Here at the hospital school, we provide education for all children and young people from Reception to post 16, who are receiving treatment within the hospital. Our teachers work in conjunction with thepupil’s home school teachers with their education, whatever school they usually attend. Throughout the year, we take our pupils on school trips, just like any other school.
If pupils are well enough to come to school they will be taught in the classrooms but if for whatever reason they cannot, then they will be seen by James Brindley staff on the ward. Each ward has an assigned teacher and all member of staff will be wearing a blue school badge with their name on. All the teachers are used to working with children who are unwell. By having our very own SENCO on sight, this allows us to help the medical team with any Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP) which need to be in place for the pupils return to their home school. We know what it takes to get children interested in learning, even if they're not feeling well. We have a range of resources including pupil ipads to help support a range of subject specialism. We follow the National Curriculum and ensure that lessons are interesting and fun. Depending on how well the pupils are, we even facilitate exams including Keys Stage 1 & 2, GCSE and A Levels.
If upon discharge you are still too unwell to attend your homeschool for longer than 3 weeks, we will work in conjunction with the medical staff to make a short term provision (STP) referral so the pupil can still access education whilst awaiting return to their own school.