Hopewell School (Harmony House) is an independent day school which opened in November
2006 and is owned by a sole proprietor. The school is situated within Harmony House which is a
charitable project of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
The school provides education for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties,
moderate learning difficulties and for those with autistic spectrum disorders, who have
experienced disruption and disengagement in their previous education.
The school is registered for up to 65 students aged 5 to 19 years. There are currently 30
students on roll, aged between eight and 16, one of whom is resident in one of the Holibrook
homes. The overwhelming majority of students are boys, in line with other schools of this type.
All students have statements of special educational needs or educational health care plans.
Since the last inspection very few children have joined the school. Almost all children who left
were from Year 11 or of sixth form age.
The school runs an outreach programme for seven of the students on roll, delivering education
off-site within community facilities such as colleges and libraries.
At the time of the last inspection the school made use of a satellite classroom located at the
rear of an unoccupied children's home located approximately 3.5 miles from the school. This
provision is no longer in use.
Since the last inspection eleven staff have left the school, including the headteacher and deputy
headteacher. An interim headteacher is now supported by two interim deputy headteachers.
Four staff previously deployed in outreach work or in another of the Hopewell schools are now
teaching in the school
The school was judged as outstanding in all aspects when it was inspected in September 2013.
However, when the school was inspected in November 2014 inspectors found this was no
longer the case and all aspects of the school's work were judged inadequate with numerous
independent school standards not met.
A governing body replaced the review committee just prior to the last inspection. Two further
external members are in the process of being recruited.
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