Troup House School: Banffshire, Scotland, UK

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Troup House School is an independent, specialist day and residential school for boys and girls aged 8 to 16+ years with additional support needs including social, emotional and mental health difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and challenging behaviour. The young people may also have difficulties with learning, often as a result of trauma, a disrupted educational experience and multiple residential placements.

Troup House School is set in 43 acres of woodland with the main house overlooking the Moray Firth. This natural rural setting plays an important part in the holistic experience of our young people. Young people can engage with the natural environment and are encouraged to participate in the care of the school and gardens. This provides young people with the opportunity to gain a real-life educational experience which is supported by the curriculum. The school also provides step-down services within the local community to prepare our young people with the necessary independence skills before returning home.

Young people have access to a range of therapies, most of which are integrated into the education and care programme. Person centred planning is the central theme for all interventions and approaches, with tools such as life story work, life space crisis intervention and cognitive behavioural interventions being adopted. Therapies are tailored according to the young persons’ individual needs with psychological provision where and when required.

Troup House School adopts a multidisciplinary approach to education that is individualised to take account of the different learning needs of each young person. The curriculum is firmly based upon the principles of the Curriculum for Excellence and ensures that all young people are equipped with the core skills of literacy, numeracy and information communication technology, whilst at the same time building on the individual interests of each young person. Young people are motivated to re-engage with learning through cross-curricular themes, that are often practical and experiential.


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About the school

Troup House School is part of the Priory Group’s Education and Children’s Services Division. 

The Priory Group was established in 1980. The group is the UK's leading independent  provider of mental health care facilities and operates at more than 500 sites in the United Kingdom and includes among them: rehabilitation and recovery centres; mental healthcare hospitals and clinics; specialist schools and colleges; supported residential facilities and homes; care homes for older people. At the Priory Group there are treated over 70 different conditions through a nationwide network of over 275 facilities. 
Priory Group is organised into three divisions – healthcare, education and children’s services, and adult care services – which together support the needs of more than 30,000 people every year. 

Troup House School being part of the Priory Group: division education and children’s services, has access to additional healthcare and supported living services where needed. 

The range of facilities available ensures that every young person receives a smooth and planned transition from primary education all the way through to further education, university, employment and independent living, as appropriate for each individual.

Troup House School can provide places for up to 12 students. 

The learners with high functioning autistic spectrum disorders (including Asperger's syndrome and assiociated conditions) have sensory rooms, providing support for those pupils needing sensory integration support and occupational therapy. 


Troup House School provides education through the Second, Third, Fourth and Senior phase curriculum level which is firmly based on the 7 principles of the Curriculum for Excellence: Challenge and enjoyment; Personalisation and choice; Breadth; Coherence; Relevance; Progression;Depth.
Within the classroom, the school offers a wide range of subjects including: English, Maths, Science, Health and Wellbeing, Expressive Arts, Technologies.
Troup House School also provides ASDAN including a wide range of subjects from craft design technology to modules on childcare.
Troup House School is registered as a School Care Accommodation Service with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and the Care Inspectorate, and is regulated in accordance with the National Care Standards for School Care Accommodation Services. Troup House School   is rated “good” and in the area of Learners’ experiences “very good”.

Troup House School being a part of the Priory Group has operational oversight from their regional managers with detailed knowledge of their work. All assurance and governance of quality, safety and compliance are provided by the Priory Group with additional regulatory visits regularly carried out by experienced independent visitors.


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Aberdeenshire is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It takes its name from the old County of Aberdeen which had substantially different boundaries. Modern Aberdeenshire includes all of what was once Kincardineshire, as well as part of Banffshire (a historic county, registration county and lieutenancy area of Scotland).

Troup House School is set in 43 acres of woodland with the main house overlooking the Moray Firth in Banffshire.

But service provision also includes an off-site 2 bed cottage which is located in the town of Inverurie, approximately 36 miles away.

Inverurie is a Royal Burgh and town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland at the confluence of the rivers Ury and Don, about 16 miles north west of Aberdeen on the A96 road and is served by Inverurie railway station on the Aberdeen to Inverness Line.

distance to the Aberdeen Airport at Dyce from Inverurie: 17.9 km (11.1 miles)- 17 min via A96

Specialises in: *Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties; *Autistic Spectrum Conditions and *Challenging Behaviour (boys and girls aged 8-16 years) Ban, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB45 3JN

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