Seamab School’s origins go back more than 80 years to a small private school in Alloa called Riverview School. A child-led programme was the original approach and as pupil numbers grew the school moved into the Naemoor mansion house, near Rumbling Bridge and Naemoor School opened in 1946. Pupils were able to pursue subjects that interested them rather than following a strict timetable.
Throughout the 1950s the leadership at Naemoor School began to explore and review the school’s purpose. In 1962 Naemoor was closed with the school re-opening as Lendrick Muir School. The aim was to provide a more specialised education for children who needed additional support.
At its peak, Lendrick Muir had between 80 and 100 pupils. They boarded in the school and many teachers including the headmaster lived on-site. The girls, and some of the youngest boys, were housed at Craigard House in Rumbling Bridge. In the 1980s the Board of Governors of Lendrick Muir School approved a plan to open a new primary residential facility to be based at Craigard. The new school, named Seamab School, welcomed its first pupils in the early 1980’s. There was a maximum of 12 children at Seamab and they lived and were educated within Craigard. The school evolved through the 1990s and in the early 2000’s it was appropriate for education and care to be delivered separately. At this time the service provision became 52 weeks of care and education.
Lendrick Muir School closed in 1998, but Seamab continued as a residential primary school for children with additional support needs. The children housed in Craigard moved into residential houses that were retained from the sale of the Lendrick Muir estate in 2002 and in 2006 the school itself moved to its current building, providing more space and allowing for 21 pupils within the school.
Seamab continues to provide care and education for children from across Scotland. In early 2022 Seamab achieved an enhanced status, enabling us to delivery education for children and young people aged 5 through to 18 years. We have plans to build a new school and Seamab continues to adapt and change so that we continue to make a positive and meaningful impact in the lives of the children and young people we support.