Strategic Plan: A Summary

Building on Firm Foundations

The Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees of Harmeny have developed a five year Strategic Business Plan, in consultation with staff, running from August 2012 to July 2017, which has also provided the basis for ongoing discussions with parents and carers.

The purpose of the plan is to provide a clear sense of direction through challenging times, to grow and develop as an organisation, and enable children and families we work with to achieve positive outcomes.

The financial climate for charitable organisations such as Harmeny remains challenging as economic austerity continues. Local authorities, who refer children to Harmeny, are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs because of year-on-year cuts to their budgets. One of the outcomes of the Doran Review, which considered the national picture for children with additional support needs, was that the Scottish Government grant Harmeny receives, alongside other Grant Aided Special Schools, may cease in March 2017. Another outcome of the Doran review, however, was that there may be opportunities for Harmeny to develop new work, in partnership with other organisations.

We are confident that we will find solutions to any reduced funds in order to survive and thrive as an organisation and continue to provide very high quality services to children and families who need us.

We will continue to maintain our core service, Harmeny School, and will also develop new services in the areas of care and education.

In developing new services, we will always keep children at the centre and are committed to seeking their views and the views of the families in order to keep improving.

Long-term Goals

Our nine long-term goals are:

  1. To continue to improve our practice in both care and education.
  2. To maintain our core service – Harmeny School – providing day and residential services for children with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs.
  3. To explore the development of community based education services for young people at risk of exclusion.
  4. To consider developing additional residential services, supporting young people in our care within appropriate education placements.
  5. To provide training and advice, nationally, on approaches to working with children who have social, emotional and behavioural needs.
  6. To develop our Harmeny Outdoors Service in order to provide adventurous and environmental activities to external groups.
  7. To develop our SQA Centre in order to provide more qualifications and training for care and education staff throughout Scotland.
  8. To influence policy and laws in order to improve the lives of children who have Additional Support Needs.
  9. To creatively explore other ways of developing according to emerging need.


In addition to our nine goals, we are committed to:

  • Maintaining a staffing and management structure which is cost effective, ensures workloads are realistic and allows capacity for innovation.
  • Ensuring staff and managers have clear roles and responsibilities and receive excellent support and training. We also strive to seek their views regarding any changes or developments.
  • Providing opportunities for children and families to tell us what they think about our services and consult with them regarding any service developments.
  • Carefully managing our finances by monitoring our staffing costs, finding long-term energy solutions and through income generation.
  • Maintaining and developing our buildings and beautiful thirty-five acre site in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

Quality Assurance

Every year we develop an Operational Plan, which describes in detail how we ensure our five year strategic plan is put into action.

We regularly review the Strategic Plan to ensure we are meeting our goals.

If you have any questions, views or ideas about our Strategic Plan, please email us at or phone us on 0131 449 3938.