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About Priory Education and Children's Services

Priory Education and Children’s Services aims to make a real and lasting difference to young people’s lives through quality education, care and health solutions leading to the very best individual outcomes. Our teams' expertise provides individuals who have experienced difficulties in mainstream or existing specialist settings, with the chance to fulfil their potential and be well-prepared for adult life.

Stable placements for lasting outcomes

We aim to deliver high quality, long-term solutions for young people in need of specialist support, including those who face the most challenging difficulties with highly complex needs. We support young people with autism, with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties, and also specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Whatever an individual’s needs, our schools, colleges and children's homes offer stable placements to help young people develop their education, social and independence skills so they can fulfil their potential.

What we offer

  • A nationwide network of services, meaning a high-quality education and care placement can be offered locally
  • Proven experience in delivering first-class residential care
  • Exceptional and quality outcomes demonstrating the lasting value of placements
  • A broad and balanced curriculum, including vocational routes into sustainable employment
  • Nationally-recognised qualifications and accreditations
  • Onward pathways across the Priory Group into further education or supported living if required
  • Some of the UK’s leading experts in working with young people with autism and challenging behaviours
  • Modern, well-equipped facilities, designed to meet students’ holistic needs

Focus on Safety

Priory Children’s Services are part of the Priory Group of companies. Our absolute priority is to make sure we operate safe and effective services 24/7 and that all staff understand what is required of them to make that happen. We recognise that a strong safety culture is needed at all levels. To read more about our focus on safety, please visit the main group website click here.

Our Specialisms

Our UK-wide network of schools, specialist FE colleges and a fostering service, supports children and young people aged 5 to 25 from around the world.

Specialist Education

We identify and provide the specialist support a young person needs to re-engage with learning and work towards their future aspirations. In 2015, 98.4% of our leavers successfully moved onto employment, education, training and/or planned onward residential care pathways.

Residential care

We develop personalised care plans in consultation with young people, families and commissioners that focus on building independence. We offer flexible placements for up to 52 weeks per year in high quality, family style homes, designed to meet the needs of the individual.


We provide safe, nurturing environments where students from around the world can access a first-class British education. Set in stunning locations, our schools and colleges offer international students the chance to follow a well-rounded curriculum and achieve UK qualifications and accreditations.


Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Priory Fostering Service provides stable care placements for vulnerable children and young people up to 18 years old. We provide placements for brother and sister and parent and child groups.

Governance at Priory Group

As part of the Priory Group, we are committed to providing high quality services through a robust corporate and clinical governance framework. We nurture a culture of continuous quality improvement that moves beyond compliance and focuses on delivering excellent care and support to those people who are patients, pupils or residents in our hospitals, homes and schools.

Our approach to organisational governance plays an essential role in ensuring that we work together to deliver safe, effective and well-managed services across the 450 operational sites which make up our Healthcare, Education and Children’s Services and Adult Care Divisions.

For more information on our approach to governance across Priory Group, please click here.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mark Musselle & Pat Bryce
0845 277 4679 0845 277 4679
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Where to go

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Contact Name
Mark Musselle & Pat Bryce
Contact Telephone
0845 277 4679
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