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My inspiration for Hope House School 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 and is now 24 years of age.  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 have now realised my dream to provide a unique school, which will transform the lives of up to twenty eight educationally fragile children.  We will also be supporting people of any age with autism. 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 which is a charity and educates and supports people of all ages who have an autism spectrum disorder.

We are set in open countryside just outside Newark in Nottinghamshire, and currently have places for 28 pupils on roll.

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 This 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. 

Ofsted 2017.

Pupils study the full range of subjects. Those who are able to complete appropriate qualifications, including in English and mathematics. Pupils develop their independent living skills. This helps to prepare them for when they leave the school.

Ofsted January 2020

Their positive relationships with staff help pupils to engage with their learning. Staff model well the behaviour they expect of the pupils. They respond sensitively when pupils struggle to manage their own behaviour. When pupils become frustrated or distracted, staff calm them and help them to focus back on their work. Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning. They know that staff want them to do well. This helps them to grow in confidence.

Ofsted January 2020

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

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