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A Word From The Principal

My inspiration for Hope House School and Vacation Centre was because of the plight of one small boy with a rare genetic disorder called Opitz Syndrome, who is also on the Autistic Spectrum.  This little boy is Hugh, and he is my grandson.  I know his trauma is not unique and there are many children and families throughout the UK who are struggling to provide their children with the most effective education and care.  For many their disorders make attending mainstream school a torment.

Through passionate fund raising efforts and professional support, I am now realising my dream to provide a unique school, which will transform the lives of up to twenty five educationally fragile children.  Through specially tailored one to one or two to one tuition in individual teaching rooms and small groups, my staff aim to build their confidence and help them make sense of the world around them.  By using our very special animals we give them responsibility, something to love and care for and all this is reciprocated in a non judgemental way.  

I hope you enjoy reading our web site, but should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.

Terri Westmoreland

Founder and Principal

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Hope House School is a small independent special school for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 19 years who have an autism spectrum disorder.

We are set in open countryside just outside Newark in Nottinghamshire, and currently have 25 pupils on role.

Our aim is to provide a caring and calm environment where everyone feels valued, secure and able to learn.

Hope House was described by Ofsted as ‘a good school where pupils make good progress from low starting points in a short time’ and that ‘pupils’ improving behaviour is the result of good personal development and, in particular, their engagement in the Animal Unit’.

(Ofsted 2014)


Hope House School is committed to the safeguarding of pupils at all times.

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