Troup House School in Gamrie, Aberdeenshire has been praised by care inspectors for offering "very good" teaching to vulnerable children.
The Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s independent care watchdog, said the school offered a "nurturing" environment for pupils with "a well-developed outdoor education system" and well-developed links which enabled young people to gain work experience and access to college courses.
The inspectors said there had been a complete refurbishment of the school area with new classrooms for well-being, science and home economics.
"Troup House school continues to be an educationally rich environment where young people are engaged and committed," inspectors said. "They are very good at identifying young people’s needs and interests and were found to be continuously helping young people to attain new skills and affirm their achievements."
The residential school near Macduff offers education, care and support for children between eight and 18 who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorders and challenging behaviour. Inspectors rated the quality of environment and staffing as “very good” while the care and support and the management and leadership was rated “good”.
Inspectors said the "overwhelming" opinion of young people was that the school was providing a good service. One pupil said:"I'm doing really well at school and achieving a lot of maths and PE," while another said, "Troup House is really good for me. I used to get into trouble and I don’t now. It’s awesome." A third said: "We can go to the principal if we have any issues. People are really nice. School is cool."
The inspectorate said there was also a high level of satisfaction with the service from the local authority and social workers.
All young people stated that they had good relationships with their key worker. One indicated that their ‘keyworker was excellent and went the extra mile’. And there were several examples of good communication with parents.”
Mark Underwood, chief executive officer of Priory Education Services, said: "Staff and pupils work really hard to make Troup House school the place that it is – positive, caring and achieving. I am really pleased that this has been recognised by the care inspectorate."
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