‘You have broadened the curriculum so that pupils arriving from different schools can continue to study the same subjects, build on what they have studied previously, and use the same learning resources. A wider range of additional activities stimulate pupils’ interest and enrich their learning well. For example, during the inspection, staff from a local museum brought a selection of artefacts into school to promote pupils’ curiosity and develop their wider understanding. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to broaden their learning.’
HHTS curriculum is designed to reflect our values, which include:
- Having high expectations
- Enabling a breadth of learning opportunities
- Encouraging curiosity and lifelong learning
- Being active members of the global community and finding ways of contributing to positive change
As a Rights Respecting School, the UNCRC articles also inform our policy and practice:
‘All children have the right to learn and to an education that develops their personality, talents and abilities to the full’
Articles 28 & 29
‘Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities’
Our team of teachers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) provide a range of subject specialisms and areas of expertise. Staff work across CAMHS Campus School at Springfield Hospital, the School at St George’s Hospital and community education services. This enables us to offer a breadth of subjects across all the sectors of the organisation, including key stage specialists.
Our curriculum is broad; going beyond the National Curriculum and encompassing academic study, creative expression and vocational skill development.
Our curriculum is responsive; timetables are altered regularly to meet the needs of learners as they join us. New subjects are developed and rotated in as needed. Our skilled staff team are able to deliver course content and accreditations across National Curriculum subjects while also developing enrichment subjects in response to pupils’ interests and needs.
Our curriculum strikes a balance; HHTS staff liaise with students’ home schools to ascertain programmes of study and expected levels of progress and then prepare and deliver work accordingly. This multi-faceted approach, balancing academic and enrichment with hospital and home school curricula, ensures that all students have the opportunity to flourish in their learning whilst taking their particular mental health and medical needs into account.
Examinations and accreditations
Our flexible approach ensures maximum access to exams both on and off site as HHTS works closely with pupils’ home schools to ensure continuity of exams, at whatever point students may join or leave us.
Learning is accredited through a wide range of external accreditations, including GCSEs, Functional Skills, BTECs, A Levels and the AQA Unit Award Scheme. We are also a Signature Centre; enabling us to assess students for British Sign Language Level 1 and 2 examinations.
We are continuously adding to our offer, and increasing the exam boards that we work with.
‘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.’