The Children’s Hospital School supports children and young people from 8 main groups across 10 wards of the Children’s Hospital, each with very discrete needs:
- Oncology, childhood cancers in all its forms;
- Neurological conditions including brain injuries both medically and accidentally incurred;
- Cystic Fibrosis and other respiratory conditions
- Gastro conditions e.g. Crohns disease
- All types of injuries and surgery both acute and elective (including orthopaedic);
- A variety of medical conditions including those with unexplained symptoms;
- Acute episodes of Mental ill Health;
- Renal conditions, including those receiving regular Dialysis treatment.
The Children’s Hospital School offers education for children and young people from Early Years Foundation Stage 2 to Post 16. The pupil’s range in their educational needs from those with significant profound special needs to the highest attaining Year 13 students studying for A’ levels.
Teaching takes place at the bedside, in side rooms and in classrooms in the School Area, which also has use of an outside space. Teaching and learning at the Hospital School is highly personalised and takes place mostly on a 1:1 basis. A strong professional relationship with the NHS teams ensures a connected holistic approach.
At the Hospital school staff intend to provide the children and young people with a rich and varied curriculum which enables them to develop and maintain a love of and success in their learning whilst preparing them to transition as seamlessly as possible into to their next educational setting or challenge.
Each pupil receives an individualised, well-planned and considered curriculum, which whilst taking full account of their medical, social, emotional and academic learning needs, focuses on overcoming their individual barriers in order for them to progress to their current potential. (See curriculum pathways below).
At the Hospital School, a variety of additional opportunities are provided through the wider curriculum. These opportunities include activities and events delivered by visitors to school, for example: drama, filmmaking, music, theatre, science workshops, storytelling and art. Further curriculum experiences are delivered by school staff, which are tailored to the individual pupil’s circumstances and often provide a vehicle to help engage them with Hospital School as well reengage with the wider concept of school and learning. These sessions help to develop pupils’ readiness to learn, examples of this may include working towards achieving an arts award or engaging with special events and days. These additional curriculum opportunities can support and encourage pupil participation in a wide variety of circumstances. They are often key to initial interactions with pupils whose well-being and motivation is affected by their current situation. Additionally, they support the development of a range of personal skills, attributes and learning behaviours, for example: confidence, self-esteem, resilience, organisational skills, problem solving, creativity and social skills.