Our History

On 27th April 1992 The New School Butterstone opened is doors for its first term with just nine students. Each of the nine students had one thing in common, they had all struggled in mainstream schools and as a result had a sense of failure, low confidence and self esteem.

HistoryOver the years the school has seen many changes but our student body enter the school with the same difficulties.

The New School Butterstone is located in rural Perthshire, just a few miles from the historic village of Dunkeld, in a building which began as a shooting lodge. The school estate has been added to as the school has grown and new classrooms have been added, built in a ‘New England’ style sympathetic to the original building. As a registered charity we are indebted to trusts and private individuals who have contributed to the building projects. On 25th May 2007 a modern Computing suite was added, housing 10 computers and a server room, which is the control centre for all of the technology around the school. In 2012 an Expressive Arts classroom and outdoor teaching area was opened by MSP John Swinney. Most recently, in 2015, a Fitness Suite was opened adding state of the art exercise equipment to the school.

Today the school offers places for up to 40 young people from all over Scotland and further afield who find it challenging to access mainstream education. It is open 52 weeks of the year providing education, care and holiday respite.