Horizon Care and Education

In August 2019, Graphite Capital led the management buy-out of Horizon Care and Education, a leading provider of specialist care for children and adolescents.

Horizon provides care for young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (“SEMH”) needs, managing 47 residential homes, fourteen day schools and a range of supported living accommodation across England. The company is split into three divisions: Residential, Education and Transitional Services. In September 2019, Graphite Capital supported Horizon with its acquisition of Cressey College, an operator of seven schools for children with SEMH needs based in South London.

There is a growing need for children’s residential homes, particularly for specialist high-acuity homes. Horizon’s homes provide a nurturing family environment, with two to four children per home. Growing numbers of children also require a specialist educational setting, as their SEMH needs may make them unsuitable to attend mainstream schools. 

The market for Transitional Services is rapidly developing, as more local authorities become aware that they are not meeting their statutory responsibility for 16-18 year old care leavers. Horizon’s Transitional Service provides care leavers with access to quality accommodation, and supports their transition into adulthood through one-to-one support and life-skills preparation.

Horizon is a high-quality care provider and offers a uniquely complementary blend of children’s services, providing continuity of care for children. As a result of its strong links with local authorities, Horizon can identify geographical areas in need of extra capacity for residential homes, specialist schools and supported living accommodation.