At Hope Wood Academy we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that pays particular attention to each pupil’s physical, social, emotional and educational needs. Across the age phases we deliver access to relevant programs of learning and assessment to engage pupils, provide opportunities to achieve, enjoy and make progress.

In the Early Years, pupils access the Early Years Framework and are assessed against the early learning goals. Our pupils with PMLD have access to a carefully planned, highly differentiated and well resourced curriculum which is assessed using ‘Foosteps’, a bespoke assessment tool.

In Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 we deliver access to the National Curriculum programs of study and methods of assessment as is compatible with, and modified or supplemented, to meet individual pupil needs and abilities.


Students in Key Stage 4 follow accredited courses which include GCSEs, Entry Level and Functional Skills. Students are taught in ability groups for the core subjects of the curriculum and they access specialist teachers for Art, Computing, Creative Media, D & T, Food Technology, Music, Performing Arts, Science. The options provision for 14-16 year olds includes an offer of a small number of courses that enhances a mandatory curriculum offer. We aim to keep the curriculum as broad as possible so students are not restricted. Students may choose from the following courses: GCSE Art, Forest School at Barbara Priestman Academy, Animal Care at Houghall College, Food Technology, Humanities, Creative Media, Sport, and Performing Arts. Work experience is part of the curriculum from year 10 onwards.

In the 16-19 centre, our oldest students have access to an age appropriate curriculum that allows them to extend and enjoy their learning while preparing for adulthood. Progress in 16-19 is mapped against the Adult Milestones.

For further information relating to any aspect of the curriculum please contact Adele Pearson, Head of Academy or Vickie Gorton, Deputy Head (Teaching, Learning and Assessment).