Priory Ogilvie Court

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About this location

Ogilvie Court is located in Earls Colne, near Colchester. It offers residential support for 25 males and females with a primary diagnosis of a learning disability, and other associated needs. We are in a rural location, surrounded by lovely views and beautiful countryside.

Our team are dedicated to providing the people we care for with the skills needed for them to live a healthier and happier life back in the community.

We can also support people who are on the autism spectrum and those who have physical disabilities.

Services at a glance

There are a total of 25 bedrooms at the site. Of these:
2 have en-suite facilities
21 are on the ground floor

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Ogilvie Court America Road Earls Colne Colchester CO6 2LB

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Situated within four acres of private gardens and woodlands in a peaceful, rural location, Ogilvie Court is a large farmhouse separated into four separate buildings, offering lots of space and a relaxed, homely environment. In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Well-equipped activities room
  • Quiet room
  • Gym
  • Utility room
  • Communal wet room

We also have a very large garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Summer house
  • Shelter
  • Summer house
  • Wheelchair access
  • Sensory garden
  • Vegetable patch
  • Swing

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as hoists. In addition, we have a mobility-adapted site vehicle to help us to meet the needs of the people we support.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. 21 of the bedrooms are on the ground floor and there are a further 4 on the first floor. Two of our bedrooms have en-suite facilities, containing either a shower or a wet room. Most of the bedrooms have wheelchair access.

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Ogilvie Court has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Ogilvie Court include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychology

PBS is delivered by an in-house practitioner, and we also have support from a local multidisciplinary team, including a community learning disability team, to offer these services. In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™ and Active Support to support our residents to achieve their goals.

The lengths of the placements that we offer at Ogilvie Court can be transitional, short-term, medium-term or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Ogilvie Court has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas
  • Those with active, significant self-harm risks


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community. We support people to move into their own homes in the community through our Priory Supported Living East England services.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • PBS practitioner
  • Activities co-ordinator

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Epilepsy training
  • Autism specialist training
  • Diabetes management training
  • Makaton training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Ogilvie Court has a number of amenities nearby include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • College
  • Park
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Nature reserve/national park
  • Zoo

Transport links

Ogilvie Court also has local transport links, including:

  • A 10 minutes’ drive from a train station, with direct trains to Colchester, Ipswich and London
  • 10-minute drive to the A12

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

I love living here, I get to do different activities and the staff are very kind and helpful
Person supported by Ogilvie Court Ogilvie Court
The staff have helped me change my life, they never gave up on me
Person supported by Ogilvie Court Ogilvie Court

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes. We will work with the resident and their relatives to ensure possible risks are managed and that everyone is supported. This may mean the individual’s key worker will come along on the visit.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. Visits are usually planned in advance to support individual needs. Unfortunately, family members cannot stay overnight.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Yes, we strive to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. Update meetings are offered by appointment, and we will work with families on an individual basis to figure out what works best.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Everyone who stays with us are supported to call their loved ones any time, via phone or video call. Family and friends are also able to call as often as they like. In addition, we can support our residents to get their own mobile phone, where appropriate.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. Some of the furniture has been purchased to suit the needs of our residents and some of it is fitted, and therefore cannot be removed.

Are external doors kept locked?

Yes, the front door is locked as you would at your own home. There are key pads on the doors and we have external gates leading to the home also.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

All of our residents receive support to choose their meals and to make them if required. We can also support people to develop their daily living skills, including cooking, within our skills centre. We also seek out input from nutritionists, where required, and can provide accommodations for special dietary requirements.

How does laundry work?

Each building has their own laundry area for residents to use. Our staff are also available to help, if support is needed.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Our staff look after the housekeeping at the home. However, we will work with people to develop support plans which incorporate the development of independent living skills.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

We are unable to support pets at Ogilvie Court. Residents are not allowed to bring illegal substances onto the premises. We would also ask that people do not bring high risk personal items into the house.

In addition, we may place restrictions on some items where the risks cannot be appropriately managed, such as non-approved drugs and medications, solvent-based products and lighters.

How do activities work?

Activities are planned according to our residents’ choices and interests. Thorough risk assessments are conducted before any activity. Everyone has a tailored activities planner. This will include both in-house activities as well as visits into the community. Their key worker may use a variety of communication tools to ensure they can have an input into the planning of activities.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we focus on proactive strategies, rather than physical intervention. We have a PBS practitioner, who supports people on an individual basis, to ensure we are meeting their needs.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Yes, we encourage families and extended support providers to be involved with the care plans. We use a variety of communication tools to work collaboratively with the person we care for to co-produce the plans so they are tailored to their needs. We value this important input from others where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

Our large grounds offers parking facilities on-site for up to 40 cars.

What is the smoking policy?

Residents can smoke by the designated smoking area in the back garden, which has a shelter. We don’t permit smoking inside the building, and this includes vapes. Residents are able to buy cigarettes and vapes at the shops, if this is what they choose.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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