Priory Education Services exist throughout the UK catering for the various specialist needs of young people on the autistic spectrum in order to achieve the best possible outcome for them, whether that be through further education, independent living or transition into Priory’s other care pathways.
Sketchley School in Leicestershire goes beyond the school environment to inform, educate and up skill the wider community. Marie Breed, Autism Specialist at Sketchley and Forest House School, leads on their Community Outreach Service programme and explains: “The Outreach Service involves three members of staff from Sketchley and Forest House school who help with children who are on the spectrum and are out of education or are placed within a mainstream school.
“The circumstances for our Outreach Service getting involved, include student expulsion and young people who may have been out of education for a number of years, but for those who are in a mainstream school our overall aim is to help stabilise the current school placement and to up skill staff within the mainstream setting.”
Sketchley School also holds parent coffee mornings which provide parents with a chance to meet up and discuss any issues that they may be having with their child. Sketchley also provides training for parents once a term during the evening and often conduct home visits to train parents with help on diagnosis and strategies.
Additionally Priory Education Services recently responded to an increase in demand for its specialist services with the opening of Clay Hill in Lyndhurst. The school provides care and education for up to 25 young people aged 5 to 19 years with autism and associated learning difficulties. Up to 14 young people will be a resident at the school, either on a weekly, term-time or 52 week basis. This new provision will benefit from the experience and expertise of the wider Priory Group, including the neighbouring Coxlease School.
Clay Hill School’s service includes a day school and three residential homes. Each home has been designed to reflect an ordinary domestic style of living, and consists of a lounge, kitchen, dining room, quiet area and a number of bedrooms which have en-suite facilities. All the young people are encouraged to personalise their rooms to reflect their individual personality and preference.
Karen Gaster, Principal at Clay Hill said: “This specialist school for young people with Autism has been welcomed by professionals and will bring high-quality; much needed care and education provision to Hampshire.”
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