Our History

Debbie Pester, our proprietor identified many years ago that there was an ever increasing need for a specialist provision that caters for children aged 13 to 17 years with SEMH needs but that do not have behavioural difficulties.  As a result, she left her post as Head Teacher of a Pupil Referral Unit and The Yellow House School was born.  

The Name "The Yellow House" is inspired by a painting given to her by her father of Vincent Van Gough's The Yellow House.  Debbie chose this as her symbol as it represents hope, camaraderie and warmth.  This has very much become part of our philosophy.

The Yellow House opened it's doors in 2002 in Sible Hedingham with just 2 pupils.  The success of the school soon became apparent and we quickly out grew our Sible building. We doubled in size in 2006 when we opened our Clare site with a further 8 pupils.  We now have a registered capacity of 15 fulltime pupils or an equivalent ratio for part time pupils.
Our building are old, very old.  Some parts of the Clare school date to the 16th Century, when it was an inn.  The Sible building dates, in part, to the 17th Century and has been residential cottages, a grocer, an antique shop and a motorcycle dealership,  Our building are now warm and welcoming homes away from home.