Welcome to our school


Headteacher: Bernadette Knill


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 now co-located in our new school with Ormesby School and are looking forward to developing a close working relationship which will enhance the teaching and learning in both our schools.


Priory Woods Mission Statement

Working together at Priory Woods we aim to provide a stimulating and challenging environment which will enrich and enhance pupils' learning and life experiences.


Summer 2015

Well here we are again, at the end of another busy school year! There have been so many exciting events it would be impossible to list them all, however highlights include pupils taking their dance exams, Bake Off, Christmas performances, Royal Shakespeare Company Learning Network events, visitors from Europe and our pupils visiting several European countries, Bamboozle and Arial Theatre visit, the Farm Bus and pupils composing and performing a new school song! In addition to the exciting things the pupils have also worked very hard with their basic skills too. We are proud of each and everyone of them.

The end of this term sees us saying goodbye to several staff who have decided to retire. Thanks go to Sheila Neasham who now works in our school office but started here as a teaching assistant; Gill Pratt who has supported children in every Key Stage in three different buildings over a very long career; Audrey Haslett who again has supported children and young people of all ages through the years and Wendy Simpson who has taught children and young people since time began!  They retire with our very best wishes and a big thank you for all they have done to support our school community over the years.

Julie Wilson, deputy head, and I have also decided that it is time for us to retire too. We would both like to say that it has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with your children. We have never stopped learning too! Thank you for your support over the years, it has been greatly appreciated. We wish you and your children well for the future.

Best wishes

Bernadette and Julie 


Summer Holidays and PD Days

School will close for the summer break on Friday 17th July at 2pm. It will re-open for the pupils on Thursday 3rd September as Tuesday 1st September and Wednesday 2nd September are both PD days.



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Priory 16

Our new building which will accommodate some of our Post 16 students and open as a café for the local community has just opened. Some of our Post 16 students are now having some lessons in the 2 new classrooms in the building. The catering team is getting the kitchen and café area ready for a grand opening in July (details to follow). Click here to see some photos of the new building.


School Information & Letters

All school information can be found in our parents section. This includes school policies, prospectus, E-safety information, adverse weather conditions advice, school calendar and other relevant information. All letters that are sent home will be included in this section.


School Policies

We have recently updated our school policies, click here to view the documents.


School Song

Click the link at bottom of page to listen to our new school song. 




Latest News

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 New vacancies - Network Manager / ICT Technician, Pool Attendant and Lunch Time Assistants.