Our school offers the opportunity for children and young people to continue their education, achieve and enjoy learning in a warm and friendly environment.
Who we teach?
We teach inpatients of statutory school age. Long-stay and recurring pupils younger or older than statutory school age may be taught if they have a statement of special educational needs or through negotiation.
We do not teach outpatients or day patients. Priority is given to long-stay or recurring pupils and those studying for and sitting exams. By arrangement we also teach siblings of long-stay pupils who are unable to attend their home school.
The length of teaching time individual pupils receive is variable and depends on many factors including:
- their medical condition, including psychological and surgical factors
- their length of stay
- any special educational needs, including exam requirements
- teacher availability
The Activity Centre has a more flexible admissions policy that includes provision, for example, for siblings and day-patients. Children in a reception class are taught by us and may, at the discretion of staff, be left unaccompanied. In addition, the activity centre provides play facilities for accompanied under fives.
The staff and the governing body review the admissions policy annually.
Download the Hospital School's Admissions Policy.
We may also teach and/or provide resources for short-stay pupils, particularly if they are able to attend the schoolroom and work in groups.
We do not teach:
- one-off, day-patients
- out-patients, except long-stay pupils previously on school roll
- children who are not patients of the GOSH and UCH Trusts
Where do we teach?
Teaching is carried out in a variety of locations:
in the main schoolroom area and Activity Centre (GOSH)
- at the bedside (GOSH, UCH, MCC)
Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
The school aims to meet the needs of all children with special educational needs and disabilities. All teaching staff can potentially work with all pupils. We ensure access to our curriculum, plan for all long-stay/recurring pupils and incorporate foundation and extension plans for the diversity and continuum of need. We also have specialists for pupils with, for example, visual or sensory impairment, or moderate, severe or profound social or emotional needs.
For more information about our provision for SEND, please see Our School Offer.
The process of reintegrating pupils back into their schools after they have been discharged is an integral part of what the hospital school does. We believe that children, parents and school should all be supported during this process.
We deliver this support for long-stay patients by:
- Liaising with schools and/or the Local Authority (LA) to inform of a child’s discharge from the hospital
- Providing the school with strategies to support the reintegration of a pupil
- In appropriate cases, providing schools and parents with information on the work completed by the child whilst in hospital
- Liaising with LAs, schools and parents to put home tutoring in place for children who cannot immediately return to school
- Discussing children’s hopes and fears for their return to school before they leave the hospital
For patients with recurring admissions we keep in touch with the child, the family and the home school, ensuring that all parties are aware of a child’s progress. We also support pupils’ welfare by monitoring ongoing educational issues such as school attendance.