Statement of Purpose

Core values drive our culture and are the foundations of our practice. We measure each decision against these standards.

Our vision, ethos, and values

Stafford Hall School is a split site provision based at Stafford Hall, Halifax, and Amisfield House, Hipperholme. Both sites are situated in stunning grounds, for the young people to learn, play, discover and relax in, while connecting with the great outdoors.

Stafford Hall School can cater for 20 students with class sizes of no more than 4 students. Each class consists of a teacher and a teaching associate. Stafford Hall is designed for students on the autistic spectrum, with many students who also have suffered trauma or present with complex needs. Therefore, it is imperative that the curriculum not only reflects the learning needs stipulated on the EHCP, but also pupil interest, sensory needs and regulation strategies.

Preparing young people for adulthood is key to planning, reviewing and evaluating the curriculum with destinations kept at the forefront of future decision-making. Pupils are provided with opportunities to receive information, advice and guidance, action plan, careers advice and work experience which will prepare them for future success in their next steps. They are supported to develop and discover their interests and talents.

The purpose of our school is revealed by the curriculum we provide. We have high aspirations for our pupils and strive relentlessly to improve relationships between all those who work with young people to ensure they feel valued and safe. At Stafford Hall School, how staff treat pupils is viewed as crucial for cementing healthy relationships. We aim to listen with love, care with compassion and show an understanding of each young person.


Stafford Hall School aims to:


Stafford Hall implements the curriculum by:

Assessment at Stafford Hall School is wide ranging. It is consistent and continuous throughout all subjects. Pupils receive a baseline assessment for English and Maths and are provided with a range of social story scenarios for Personal Development and scientific enquiry tasks for Science.

Formative assessment will include assessment for learning (AfL) techniques built into the lessons to gauge understanding, adopt teaching and to promote and maximise learning. Strategies might include building on the baseline assessment, structured questioning, mini plenaries between activities, feedback and feed forwards.

Summative assessment will occur at the end of the ‘piece of learning’. Progress will be measured from the starting point, using a task for assessment of learning (AoL). This will be used to evidence progress and inform future teaching. Activities to demonstrate learning at the end of a series of lessons include: online assessment tasks, pupil presentations to the rest of the class or group (prompted/supported by an adult or peer if necessary), producing images/pictures/photographs of pupils’ work, or in a work book and audio recording of pupils’ work when they have demonstrated a particular skill or attribute.

Each term, assessments will be taken and tracked, which shows progression over time and the distanced travelled.


When planning and delivering our curriculum, the complexities of ASD are considered inherently throughout all educational opportunities at Stafford Hall School.

The impact of the education at Stafford Hall School will:

Our curriculum is meticulously designed to foster the holistic development of our pupils, ensuring they grow into well-rounded individuals equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in all areas of life.

By integrating academic excellence with extracurricular activities and social-emotional learning, we provide a balanced education that nurtures intellectual, emotional, and social growth. Our approach encourages creativity, collaboration, and resilience, helping students develop a strong sense of self and an understanding of the world around them. This comprehensive educational experience prepares our pupils to navigate and contribute positively to an ever-changing global society.

Our curriculum is also enriched by the blending of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural) education, British Values, and the Gatsby Benchmarks, all of which play a crucial role in shaping our pupils into informed, responsible, and aspirational individuals.

SMSC education helps students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world, fostering empathy, integrity, and respect for diverse perspectives.

By embedding British Values, we promote principles of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect, preparing our pupils to be active and respectful citizens.

The Gatsby Benchmarks provide a structured framework for high-quality career guidance, ensuring that students are well-prepared for their future careers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue their ambitions. Together, these elements create a well-rounded, inclusive, and future-ready educational experience that equips our pupils for success in all facets of life.

We also give our pupils access to ‘The Stafford Hall 50.’ This offers our pupils a unique opportunity to engage in 50 diverse range of basic life experiences, fostering personal growth and practical skills beyond the classroom. This includes activities such as cooking, financial literacy, outdoor adventures, community service, and cultural excursions. By participating in these experiences, students gain essential life skills, build self-confidence, and develop a sense of responsibility and independence. The Stafford Hall 50 enriches our pupils’ educational journey and provides long lasting memories.