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Priory Woods School & Arts College

Priory Woods School & Arts College A Special Place to Learn


Message from the Head Teacher

Welcome to Priory Woods School and Arts College website. We hope that by looking at it, you get a flavour of life in our wonderful school for children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs from the age of four to nineteen.

At Priory Woods, we aim to support all of our children and young people to achieve the best that they can through a varied, exciting, dynamic and challenging curriculum in a safe and stimulating environment, both within and outside of school. This is achieved with the dedication of a large school team as well as colleagues in other agencies. As an arts college, we focus on exploiting the arts in all its forms to provide opportunities to develop skills and enrich lives.

We recognise that we cannot succeed in our aims alone and value and respect ongoing cooperation with families and other agencies. Our school is a community where everyone is valued and respected, where we have a shared commitment to providing the best learning opportunities possible. We have the highest expectations and aspirations for all of our learners and continually seek to develop to ensure that these are realised.

Please enjoy browsing our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Kindest Regards,

Janis French

Welcome to our school

Priory Woods School and Arts College is an all age community special school situated in east Middlesbrough. Our school provides a quality, inclusive education for pupils with severe learning difficulties and those with profound and multiple needs.

We are co-located with Outwood Academy Ormesby on a modern purpose built site.

Priory Woods Vision

By working together, our pupils will enjoy a creative, innovative, exciting and challenging curriculum within a safe environment which will enrich and enhance every child’s learning. 

We aim to achieve our vision by

  • Creating an ethos where everyone values and respects themselves and each other
  • Creating an inclusive environment which fosters a sense of belonging
  • Enabling our young people to fulfil their potential through high expectations, aspirations and learning opportunities which meet their individual learning needs
  • The promotion of pupil voice where opinions are valued, encouraged and which can influence change.