Outcomes First Group is a specialist provider of education and care services to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs, learning disabilities and social, emotional and mental health needs. With Sovereign's support the Group grew to become one of the UK's leading providers in its field.
The founders of Hillcrest, one of the longest established independent providers of care and education for looked-after children in the UK, had decided to retire. They wanted a buyer that understood their high-quality specialist offering and would build upon what they had achieved.
Sovereign was able to both address the succession planning and demonstrate a commitment to investing futher in the Hillcrest service offering. In 2013, Hillcrest became part of Sovereign's newly created Outcomes First Group.
At the outset of the partnership, the Group operated 4 specialist day schools and 13 specialist children’s care homes in England. In 2016 Sovereign backed the merger of Outcomes First Group with Options Group, expanding the services offered to a national level.
At exit, Outcomes First Group:
Outcomes First Group was acquired by NFA, which was a natural fit for the Group.
Sovereign was a highly supportive partner, enabling us to develop the services offered whilst ensuring that the quality of care provided remained centre to the Group’s offering. Joining NFA was a natural progression for Outcomes First Group that will benefit our service users, Local Authority partners and staff as we continue to develop our specialist services.
Graham Baker / Group CEO
Education Investor 2017 - Finalist