Welcome to our school


Welcome to Hope Wood Academy and thank you for visiting our website.

Hope Wood Academy is a generic special school based in Easington, County Durham. We cater for students from ages 2-19 with a range of special educational needs. We are part of a larger family of four special schools in the North East, Ascent Academies Trust. Just over 50% of our students have a diagnosis of Autism, over 20% have severe learning difficulties, 18% have moderate learning difficulties and 8% have Profound and Multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

We have a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about providing the very best possible educational experiences for our young people, helping each individual to grow and develop as they prepare for adulthood. Our motto of ‘Learning Together for Lifelong Success’ encapsulates our focus on our sense of community and family. We believe that by learning together as part of the Hope Wood family we provide a supportive environment which seeks to stretch and challenge our young people. Through this we aim to provide our young people with the very best opportunities to succeed in their next stage, whatever success looks like for each individual.

Our colleagues are all trained and experienced in understanding and meeting the needs of students who have SEND. We work with a wide range of colleagues from other agencies such as Health and Social Care. We pride ourselves on getting to know the whole family very well and working as a team for the benefit of the young people in our school. Our young people are the heart of our school family and decision making processes. Every day is an exciting day of new learning experiences. Our work is underpinned by our values of kindness, honesty and integrity in everything we do. We would love to welcome you to our vibrant school community.

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Adele Pearson
Head of Academy