COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.

Download our Covid 19 Action Plan for further information and for details of our remote education offer.


SES Kite commenced on 4 September 2020 providing a new provision for post 18 year olds.

Turnstone House

Turnstone House opened in October 2012 and accommodates eight boys and girls. It has dual registration as a residential special school and as a children’s home. The age range for admission is normally between eight and fourteen years but young people can and do stay on with us through to independence in discussion with placement authorities.  Young people coming to Avocet House do so because of their need for 52 week integrated therapeutic residential placement with highly specialised education.

Therapeutic Setting

Turnstone House is in a peaceful and relaxing rural location within 20 minutes of the facilities of Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. The nearer small market  towns of Loddon, Bungay and Beccles and easy access to the Norfolk and Suffolk coastlines and countryside give many options for responding to children’s needs.

Turnstone House provides a high quality group living experience within a warm and welcoming domestic setting.  The property is big enough to enable a feeling of a large family and community whilst being domestic in feel.  The home consists of a reception hall, two large and comfortably furnished living rooms, a garden room, kitchen and dining room where all members of the house come together for mealtimes.  The rear of the house looks out across a large area of parkland leading to open farmland.

On the first floor there are six bedrooms, with two further bedrooms on the second floor, all with their own en-suite facilities.  Externally there is a substantial stable block/coach house eventually to be refurbished and converted into a three bedroom annex, potentially for use as an independence facility.

Large landscaped gardens and woodlands surround the property. The premises are fitted out to a high standard in respect of fixtures, fittings and equipment.  In the parkland at the rear of the property is a purpose built, eco-friendly, single story Learning Centre with views out over the grounds and lake.

Safeguarding contacts for Turnstone House.

For more information please call Turnstone House on 01508 517000.