‘Strong teaching across the school has been maintained… Teachers show great patience and sensitivity when working alongside pupils with chronic medical needs. Relationships are exceptionally strong.
Teachers use their detailed subject knowledge to stimulate pupils’ interest and enthusiasm for learning. Activities are designed to be practical and enjoyable, but also challenging.’
Teaching and Learning Process
HHTS prides itself on making sure our learners are able to make excellent progress during their time with us. Key to this is understanding their starting points and prior learning. Teachers meet with new students to ascertain their programmes of study, interests and goals. In combination with rigorous baseline assessments, we are able to set specific learning targets and create individual timetables. Ongoing assessments enable us to review pupils’ progress and ensure that targets remain aspirational and challenging.
‘Your high expectations and systematic monitoring ensure that teaching and its impact on pupils’ learning are consistently strong. This enables pupils to make rapid progress in their academic studies, and in their personal development.’
Understandably, not falling behind with home school work is a priority for many of our learners. The education team works closely with a young person’s home school, to strengthen transition and ensure that each student keeps up with progression milestones; minimising stress.
Other young people may not have been in education at the point of admission and we are able to provide them with a full curriculum planned and delivered by our own highly skilled teachers.
‘When pupils arrive, teachers find out promptly about pupils’ prior learning, and their personal and medical needs. They use this information to plan learning suited to their needs and abilities, and their interests. Teachers carry out detailed assessments and these provide a clear overview of how well pupils are doing over time.’
Making sure that we provide the right balance of learning is integral to our students’ recovery, and we encourage all students to take part in our enrichment curriculum in addition to their academic work, with lessons designed to maximise peer working, group discussion and self-expression.
By ensuring that our young people are engaged in stimulating and challenging lessons that are matched to individual need, not only do learners make excellent progress and keep up with their home school work, they also receive positive educational experiences which help prepare them for returning to mainstream education when their health allows.
Our commitment to personalised learning underpins everything we do. Our curriculum is highly flexible and individualised; enabling us to meet the needs of the diverse and ever-changing cohort of learners we support.
Each student has their own Lead Teacher who will liaise across the wider team, and the student’s home school, to create a bespoke timetable; ensuring the learners have ample time to complete work being followed by home school peers, whilst benefiting from our extensive core and enrichment curricula.
Timetables are constantly reviewed in liaison with the clinical team, and adapted to meet students’ developing needs, and current mental health functioning in education.
For further information on the broad range of subjects we offer, please see our Curriculum page.
‘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.’