Accommodation and facilities

Hopedale House is a detached property in the small rural village of Cheddleton, Staffordshire Moorlands, with three discrete ‘houses’. The large, attractive, open garden area contains an allotment, for children to grow their own produce, and ample space for recreational activities.


Hopedale House is regularly refurbished as part of an on-going programme to best meet the needs of the children in residence. Whilst remaining as homely and welcoming a possible, specific risks and behaviours have been carefully considered and accommodation designed accordingly.


At Hopedale House, the home and the school are distinct.  Separate entrances for the children are available and provide very different initial impressions.


The home provides care for three groups of children (Comets, Asteroids and Stars), with very careful matching ensuring the ability to focus on specific needs and work towards individual goals.  Risk assessment is at the core of these groupings.


Children have individual bedrooms that they are encouraged to personalise.


Comet’s House 

Children with significant social, emotional, mental health and potential learning difficulties.  Children in this group may be very young or may display aspects of autism. Activities and facilities are designed accordingly:

  • Fun, bright, comfortable lounge area, furnished to a high standard

  • Gaming devices, massage chair, small world play area

  • Role play corner

  • Visual cues as appropriate

  • Up to 5 individual, personalised study bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms with separate showers

  • Waking night station and shared kitchenette


Asteroid’s House

Children beginning to develop self-help skills and making progress towards addressing their social, emotional, mental health and potential learning needs.

  • Large, sophisticated, comfortable lounge area, furnished to a high standard

  • Gaming devices

  • Up to 5 individual, personalised study bedrooms

  • 1 bathroom and two shower rooms

  • Waking night station and shared kitchenette

  • Staff bedroom

Stars’ Area

Children who have made good progress with their self-help skills and have addressed many of their social, emotional, mental health and potential learning needs.  These children may be ready for Foster Care or extremely settled.

  • 3 en-suite study bedrooms

  • 2 standard study bedrooms

  • Lounge and dining area

  • Shower room and toilet

  • Small kitchen


Shared Areas

  • A chef’s kitchen with views onto the tranquil garden

  • Separate utility room

  • Private family contact room (part of the school area, but planned this way to provide the utmost privacy)

  • Music room

  • Bright spacious dining room, with view over the garden

  • Two downstairs toilets

  • Therapy room (The Igloo)

  • Alternative therapy room

  • Phone box area where children can make private calls in a safe and warm area

  • Gaming Lodge located in the garden


Outside Space

  • To the rear of the building there is a large tranquil garden which affords the opportunity for relaxation, reflection, leisure and horticulture

  • To the front of the building there is parking for up to 40 vehicles

  • To the side of the building are well maintained Rugby pitches that can be used by residents of Hopedale House

  • There is a park a short 5 minute walk away

  • The adjoining woodland provides opportunities for multi-sensory walks, orienteering and general exploration​

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