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  • The New School Butterstone
    PH8 0HJ
  • Head: Mr C Holmes
  • T 01350 724216
  • F 01350 724283
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 12 to 18 with Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome and foetal alcohol syndrome
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Perth & Kinross
  • Pupils: 23
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: On application
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Much time is spent teaching life skills, independent travel, getting ready to go out, telling the time and reading a timetable. Confidence is really what this place is about.  A few just come for a term or so until they are settled, but most stay the course, ending up either at Perth College or Elmwood in Cupar, Fife, where they learn horticulture and the like. A small number have made it to university.  Children are encouraged to do…

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What the school says...

A 'specialist' school making provision for children who have additional support needs, but in a normalised environment. Learning difficulties are never allowed to become learning barriers and the secret of the school's success is the safety and security that being part of a community provides. Children are encouraged to rise to, rather than shirk from, challenges whether they occur in the classroom, in the swimming pool or on the hillside.

TNS, founded in 1992, supports young people with a range of additional needs who have been unable to flourish in mainstream education. We provide a safe, supportive environment where small classes, experienced teachers, therapists and care staff help to foster the conditions which enable young people to build self confidence and independence skills.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of school

Since September 2016, Chris Holmes, who joined the school as head of care in 2014. He is a qualified and registered social worker, DipSW and CQSW, with postgraduate training and experience in mental health and learning disability.

Chris has managed large social work organisations in both the public and voluntary sector and has considerable experience in residential services. He has a long-standing specialism in disability with a particular interest in autism.

Academic matters

Follows – as far as possible – a normal school curriculum but with specialist teachers. Hard to find specialists committed to SEN, and The New School is hardly on the doorstep, though not too far from Dunkeld (expensive second homers). With 24 ('Very fortunate - they are all excellent and committed') staff, plus numerous part-time specialists – speech...

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Special Education Needs

The New School which opened in 1992 was founded by Baroness Linklater of Butterstone for the benefit of educationally fragile children, and is a mixed school providing for Monday to Friday boarding pupils, and for day pupils, with a total capacity for 45 children, all of whom have displayed inability to develop their potential in the traditional mainstream schooling system. The School provides a uniquely supportive environment for children who have difficulties associated with neurological and developmental disorders such as autism, dyspraxia and dysphasia. We aim to help children to realise their potential by building up confidence and self-esteem, emphasising strengths rather than allowing difficulties to become barriers to learning, and allowing them to be challenged in as normal an environment and community as possible. Small classes, dedicated staff and a strong sense of purpose have led to an enviable ethos and unique position in the field of Scottish education. In this small environment, using individualised educational programmes, the School enables children to move on into further education, and ultimately to be part of their community and be able to pursue happy and independent lives. The School provides an oasis of care and support where potential is unlocked and the children have the opportunity to develop educationally, socially and emotionally. There is no substitute for a visit to the School where you will see young people at ease with themselves and their surroundings. Dec 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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