The school ethos centres on valuing each of our young people as individuals. By doing this, we discover unique talents, build their self-esteem and confidence and engender a joy in learning. We support our pupils throughout their school career and onwards into further learning, employment and adulthood.
Helping young people to prepare for adulthood
We understand that autism can make it very difficult for a young person to move confidently into adulthood. As such, Priory Lodge School runs a very strong PSHE programme to help develop the knowledge and skills our young people need to move successfully info adulthood.
Preparing our young people for the world of work
To successfully participate in the world of work requires social skills as much as it does academic knowledge. Most of the difficulties our young people have are around social integration and social interaction. The school runs social skills groups, working on practical skills such as interview techniques and developing training skills to help our young people manage in the world of work.
Developing daily living skills
We recognise that academic achievement in isolation of social and emotional development is of little use. Priory Lodge School runs a number of training programmes to support our young people in developing independence skills, including:
- Cooking (our post-16 Learning Hub has a specialist training kitchen)
- Travel training
Our post-16 Learning Hub has been specifically designed to maximise opportunities for pupils to develop their confidence and independence skills. Located in the centre of Putney, it is close to a wide variety of community facilities, which we support them to access. We also work closely with All Saints Church in Putney.
Learning to be heard
Many of the young people who come to Priory Lodge School have anxiety and/or self-esteem issues. It is our aim that every student leaves the school understanding that they have a right to be heard and their opinions listened to and valued.
Priory Lodge School runs a successful Student Council, which encourages pupil’s to share their opinions and ensures that their voice is heard. Young people can effect change through taking part in the School Council, helping them to understand their ability to make a difference, not only in their school but also in their local community.