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  • Hope Corner Academy
    70 Clifton Road
    WA7 4TD
  • Head: Mrs Maria Houghton
  • T 01928 580860
  • E
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 14 to 16
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Halton
  • Pupils: 5
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: £26,000 pa
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Hope Corner Academy - A New and Exciting Special Educational Needs School, it is part of Hope Corner Community Church and was initiated to meet the needs of our community. Our passion and heart is to meet the needs of young people who are marginalised and excluded from education and society, and their families.

In our local community we were witnessing the breakdown of family values. We believe that Christianity has a lot to say about families and so we decided that we would do all we can to meet those needs. Our projects are designed to encompass the whole of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, regardless of race, beliefs, or sexual orientation; our number one goal is to support people at their point of need.

Hope Corner Academy was born from this vision and is the only church run Independent SEN School in Halton. At Hope Corner Academy we provide a wide range of educational programmes for young people aged 14 to 17, with a range of special educational needs including moderate, behavioural, emotional and autistic with associated behaviours. We are approved by the Department for Education and Ofsted to provide education for young people with special educational needs.

With considerable expertise in working with young people, we offer a holistic learning environment, providing a new state of the art learning facility and specially trained staff; all dedicated to supporting you and all underpinned by our unsurpassed care, support and real understanding. We want you, our students, to lead a happy, full life and to fulfil your potential. Our programmes of learning help you do just that. We have a wide ranging curriculum for you to enjoy, with access to terrific facilities in our new centre. With wider access to youth clubs and camps, the social life is great as well!

Everyone learns differently. That is why we work with you, the student, plus your family and wider circle of support, to develop an individual learning plan, suited to how you learn best. As you learn, we make sure all your specialist needs are taken care of. Working together with your experienced and qualified teachers and therapists, we create a programme of learning and care, so you can achieve real and demonstrable progress.

Together, we can look with greater confidence to a brighter future. One where you can fulfil your potential, be confident and happy, becoming an active citizen in your community.

Rev Darrell Tunningley - Founder
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What the parents say...

My son attends Hope Corner Academy. He has Autism. He did try a mainstream high school but unfortunately it didn't work out for him, then he spent some time in a Vulnerable Pupil Unit and when he was ready to go back to school we (parents) knew we wanted him in a school that was SEN specific so Hope Corner Academy fitted the bill. At our first meeting with the school it was made clear that our son's individual needs would be met, everything would be tailored around him. Not only would our son be supported at school our whole family would be supported. That was very different to every other school we had come across. We met with his teachers Matt and Danielle who have to be the most kindest, patient and accomplished teachers we have ever met. Since our son started at Hope Corner Academy we have seen massive changes in him. He was always a clever child but with the right educational setting and support he has far succeeded all goals, his grades have been fantastic and he is so eager to learn now he looks forward to every day at school. For the first time in 5 years he has participated in sports, the school take the children rock climbing and this has helped our son mentally and physically and it is a sport our son will continue to do out of school. Our son, through the school now volunteers with our local foodbank and I am so proud to see him help in his community. Above all, for a long time our son was just about surviving school, and with complete joy we are able to say our son thrives at school now.

Commented on 10th Jun 2013

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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