Providing an attachment friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.
Hope School is a special school for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH). Pupils range from aged 5-13. Hope School is unique because of our non-exclusion policy and the fact that we will never exclude a child from school. We feel this is particularly important as our pupils have often attended many other schools.
Traditionally focusing on behaviour management, Hope School has moved away from this and now focuses on attachment friendly practice believing that behavior management became focused more on developing the pupils’ intrinsic motivation rather than relying on external controls, such as rewards and sanctions. Whereas following attachment friendly practice allows pupils become intrinsically motivated to want to learn and do well.
Pupils tell us they enjoy coming to school. We offer a creative curriculum based meeting holistic needs of individuals that change each frequently. We know that our pupils work best when they are challenged in their learning and the curriculum is based around this.
The school Day begins at 7:50am with breakfast club. Lessons begin at 8am with a short ‘check in’ session. This is followed by 5 lessons and a session after lunch known as CAP (Curriculum around the pupil) in which pupils have the chance to engage in practical activities such as cooking or using our state of the art climbing wall which all link to ASDAN qualifications.
We work closely with parents and carers of children in the school who are each given the opportunity to access training on attachment and trauma. It is really important to recognise that schools cannot repair or replace an insecure attachment to a primary caregiver, but what they can do is provide a safe base where children and young people can develop a sense of trust in adults and confidence in themselves. This does not mean that we can “write off” what happens at home, because we are trying to provide stability and safety at school, but that we strive to work closely with parents and carers in developing rewarding attachment relationships with the children in their care.
We at Hope School rely on the continued support from the parents and carers of our pupils as we encourage our pupils to live up to our motto of ‘If I Try I Can’.
Mr. Rohit Naik