Corner House School provides tailored education programmes for the patients of Corner House Ward; the only National Deaf CAMHS inpatient unit for d/Deaf children and adolescents with ongoing mental health needs within the UK.
The unit is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialist mental health, education and social services personnel. Young people can be admitted to Corner House for a six-week assessment phase and then a further treatment phase if appropriate.
The school team plays a vital role in supporting the progress of young people admitted to Corner House and we are committed to the principles of holistic, therapeutic education; ensuring that the work being done by the wider MDT is developed and consolidated in our classroom.
The Corner House School is a welcoming place where staff are ready to make sure that learning accessible and enjoyable for all of our pupils. Our team is comprised of Teachers of the Deaf and specialist HLTAs who meet pupils’ communication needs through the use of British Sign Language (BSL), Sign Supported English (SSE) and spoken and written English. In fact, we use all of the above and any additional methods needed to support communication, including Widget, PECS and visual materials. The team work across two acoustically treated classrooms, meeting the needs of learners aged from five to eighteen! Our aim is for all our pupils to learn in an environment which provides full access to education and supports the development of a solid language base.
In addition to delivering National Curriculum subjects, Corner House School provides specialist subjects such as BSL, Deaf Studies and Emotions and therapeutic, enrichment lessons including Drama, O.T. Cookery and Philosophy!
The timetable is adapted regularly to meet the needs of our current cohort and include any accreditations that pupils may be undertaking. We liaise with pupils’ home schools to ensure everyone is being kept up to date with the lessons being studied by their peers.
We think it is important to get the views of our learners and will add vocational lessons and tasters to the curriculum to match our students’ interests. Recently, we have offered Health and Social Care, Animal Care, Careers and Cycling Proficiency!
‘Every day my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
‘Wow, where to begin. I wanted to write to you to demonstrate how much of a positive impact you have had on me……you have restored my faith in teachers everywhere...the CAMHS Campus School was definitely the highlight of Springfield for me as is the case for so many others. Rest assured if I ever get involved in the murky world of politics your funding will be quadrupled, ring-fenced and seared forever.’
‘We are so grateful and thankful for the brilliant staff at the St. George’s Hospital School. We have spent quite a lot of time there over the past 18 months, they have made learning such fun – memorable science experiments and story writing, the best time making posters and adverts and treats for the school cafe. The staff are cheerful, calm, gentle and above all fun. Thank you to the great team.’
‘We were so grateful to the teaching team. They have been absolutely fantastic. My daughter had surgery on Monday and was quiet and withdrawn. This has been instrumental in her recovery and also kept her mind on education whilst she’s been sick.’
‘Everyday my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
‘We are so grateful and happy for the care and support – teachers are so helpful and very kind, we love you all for your hard work, keep it up. Thanks so much.’
‘Thank you for the range of learning opportunities you provided my son in hospital for the week for the week he was on the neuro ward. He found the activities very engaging and accessible. He thoroughly enjoys maths and looked forward to the activities you provided for this – he is especially looking forward to the spreadsheet analysis this afternoon. he enjoys music and was surprised to have the opportunity to learn about and play different instruments. Thanks again for all your help.’
‘We are so grateful that there is a school/classroom to attend. Josie really needs something to focus on when he’s in hospital, he looks forward to getting out of his room and working/studying English, Maths and other interesting topics he can learn about. It has really made a difference to his mood during the hospital stays, having been admitted so many times throughout the past 7 months. Furthermore, it helps him keep on top of his schooling.’
‘Thank you for helping me for the past 10 months. You have helped me to keep as motivated and hopeful for my future as I could have been. I cant wit to start college and maybe become a paramedic. I’ll always remember this school and everyone in it’
‘The service aims to enable pupils with long-term illnesses, mental health issues or who are pregnant to remain in education…... You and your staff ensure that these aims are fully met. Most pupils have missed long periods of learning due to illness. They make remarkable progress during their short time in the school.
Pupils told us that, without the school, they would not be able to engage fully in learning or sit any examinations. Parents value the high-quality teaching provided alongside the excellent care and support given to each individual pupil.’