During what hours are the classrooms open?
The CAMHS Campus classrooms are open between 9.30am and 3:30pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am – 3:00pm on Fridays. There is a half an hour break between 10.30 – 11.00am and lunch is between 12.30 and 2pm.
What type of subjects will I learn?
We offer three lessons each week for the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and additional classes which include History, Geography, Computing, Philosophy, Computing, Performing arts, Art, BSL and PSHE. In addition, students can also undertake an Arts award, an Extended Project Qualification, Prince’s Trust Award and work towards AQA Unit Awards across a range of subjects.
Will I be able to bring work from my own school?
All students are encouraged to bring work from their home school to the CAMHS classroom; however, if you are not enrolled at a school or college or do not have any set work then we can provide work in line with the National Curriculum. We do encourage students to do their own school work in the appropriate timetabled slot, e.g. maths during a maths lesson.
What is the classroom size?
Generally a class of around 5-8 can be expected, however it does vary.
Will there be any 1:1 tuition?
Many of the classes provide 1:1 opportunities based on need and availability. We also offer 1:1 teaching on the wards for when students are not well enough to access the classroom.
Are all classes compulsory?
We do encourage all students, when well enough, to attend the classroom and take part in the taught lesson/activity or use the time to focus on their own work. For students up to the age of 16, or who have not yet gained a pass in core subjects, core subjects are considered compulsory.
Where will I be able to take any exams that I may have coming up?
The CAMHS Campus School is a registered exam centre and we are able to liaise with your school or college and arrange for you to take your exams here. Alternatively, some students choose to take their exams at their home schools, and we will support you with arrangements for this.
Will there be other young people in the classroom from a different ward?
Depending on the schedule for groups on the ward, young people from the Aquarius and Wisteria wards will often be taught together. Pupils in Corner House tend to be taught together by our specialist Teachers of the Deaf and trained higher level teaching assistants.
‘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.’