Hope House School


Name Hope House School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 April 2017
Address Barnby Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 3NE
Phone Number 01636700380
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 5-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Nottinghamshire

Information about this school

Hope House School is an independent day special school for boys and girls aged five to 19 years. Pupils admitted to the school have autistic spectrum conditions. The majority also have additional needs, including behaviour and moderate learning difficulties. The school, set in open countryside near Newark in Nottinghamshire, is a registered charity with a board of directors and a board of representatives. The school has extensive grounds and accommodation. Buildings have been refurbished for educational use, including outbuildings and grounds, which accommodate farm animals and ponies that provide therapeutic and animal care experiences for pupils. There are currently 25 pupils on the school roll, almost all of whom have an education, health and care plan. The premises are also used to provide evening and holiday clubs and activities for children from the school and the local community. The school does not use the services of any alternative providers. The school aims ‘to provide a caring and calm environment where everyone feels valued, secure and able to learn’. The school’s previous inspection was in February 2014 when the quality of provision was judged good. At that time, the school admitted pupils in the age range five to 16 years.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and senior staff provide effective leadership that enables staff to teach well and to develop pupils’ confidence successfully. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good and most pupils achieve well. Provision has a positive impact on pupils’ learning and progress, from mostly low starting points. A number of pupils make excellent progress in individual subjects and aspects of their learning. The curriculum for post-16 students enables them to reinforce their learning in English and mathematics and to extend their qualifications and experiences in work-related learning. The school implements its safeguarding arrangements meticulously. Staff ensure that pupils are safe and increasingly confident in their enjoyment of the school’s facilities and curriculum. The school has improved its premises, staffing and curriculum considerably since the previous inspection. Pupils benefit from a wide range of learning experiences, including excellent, extended animal care facilities. The school makes outstanding provision for the personal development, and increased independence of pupils and post-16 students. Pupils, who have had negative previous experiences of, and responses to, education, improve their attitudes and behaviour significantly. Teaching staff demonstrate patience and determination that all pupils will experience success. Occasionally, they do not have sufficient understanding of how to use assessment criteria to challenge pupils to make the best progress of which they are capable. Senior leaders’ evaluation of learning and outcomes requires improvement. The board of directors provides effective support and encouragement to the headteacher and staff. However, they do not have sufficient educational expertise to ensure that senior leaders evaluate all aspects of the school’s provision and outcomes rigorously. The proprietor and senior leaders have ensured that the school meets all the independent school standards. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.