Medical Home Tuition

The Home Tuition Service provides education for Wandsworth resident pupils, who cannot attend school for a period of 15 days or more because of ill health. The tuition service and maintain educational progress. We provide home tuition to all school age pupils, from rising 5’s through to A-Level. 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 confirming that the child is too unwell to attend school.

Once evidence has been received from a medical professional, the Service ensures that appropriate education is arranged as quickly as possible. We provide short term home tuition of up to ten hours per week where a qualified teacher will come to the home to cover English, Maths and Science, and in some cases Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and Art.

Staff form close links with the home school and liaise with class teachers/ Heads of Year to keep up a consistent and appropriate supply of work in line with that of their peers until return to school is possible. This ensures a continuity of provision and consistency of curriculum, which are key to helping pupils re-join their classes without falling behind. Our aim is for all pupils to keep up rather than catch up.

Pupils thrive with individual targets, a personalised education plan and one-to-one support. Due to specific personalised programmes, students have the opportunity to make a great deal of progress during the period of home tuition. Secondary age pupils are also supported with preparation for GCSE’s or A Level examinations including completing controlled assessments or coursework tasks. The service is a registered exam centre and if the pupil is unable to take exams in their home school their exams will be facilitated on one of our hospital sites.

When pupils are ready to return to school, the Service will set up an individual reintegration plan tailored to pupils’ needs. Where appropriate, teachers will support the child into school as part of the transition.

Please click here for a referral form for this service

‘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.’

(Parent, 2018)

‘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.’
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‘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.’

Ofsted, 2018

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