Devon Education and Children’s Services – Priory Education Services

Special needs catered for

Specialist education and residential care for boys and girls aged 7-19 (post 19 for day boys) who have autism with emotional and behavioural difficulties and complex learning difficulties. Many have experienced failure, disappointment and criticism with resulting feelings of inadequacy and poor self-image. Many also have additional conditions including Asperger's Syndrome.

Specialist facilities

Chelfham Senior School provides a positive and structured environment which celebrates and rewards success and progress, and a culture in which students feel safe, secure and listened to. A framework where pupils learn to take responsibility for the control of their own behaviours is used.

Support services provided

Each young person has an individual education plan and an individual behaviour management plan which break down the objectives of their needs into small steps so that progress can be monitored and assessed. Year 11 pupils may move to the Post-16 facility, which is on a separate site, where they can focus on vocational awareness courses and independence skills training. Students at both sites have access to local colleges and schools enabling them to take advantage of an even wider variety of academic and social communication provision.

General environment

Chelfham Senior School is located on two sites in the heart of the Devon countryside, close to Dartmoor National Park and the many wonderful beaches of North Cornwall. The nearby towns of Tavistock and Plymouth offer shops and leisure facilities and a direct rail link to London.

Aims and philosophy

Our aim is to give young people with challenging behaviour a better chance in life by helping them to reappraise themselves and develop feelings of self-worth. By redressing the negative effects of past experiences and focusing on the individual and their future, we help them produce positive changes to achieve this.

A broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum is on offer, including the National Curriculum where appropriate. Students follow courses based on a modular structure, as this is better suited to the learning style of many of our students. Students can sit Certificates of Educational Achievement and GCSEs.


Devon Education and Children’s Services – Priory Education Services




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Mr John Steward

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Length of school year

38-52 weeks

Age range


Number on roll

Number of Places: 63

Type of school

Mixed - Residential and day


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