Early Years

Hope School’s foundation stage caters for children aged 2-5 in a fully inclusive unit.

Children are surrounded by a wonderful nurturing environment which helps promote personal, social and emotional understanding and develops early communication and language. We pride ourselves on providing a purposeful early education and promoting healthy practices.

We have brilliant learning facilities, both indoor and outdoor, promoting learning and enthusiasm to discover new things from the start. Our outdoor area provides a safe and fascinating area for children to explore and develop their own interests. We have a dedicated team of nurturing teaching staff who are committed to providing all children with the very best start to their education. They encourage the children to develop their own pathways of learning and this through a very child led curriculum, tailored to individual needs. We endeavour to support children’s progress through a personalised curriculum based around the EYFS designed to meet children’s individual needs.

2 Year olds

We have a vibrant and nurturing two year old room providing young learners with a vast amount of experiences focused around the prime areas of learning. There are 8 dedicated spaces to our early learners. The places are available for both 15 funded hours (morning and afternoon sessions) and privately paid places (full days 8-4). To arrange a visit or enquire about places please contact the school on 01942 824150

Early years

Our early years classroom provides an exciting and stimulating environment aimed to assist children’s learning and support progress whatever the child’s starting point. We want children to have the best possible start in life and to acquire skills, knowledge and understanding helping them make sense of the world.

We provide opportunities to develop friendships. We offer communication friendly spaces to support children’s language and listening skills, promote the use of Signalong and PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display) books for children to communicate in a variety of ways and model language. We incorporate letters and sounds in our classroom through enhanced activities which are planned for weekly. Curriculum planning is a balance of adult led and child led learning drawing on the EYFS to ensure both core and specific skills are promoted through the environment. We believe the early years is a time to discover a love of learning. Our environment is structured to enable all children to learn in the way they learn best.


A warm welcome from the Primary department!

Our pupils start their primary journey at 4 years old and we pack lots of learning and fun into the next 6 years.  In primary we learn through a thematic and sensory curriculum where pupils are fully immersed in learning new skills and gaining knowledge about the local community and the wider world. We focus on our pupils acquiring communication, personal, social, and physical skills which they can relate to all aspects of their lives. Primary pupils love learning through their senses, we enjoy lots of singing, dancing, messy activities and exploring through play. In the primary department friendship groups are nurtured and pupils build relationships which last throughout school and beyond.


The students in the Senior Department continue to follow their assessed pathway with a strong emphasis on personal development .
At Key stage 3 all students access English, Maths and Computing at an appropriate level; the other curriculum subjects are taught through cross curricular sessions with a functional element built into to lessons.
Our personalised learning programmes are designed to be fun and purposeful and relevant to the students’ individual need .
At Key stage 4 there is an emphasis on Life Skills and ‘Functional’ learning .Students visit the local community and experience vocational sessions in preparation for experiences at College and beyond school life.
Accreditation at Key stage 4 is tailored to individual need and supports our Creative Curriculum :

  • Open Awards –Independent Living Skills
  • OCR-Functional Skills
  • Vocational taster sessions
  • Open Awards ‘Badge of Excellence’ in Life skills and Sensory engagement .

Students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties at Key stage 3 and 4 follow the Sensory pathway ,focusing on Early Communication and Cognitive skills. As in all departments Communication underpins all areas of the Sensory Curriculum and is supported through spoken language ,use of signing ,visual cues and high and low tech communication aids .The creative topic choices provide effective and stimulating teaching programmes suitable for each individual learner.

The Grange
Post 19

At Hope 19-30 Centre we have a busy, vibrant and varied environment. We follow a multi-sensory programme which is delivered via a topic based approach. Topics are chosen to make activities interesting and stimulating and that match each young person’s individual needs.

Sessions are planned and delivered in a variety of ways including dance, drama, music and communication activities

The students have the opportunity to relax in the warm water pool, they also enjoy Sensory Cookery, Art, Wheelchair dancing, Yogacise and Multi-sense Workout. We have lots of sensory stories and games which the students can access using switches and other communication aids.

As you can see we all have lots of fun!!!