A new primary school in the heart of Southampton receives DfE approval to open September 2016

Vision & Ethos

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Our mission is simple. Hope Community School will be the heartbeat of the community. We work with families to increase children’s aspirations, encourage adventure and maximise each child’s talents and gifts. We want to inspire children to be people who not only value their community but also have the desire, ability and tools to transform and enrich it through innovation and aspirational visions.

We want children to enjoy and achieve their full potential at school. No matter what their ability, ethnicity or background, each child should thrive throughout their education.

Our ethos is based around the following:

We encourage adventure throughout our school. We want our curriculum to inspire the children to be adventurous and innovative in their learning.

The school is not just for the children who attend but their families as well. Families are encouraged to attend the regular after school activities alongside the pupils to help families learn together. The school is also a community hub, a centre that is open and inviting to the community as a whole.

We use a project based learning framework for our curriculum to develop creativity. We focus on connecting different areas of learning and creating new ways of thinking. The school is vibrant, colourful and intriguing in its environment, culture and learning.

Everyone who works in, for and with our school will strive for excellence. Our teachers are passionate about their work and value the aspirations of each child, and we encourage all pupils to be passionate about their learning and proud of their successes.

Christian ethos
The ethos of Hope Community School is rooted in Christian-based core values, which permeates every aspect of its life. These include valuing everyone and protecting individual rights to freedom and choice, working actively against discrimination and social exclusion, and respecting the beliefs and practices of others. The school will provide a welcoming environment for students of all faiths and no faith and serves the whole community.

Our Commitment to Equality
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Hope Community School. We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences.

Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students. Our way of doing this is to work hard to improve students' attainment and the standards of teaching and learning continually. At the same time, we also aim to meet the needs of the whole person and the whole community because we understand that the whole of life is education and that everyone who is part of a student's life affects that student's understanding of life and, therefore, his or her education. In this sense, every person matters. 



Our Commitment to the Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 gathers together various different pieces of equality legislation which have been developed over a number of recent years. It sets out some key equality provisions for the delivery of education and a requirement for public bodies to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships between different groups. Against the background of the UK's increasingly diverse communities, Hope Community School recognises that this Act plays a major role in recognising the UK's historic commitment to tolerance.


The Equality Act 2010 is, therefore, an important and significant piece of legislation for Hope Community School because its key provisions underpin the aim of Hope Community School itself: an equal and inclusive society in which difference is understood and respected. This school is committed to meeting its obligations within the law and being a good expression of Hope Community School’s own commitment to equality.



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Hope Community School will be a Free School. This means that it will be set up, with the full support of the Government, in response to local needs and in order to improve education for children in their community. We will be established as an academy, which means we are independent from the local authority so we receive our funding direct from central government and have the ability to set our own curriculum.

We will work closely with the local authority recognising our role as part of the broader educational offer available to families in the city. Our admissions policy will be in line with the city’s admissions policy. 

We will be subjected to inspections by Ofsted, just as other schools are, and our SATs results will be published in tables in the same way as those of other state schools.

Hope Community School, Southampton, will be part of New Generation Schools Trust, which currently runs Hope Community School in Sidcup, Kent. There will have a governing body to oversee Hope Community School, Southampton, which will be responsible for working with the school to ensure it delivers high quality education.

The governing body will be drawn from members of the local community. Together with the school’s Principal, who is responsible for day-to-day management, it will set the school’s aims and policies. The school governors will have three main roles: to provide strategic direction for the school, to act as a critical friend to the Principal and to ensure accountability.

Quality of Teaching

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We will strive to achieve ‘outstanding’ in Ofsted reports. By having this aspiration from the day we are set up means that we will set a benchmark for our teachers and staff to understand where Hope Community School is going and what is expected.

Our aspiration from day one will be that Hope Community School achieves ‘outstanding’ in Ofsted reports.  Our aim is for at least 85% of our pupils to achieve level 4 and 32% level 5 in English and Maths SATs at Key Stage 2 with many children making accelerated progress as they grow through the school.

The ethos of our school will be based around developing adventure, openness, creativity, excellence and values in our children.  In line with original vision for Hope project based learning is planned for EYFS and will develop through the school as it grows.  Learning will be engaging and challenging.  It will integrate learning holistically with ‘real life’ and the community across all subjects.

The thread of Christian values including respect, hospitality, generosity, care for others, community and putting others before yourself will be at Hope’s core, central to everything, every day and will enhance the moral, social, intellectual and spiritual life of the school.  These values will be explored further during planned PSHE learning, during Assemblies and when visitors come to the school and ensure we include everyone irrespective of faith or anything else.

Teaching and learning at Hope Community School will be driven by high expectation. 

Inspirational teaching will motivate the inspirational learner and foster in them success and achievement for the future.

We expect high academic achievement, which requires accelerated progress for our pupils to raise aspirations and realise their potential. Whilst all schools want this, those that succeed have a culture of embedding a growth mindset, something we not just recognise but aim to achieve.

Overall, developing a child’s character matters as much as his or her academic attainment to ensure resilience in the face of increased challenge.




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New Generation Schools Trust are partnering with local businesses, churches and community organisations to set up a Free School in Southampton’s Bargate ward in response to a significant shortage of reception class places in SO14 from 2015/16 and beyond.

Free Schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to local needs in order to improve education for children in their community. The Free School structure allows us to deliver education in innovative and creative ways that will achieve excellent outcomes for children and the local community.

We are a team of local people who are passionate about our community. We have lived, worked and developed community projects in the area for many years and are excited to be working in collaboration with the Hope Community School team from Sidcup to deliver this new school.

The school will be two-form entry primary school, with 25 children in each class, starting with two reception classes from September 2015. This will happen with a stimulating, creative and project based curriculum that will deliver outcomes of positive choice and exploration.

At its heart the school will have a Christian-ethos: inclusion, generosity, kindness, goodness and respect for all being key priorities. We recognize the diversity of the community in SO14 and will emphasize inclusion and community cohesion. The school will be open to and work with people of all faiths and those of no faith.

We want every child, no matter their ability, ethnicity or background to flourish in their education in order to achieve their full potential, whatever that may be. This will be an exciting school that children will want to go to and the parents will too!

Education should be engaging and we want to inspire children to learn and experience beyond the four walls of a classroom. We will partner with local businesses and community organisations in order to offer practical and vocational opportunities as well as traditional pathways of learning.

Our vision is to link school and community, a school created by the community and for the community. We want to see a school that will become the heartbeat of the community; reaching out to and involving local families to increase children's aspirations, encouraging a spirit of adventure and maximising each child's talents and gifting.

We want to see the children of Hope become community pioneers, inspiring them to be people who not only value their community but have the ability, tools and desire to transform and enrich it through their own innovative and aspirational visions.

We will encourage children to dream limitlessly, explore confidently and discover expectantly, taking ownership of their futures.

Please download our information sheet from here.


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Hope Community School will be located somewhere in the SO14 area. This area covers Northam, St Mary’s, Bevois Town, Chapel, Golden Grove, Holyrood, City Centre, Kingsland and Inner Avenue.

Initially, the school will operate in fully equipped temporary accommodation. The plan will be for a brand new school to be built to accommodate the growing Hope Community School family.

Find Out More

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Email: southampton@newgenerationschoolstrust.org


Community Survey

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Parent's Survey


What Parents Are Saying

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"I like the non-traditional set up of Hope and the fact that the children are being developed as people, not just academically, with consideration for one another.  I LOVE the Hope values!"

"There is real community here and we feel part of it. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming."

"I love Hope’s open door policy, so parents can come in and be part of the school day, see how their children are getting on and what they are learning. There are lots of opportunities for families to be involved and socialise together too."

"The thing I like best about Hope is the community that has developed here"


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Join us at one of our open events

Monday, 24th March 2014
3:30pm to 4:30pm - Southampton Voluntary Services, Kingsland Square, SO14 1NW

5:00pm to 6:00pm - Northam Community Centre, Kent Street, SO14 5SP

7:30pm to 8:30pm - Central Hall, St. Mary Street, SO14 1NF

Tuesday, 25th March 2014
12:00pm to 1:00pm - CLEAR Project, 11 Queensway, SO14 3BL

3:30pm to 4:30pm - St. Mary's Surgery, Kingsland Square, SO14 1LT

5:30pm to 6:30pm - St. Mary's Surgery, Kingsland Square, SO14 1LT

7:30pm to 8:30pm - Central Hall, St. Mary Street, SO14 1NF

If you can't make it to one of these events please fill in either our Parents or Community survey.

Full Press Release

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News Release

For immediate release FINAL VERSION – 30/09/2014 at 16:30pm

Hope Community School set to become Southampton’s first Mainstream Free School

Hope Community School has been given the green light by the Department for Education to accept Primary School pupils in Southampton from September 2016.

Hope Community School will be run by the New Generation Schools Trust in partnership with local people, businesses and community organisations. The school, which will be not for profit and state-funded will be designated as a school of religious character and will be open to and inclusive of people of all faiths and those of no faith.

The Free Schools programme was launched in 2011 and can be set up by a wide range of proposers, including charities, universities, businesses, educational groups, teachers and groups of parents.  They are intended to address a particular need within a community and respond to the views of local people on how education could be enhanced.  Hope Community School will be the first mainstream free school to be established in Southampton.

Commenting, Paul Weston, Chair of the New Generation Schools Trust, said:

“Our vision is to achieve excellent outcomes for children and the local community. We want to open a school which is the heartbeat of the community; reaching out to local families to increase children's aspirations and maximising each child's talents. The school’s ethos will be underpinned by Christian values. We intend to create an encouraging and inclusive environment, extending into the community and creating links with local businesses.”

Billy Kennedy, leading the local bid team said. “We are really delighted to have received this decision from the DfE. We have gathered huge support from the local community, from prospective parents, and businesses. We are looking forward to working with them all, the DfE and Southampton City Council as we open the school and to welcome the first Year R Children and their Families to Hope Community School.”



The Department for Education has announced that it has approved the application

to open a new free school in Southampton, read the full press release here


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