Ochil Tower School

Welcome to Ochil Tower School, an independent residential and day school for children and young people with additional support needs based in Auchterarder.

Our school is grounded in the ethos of the Camphill Movement, which creates communities where people can live and work together in healthy social relationships, based on mutual care and respect. Central to this is valuing each person as a unique being of intrinsic worth, with potential for spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development and change.

Operating as usual

18/09/2021

Staff and the young people from Rowan House spotted this red squirrel whilst they were out walking in the grounds today. He / she appeared friendly !

Staff and the young people from Rowan House spotted this red squirrel whilst they were out walking in the grounds today. He / she appeared friendly !

16/09/2021

When working in the garden this morning our gardener noticed she had some company pop up to watch her from the box hedge......can you spot him?

When working in the garden this morning our gardener noticed she had some company pop up to watch her from the box hedge......can you spot him?

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 16/09/2021

Our gardeners have been busy gathering some home grown produce from the garden today for our Cook. All the organic vegetables are used to prepare healthy meals for our young people and staff.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 08/09/2021

Dochart class harvesting and tasting brambles in the walled garden this morning😀

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 07/09/2021

The weekly outings are a great form of exercise and there are many interesting places to visit which are not too far away from the school. The new co-workers are also enjoying exploring our lovely countryside.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 06/09/2021

Cycling is a great form of exercise and our young people enjoy this every day on a variety of cycles.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 05/09/2021

Riding for the Disabled classes have recommenced this week. Our young people benefit from sessions run by the RDA as they have the opportunity to learn to ride and take part in the fun activities while developing their skills. This would not be possible if it was not for the dedication of RDA Volunteers and the good nature of the fantastic horses.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 03/09/2021

Sorting the cardboard followed by a short trip to the recycling centre is just one element of our good recycling practice.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 02/09/2021

The orchard area provides a peaceful and tranquil area for the young people to work and get together. There are lots of jobs to be done at this time of year and the Life Skills Centre and Outdoor Group have been busy tidying the area and pressing some of the lovely wild flowers.

02/09/2021

The wild flowers are attracting a lot of bees to the orchard area of the school which is looking very colourful.

The wild flowers are attracting a lot of bees to the orchard area of the school which is looking very colourful.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 27/08/2021

Dochart Class have been making the most of the lovely weather including being outside for their breaks and folk dancing

17/08/2021

Our new co-workers have arrived and after the staff training week are already settling into their house/classes.

Our new co-workers have arrived and after the staff training week are already settling into their house/classes.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 07/08/2021

We caught up with Kirsty (our gardener) in the walled garden this week where everything is grown organically and looking wonderful ! The sunflowers have grown taller than Kirsty !

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 15/07/2021

Our volunteer co-workers will soon be returning home to Germany after their year of volunteering at Ochil Tower School. We will miss them immensely as they have been a lovely group who have worked so hard over the last year. They have been invaluable in supporting our young people in the houses and classes along with our staff. We wish them all the best for the future.

27/06/2021

Every year a photobook is produced with photographs taken throughout the year which include a contribution from every house / class. The young people enjoy browsing through these books year after year. 😀

Every year a photobook is produced with photographs taken throughout the year which include a contribution from every house / class. The young people enjoy browsing through these books year after year. 😀

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 11/06/2021

Dochart class held their outdoor week this week. They ventured to Glendevon reservoir, Auchengarrich, Tentsmuir Beach, Carsbeg Loch and all successfully climbed Kinpauch Hill.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 04/06/2021

Earn / Priory had their outdoor week last week. They ventured to Do-it-Outdoors, Stanley Beach, the River Earn, Foswell Pond and Kinclaven Woods over the week and had great fun.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 04/06/2021

Wonderful view from the office window ....great colours and our young people enjoy a stroll by in the morning

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 04/06/2021

The Life Skills Eco Action Team are learning about red squirrels and doing their bit to save them.....

03/06/2021

While Dochart were busy in the garden Priory ventured to meet Robert Burns as the Birks of Aberfeldy............

While Dochart were busy in the garden Priory ventured to meet Robert Burns as the Birks of Aberfeldy............

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 03/06/2021

Dochart Class have been busy planting in the garden today.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 03/06/2021

Rowan Ascension day trip 2021 when they visited Templemill for a picnic

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 24/05/2021

In October 2020, Veit, from Sycamore House, launched an appeal to raise funds to purchase some new bikes. As a result of this appeal, Sycamore are proud to announce the outcome of this fundraising project:-

"We raised £860 and also received donations of 4 excellent bikes. With the money donated we purchased 2 bikes from our local bike shop - Synergy. We would like to thank everyone who donated the bikes and the money and thank you very much for supporting our cause, it means so much to us." Veit

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17/05/2021

Rowan Ascension day trip 2021 will follow.....in the meantime they have been busy with different activities

16/05/2021

Ascension day 2021 - more of Priory trip to Killin

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 14/05/2021

Ascension day 2021 - Sycamore Trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 14/05/2021

Ascension day 2021 - Priory trip to Killin

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 14/05/2021

Ascension day 2021 - Belvidere Trip to
Auchingarrich

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 07/05/2021

Mixed week of weather for Estate week which even saw a covering of snow ! Lots of jobs were carried out, areas cleared and fun was had !

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 07/05/2021

Harvesting and Preparing the Rhubarb was one of the jobs carried out during estate week.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 03/05/2021

Estate week is in progress.....here are the first of the onions and potatoes being planted by Dochart Class.

29/04/2021

Ochil Tower Water Feature

Our gardeners have been very busy in the gardens and have managed to restart the lovely water feature. This is a peaceful, soothing place to sit and is proving popular with our young people now that the warmer weather is here. Next week is 'Estate week' and everyone will be out and about in the gardens and orchard, complete with wheelbarrows, rakes, spades etc! Watch out for the posts next week.....

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 29/04/2021

Dochart Class on their recent trip to Five Mile Woods

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 07/04/2021

A group of our staff set off on a canoe trip this morning and had a good time.

Photos from Ochil Tower School's post 02/04/2021

If you know there is Pancake making in the Life Skills Centre it is worth dropping by !

Our Story

At Ochil Tower we offer our young people a flexible and creative learning environment. We want our focus on health and wellbeing and outdoor education to help them develop a joy for learning. We create an individual programme for each of our young people to reflect their particular needs.

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Ochil Tower Water Feature
A great end to a great year !
The tandem tricycle
The lawn in front of Belvidere is perfect for a home made water slide
Fun in the garden when the sun shines
A surprise visitor in the early hours of the morning when all is quiet in the gardens of the school.
Sing a long with Sycamore House at the 80th Birthday Celebrations

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Auchterarder
PH3 1AD
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