The main aim of Clay Hill School is to help young people stabilise their behaviour, begin to make positive choices, learn, achieve and fulfil their interests, maximising their potential for a better future.
school provides a safe, calm and warm, yet structured environment,
which encourages children and young people to develop the social,
educational and practical skills they require to enjoy and achieve.
Clay Hill School being part of Priory Group and having links with the community including mainstream schools, develops systems to prepare young people to function within the wider society and for appropriate transitions at the optimum time to transfer into adult services, or on to further education where appropriate.
The school buildings were once a stately country home offering large light, airy facilities. The buildings have been completely refurbished and adjusted to the needs of specialist school.
Clay Hill School is a part of the Priory Group which has been established in 1980. The group is the UK's leading independent provider of mental health care facilities and operates at more than 500 sites in the United Kingdom and includes among them: rehabilitation and recovery centres; mental healthcare hospitals and clinics; specialist schools and colleges; supported residential facilities and homes; care homes for older people. At the Priory Group there are treated over 70 different conditions through a nationwide network of over 275 facilities.
Priory Group is organised into three divisions – healthcare, education and children’s services, and adult care services – which together support the needs of more than 30,000 people every year.
The school, being part of the Priory Group: division education and children’s services, has access to additional healthcare and supported living services where needed.
The range of facilities available ensures that every young person receives a smooth and planned transition from primary education all the way through to further education, university, employment and independent living, as appropriate for each individual.
Every young person is allocated a case manager who is responsible for co-ordinating and facilitating our inclusive approach across all internal and external services. The case manager has responsibility from admission through to transition into adulthood within the wider community. Young people also have an allocated key worker who will be responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination of all aspects of their life at Clay Hill School.
An individual education and care plan includes:
• Appropriate peer group and curriculum
• TEACCH system throughout the school day
• A consistent and structured approach
• A comprehensive and intensive approach to the communication and language needs of the young people
• Social and living skills curriculum
• High staff to young person ratio in both education and residential settings
• Intensive therapeutic programmes and communication strategies
All staff who work with the children at Clay Hill School are trained to a very high standard in order to be most effective in supporting the children to realise their full potential. The staff at Clay Hill School receive regular training from both in-house and external specialists, all designed to improve practice and improve the outcomes of the pupils.
Staff explore with each young person their personal interests and if there is not already an established activity, they will work to find access to this locally. Activities may include; visiting the cinema, bowling, laser quest, gym activities, sports clubs, tennis, trampolining, gymnastics, youth clubs and youth organisations, fishing, swimming and go-karting.
Lyndhurst is a large village (population of 3'029) situated in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire (county). The nearest city is Southampton, above nine miles (15 km) to the north-east. This is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire and major port and the closest city to the New Forest.
Accessibility of the school: Clay Hill School is well situated for easy access across the south of the country, close to the M27 and M3, approximately two hours drive and one and a half hours by train from London and just five minutes from Brockenhurst train station.
distance to Southampton airport: 19 min (15.2 miles; 24,5) via M27
distance to London: 1 h 52 min (88.7 miles, 142.7) via M3
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