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Our Study Programme is aimed at 16-19 year-olds who may struggle with mainstream education, and supports learners with social, emotional and mental health needs as well as special educational needs and disabilities. We help them to continue their education and build skills to gain employment, apprenticeships and life skills to develop independence, with a small group of up to 30 students per cohort. Our doors are also open for 16-25 year-olds with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP). In 2022, the Study Programme was rated 'Good' by Ofsted.

The Hoople Study Programme

Meet the team

  • Daley Jones

    Daley has over 20 years’ experience in the learning and development sector, originating in IT training delivery. He is proud to lead our professional training delivery team and Ofsted rated ‘Good’ education provision. Daley has been with Hoople since its inception in April 2011 and joined the Executive Management Team in October 2022.

    Daley Jones

    Head of Training & Education

  • Sharon Hempton-Smith

    Sharon's career began in Nursing, having qualified in 1984 and later working at Worcester University as a lecturer responsible for educating pre and post registration nurses. Sharon has many years experience of developing and supporting learning, and thrives as the Senior Manager for our Study Programme. Sharon is also our nominated lead for Safeguarding as well as Ofsted and can definitely vouch that no two days are the same!

    Sharon Hempton-Smith

    Senior Manager for Quality & Compliance

  • Lee Morgan

    Lee has been with Hoople for 6 years and is tutor and assessor for the Study Programme. He has a huge knowledge of Educational Healthcare Planning and works closely with other agencies to ensure the best possible provision for his students on placement, helping each individual make the most out of their time studying with us.

    Lee Morgan

    Tutor & Assessor

  • Jane Hossack

    Jane has worked in education for the last 25 years in a wide range of roles including the LEA swimming pool, a local secondary school and post 16 training. She has a passion for sport and the benefit that sport brings to young people. Through experience she has an understanding of the challenges young people are facing and is able to nurture and support them through their learning journey.

    Jane Hossack


  • Jim Hughston

    Jim is a longstanding member of the Study Programme team, and has been working at Hoople since its inception, previously working as a care manager in the health and social care sector. As a Teaching Assistant, Jim's main role is to support learners to achieve their aims and objectives through individualised programmes involving work placements, maths and English, life skills and enrichment activities.

    Jim Hughston

    Teaching Assistant

  • Clare Town

    Clare is our Teaching Assistant and Job Coach, which involves helping the learners to achieve their goals by supporting them academically and providing emotional support when needed. With many different teaching roles over the years, the most unusual one was flying for 10 years for Virgin Atlantic as an in-flight beauty therapist and trainer- during that time she once gave Princess Diana a manicure on the way to Tokyo!

    Clare Town

    Teaching Assistant & Job Coach

  • Lauren Henderson

    Lauren is a qualified careers development specialist and has worked with special education provisions for a number of years, teaching careers and employability and also as a Careers Advisor and NEET officer guiding learners with their next steps and supporting their goals. Lauren understands the needs, ambitions and the support required to create success. Lauren is a fun, energetic person who hates sitting still and doesn’t know what it is to be bored - weekends are spent climbing mountains, camping and hiking (where she gets all her best ideas).

    Lauren Henderson

    Tutor & Assessor

  • Ferrara Evans

    Ferrara has been with Hoople from the very beginning, back in April 2011. With over 13 years administration experience, specifically in the training and education sector, she is the fount of all knowledge and loves nothing better than keeping the team organised! She's also the go-to for any bespoke requirements, always happy to discuss your training and education needs.

    Ferrara Evans

    Business Support Supervisor

  • Donna Preece

    Donna is our new Education Administrator who started her journey with Hopple in September 2023. With over 20 years customer service and administration experience, Donna loves nothing more than being organised and keeping records up-to-date. Donna is always here to help and is your contact for any Education enquiries.

    Donna Preece

    Education Administrator


As a learner, will I get paid?

No, you won’t. However, some learners will be able to apply for a weekly bursary for help with transport, meals and equipment. Even though you won’t get paid, the study programme will give you the opportunity to achieve qualifications, gain some work experience, make new friends and boost your confidence levels.

How much do study programmes cost?

There will be no charge to you as the learners placements are funded either via Government funding or through the EHCP funding.

How long do study programmes last?

Usually for one academic year, but some learners do stay longer and that can be discussed.

When can I start?

We have a new cohort of learners in September of each year, but do take on new learners throughout the year. Please get in touch and we can discuss your individual needs.

Where will I attend the study programme?

We are in the process of moving to a new building and will update our centre address shortly. Some learners come to the centre three days a week, some come for bite-sized sessions and others we meet outside of the centre depending on individual needs.

Will there be opportunities to gain work experience?

Yes, we will help you to find a work placement that suits your needs and preferences.

Will I get any help or support?

Yes, you will be allocated a dedicated tutor who will be there to help you to set your goals and offer advice and guidance along the way.

What happens after the study programme?

The study programme will help you to choose your next step, which could be further education, an apprenticeship, traineeship or employment.

Read our reviews

Study Programme Student

I enjoy seeing my friends and socialising. I like the fact that we have freedom and get treated like an adult. I am supported when I struggle. I enjoyed my work placement. I’ve enjoyed Functional Skills and ASDAN which helps me get ready for the outside world.

Study Programme Student

I have had a great few years at Hoople Study Programme. I enjoy the lessons and work placements. I like our enrichment fun activities that we do as a treat for our hard work like watching a film or going out for a walk.

Study Programme Parent

My son has just completed his first term at Hoople. The staff have been attentive and quick to respond to any queries or concerns. They have gone out of their way to encourage him to engage and are exploring ways in which they can further encourage participation by really getting to know him and his interests. Mixing in groups has always been challenging for my son but one month on, he’s still attending and enjoying the subject matter.

Contact Hoople Education

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Hoople Education
Auxilium House
Legion Way



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