Today, Ochil Tower School is a thriving educational and residential school, where around 25 children and young people, aged 8-21, with special and complex additional support needs live, learn and grow together. 

Our specialism relates to CYP with complex additional support needs and learning difficulties. These include Autistic Spectrum Disorder,  ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). We cater for complex syndromes such as Smith Megenis, Tourettes,  Down Syndrome and attachment related issues. We cater for young people with high needs related to epilepsy. All our admissions are planned and long-term.

Most of the young people have experienced a disrupted and fractured education and present with complex and sometimes challenging behaviours. The referral to Ochil Tower School is often based upon our reputation for successfully meeting the needs of young people who have been unable to access or sustain more mainstream educational resources.

The majority of learners are at the Early or First level of the Curriculum for Excellence, we accommodate learning for levels up to level Two. In response to the CYP’s high social and educational needs, our curriculum focuses on creating imaginative and flexible approaches to enhance resilience, self-esteem and confidence whilst reinvigorating an interest in learning. This is facilitated by a flexible social pedagogical approach combining care and education as mutually affecting arenas of lifelong learning.

Our service is built upon the development of relationships between children and young people and staff teams in care and education. We build trust so as to deliver a safe, stable, consistent and creative environment for children to be themselves and to enable integration, participation and achievements

The School is part of the Camphill Community which comprises 11 different Camphill sites in Scotland. Camphill is an international movement. Inspired by the work of Rudolph Steiner, it was founded by a group of Austrian refugees in Aberdeen at the start of WW2. At this time people with any form of learning disability were often excluded from many aspects of society in general and education in particular. Camphill took a different view and created the first Camphill school to care for and educate children with special needs. It is now a global ideology and movement.