Ofsted findings

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) has consistently judged Hopedale Home to be Outstanding. Read the full range of Hopedale Home Ofsted reports here.

Accommodation and facilities


Hopedale House benefits from being close to a local market town, and within a 15 minute drive of Stoke-on-Trentís extensive cultural, leisure and recreation facilities, but is rural enough to provide a peaceful, tranquil and therapeutic place to live on the edge of the spectacular Peak District National Park.

We believe that every child can be inspired by something; it is our aim to identify what ignites their passion and nurture their creativity. Children are encouraged to develop hobbies and interests through weekly 1:1 specialist sessions in areas such as electronic music, DJ-ing, sensory ceramics, horticulture, cookery, DIY, beauty and sports. Key workers also engage in these sessions, enabling them to further pursue the hobby with their key child. Family contact sessions can also incorporate these hobbies, if appropriate, providing a focus for positive interaction.

In the evenings and at the weekends, there is always the opportunity for children to join guided group activities, which may or may not be based on-site. Our experience has shown that positive behaviour is more likely when children are busy doing something that they enjoy.

Of course, for older children, a structured, personalised, working-towards independence programme, that allows children to experience the world of work and to manage their own needs, operates within both the home and the school.


Children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties require a prodigious amount of skilled input if they are to make any sort of progress in their lives. Discipline can only be achieved through staff commitment to consistency, empathy and humour, and dedication to the creation of a positive emotional atmosphere conducive to learning and personal growth.

We believe that a successful environment is a well-ordered community, where the rights and responsibilities of children, parents/carers, multi-agency professionals and staff, are paramount.

Our positive ethos:


Hopedale House accommodates a registered Residential Special School, with the home and school occupying distinct areas of the building. This is hugely beneficial for children, since it ensures continuity of approach and supports Hopedaleís holistic, therapeutic ethos, and has a major, positive impact on school enjoyment and attendance. Many staff work across both the care and education settings, and comprehensive progress updates are shared at the beginning and end of every school day. Please see the brochure included in the pack for detailed information about Hopedale School.

Click on the image below to view the Education Prospectus in full screen or download the pdf here.

Click on the image below to view the Children's Guide in full screen or download the pdf here.

A copy of the Children's Guide suitable for younger readers can be downloaded here.

A copy of Hopedale's Statement of Purpose can be read here.