Pupils from Falkland House School, one of Scotland’s top providers of education for boys with additional support needs, welcomed Lord and Lady Hope of Craighead, to the school this week to showcase their latest successes. Lord Hope has been appointed by The Queen to be Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this year. He was accompanied by the Lord- Lieutenant of Fife, Mr Robert Balfour.
The visit was organised at the request of the Lord-Lieutenant after reading about the school’s recent Care Inspectorate grading and good practice around employability and skills in the local press.
Their Graces were accompanied by Mr Tom Murray, the Purse Bearer, Rev. Neil Gardner, The Chaplain, Mrs Laura Mackenzie Stuart, Lady-in-Waiting and Captain Tom Kennedy, ADC.
The visitors were welcomed to the school by staff and pupils and then given a guided tour.
Stuart Jacob, Director of Falkland House School said, “We were delighted to host this visit and talk our guests through the good work that we do at the school. We have had a number of successes recently, both in terms of inspection reports and ongoing work to provide real and full experiences to prepare the boys for later life, and it is heartening that this good work is being recognised in the local community.
“We are proud of the innovative work we are doing on skills and employability for young people with additional support needs and pleased to get the opportunity to showcase this to Lord Hope and the Lord- Lieutenant.”
Falkland House School was the first independent school in Scotland to gain Autism accreditation. They now have 75% of pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and also support Young People with SEBN, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome.
The school has also been awarded ten Excellents by the Care Inspectorate, making it the highest rated educational establishment of its type in Scotland.
As well as recognition from the Care Inspectorate the school was also shortlisted in the sixth annual Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Awards last year in the Special Needs school category, the only Scottish school to be shortlisted in this category.