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The Priory School is a Special School for children with a variety of special needs and, as such, has to cater for a very wide range of aptitudes and abilities.  In order to do this we employ the full National Curriculum but modify our methods and approaches to cater for the needs of the individual, with an emphasis on literacy, numeracy, independence and life and daily living skills and work related learning skills.

In Year 7 pupils learn through a thematic curriculum approach.  The majority of their lessons are taught in the Year 7 block.  The specialist teachers go to them to deliver their lessons.  As the year progresses pupils start to move to the specialist rooms in preparation for Year 8.  After Year 7 the organisation of the school day allows for a balance between regular contact with each pupil’s class teacher and specialist teaching.

Key Stage 3 pupils are lucky enough to experience Forest School.  During these lessons they focus on keeping safe, working as part of a team and personal independence.  These lessons focus on cross curricular themes to support and enhance pupils’ understanding and engagement.

Throughout KS3 pupils’ progress is tracked using Performance Indicators for Value Added Target Setting (PIVATS).  This system allows us to carefully monitor progress, where a pupil is in danger of falling behind quickly intervene and support them in ‘closing the gap’.  This system also allows us to provide clear information regarding the pupils’ progress to their parents at annual review.

KS4 pupils access a slightly different curriculum.  They focus on English, Maths, Computing and Science for accreditation.  They participate in WJEC Entry Pathways courses in a range of different areas from Preparation for Work to Creative Media and Performance Arts.  All pupils access a series of Independent Living and Personal Development options which involves First Aid, Health and Safety in the Workplace, E-Safety, Travel Training and the Duke of Edinburgh programme. Year 11 pupils also attend work experience one day a week and Boston College to participate in college link course in preparation for leaving the Priory.

Phonics is taught regularly throughout the School using the Letters and Sounds scheme.   Phonics is used to help our students with their reading at any age through the use of segmenting, blending and decoding to teach students how to read and interpret meaning from books.  Pupils who are working beyond Phase 6 of phonics follow schemes of work based on the 2014 National Curriculum for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.  The SPaG lessons are in line with pupils' current PIVATs levels. 

Reading is an important part of the Literacy curriculum, and pupils are encouraged to read regularly in class and at home.  Reading books, for Key Stage 3 pupils are from the Rapid and Rapid Plus schemes and for Key Stage 4 are from the Fast Lane scheme.   We also have a range of ‘free reader’ books for those pupils who have completed the schemes available.  Identified pupils receive more targeted intervention for their reading in the form of one to one sessions outside of class with a member of the Intervention Team.

In addition to the National Curriculum we also cover Religious Education, Personal /Social Education, Citizenship, Health Education (including sex education), careers education/guidance (including work experience) and operate a comprehensive programme of sport and leisure.

The DfE have recently reinforced the need to “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At The Priory School these values are reinforced regularly throughout the curriculum delivery.  Pupils learn about:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.

At The Priory School we recognise that the spiritual, moral, social and culture development of pupils plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve.  We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

In line with the schools equal opportunities policy, all pupils have equal access to all areas of the curriculum.

Please follow the link(s) provided below to view more information about the school curriculum.

National Curriculum please click here


Priory School Curriculum Subject overviews:

Curriculum Map Year 7

Curriculum Map Year 8

Curriculum Map Year 9

Curriculum Map Year 10

Curriculum Map Year 11

KS3 English Curriculum Overview

KS4 English Curriculum Overview

KS3 Mathematics Curriculum Overview

KS4 Mathematics Curriculum Overview


All pupils are expected to read each evening. Homework is set on a less regular basis as we feel that our pupils work very hard in school and the long journey times experienced by many pupils also have to be taken into account.  Key Stage 4 pupils may have more homework set, particularly if they are following a GCSE course.
We have produced a Handbook for Parents, which describes different ways in which you can help your child at home.

Introduction to Spanish powerpoint presentation giving an overview of the first lessons in Spanish