History

Hope House School was founded in 1985 (then known as Barnsley Christian School) as a not-for profit, social enterprise joint venture between two churches in the Barnsley area. Their initial aim was to provide a good quality of education for their own children. Since 1991 the school has accepted pupils from families who are of nominal or no Christian belief and from families of other faiths. The school was established as an independent (fee paying) school and became a charitable limited company in 1995. It remains an integral part of the ministry of Hope House Church, who own the building.

Aims

We aim to provide a high quality education for children according to Christian ethics, morality and belief, whilst respecting the beliefs of those from other positions.

Our commitment to you is:

  1. To take pastoral responsibility for all children in a loving, caring and well disciplined environment.
  2. To provide a broad, balanced contemporary education based on the National Curriculum for all children regardless of ability, age, race or gender.
  3. To encourage all pupils to fulfil their potential academically.
  4. To encourage all pupils to explore the Christian faith for themselves
  5. To inform you if it becomes apparent that your child will not be able to access the next Key stage level or the GCSE curriculum in Key Stage 4 and support you in any transition to a different school.

School Government

The school is owned by a charitable limited company Hope House School Barnsley and governed by a Governing Body, made up of parents of the pupils, members of the teaching staff, leaders of Hope House Church, local church members of various denominations and other co-opted members as necessary. The Principal is responsible for the day to day running of the school.Pastoral Care & School Discipline.

The School seeks to promote positive behaviour at all times and the pupils’ good behaviour has been commended by OFSTED. A commendation and reward system is in place for pupils. The school discipline policy is relative to the age of the child and follows present Government guidelines.

Child Protection and Anti-Bullying Policies are in place and teaching staff are continually observant of the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of each pupil. If problems are encountered they are handled in a caring and professional manner in partnership with parents.

Primary Department

A full and comprehensive range of Infant and Junior subjects are taught at Key Stage 2 which closely follows the National Curriculum. Pupils are taught French from Year 3. There are no more than 12 pupils in each year group. In Key Stage 1 and 2 groups are taught together and separated for certain subjects. Primary teachers are supported by Teacher’s Assistants. Small classes mean that the pupils benefit from the level of individual attention available within the school. Educational visits are integral to the curriculum. Residential visits will be undertaken from Year 3. Key Stage 2 SATs are applied at the appropriate times and marked internally.

Secondary Department

Classes in the Secondary Department are limited to 12 pupils. The ranges of subjects that our Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils cover in the curriculum are as follows:
English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Science, European Computer Driving Licence, French, History, Religious Education, Geography, Drama, Art, Music, Physical Education, Design & Technology and Character Education. Subjects follow the National Curriculum closely. All pupils must take English, Mathematics, Science, French and RE at GCSE plus ECDL. The remaining subjects can be selected to build on strengths and interests. Please note; Music, Physical Education and Design & Technology are not available as GCSE options.

General Information

Opportunities for foreign travel and excursions are included in the curriculum with a Senior School visit to France between Years 7 and 10. There is the opportunity to enjoy outward bound activities on Senior Visits.

The normal school year is 37 weeks. School Holidays are planned to coincide with Local Education Authority School holidays but are not necessarily always the same. The school day starts at 9:00 am and finishes at 3:30pm. School dinners are not provided; pupils need to bring a packed lunch, water bottle and a flask, if a hot drink is required.

The school meets its aim well. The teaching is generally good, and often excellent. The assessment of pupils’ progress is frequent and thorough and the results are well used to plan future work. As a result, pupils of different levels of attainment are all given work that is suitably challenging for them. Class sizes are small and pupils benefit from the individual attention they receive from teachers and teaching assistants. Pupils generally behave well and work hard. They are making good progress in their academic work and in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils with special educational needs are very well supported. The head teacher leads the school well with the assistance of the very efficient administration and with excellent support from governors.

School Inspection Report Summary October 2013