St Philip’s was founded in April 1970 when it first opened as a Residential School for junior boys, at Plains, near Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.
The school was named after St Philip Neri, a sixteenth century Italian Saint from Florence, whose 500th anniversary was celebrated in 2015.
His characteristic values were charity, humility and a sense of humour and one of his oft quoted maxims was “when shall we begin to do good?”
St Philip’s developed an excellent reputation for residential child care and special education in the 1970s and 1980s, at a time when the Children’s Hearing System was in its infancy.
A culture of transparency, a commitment to good practice and a clearly identified value base was firmly established and survives to this day.
During that period, close collaboration existed between St Philip’s and the former Strathclyde Regional Council, until local government reform in 1996.
Since then, additional support and services have been provided for the school by the Cora Foundation, an Agency of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Scotland.
In the intervening years, Day Services and, Secure Care, were also developed on the campus at Plains for a period of time.
In 2013, following what was a complete re-structuring of the service, residential and day provision at St Philip’s transferred to the former secure unit building, where much better facilities were available. A recovery plan was put in place and, almost immediately, a process of growth and expansion began.
In 2014, St Philip’s was successful with a submission to enter the National Residential Framework, providing places for 30 residential and 28 day pupils, from interested Local Authorities.
A separate contractual arrangement was also agreed with Glasgow City Council in 2015 for the provision of residential services to children and young people from that area.
St Philip’s is now registered with the Care Inspectorate as a mixed gender service, for young people aged 10 to 17 years.
St Philip’s is a registered charity and also operates as a company limited by guarantee, under the control of a voluntary Board of Directors.