When is the classroom open?
The classroom is open every day during term time, from 9.30 until 12 in the morning and from 1.30 until 3.30pm in the afternoon. Just like a normal school, we also have occasional INSET days but we will make sure our pupils know about this.
What if I am not well enough to come to the classroom?
Each day we will check with the nurses to see if you are well enough to come to the classroom. If it is decided that you would be more comfortable to learn on the hospital ward then one of our team will happily come to work with you one-to-one on the ward.
Who works in the classroom?
There are several members of staff, but on an average day we will have two teachers, one HLTA and a teaching assistant at St George’s Hospital.
What work will I do?
We have a timetable that follows National Curriculum subjects but we are flexible and will change plans according to the needs of the pupils in the classroom that day and of course we are also happy and available to support you with your own school work and projects.
Are there computers in the classroom?
Yes! We have four desktop computers, iPads, laptops and a fully interactive whiteboard. We also have a colour printer for printing resources or if you need to print out school work.
Can I get on with my own school work in the classroom?
Absolutely. We are here to help you with it. We also have a lot of resources that might be useful.
Will you contact my school?
If your stay at the hospital is going to be more than a few days then we will get in touch with your school to ask for the work that your classmates will be doing so that you don’t get behind. You might also know what you need to be working on and we can use that as a starting point.
Is the classroom just for little kids?
Absolutely not. We cater for all young people of school age from 5-18 years old.
Do I need my pencil case?
Nope! We have everything a mainstream classroom would have from pens and paper, glue and scissors to more specialist art materials, calculators and maths equipment.
Will you talk to my school about the reason I am in hospital?
Definitely not. Your medical situation is confidential and we don’t discuss how you are doing with external parties unless you specifically ask us to.
What about homework?
We don’t always set homework but we might leave you with some work to be getting on with if we think it’s appropriate. Hospital wards can be quite boring places, so sometimes it’s good to have something to keep you busy!
‘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.’