Horizon Care and Education

Graphite Capital is expanding Horizon Care and Education, consolidating its position as 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 approximately 50 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 seek to 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 for mainstream schools. 

The market for Transitional Services is rapidly developing, as local authorities are increasingly aware of the need to provide a managed transition into adult life 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.