Category Archives: From the School

Fundraising Fun

Every year, the Events Committee at Falkland House School organises two fundraising events. One of these is our Wear It Pink Day, when the whole school is involved in a pink bonanza to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Now charity and the life-saving research projects they fund.

Once again, the day was a great success. The event is always a lot of fun and the pupils look forward to it every year. Their expectations were high and they weren’t disappointed!

The school’s assembly hall was awash with pink, and the pupils threw themselves into the spirit of things, donning everything from pink hats and wigs to sunglasses and tutus! The staff didn’t let the side down either, sporting various hues of pink too. With a small donation the boys could roll the penny, try their hand at Hoopla, take a hit at the piñata, guess the name of the cuddly toy or the number of sweets in a jar, browse the book stall or buy some delicious homemade goodies on the cake stall. And as always, the Tombola stall with its fantastic selection of prizes donated by staff and parents drew the biggest crowd.

Our thanks to everyone who helped us raise a total of £340 for this very important cause.

Click below to see our photo album.

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Top marks from Care Inspectorate

FHS is celebrating its recent care inspectorate report success!

The Care Inspectorate continues to be impressed by the level of care and support pupils receive at FHS. Following an unannounced visit in June, we were again awarded top marks, giving us a grand total of eleven ‘excellent’ grades. This makes Falkland House School the highest-rated educational establishment of its type in Scotland.

The report praised the staff for their commitment and dedication and noted how the pupils “presented as happy, ambitious, confident individuals who had an extensive range of activities available to further their development”.

The school was also commended for its “very informative” care plans and for the strong collaboration that exists between the school, the pupils and their families, social workers and health professionals.

The report concluded that “Falkland House School were outstanding in the way they provided a caring service in which pupils of all abilities thrived and were supported to reach their full potential. They provided a wide range of opportunities for pupils to develop skills for life. Staff were knowledgeable about the young people’s individual needs and planned their care accordingly.”

Falkland House School Director, Stuart Jacob, said, “We are delighted that Falkland House School has again received top marks in this Care Inspectorate inspection.

“We strive continuously to provide an exemplary service and were pleased with the comments and grading, which again reflect the hard work of our staff.

“These are clearly great accolades for the school and we hope to continue to seek ways in which to make the service even better, building on the robust practices we already have in place.”

Read the report here:https://www.falklandhouseschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/InspectionReport-284876.pdf

TES Schools Awards

Here’s a preview of our new video, which will be shown at the TES Schools Awards Ceremony in London on 24th June when winners are announced. FHS has been selected as one of the finalists contending for the prestigious TES Alternative Provision School of the Year Award.

 

 

 

 

A BOOtiful night at the Falkland Halloween party

The boys recently had a ‘ spooktacular’ time at the annual Halloween party.

Atholl House was decorated throughout and the boys were all in costume to mark the occasion. They spent the first part of the evening listening to ghost stories and eating treats, before playing some fun filled games, such as dooking for apples and treacle scones on a string.

Some of the boys also took part in a pumpkin carving competition throughout evening activities which were then put forward to our judging panel.  The winning pumpkins were carved by Lucas W and Dylan M who received their prizes at morning assembly.

MSP John Mason pays a visit to Falkland House School

Staff and pupils at Falkland House School, one of Scotland’s top providers of education for boys with additional support needs, today (Wednesday 21st October) hosted a visit from Glasgow Shettleston MSP John Mason.

Mr Mason was welcomed to the school by staff and pupils and then given a guided tour.

The school was the first independent school in Scotland outwith the National Autistic Society to gain Autism accreditation. They now have 75% of pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and also support Young People with SEBN, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome.

Director of Falkland House School, Stuart Jacob said ‘We were delighted to welcome Mr Mason to our school to meet with the pupils and talk about some of our current work. Falkland House School prides itself on achieving excellence across the board and we are undertaking a number of ongoing innovative projects which are getting the boys ready for future study and employment.

I would like to thanks Mr Mason for taking the time to come and visit and allowing the boys to show him what they have been learning about. “

Senior pupil, Kieran Rae, said:  “I discussed the work we’ve been doing with Mr Mason. He was really interested in our log cabin build and the Falkland Contract Services Company which we have started. I think he enjoyed his tour of the school and seeing all the different classes.”

John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, commented on his visit, saying:   ‘I have to say I was very impressed by my visit.  From all I could see, the 22 boys attending are getting a great education as well as wider support in developing life skills.

“The question for myself now is how we can get a more specialised education experience for the many other youngsters on the autistic spectrum.  Not every school pupil with autism needs to be at a school like this.  But every child on the spectrum needs to have an education that is appropriate for their individual situation.’

As well as being one of the first independent schools in Scotland to gain recognition by the National Autistic Society, Falkland House School also holds the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award. This award recognises Falkland House’s continued commitment to putting the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child at the heart of the schools planning, policies, practice and ethics.

Falkland House School hosts visit by Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Pupils from Falkland House School, one of Scotland’s top providers of education for boys with additional support needs, welcomed Lord and Lady Hope of Craighead, to the school this week to showcase their latest successes. Lord Hope has been appointed by The Queen to be Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this year.  He was accompanied by the Lord- Lieutenant of Fife, Mr Robert Balfour.

The visit was organised at the request of the Lord-Lieutenant after reading about the school’s recent Care Inspectorate grading and good practice around employability and skills in the local press.

Their Graces were accompanied by Mr Tom Murray, the Purse Bearer, Rev. Neil Gardner, The Chaplain, Mrs Laura Mackenzie Stuart, Lady-in-Waiting and Captain Tom Kennedy, ADC.

The visitors were welcomed to the school by staff and pupils and then given a guided tour.

Stuart Jacob, Director of Falkland House School said, “We were delighted to host this visit and talk our guests through the good work that we do at the school. We have had a number of successes recently, both in terms of inspection reports and ongoing work to provide real and full experiences to prepare the boys for later life, and it is heartening that this good work is being recognised in the local community.

“We are proud of the innovative work we are doing on skills and employability for young people with additional support needs and pleased to get the opportunity to showcase this to Lord Hope and the Lord- Lieutenant.”

Falkland House School was the first independent school in Scotland to gain Autism accreditation. They now have 75% of pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and also support Young People with SEBN, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome.

The school has also been awarded ten Excellents by the Care Inspectorate, making it the highest rated educational establishment of its type in Scotland.

As well as recognition from the Care Inspectorate the school was also shortlisted in the sixth annual Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Awards last year in the Special Needs school category, the only Scottish school to be shortlisted in this category.

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A is for Autism, E is for Expedition

A group of pupils and staff from Falkland House School, one of Scotland’s top providers of education for boys with additional support needs, will today (Wednesday 1st April) venture into the hills of Highland Perthshire to mark world autism awareness month.

The boys have been taking part in an expedition elective at the school which has prepared them with the skills and knowledge necessary to take care of themselves with comfort in remote environments. They will be completely self-sufficient for two days while carrying all they need to enjoy the new experience. But the most important part of their kit will be a large homemade letter A which they will carry to the top of their summit as part of their submission to ‘A is for Autism’

‘ A is for Autism’ is a campaign run by Scottish Autism which marks  autism awareness month by challenging groups and individuals to get as many people talking about autism as possible by getting creative and sharing homemade letter As. These can take any form and all entries will then be submitted via Scottish Autism’s facebook page with the winning entry being the image that gets the most likes.

The boys at Falkland House have crafted their own letter with the help of school staff and will take it with them as party of their expedition to ensure that the message of autism awareness month will reach even the quieter corners of the country.

Stuart Jacob, Director of Falkland House School said, “ As a school that specialises in the education of boys who require additional support for learning, many of whom are autistic, we are delighted to be taking part in World Autism Awareness Month.

“This is a great, innovative campaign from Scottish Autism and the boys were all really keen to take part when we discussed doing it as part of their expedition.  They have had a lot of fun planning this and we look forward to seeing all the other submissions and raising as much awareness as possible.”

Falkland House School offers a wide range of electives of a practical or sporting nature which have proved to be very popular and the boys have completed courses in hillwalking, skiing and sailing. As well as helping to develop team skills these challenging activities are helping to improve resilience. The experience also leads to achievement in SQA awards.

 

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Scottish National Champion coaches Falkland House boys

Ryan, Marcus and Joe, three pupils at Falkland House School, were thrilled to receive training from the 2014 Scottish National Champion, Gillian Edwards.

Gillian, who represented Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, prepared the lucky trio for their tournament in Penicuik.

All the training paid off for Ryan who after losing his first match went on to win the next three and finished up in the semi-finals. Ryan also excelled in the mixed doubles where he and his pair went on to play in the finals.

The first match Joe played was against Marcus, they played each other in a hard and entertaining game with Joe just edging the win. Joe went on to play in the semi-finals losing out to eventual winner of his group.

All three boys received high praise from the organisers especially since this was only their second tournament.

“The gift to see oursels’ as others see us” Robert Burns

The thought provoking quote from the famous Scottish bard was used to set the scene for an important lesson in self awareness. Whether the boys move on to college or into employment it is our aim to provide them with the essential skills to get them where they want to go.

As part of our skills for work training the pupils were introduced to the concept of employment references’. The course explained how these are used by employers to make decisions about who would be best suited to the position.

The boys were then tasked to complete a standard reference form about themselves. While the teachers were tasked with writing a reference for the boys. This simple exercise allowed the boys to gain an understanding of not only the purpose of a reference but also how to write one.

At the end of the lesson the two references were compared which allowed for the boys to see areas where they needed to develop. From this information activities have been designed for each pupil to strengthen their employment skills.

…We had to fight through mud, sludge and snow..” Junior pupil, Ryan, tells the story of the boys recent expedition.

Accompanied by Mr Storrie and Mr Graham, a qualified Mountain Leader and Medical Officer for Tayside Mountain Rescue team, the pupils got to experience the extremes of Scotland’s weather. With the safety of the school less than 2 kilometres away the pupils ventured to the summit of East Lomond via its northern slopes and experienced white out conditions at the summit. Junior pupil, Ryan, takes up the story …

Every week on a Thursday afternoon we do electives. The teachers offer a wide range of activities such as sailing, expedition, construction, ground care, computers and film club. This time I have chosen to do expedition with some of the other boys. During this elective we are learning outdoor survival skills that we will need to go for an overnight stay in the mountains in Aberfeldy. It has been good so far, I have really enjoyed it.

One Thursday in December we were getting organised to leave to climb Falkland Hill. We had to make sure we were dressed correctly with hats, gloves and lots of layers. The weather that day was windy and cold. When we left Falkland there was hardly any snow on the ground but as we drove up Falkland Hill there was more and more snow. We could not park the bus too far up the hill because there was so much snow.
We parked the bus around the middle of the hill. Then we got out to fight through the mud, sludge and snow. We made our way up to the gates and through them. Mr Graham spoke to us about what was needed to survive in these conditions and be safe. The snow got deeper and deeper as we went up. I fell lots of time! It was freezing cold but we decided to continue and we made it to the top. It was extremely windy, the wind was so strong we were leaning back into it and it was holding us up. I think it was around -15 with the wind chill factor.

I have never experienced conditions like it. We were cold but it was very exciting and the adrenalin kept us going. We each made it to the top to put our hand on the summit!

We were all proud of our achievement!

On return to the school we enjoyed getting warmed up and having our dinner. I think we all feel more confident about the expedition now.