Therapy and specialist support services
Students have access to a range of therapy programmes which are functional and provide useful strategies for communication which can be used beyond school life. These include:
Speech and language therapy
- Social education
- Social skills
- Occupational therapy
- Dining and discussion groups
Accommodation, facilities and activities
Teaching areas include well equipped rooms for specialist subjects such as art, science, music and food technology and a craft and design workshop. Students have access to computers for support in the main classrooms and there is a well-stocked library and quiet room where students can take 'time-out' away from their class if required.
Residential accommodation is across three separate units which include a lounge, dining room, kitchen and quiet area. The residential areas are staffed 24 hours a day by our team of care staff, support workers and waking night staff.
The extensive grounds of Unsted Park School provide the space for a variety of sport and leisure activities including:
- Roller blading
There is also a gymnasium, a fitness suite and a large indoor swimming pool. Students wishing to horse ride have access to the local riding stables with parental permission.
Young people with Asperger's Syndrome can pose particular challenges in school and the community as they find it difficult to 'read' the minds of and interpret the language of everyday social situations. Students with a very poor social understanding are frequently vulnerable, requiring an empathetic, caring environment in which to gain vital communication and social skills. All staff are trained to work specifically with young people on the autistic spectrum and will provide valuable support in a safe, caring, fun and autism friendly environment.
Care staff provide support to students within the residential setting and expand on their learning throughout the day providing regular opportunities to rehearse independent living skills. Students are encouraged to work together to make their unit a friendly, fun place to be as their home from home. Our child support workers are crucial to our students' success. They accompany them for significant periods of each day, both in and out of teaching sessions and are constantly looking for a balance between supporting and setting realistic challenges.
A comprehensive list of all policies/documents adhered to by the school are available upon request.
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.