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Priory launches its first international residential ‘summer school’ for children who require additional support in their learning and social, communication and language skills

  • Young people from UK & abroad invited to take part in the 10-day residential summer school
  • Programme of activity and learning tailored for young people aged 12-16 who may need support with their language, communication and social skills

Priory Education and Children’s Services is offering an extensive, 10-day residential summer school programme for young people from both the UK and internationally who may require additional support with their social interactions.

There are more than 120,000 young people with autism in the UK, 75% of whom are in mainstream education. This unique summer school will offer students (aged 12-16) the opportunity to meet and mix with others who may be facing similar learning, social or communication challenges.

Set in the grounds of Mark College, Somerset, the bespoke summer activity programme (which runs from 22 August to 1 September 2017) has been designed to broaden experiences in a safe and peaceful environment, focusing on fun, improved social and communication skills, and the building on self-esteem.

All staff at the summer school are fully qualified and experienced employees of The Priory Group, the UK’s leading provider of specialist education and mental healthcare. Learning will be through interactive small group activities, carried out in fully equipped classrooms, some with voice recognition and voice assisted technology.

Simon Coles, CEO of Priory Education and Children’s Services, said: “We are delighted to be opening our doors this summer to young people who we believe will gain great benefit from spending 10 days in the Somerset countryside in an environment in which they can both learn and relax.

“There is of course an emphasis on learning - especially for those students for whom English isn't their first language – our summer school creates a really inspiring environment for developing core skills and becoming involved with interactive and ‘hands-on’ activities both in and outside of a classroom setting.

“With 24 acres of stunning private land plus easy access to local beaches, countryside and cultural landmarks, the opportunities are endless for our students to explore their interests and work towards fulfilling their potential.”

If required, additional needs assessments will be available to students from an Educational Psychiatrist, Speech and Language or Occupational Therapists. All students will also receive a progress and assessment report as well as a ‘Priory Summer Schools Diploma’ at the end of the stay.

For parents and carers considering an extra-curricular “camp” full of fun and friendship for their child with special educational needs, here are seven reasons why they might want to choose the Priory Summer School:

  1. Fully trained staff, qualified in language and communications skills
  2. Opportunity to build social skills, self-esteem and independence
  3. English language tuition through creative, interactive and experimental activities
  4. Access to some of England’s most beautiful beaches and landscapes
  5. Additional needs assessments
  6. Programme of planned activities to help develop core skills
  7. Outcomes and development report with next steps.

Mark College is situated just 30 minutes’ drive from Bristol airport and no more than 2.5 hours from both of London’s largest airports. The 10-day summer school costs £3,000 for the all-inclusive programme (all tuition, activities, meals and accommodation). Further details can be found by emailing Internationaleducation@priorygroup.com or from the attached brochure.