Transforming the future for young people
with complex autism
Prior's Court News
Our Education and
Care teams have
from Ofsted for
the quality of the
services they are
providing for our
After inspection visits
earlier this year:
l Our Care provision has
been rated as "good" - the
12th year in a row a "good"
or "outstanding" grading
has been received.
l Our Education provision
has been rated as "outstanding" for the second
inspection in a row.
Highlights from the Ofsted Care report, which
followed a three-day visit in May, included:
l "Children with very complex needs are supported
by unendingly patient and caring staff."
l "Each child has a unique identity, and this
individuality is both championed and celebrated by
the whole team."
l "Staff work hard to maximise the capacity of
children with complex needs to actively participate
in day-to-day decision-making."
l "Staff demonstrate an unswerving commitment,
enhancing children's lives and providing a range of
positive, developmental experiences."
Meanwhile, praise from the Ofsted Education report
after a visit in March, included:
l "Prior's Court is an exceptional school that serves
some very special pupils outstandingly well."
l "Pupils here achieve things of which they and
their parents and carers could previously only have
l "Through its intensive support, the school gives a
voice to its pupils, many of whom have struggled for
years to be heard."
Sarah Butcher MBE, our Director of Young People's
Wellbeing, said: "The Ofsted Care report is a reflection
of the amazing work our staffing teams do every day
to support our young people. It is a privilege to work
with such dedicated and knowledgeable teams. The
challenges within the social care sector as a whole
are well known and how Prior's Court is affected by
this is noted in the report. But I am hugely pleased
the report also recognises how everyone at Prior's
Court is working really hard to make things better."
About the Education report, Sue Piper, our
Director of Young People's Learning and registered
headteacher, added: "This is a wonderfully
complementary report which the staffing teams
at Prior's Court fully deserve. I am thrilled with the
"outstanding" grade which reflects the hard work of
all the teams involved and their knowledge of not
only autism, but the needs of each individual young
person at Prior's Court."
The areas for improvement found by Ofsted have
been acknowledged by senior leaders at Prior's Court
with plans being developed to address these points.
The full reports can be read on our website.
Our four Young Adult Provision homes, registered
with the CQC, are all rated as "good".
High praise for staffing teams in pair
of glowing Ofsted reports
Milestones reached after Care and Education inspections