Camphill School Aberdeen achieves outstanding results in recent inspections

03/11/2023
Alex Busch, Executive Director of Camphill School Aberdeen

NORTH-east charity Camphill School Aberdeen has received ‘Very Good’ ratings in unannounced inspections by the Care Inspectorate across three service areas – young adult day and residential services and children services.

The charity offers a mix of day and residential services that integrate education, life-long learning and care. The school, which is based across three campuses in the west of Aberdeen, currently supports over 100 young people with learning disabilities and additional support needs. At Camphill School Aberdeen, young people are learning, taking part in meaningful work, developing life skills, building friendships and growing in confidence and independence to reach their fullest potential. 

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One report, referencing how Camphill School Aberdeen’s day services support the wellbeing of pupils, states: “People regularly had fun and were able to be involved in a wide range of activities and interests. This included workshops in bike maintenance, pottery and felt making. People were able to see the tangible output from their work, for example, from creating a piece of art or a fully operational bike, which provided a sense of achievement and pride.”

One parent told inspectors: “[My child] is making more progress than we could ever have imagined in a safe and nurturing environment where they were absolutely the centre of all decisions.”

This was further highlighted by another parent who told inspectors that, at Camphill School Aberdeen, their child is “learning skills and has opportunities he would never have had before”.

Inspectors were also impressed with the staff at Camphill School Aberdeen who “worked together well, in a positive and calm manner” and they found staff to be “approachable, helpful and friendly”.

A parent added: “They [staff] don’t just care for him; they care about him.”

In terms of residential care, inspectors found that the homes were “warm, comfortable and welcoming” and “rooms were personalised which promoted each person’s experience, dignity, and respect.” The inspection report also found that the young people working at FRUVER, Camphill School Aberdeen’s onsite refillery and zero waste shop, were “smiling and proud of the responsibility that they had.”

Alex Busch, Executive Director of Camphill School Aberdeen, said: “These results are a testament of our hard work and we are delighted that the Care Inspectorate has recognised this. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our children and young people.

“It’s important to us that we create a safe environment for our pupils where they are free to learn and develop through a variety of activities that they may not have had access to otherwise. Camphill School Aberdeen is a ‘home away from home’ for many and I am thrilled that this has been acknowledged.”

Camphill School Aberdeen is currently aiming to raise £10 million in 10 years as part of their Building Futures, Transforming Lives campaign. This will allow the school to increase its capacity by 60%, ensuring more children and young people have access to their excellent care and education services.

Find out more about the Capital Appeal and how you can help, here: www.camphillschools.org.uk/capital-appeal/

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