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Admissions & School Growth Plan

Hopescourt School is due to open on a temporary site in September 2024, and will provide an initial 77 places for secondary age pupils.  The construction of the new site is scheduled for completion in Spring 2025. 

Our growth plan below shows the anticipated pupil numbers from September 2024 onwards, and we anticipate that we will be at our full capacity of 200 children by September 2029.

In September 2024 we will have the following pupil numbers:

Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Our first intake of primary school children will be in September 2025, in year R and year 3 only.


Consultations are underway for 2024 (subject to the school becoming a legal entity in early 2024), and case officers are working closely with families.  Hopescourt School’s Headteacher Designate, Alex Burrows, continues to be available to meet with families who are interested in learning more about the school.

Hopescourt School’s admissions process is captured through our Statement of Provision.  This can be read in full below:


Introductory statement

Hopescourt School is a new co-educational special free school sponsored by Bourne Education Trust in partnership with Freemantles School. It is sited in Walton on Thames and will support autistic pupils and children with communication and interaction needs between the ages of 4 and 19. Hopescourt School is looking to equip pupils for life by offering the best of mainstream and specialist settings.  Pupils will have bespoke programmes of study with access to the breadth of curriculum akin to that in a mainstream setting. The school will provide an aspirational environment where learners can access specialist support alongside a range of subject experts so that they can thrive.

Admissions to the School

Opening in September 2024, Hopescourt School will initially provide 80 places for children and young people in the age range 4-19 with autism and communication and interaction needs (High COIN) who are working at broadly age related expectations. These numbers will rise incrementally each year to a maximum number on roll of 200 by 2028-29. This cohort is likely to be a complex group of autistic pupils working at broadly or just below age related expectations. Pupils whose autism is less complex will be either in mainstream school or in High COIN centre provision on a mainstream site. Therefore, Hopescourt students are likely to have more complex mental health problems and significant gaps in their social learning.

Hopescourt is one form entry throughout Primary (from Reception to Year 6), two form entry from year 7 to year 11 and will then be one form entry in the sixth form.

For a child to be admitted, the school must be named in the child’s education health and care plan (EHCP) by their local authority. Surrey County Council will ultimately determine all admissions into the school.

A local authority will refer a child with an EHCP to be assessed to see whether the school would be appropriate to meet the child’s needs. The school will undertake this assessment and will offer a place if this is appropriate and the school is able to provide this without it being inefficient for the other children in the school.

Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name Hopescourt School in their child’s EHCP.

For information on the process for obtaining a place at a special school, please visit:

Surrey County Council SEND admissions pages on Surrey County Council’s website

Other relevant policies and further information can be found via these links:

Key Information - Bourne Education Trust

BET school complaints policy (template)

BET Data Protection Policy

BET Equal Opportunities and Inclusion Policy

BET Freedom of Information Policy

BET Pupil Privacy Notice

BET Model Safeguarding Policy 22-23

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