Ethos and Values


At Hope Wood, children come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences for our community of children.  Everything we do as a school is to ensure that the children achieve their very best. We are deeply aware that children only get one chance at their education and it is our job to ensure that they all reach for the highest levels of personal achievement and development.

We want every child to be successful; to reach for success from the very first day they join us and throughout their school lives so that when they leave us, they have a love of learning for the rest of their lives.


Hope Wood Academy Mission Statement:

To provide a welcoming, purposeful environment where children can flourish because their rights, needs, and aspirations are met.


Vision for Hope Wood Academy

  • High levels of collaboration, team work, trust and support are visible in the staff team.
  • Well-planned and organised teaching leads to learners making very good progress.
  • Positive and regular communication with parents and carers enables a productive dialogue about how to best meet students‚Äô needs and aspirations.
  • Open and honest communication between the SLT and staff enhances the quality of teaching and learning.
  • An engaging, motivating and well-resourced curriculum is matched to student need.
  • Specialist training in different needs leads to high quality provision

Ascent Academies Trust Vision: 

To provide outstanding education and support for young people with special educational needs.

  • Learning and Curriculum

The provision of the highest quality teaching is of paramount importance. Pupils need to experience a wide range of motivating and challenging, well-pitched learning opportunities. Teacher expertise will identify barriers to learning and plan ways to overcome these. There is a belief that all pupils can succeed what evertheir individual circumstances.

  • Leadership

We will provide an environment in which everyone is encouraged and supported to develop leadership and management competencies. This will enable Ascent to maximise the talent within the trust and plan for succession. We will review the progress made by the Trust against the organisation’s overall investment. We will challenge any under-performance.

  • Collaboration and Partnership

The Trust is committed to the development of education practice by maximising collaboration across all academies within the trust. We will use wider partnerships, such as parents, multi-disciplinary teams,community links, teaching schools and businesses to enhance provision. The Trust will pursue of opportunities for income generation.

  • Inclusivity and Equality

Ascent in an inclusive Trust, the skills and experience of staff are valued and utilised in striving for excellence.No groups are discriminated against. We value each person equally whilst being mindful of the needs of the whole Trust.

  • Investment and Opportunity

We will invest in our staff to provide them with the necessary training and support in order that the aims of the Trust can be met. We embrace and celebrate continuous learning and create a culture where all learning is valued. All staff are given the opportunity to make the most of their potential through fair and open access to training. We are committed to the most efficient and effective use of resources to support training needs.

  • Continuous Improvement

All staff and governors clearly understand the core values of the Trust and the way it operates. Leaders across the trust act in line with these values, encouraging people to work towards the aims of the organisation. Leaders ensure that the core values are at the heart of the organisation’s strategy and govern the way it operates. Leaders of the academies provide challenge and support for each other in order that improvement is central to our work.