The NFA Group and Outcomes First Group have finally merged to become one provider of outcomes-led learning, life skills and therapeutic care for children with complex needs.
The newly formed Outcomes First Group will operate a network of Department for Education registered specialist schools and therapeutic care homes.
As reported in August, the NFA Group bought Outcomes First Group from Sovereign Capital, for undisclosed sum. The Competition and Markets Authority cleared the deal in December.
Speaking to CM in November, then chief executive officer of NFA David Leatherbarrow said the deal to buy Outcomes First ‘provided a very good geographical fit’ across the country.
Across the UK, Outcomes First Group owns and operates 37 schools, 77 residential homes and 28 fostering agencies. It employs in the region of 4,400 people, supporting 6,500 young people.
Services will be delivered under the brands Acorn Care and Education, Hillcrest and Options Autism as well as the National Fostering Group, the largest independent fostering provider in the UK.
Leatherbarrow, who becomes Outcomes First Group CEO, said: ‘Our ambition is to continue to lead our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care. Our plans for organic growth will continue with expansion and the opening of new services, and we will be recognised as the best at what we do – offering specialist nationwide services to support vulnerable young people across the UK, empowering each individual to lead a fulfilling life.’