The curriculum at Starley Hall is firmly based on Curriculum for Excellence, focusing on literacy and numeracy, health and well-being and ensuring young people develop skills for learning, life and work. All young people are offered a wide range of nationally accredited units and courses as they progress throughout the school, both within core subjects such as Mathematics and English, and in electives including social subjects and sciences.

Our school aims

We have very clear aims and objectives on our school, working towards producing the most positive impact for the young people in our care:

  • Ensure that all young people feel safe, valued, included and respected
  • Provide a broad curriculum which supports and challenges all young people to reach their potential and gain skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work
  • Provide focussed support for all young people to facilitate their continued development and the realisation of their potential
  • Build a community where all staff and young people work together to ensure the well being of everyone
  • Offer all young people opportunities to become confident individuals, successful learners, effective contributors and responsible citizens
  • Work in partnership with local authorities, families and carers to ensure that the placement is focussed on agreed outcomes for the young person and that these are regularly reviewed and measured
  • For young people to make the desired progress in terms of the SHANARRI well-being indicators and achieve positive change


School assemblies are a big part of life in Starley Hall School; these assemblies follow a variety of themes and often involve ‘speakers’ and ‘guests’ from a variety of organisations.

These have included visits from the Police dogs where young people have learnt about the different jobs dogs undertake; local birds of prey organisations where young people were allowed to handle a variety of raptors; the army, who involved the whole school in team building exercises; speakers from Mary’s Meals who provided current information about the situation in Malawi; visitors - and dogs! - from Greyhound Rescue Fife, and the SSPCA who offered a ‘day in the life of an SSPCA Inspector’.

We have also had some excellent assemblies by 'Who Cares? Scotland'. These were delivered by both workers from 'WC?S' and from young adults who had previously been in care.