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Welcome from Mrs O'Neill

Headteachers Welcome 


A brief history of the school

Hope School was founded in 2002 by Rohit Naik in the old site on Naylorsfield road, it began as a very small provision for key stage 2 and 3 pupils.  Quickly the school expanded and we relocated to a new building (our current home) on Hartsbourne avenue. Our initial designation was SEBD, during this time we had very strong behaviour modification systems in place, once the SEND Code of Practice came out our designation changed to SEMH and our journey to being a trauma informed school began. 


Welcome to Hope School


Hope School is a maintained special school that provides an attachment and trauma responsive environment for 68 students aged 5-11 with Social, emotional and Mental health conditions and those who are neurodivergent.


Pupils tell us they enjoy coming to school. We offer a curriculum that focus on the whole child and we assess this regularly.  We know that our pupils work best when they are challenged in their learning and the curriculum is based around this.


It is a real privilege to be the headteacher in such an innovative school, working with the whole staff team to achieve the best outcomes for the children, their families and all of the community.  


I am a visible presence around the school but note some parents live a distance away, I would like to offer an opportunity to meet with me directly so we can get to know each other, get feedback or air any issues or concerns. Please schedule this with Ms Helen Stewart (


Mrs. M. O'Neill



Pearson Award 2023 for Impact through Partnership

The HEARTS Project