Hope School

Name Hope School
Website www.hope.wigan.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 June 2014
Address Kelvin Grove, Marus Bridge, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN3 6SP
Phone Number 01942824150
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203 (60% boys 40% girls)
Local Authority Wigan
Percentage Free School Meals 25.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.9%
Persisitent Absence 28.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.9%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

All pupils have learning difficulties. About a half have profound and multiple learning difficulties, the majority of whom have medical difficulties or complex needs. An increasing proportion of pupils have autism. The majority of pupils are boys. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is well above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. A children’s centre and provision for young people with profound and complex learning difficulties aged between 19 and 25, form part of the organisation. The children’s centre building incorporates a community library and a multi-sensory studio classroom.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make excellent progress in their personal and communication skills. This means that they are very well prepared for the next stage in their education or training. The majority of pupils make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. They use the skills they learn in a wide variety of situations. Teaching is outstanding overall and never less than good. This has been maintained over the long period of time since the last inspection. Teaching assistants make an excellent contribution to pupils’ progress. Pupils work very hard to live up to the high expectations that their behaviour is always the best it can be. Pupils show and say they feel safe and cared for well. This is because staff ensure that each pupil’s individual needs are met very well. The sixth form is outstanding. Students are well prepared for leaving school because : transition arrangements to the next stage are outstanding. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make an excellent start to their learning. This is because provision is very well organised and interesting and the partnership with families is strong. Leaders have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Many staff help other schools to learn from the outstanding practice evident at this school. All senior leaders have clear effective systems and procedures to ensure that everyone works together as a team to improve pupils’ achievement. All staff are helped to keep the quality of their teaching at a high level. The governing body makes a very significant contribution to the school’s leadership, because : they make plans which impact very well on pupils’ achievement and continuous school improvement.