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Providing an attachment friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.

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Providing an attachment friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.

Welcome to Hope School! We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. At Hope School we provide an attachment-friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.
At Hope School pupils are taught an individualised curriculum which caters for their specific needs.PLEASE BE AWARE SCHOOL REMAINS OPEN FOR PUPILS WHERE THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL WITH ANY QUESTIONS


Hello, I am Mrs Gorman and I am the SENDCo at Hope School. If you feel you need additional support regarding your son/daughter/charge's additional needs do not hesitate to contact me and we can arrange an appointment to discuss any issues. I am more than happy to provide help, support and guidance to parents and carers and I am looking forward to working with each of you again over this next year. 

Please find below contact details

​Hope School

251 Hartsbourne Aveune


L25 2RY

0151 363 3130


Headteacher- Mr R Naik

SENDCo- Mrs H Gorman


Parent support 


I hope you are all well during this time. The link above is for a SEND Parent support website which has been set up by the Local Authority and LivPac to support parents during this time. The website is easy to use and has resources set out in alphabetical order as well as resources and parents blogs. All you need to do to access the website is click on the link above.  

As a school we look at every child as an individual, creating a plan allowing each child to achieve the best outcomes.  Each child will receive quality first teaching in their lessons alongside specific interventions to support overall development of each young person.  We work closely with the team around each child to ensure we focus on these outcomes, breaking them into small manageable steps which often make up the targets on their One Page Profiles.  All of our policies and procedures are always under review and this is why the voice of the team around the child is so important and we always encourage our parents to attend all meetings.


All teachers are responsible for every child in their care, including those with special educational needs. Teaching & Learning Policy September 2014

The primary needs of our pupils are:


  1. Cognition and Learning

We have trained staff to deliver interventions to pupils with dyslexia or other literacy difficulties. We also provide children with specialist equipment and training on how to access the equipment successfully. Lessons are delivered via a creative curriculum selected by pupils including topics they have an interest in. Lessons are short and well structured including a range of multi-sensory approaches to engage all learners. We also have two new multi-sensory room for pupils to use during interventions, lessons and pupils free time e.g free choice CAP on a Friday. We also have Occupational Therapy who work with a selection of pupils who have sensory needs, these interventions support pupils with their strength and self-regulation which then has a positive impact on their handwriting and readiness to work.


2.  Social, Emotional and Mental Health 

          Hope school is attachment friendly and pupils are encouraged to manage their own emotions and behaviours, staff support and guide pupils in making the correct choices and ensure strategies and any equipment needed (timer, stress toys,etc) are in place to support this.  Two staff are trained to deliver Talking and Drawing therapies to pupils who are referred by their key staff.  All staff have been trained to create social stories for pupils with ASD or have associated difficulties.  Two members of staff have completed bereavement therapy and we have staff also trained in delivering             sand play healing. 


We have worked closely with a range of outside agencies, including the ADHD foundation and ADDvanced Solutions. Parents and Carers have been invited to attend  workshops delivered by ADDvanced Solutions and the ADHD Foundation giving support and guidance to these families. Parent feedback has been really positive this term and we are keen to continue a positive working relationship with these organisations. 


We are committed to developing the ongoing expertise of our staff.  We have current expertise in our school:

Ms Jones, Mrs Anderson- Talking and Drawing Therapy

Mr Growney, Mr Darkins, Ms Jones, Mrs Coslett, Mrs O'Neill, Mr Gorman and Mrs Anderson- Sand Tray Healing

Mr Growney, Ms Gomes - Seasons for Growth bereavement intervention 

Mrs Gorman - ASC 

Mrs O'Neill- PDA

Mr Naik, Mrs O'Neill - Attachment and Trauma

Mr Growney - Catch up Literacy intervention


As always we will continue to focus on quality first teaching working on the Kagan approach to co-operative learning and how this can improve attainment.  All staff have complete the ASC level 2 training and are continuing their professional development with training showing the differences between attachment disorder and ASC. The school SENCDo attends the SEN briefings twice a year to ensure she is up to date with change.  Our Safeguarding Officer also attends training throughout the year, then provides training to the staff team.  


Support staff are deployed, based on their experience and qualifications, to meet the needs of individuals and groups of children.  Support staff are based in a class and follow that classes' timetable, they then deliver the person centered intervention to those pupils.  


Transition is a difficult time for pupils, we work hard to make key links with the named school for each pupil, transition is tailored to the needs of individual children. We also have a designated member of staff who works with pupils from September to make transition more smooth and effective for all pupils not just pupils who are leaving. Pupils who are new to the school will have a pre-placement interview, they will walk around the school and key information, policies and procedures are shared.  After an integration program is created to best meet the needs of each individual pupil.


All pupils receive support through interventions relating to any SEND needs they may have. Hope is a Dyslexia friendly school and ensures it follows protocols in meeting children's needs. Hope also works alongside the ADHD Foundation and ADDvanced Solutions.


It has been a busy time with lots of changes for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. To support our parents we have held workshops and consultations to ensure parental voice is heard not just by the school but also by Liverpool City Council.


Every school has been asked to complete a document called the 'SEN Report' and part of the creation of this included parents' views on what we offer as a school. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and parents felt the document will support them in the future to make fact-based decisions for their child.  Hope School’s 'Local Offer' is now available online on our school website and Liverpool City Council's website.

Hope School held its own consultation regarding the changes to the SEND Statementing process which allowed parents' views to feed back into how the new statement (Education Health and Care Plan) will look.  There have also been changes in some terms we will use, Statements are now being called the Education, Health and Care Plan, (EHCP) the title has changed to show how all aspects of the child will be covered in one document reducing the amount of repetition for parents at appointments. 

Parents are actively involved in the life of the school, including:


Family Learning Days- The last day of each half term

Family Works program- 10 weeks, 3 times a year


As of September 2020, we have 60 children or young people receiving some form of SEN Support. (10 intervention places)

We have internal processes for monitoring quality of provision and assessment of need.  These include learning walks, work scrutiny and data analysis


Termly, we look at all the vulnerable groups of children and their progress in comparison to the whole school averages in both Mathematics and English, from the data collected we decide what children or groups of children require additional support and arrange this either in school or through an outside service.


What has worked well this year:

  • Making the school Attachment friendly
  • The use of co-operative learning through Kagan approaches
  • Splitting school Forum into KS1 and KS2/3 so it is accessible to all pupils   
  • New early years facility 
  • Key rooms for specific subjects
  • Spilt lunch arrangements, lower school have lunch earlier which is making lunch time run more effectively 
  • New equipment selected by pupils at play times
  • Supporting children with Specific Learning Difficulties and becoming a Dyslexic Friendly School
  • Two new sensory rooms 
  • Working with the schools on site Speech and Language Team and Occupational Therapy


What do we still need to work on:

  • Attendance- school is working hard to improve the attendance of a small number of pupils.  Parents have been invited to attendance meetings on a half termly basis.  A few parents have however, not attended so these cases have been escalated to the EWO (Education Welfare Officer)


Hope was recently re-verified for the 'Dyslexia Friendly' award and I am delighted to announce that we have once again achieved the BDA Quality Mark in Dyslexia. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff, parents and pupils for their continued support. Please find the report attached. 

Dyslexia award report (May 2019)

Equality Policy 2020/21