Hurworth House School – Priory Education Services

Special needs catered for

Priory Hurworth House is a specialist day school located near Darlington for boys and girls aged 7 to 19 years who have complex learning difficulties including behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). The young people may also have challenging behaviour as a result of their difficulties.

Specialist facilities

Priory Hurworth House can offer individual therapy sessions to all of our young people if appropriate. This takes place on site in specialist rooms and is provided by our experienced and qualified therapists and other professionals, as agreed with placing authorities and carers. The specialist range of services the school has access to include child and adolescent psychiatry, Behavioural therapy, Psychotherapy, Art therapy, Music therapy and Educational psychology. By implementing the alternative services appropriate, we hope to help our young people achieve a greater understanding of themselves and work towards resolution.

General environment

Priory Hurworth House is located in Hurworth on Tees near Darlington in the North East. The environment focuses on excellent educational and social outcomes for each young person, with the aim of reversing the spiral of failure and frustration experienced by students and replacing it with optimism through setting achievable goals. The ethos is non-authoritarian and adults are encouraged to recognise the young person’s perspective, and to sensitively support learning. The school is light and spacious and a high priority is given to ensuring that the school is equipped to a high standard.

Classrooms have been planned and designed across two floors to accommodate up to eight students in mixed ability and gender groups according to year or Key Stage groups. There are a number of purpose built specialist rooms including an ICT suite, art room, technology and construction skills room, food technology, music room, library and laboratory. In addition there is a large gym area suitable for drama, games, assemblies, and dining, there is also a catering kitchen and dining room.

Outside the school has a hard surface play ground, and garden with quiet areas for the students to use, there is additionally a seven acre playing field and pavilion 150 metres from the school gates. Students also have access to a wide range of activities and facilities including outdoor adventure, physical education, environmental, cultural and social. This provides students with the opportunity to gain a real-life learning experience which is supported by the National Curriculum.

Aims and philosophy

Priory Hurworth House aims to deliver the highest level of education tailored to individual need in a safe, positive and structured environment where every student is encouraged to achieve the best possible academic, social and vocational outcomes.


Hurworth House School – Priory Education Services




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John Anderson

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Length of school year

38 weeks

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Number on roll

Number of Places: 40

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