory Lodge School take place at any time during the school year in order to minimise the amount of time children spend out of the classroom.
Requests for places are made in writing by local education authorities who will forward the child's Statement of Special Educational Need. Following this an admission interview is arranged allowing parents/guardians and the child to visit the school and discuss the statemented needs in full.
If the Priory Lodge School feels it can meet the needs of the child the local education authority will be informed and an admission date arranged.
Places are offered subject to availability and suitability and only if parents/guardians feel that they can fully support the placement. Mutual co-operation between parents/guardians and staff at the school is seen as a key to successful placement at the Priory Lodge School.

Admissions criteria

  • Aged between 5 and 19
  • A diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder or evidence of behaviours which are in accordance with such a diagnosis
  • A statement of Special Educational Need

Education

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.

Therapeutic approach

  • 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.

Policies

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