A south-west London school for young people with autism and Asperger Syndrome has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, following a regulatory inspection.
Inspectors described The Priory Lodge School as having a “caring and nurturing environment” and said that “teachers have high expectations of pupils’ learning across the school”. The inspectors added that “pupils are engaged in learning and develop confidence and self-esteem”.
Ofsted praised the curriculum for being “very well designed to meet the needs of pupils” and inspectors highlighted the fact that “pupils make good progress across the range of subjects, including in English, mathematics, science, computer science…”
They went on, “The curriculum is enhanced by a range of extra-curricular activities. In addition to residential visits and local trips… pupils have access to a wide range of clubs including chess, football, computer science, dance, guitar, debating and drama.”
A parent described the school as being “an amazing place; everyone is so helpful, so friendly. Nothing is ever too much trouble. The staff really, really care about the children”.
Another parent said, “the school is very supportive of us as parents and keen to work with us”.
The Priory Lodge School is for pupils aged 5 to 19 with autism and Asperger Syndrome and associated learning difficulties including ADHD and anxiety and depression.
The main school is located in Priory Lane, Roehampton, south-west London, and there is also a facility based in the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service unit at Priory’s Roehampton Hospital, which is next door. In addition there is a sixth form learning ‘hub’ in nearby Putney.
Lucy Wood, Principal of The Priory Lodge School, said: “We are delighted with this report. We pride ourselves on our extensive curriculum which we believe enables our young people to really build on their strengths. We are aiming for 2017 to be another great year.”
Simon Coles, CEO of Priory Education and Children’s Services, said: “The Priory Lodge School is an excellent establishment. All the staff, young people, and their parents, try exceptionally hard to create a great community spirit at the school. This report vindicates everyone’s efforts.”