Priory Group announces acquisition of specialist education provider, Aspire Scotland Ltd

The Priory Group has today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Aspire Scotland Ltd, a specialist provider of care and education services to children and young people, for an undisclosed amount.

Aspire Scotland Ltd, which runs homes and a school in North Ayrshire, will become part of the Priory's Education and Children's Services division.

As the UK's leading independent provider of specialist education and care, Priory Education and Children's Services has established its reputation as a trusted partner of local authorities by delivering positive outcomes for children and young people aged 5 to 25 across its 45 day and residential schools, and 95 children's homes.

Trevor Torrington, CEO of Priory Group, said: "Aspire Scotland is an exceptional business with a reputation for excellent quality care and education - it is a fantastic fit for Priory, and I am delighted to welcome it to the Group. This is a strong partnership that will contribute to our Education and Children's Services division as we continue to build on our success in the future.

"Our combined strengths will enable us to offer our young people and their families access to a wider range of specialists, whilst also improving the continuity and co-ordination of care we are able to offer. Our management teams are committed to ensuring that high quality service provision remains the top priority and we are committed to continuing the excellent work of the Aspire Scotland team and building on their success with a focus on quality and person-centred support."

Aspire has "an excellent reputation for providing high quality, safe care"

Simon Coles, CEO of Priory Education and Children’s Services, said: "As a result of this acquisition, and further growth in this important sector, we will be looking to employ additional staff in Scotland. By recruiting more local people, with a wide variety of skills, and offering them first-class training and experience, we believe this acquisition will play its part in boosting the local economy as well as providing a valuable service.

"Aspire has an excellent reputation for providing high quality, safe care: all of their sites are rated Grade 5 - Good or above by the Scottish regulator, the Care Inspectorate. With seven children's homes and a day school, we will be able to build on these successes to help more young people than ever before.

"I'm very proud of our division, which is going from strength to strength with excellent outcomes for the young people we support, and high levels of quality and safety.

"Supporting people to achieve their goals and live more independently is what Priory Education and Children’s Services is all about and that is why we're so delighted to welcome Aspire Scotland to the Priory Group family.

"We believe passionately that every person, regardless of the challenges they face, can accomplish extraordinary achievements with the right support. We ensure that we are making it possible for everyone to achieve their goals and have a fulfilled life."

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