The Wandsworth Hospital and Home Tuition Service provides a range of provision for pupils who live in Wandsworth and are unable to attend school due to medical conditions, school phobia, mental health issues and/or teenage pregnancy. The service also offers a programme of preventative support to Wandsworth secondary schools.
Please click here for a referral form for these services.
a) Home Tuition- Medical
The Home Tuition Service is for children and young people resident in Wandsworth, who are unable to attend school due to a medical condition. The pupils are referred to the service with long term sickness of 15 days or more, leading to extensive periods off school. Pupils will be referred by the home school or the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) on behalf of the home school. Referrals must be supported by a letter from a consultant or a senior clinical medical officer.
b) Re-integration Programme for School Phobic (KS3) and Vulnerable Pupils (KS4)
A provision for Wandsworth resident KS3 and KS4 pupils who are not attending school due to high anxiety, school phobia, incidences of bullying or are disengaged from school due to a range of mental health issues.
Pupils are provided with an educational provision, initially in their homes/ local libraries, and then supported to reintegrate to school, college or suitable alternative provision. Pupils are taught core subjects as well as a focus on life skills, self-esteem and coping strategies.
Referrals must be made through EWS, supported by links with CAMHS and approved by the Headteacher. Please note that a young person who has not been attending school should also have been reported as a child missing education. Many young people who are out of education will also benefit from support from thrive, social services and other support services for vulnerable young people. These should be put in place before or in parallel with education in order to achieve successful outcomes for these young people.
c) Teenage Pregnancy Reintegration Service
A service for school age pregnant teenagers and young parents, the service aims to support young people to overcome any barriers to learning they may have faced in the past, and to encourage them to continue their education, both during their pregnancy and after the baby is born. Pupils are supported to attend education provisions across Wandsworth – school/college placements and alternative education providers.
d) Wellbeing Intervention Programme for vulnerable pupils
A pilot programme launched in Wandsworth secondary schools to provide preventative support to identified pupils at risk of non-attendance due to social phobias, anxiety or bullying. Individualised programmes of support are delivered to pupils in school, to build self-esteem, coping skills and resilience ensuring their attendance and engagement remains at expected levels. The programme is delivered by our mental health outreach co-ordinator with a Masters Qualification in Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid training and CAMHS Tier 4 experience.
e) Community Education Programme
A community and hospital school based programme for students whose mental health needs are highly complex and who present as vulnerable and isolated. For these students the gap between their current mental health condition and readiness for successful reintegration to education has become insurmountable. These students may be out of education or have had prolonged periods of poor attendance. They may be at an early stage in their recovery having recently been referred or re-referred to CAMHS following a prolonged period of dis-engagement. They may also be long standing referral to CAMHS and yet not making progress towards therapeutic goals in order to be successfully re-integrated or unwilling to attend school despite efforts of home, therapy etc. Pupils require an extended individually tailored programme moving pupils [them] into community and hospital based class based education. This programme will provide an educational academic core while preparing them socially and emotionally for re-engagement with society and education or training.
‘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.’