Daldorch House School - Part of The National Autistic Society’s education services

Special needs catered for

As autism specialists we aim to offer your children with autism the education they need to develop their self-confidence, their academic skills and their life skills.

Specialist facilities

Excellent facilities exist on both the junior and senior campuses. On the junior campus as well as a range of classrooms there are also specialist rooms including: gymnasium, sensory room, soft play, life skills, kitchen, music therapy room and library. Two outdoor adventure playgrounds with ropes, swings, zip slides, obstacle courses and climbing frames, a tree house and sensory garden also prove excellent experiences. On the senior campus areas to develop skills in horticulture, enterprise, music, drama, art, computing are in place to extend pupil opportunities. Residential accommodation on both sites is used to maximise independence and life skills training.

Support services provided

Flexible day, weekly and year-round residential provision; short breaks service; outreach support for maintained/non-maintained schools. The school has a support for learning team which includes an educational psychologist and two assistant psychologists, a speech and language therapist, and a number of behavioural support workers. There is also an outreach team who can provide support in family homes for day and residential pupils if required (additional package of support). Outreach teams can also provide assessments, consultancy, training and direct support in a range of settings.

Home school links

We also have a satellite school in East Kilbride, offering a year-round residential provision for families living in the South Lanarkshire local authority area. This means that your child can live and learn close to home, see their family more frequently and be in an area they are familiar with.

General environment

Daldorch House School, in rural East Ayrshire, is surrounded by trees, fields and open, hilly country and our school’s fine stone buildings sit in a wooded valley beside a huge green meadow. While we are an hour’s drive from the city of Glasgow and all the activities and amenities it has to offer, the river Ayr flows just beyond our boundary, and on its opposite bank sits the friendly village of Catrine, so our young people often walk out to the village to go shopping and meet the local people. Our 11 acre estate is a spacious, calm environment to live and learn in.

Aims and philosophy

We want every child with autism to receive the education that they deserve, and for them to feel happy and valued at school. Our aim is to support them to achieve and to make a positive contribution to the world. The school has developed positive links with local community services and pupils are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle and are supported in this by physical exercise programmes, a healthy diet and monitoring of health needs. All pupils have an individualised education programme, and residential pupils benefit from the 24 hour curriculum provided through close collaboration between the residential care teams and education teams of staff.

Staff qualification and selection

All our staff are professional, caring and dedicated and are trained to work with young people with autism.

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Daldorch House School - Part of The National Autistic Society’s education services
Sorn Road,
East Ayrshire,


01290 551666


01290 553399


[email protected]






Bernadette Casey

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Length of school year

Age range

8-21 (and outreach support for ages 5-25)

Number on roll


Type of school

Mixed day and boarding.



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