Education & Residential

Outcomes First Group’s education and residential services work together under the banners of Acorn Education and Care and Options Autism.

We support children and young people with complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) such as Autism (ASC) as well as social, emotional mental health (SEMH), behavioural, physical challenges or a combination of these.

We believe that education should be individually tailored and delivered in a variety of environments with a curriculum that encourages the development of communication, social and life skills as well as academic achievement.

The alignment of our education services geographically to our residential and foster care services allows us to help children and young people to achieve positive outcomes within a school-based environment, while simultaneously receiving high-quality care within a home setting.

Our homes, available to children from the age of 8 through to adulthood, vary in size with each one offering a safe, secure and homely environment designed to ensure that each individual in our care feels comfortable. Together with our schools, we are committed to helping our students and those in care make a positive transition when they are able to move back home or teach them practical skills in preparation for independent living.

Each student and resident’s individual learning abilities, requirements and academic progression is consistently monitored to ensure that support remains proactive, learning opportunities are maximised and every singular achievement is celebrated.

This approach is further supported by our in-house clinical teams, recognising each person we support as an individual and tailoring our care plans to meet specific needs from the point of admission and throughout their journey with us.

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Our Purpose

Our aim is simple; to work with the vulnerable people entrusted to us, step-by-step, day-by-day, to help them achieve their potential.

Our expert teachers and care specialists work in tailored environments to help them make progressive, incremental improvements. We monitor the progress of each of our students and residents very carefully, making adjustments to their individual development plans as necessary.

We take the lead in liaising with carers and families and involving the relevant agencies and authorities to build the appropriate care around the particular needs of those we look after.

 “We deliver an integrated Education and Care service supported by therapy, which provides much stronger outcomes for the people in our care. Seeing progress and building incredible futures is what drives us. We deliver a bespoke service best suited to that individual.”

Richard Power, Managing Director of Education             


Our Schools

  • 3Dimensions

    We are an approved independent special school Key Stage 2 up to Secondary and post 16.  All pupils have a Special Educational Need as their primary need, as well as sensory and nurturing needs.
  • Acorn Park

    Acorn Park is a unique 30-­acre private estate in Norfolk where children and young adults across the breadth of the autistic spectrum can live, learn and play in a holistic, happy & safe environment.
  • Baston House School

    Baston House School is an independent day specialist provider of education in Bromley, Kent for children and young people aged from 5 to 19 years who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).
  • Belmont School

    Primary School, Secondary School and Vocational Training Unit set in stunning Pennine Lancashire hills. Our dedicated staff offers creative indoor and outdoor learning opportunities and extracurricular activities for boys between the ages of 5 and 16 with very complex social, emotional and mental health needs as well as additional learning and communication difficulties.
  • Bramfield House School

    A day and 38-week residential SEN school located in magnificent grounds in rural East Anglia for boys aged 7-16 with SEMH and associated conditions.
  • Crookhey Hall School

    Co-educational, therapeutic day school located in the North West for young people aged 10-17 with special educational needs.
  • Falkland House School

    Falkland House School is one of Scotland’s top providers of education and care to boys with Additional Support Needs.
  • Glebedale School

    Glebedale School based in Staffordshire is a DfE registered independent school for boys and girls. The school caters for children from our homes; Moorlands, Laurels and Newlands.
  • Heath Farm School

    Independent, co-educational day school located in the South East for children aged 5-18 with special educational needs.
  • Hillcrest Shifnal School

    Located in Shropshire, Hillcrest Shifnal School is a DfE registered independent school for boys and girls with SEMH. 

  • Hillingdon Manor School

    Hillingdon Manor is an independent specialist school in London for children on the autism spectrum between three and a half and nineteen years of age.
  • Holistic Childcare

    Holistic Childcare based in Dumfriesshire, South West Scotland provides a specialist service that offers both residential care and education or education only day placements, for those not needing residency. 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 and problematic sexualised behaviour.
  • Jubilee School

    Jubilee School is a DfE registered independent school attached to residential children's homes at Beachland, Hayling Island, Denmead and Poppy Lodge in South Hampshire.
  • Kestrel House School

    A small, friendly autism school in North London for pupils aged 4-16 who have Autism, additional learning difficulties & complex needs.
  • Longdon Hall School

    Standing in a superb therapeutic setting near Stafford, award-winning Longdon Hall has an outstanding reputation and overwhelming success in re-engaging the most vulnerable and disillusioned learners, aged 7-18, across the Midlands.
  • Longdon Park School

    A specialist day school in the East Midlands catering for children with high functioning autism and associated conditions.
  • Manor House School

    Located in West Sussex Manor House School is a DfE registered independent school which caters for boys and girls with social, emotional and mental health needs.

  • Maple Grove

    Maple Grove is a newly opened school providing a specialist setting for learners with autism. We are situated in Hoole, Chester.
  • Meadowcroft School

    Day school for boys and girls aged from 5-19 across 2 sites in Wakefield, West Yorkshire supporting SEMH, Autism, PMLD, Development Delay, OCD, SLD and associated conditions.
  • Medway Green School

    Is a brand new independent special school for pupils aged 5 to 11 years designed specifically to support children who have a range of special educational needs including social, emotional and mental health issue or have complex additional needs including autism spectrum disorders.  Our aim at Medway Green School is to inspires children to enjoy learning and to help them develop essential skills they can draw on throughout their lives.
  • Mountfield Heath School

    All pupils at Mountfield Heath School will have access to an education that is personalised, engaging and will encompass a purposeful and balanced curriculum for those with special educational needs.
  • New Barn School

    New Barn is a DfE registered independent school based in Hampshire for boys and girls with SEMH and complex needs aged 6-16yrs.
  • Oak Tree School

    Co-educational day school near the City of Truro in Cornwall for young people aged 8-16 with special educational needs.
  • Oakfield House School

    An Outstanding co-educational primary school, set in a 19th Century country house within 8 acres of beautiful, North West parklands. Experienced staff provide innovative opportunities for enjoyment and learning beyond the classrooms, helping children with special educational needs, autism & associated conditions re-engage with their education.
  • Options Barton

    Options Barton provides a holistic service to children with autistic spectrum conditions and associated complex needs.
  • Options Higford

    Part of Options Autism journey of care, Options Higford in the West Midlands offers care and education to children with autistic spectrum condition, challenging behaviour and additional complex difficulties.
  • Options Kinsale

    Options Kinsale offers integrated residential, education and care for children between 8 and 19 years with a wide range of complex needs
  • Options Trent Acres

    Options Trent Acres in Staffordshire offers education and residential care to boys and girls aged between 8 and 18 years with autism and a range of Complex Needs including mild learning disability.
  • Options West London Community College

    Options West London Community College is a well-established, independent living and life skills provision for adults on the autism spectrum.
  • Overton School

    A specialist provision comprising of a children’s home and a special school providing education and care for young people from 11– 18.
  • Park School

    Park School based in Oxford is a DfE registered independent school for boys and girls with SEMH.
  • Reddish Hall School

    An outstanding co-educational day school, in a historic setting in Stockport, catering for pupils aged 5-18 with special educational needs, communication difficulties & challenging behaviour, offering them a calm and constructive atmosphere.
  • Smallbrook School

    Smallbrook School is a Specialist School part of Acorn Education and Care catering for pupils aged 7 to 18 who have Special Educational Needs (SEN), and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH)
  • The Grange Therapeutic School

    A day & 38-week residential therapeutic school in the East Midlands for boys aged 8-18 with SEMH and associated conditions.
  • The Greater Horseshoe School

    The Greater Horseshoe School is an independent special school situated in a peaceful woodland setting near Newton Abbot in Devon for pupils aged between 8 and 18 years old.
  • The Holden School

    The Holden School is a brand new school designed specifically to support children with a wide range of social, emotional and mental health issues from the ages of 5 to 16 years old. We are also well equipped to assist children who have complex additional needs including attachment issues and autism spectrum disorders.
  • The Shires

    An Outstanding autism day & residential school located in the East Midlands for young people and adults from 11 years upwards with autism.
  • The Wenlock School

    A co-educational day school in the West Midlands catering for young people aged 7 - 18 with special educational needs.
  • Underley Garden

    Unique day & residential autism school located in a unique and simply stunning Cumbrian landscape for young people and adults from five years of age with autism and complex needs.
  • Waterloo Lodge School

    A co-educational day school in the North West catering for young people aged 11-18 with special educational needs.
  • Wessex Lodge School

    Based in Frome, Summerset for pupils aged 11 to 16 years old. Wessex Lodge have a number of facilities such as a farm with animals.
  • Westbourne School

    Westbourne School will support boys and girls between 11-18 years of age who have social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • Wetheringsett Manor School

    Wetheringsett Manor School provide education to children aged between 11 and 18 who have a range of special educational needs. Set in the picturesque village of Wetheringsett, in Suffolk, their site has recently benefited from significant development.

Our Homes

Acorn Education and Care

We deliver high quality, child-focused residential care placements for young people where they will feel safe and secure whilst developing their own independence.

Options Autism

We are committed to providing the most appropriate care at every stage in a person’s life through ‘The Options Pathway’. This enables the people that we support to negotiate successfully the sometimes challenging transitional stages between childhood and adulthood.