Closeburn House School

Special needs catered for

Holistic Childcare and Education provide a specialist service that offers both residential care and education, or education only day placements for those not needing residency.

Residential options range from crisis respite to medium and long term, 24/7 – 52 week placements.

We offer group living or single person occupancy, dependant on the needs of each individual.

We support young people aged between 8 and 19 years who may have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, also complex needs such as autistic spectrum disorder, learning difficulties, attachment and trauma.

Specialist facilities

NAS accreditation

Support services provided

We provide comprehensive support with life skills and transitions. Our school believes in education as a driver for personal development and social improvement. We value effective teaching, commitment to learning and sharing of good practice.

Below is a list, though not exhaustive, of the support we can offer:

• Attachment and Relationships

• Behaviour Modification

• Bereavement and Loss

• Child Sexual Exploitation Support Packages

• Emotional Based Therapies

• Family Based Programmes

• Get Ready For Work Programmes

• Identity

• Life Skills

• Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours

• Offending and Choices

• Personal Safety

• Re-engagement in Education

• Self Esteem and Self Image

• Self-Harm

• Sexually Problematic Behaviours

• Stress and Anxiety

• Social Skills for ASD Behaviours

• Trauma Based Work

Home school links

Our specialist, therapeutic educational establishment is attached to the residential care home with facilities for up to 15 secondary age day and residential pupils.

General environment

All are set in wonderful rural locations yet close to the town of Dumfries, which provides excellent recreational facilities for our residents. We also use the scenic surrounding countryside through our “24 hour learning program”.

Here we provide an exceptional “living and learning” educational and social environment, where each young person enjoys the opportunity to develop their potential to the full, through a comprehensive care and educational package, tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Aims and philosophy

Our vision is to create a happy, safe, nurturing environment, which supports children to become settled to learn and develop their full potential. Closeburn House School aims to meet the full range of needs that individual learners may have in an inclusive and therapeutic environment. This includes their social, emotional and health needs, in addition to learning needs. In order to achieve this, our inclusive approach to learning integrates the skills of both teaching staff and care staff, together with a wider team of partners from the community.

Our aims across our schools are for every child to feel that they belong and are an important part of the school. To provide a well differentiated curriculum that meets the needs of every child. Our primary aim is to provide the best opportunity for personal success for young people who may have social, emotional, behavioural and/or specific complex needs.

We aim to:

• To help develop a child’s independence

• To enable children to become settled to learn

• For all children to feel safe and supported

• To prepare children to cope with transition/change

• To enable children to become settled to learn

• To provide a nurturing environment

• To support children in developing social skills

Our aims will help to aid personal growth for the young people in our care and education. We are committed to inclusivity, honesty, compassion and respect for others in everything we do.

Staff qualification and selection

At Outcomes First Group we make a real commitment to training and developing our staff. Our training is focussed on the needs of the specific services as well as the individual employee and the company. We recognise that training, learning and developing our staff is key to delivering high quality services and to the success of our company.

Our commitment is to guarantee that all employees complete mandatory, refresher and specialist training and have the opportunity to undertake developmental training opportunities.


Closeburn House School
Hightrees Ltd,
Closeburn House,
Dumfries and Galloway,


01848 331352



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Kirsty Penny

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Length of school year

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11 to 18 (Senior School). 8 to 18 (Care).

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