Ardfern School was established in 2007 in order to offer educational packages to young people for whom mainstream education was not appropriate. Many of our pupils have Additional Support Needs (ASN), which we support in a nurturing, well-resourced environment that focuses on individual needs.
Ardfern operates out of two campuses, which are located in Johnstone and Alexandria, and offer children a varied educational programme based on the experiences and outcomes set out within The Curriculum for Excellence.
Ardfern offer both primary and secondary placements based on the 3-18 national curriculum guidelines. The focus on interdisciplinary learning at Ardfern allows pupils to experience a broad education in line with the Four Capacities of Curriculum for Excellence (Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens, and Effective Contributors), as set out by Education Scotland.
Ardfern also understands that pastoral support is as important as educational support, which is the reason all children are assigned a key teacher, who is in regular contact with pupils parents and carers, as well as other professionals involved in the young persons life.
Ardfern offers a number of SQA accredited courses ranging from National 2 to National 5 and Higher. Curriculum areas include English, Mathematics, Social Subjects, Technologies and Health & Wellbeing.
All children placed at an Ardfern benefit from an Individualised Education Programme (IEP) in order to best identify and meet the individual educational, social and pastoral needs of the child.