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Prior's Court School

Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire, England RG18 9NU

Special School Co-Educational 5 - 19 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

An independent residential special school for children and young people aged 5 to 19 years who are on the autism spectrum and have moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs.

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Word From The Head

Sue Piper

Prior’s Court exists because of one extraordinary person's desire to build a better future for young people with autism, after her own experiences with her autistic son.

More than 20 years on from opening in 1999, the experience, vision and passion of our Founding Patron, tech entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley CH and her son Giles, continues to profoundly influence what we do and why we do it.

Prior’s Court was inspired by the experience of one parent and one autistic child. Each young person who has joined Prior’s Court since has been placed at the heart of everything we do. The experience we have delivered from day one has always been entirely individual and celebrates each young person for their own personal achievements.

What We Offer

  • ASDAN - Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • Sign language
  • Athletics
  • Cycling
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Touch Rugby
  • Cooking
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Eco Club
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Horticulture
  • Music
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scouts
  • Trampolining
  • Yoga
  • Autistic Spectrum of Disorder (ASD)
  • Dual/Multi-Sensory Impairment (DSI/MSI)
  • Epilepsy
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

  • * This school operates
      52 weeks in the year.
  • After School Club
  • Coeliac/Gluten Intolerance
  • Dairy Intolerance
  • Halal
  • International Students
  • Nut Allergies
  • Special Diets
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian


  • Assessment
  • Referral by Local Authority or Social Services
  • Educational psychologist's report
  • Residential assessment
  • Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
    • All denominations welcome
    • No religious affiliation
    • English
    • Sign language

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range5 to 19
      Annual Day Fees *0 to 0
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *0 to 0
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *0 to 0
      * Currency:

      Number Of Pupils

      47Full Boarding7
      0Weekly Boarding0
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 251
      Part-time: 200

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University