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Hartwell School

Our school offer

Our aim is to provide pupils with a range of opportunities so that they can reach their full potential.

Key stages & education

Pupils in Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 attend Hartwell School and follow the national curriculum.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for enrichment activities through educational visits and field trips.

We believe in encouraging pupils’ self-esteem, which is often low when they start with us, by ensuring the curriculum and tasks set are challenging yet achievable, thus enabling them to further succeed and develop.

Find out what makes our school unique

We provide unique learning opportunities for our pupils to help them engage with learning so that they can develop skills and grow in confidence to become proud members of our school community.

The school’s vocational offer enhances the teaching and learning experience of our pupils studying at Key Stage 4, by providing opportunities that equips them with vocational skills for life. A wide range of courses and accreditations present experiences and opportunities that will assist them in life beyond school and in future employment.

The highly equipped areas are taught by teachers who have industry experience, allowing our pupils to gain real insights and resulting in them having high levels of confidence, independence and enthusiasm to succeed in their chosen next steps. The offer also allows for increased levels of positive engagement between pupils and staff, thus resulting in raising aspirations and career goals.

The vocational offer includes the following subjects:

  • Car Mechanics
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty Salon
  • Horticulture

Pupils at Key Stage 3 can enjoy taster sessions so that they too can start planning for their future careers.

To help engage our pupils with their learning and personal development, we strongly believe that they need to feel safe, cared for and accepted. To achieve this, the staff team work together to get to know each pupil and share their aspirations for them to help set achievable goals for their time at Hartwell School and beyond. This approach enables pupils to progress and reach milestones in their social and emotional development and go on to achieve a range of awards and qualifications. All this contributes to pupils looking forward to the next chapter of their lives with increased confidence as they have knowledge, skills and experiences.

This ethos of building strong relationships also extends to the parents and carers of our pupils, who we work in partnership with to deliver the desired outcomes for their child.

Pupils that are highly anxious are referred to the nurture group that help to support their social and emotional development. Our nurture class is a dedicated classroom supported by clinical, pastoral, teaching and support staff, who work to ensure that the right level of support is provided and goals are set to measure outcomes.

The specialised classroom is designed to support the needs of pupils and allow for opportunities to build trusting relationships with teachers and highly trained teaching assistants, who consistently work to develop social and communication skills, whilst also developing the resilience of our pupils so that they can progress and prepare for life beyond school.

The carefully structured setting steadily helps our pupils to transition to their classroom where they are able to engage with learning along with their peers

Elected pupils make up the Junior Leadership Team, who regularly meet to discuss ideas to develop teaching and learning.

The opportunity allows members to continually reflect on the school’s offer and explore ways to make teaching and learning more meaningful. This collaborative approach has contributed to the school establishing its own football team who have grown in skills and confidence. The Junior Leadership Team also shared their wishes for a pool table in the lounge area and along with their rationale, submitted the rules and regulations that should be in place resulting in one being ordered and now in full use.

The team also develop their social skills so that they confidently contribute to the wider community by entering conversations with the school’s Senior Leadership Team, where they discuss, negotiate and arrange topics to help improve the teaching and learning experience for everyone.

To gain an appreciation of the outdoors, pupils access outdoor education where they are given opportunities to explore new activities and the local area in a safe and supported way so that they recognise the range of opportunities that it offers.

Activities include:

  • Climbing
  • Walking
  • Forestry
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking

During outdoor education sessions, pupils work together to complete tasks and develop a range of skills that are easily transferable into many aspects of their lives, including both the classroom and their home environment. Participating in new and exciting activities enables pupils to take calculated risks that empower them, resulting in increased confidence and intrigue for their next challenge. Working as part of a team has also helped pupils to develop and sustain relationships with peers and teachers so that they are able to work effectively and master new skills.

Outdoor education has also made pupils aware of environmental issues and more conscious about their actions and the importance of making informed choices.


Whether our children or young people want to be an astronaut or an artist or anything in between, we are completely committed to helping them realise futures that are out of this world.

Developed in complete collaboration with schools, employers and young people, Futures is all about delivering unlimited aspiration and endless opportunity for every child.

Trust us when we say, your child’s future truly matters to us too.

Explore our dedicated Futures wesite here

Our therapeutic support

We provide young people with unrivalled levels of therapeutic support, both in terms of the expertise and experience of our in-school staff and the wide range of therapies offered. 

Our therapeutic approach includes: 

  • As required, young people have the support of our Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
  • Our commitment to delivering outstanding therapeutic support to all young people is based on attachment principles. We believe that unless a young person is able to feel emotionally secure they are less likely to fulfil their personal, social and educational potential.
  • Our unique approach to supporting young people allows us to achieve uniquely outstanding outcomes, which in turn enable our young people to go on to realise a future filled with aspiration and achievement.


Our Commitment to Therapeutic Support

We have an extensive Clinical Team, who are able to offer our young people within our school a truly personalised and comprehensive package of therapeutic support.

  • We will ensure that every young person develops resilience and releases their potential by providing the appropriate clinical support for their social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • We will support a young person to develop their competencies and abilities to help them become a capable young adult.
  • We will completely integrate the delivery of therapeutic support.
  • We will operate a direct delivery model of therapy offering universal services targeted to the needs of individual children and young people.

Staffing and pastoral care

Our staff have a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching and caring for pupils with Special Educational Needs. They have also received training from Witherslack Group’s Clinical Team, which includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and therapists.

Teachers and teaching assistants are extremely well equipped in providing appropriate support to meet the needs of our pupils and establish a positive and engaging learning environment. The education staff consists of a stable and experienced team and the professional development of teachers and teaching assistants is supported through regular internal and external training. This ensures extremely effective teaching practices are in place and lesson activities are well-planned to support learning.

The Pastoral Care Team develop excellent links with parents, carers and families, as well as professionals involved with a pupil. They also provide additional support, when required, to help pupils engage in classes.

We are dedicated to the development of the each young person, focusing on areas such as independence, self-esteem, resilience, making safe choices and communication.

All this support allows each child, whatever their needs, the opportunity to engage and enjoy their education.

The Pastoral Care Team ensures that all pupils’ well-being is constantly reviewed and developed, and that strong links are made between school and home.

Make an enquiry

Whether you are interested in your child attending our school or just want to know more information about our offer, contact our team.

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