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Priory College Swindon, a specialist college for young people with autism, had its residential provision rated “good” overall and in all assessment areas by Ofsted, following a recent regulatory inspection.

In their report, following their recent inspection, Ofsted said: “The adults working across this provision have high aspirations for the students. They support students to achieve their full potential, and they remain dogmatic in their approach to ensuring inclusion and equal opportunity for all those who attend this college.” They went onto say, “Students reported that they are happy at the college. They feel safe and have trusted adults around them whom they can turn to.”

According to the regulatory body, “The college achieves its aims and objectives of providing individualised care, education and support for students. Aspiration and expectations for students are high. Imaginative and inspired opportunities are provided for students to achieve and experience new things.”

They continued by saying, “All students are valued as unique individuals, and staff are quick to point out achievements and skills. Without exception, the inspector witnessed staff talking with and about students in a way that demonstrates respect, understanding and genuine desire to provide the best possible care and support.” Students are given the opportunity to express any views or ideas for improvements they have at weekly house meetings.

Inspectors were impressed with the range of activities available to young people. They regularly visit the cinema, go to the local gym and do things that are related to their individual hobbies, for instance one student went to a lecture by a famous historian. Students are encouraged to take part in college activities such as charity events, productions and making shows for their in-house radio station.

Priory College Swindon educates young people with social and communication difficulties, particularly autism and Asperger Syndrome, including co-morbid conditions and anti-social behaviour. Its residential facility provides some of the college’s students with accommodation, where they are supported by a specialist team. The college also enrolls day students. The main site is located in Old Town in Swindon.

Martin Bentham, Principal of Priory College Swindon, said: “I am thrilled with the report. We pride ourselves in having excellent relationships with our young people, professionals and family members, so I am particularly pleased with the warm feedback that we received from them. We will continue to work exceptionally hard to ensure that our young people are as equipped as they possibly can be for adulthood.”

For more details on Priory Education and Children's Services, please call 0118 970 8068 or click here to make an enquiry.