The Children’s Hospital School

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The Children’s Hospital School

Name The Children’s Hospital School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 27 June 2017
Address University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, LE1 5WW
Phone Number 01162298137
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 91 (28% boys 72% girls)
Local Authority Leicester
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The school provides education for pupils who are too ill to attend their school. It is based on two sites in the City of Leicester and one in Coalville. Some of the education is part time and all pupils are dual-registered with their home school. The school also provides outreach support, mainly to pupils in their homes but sometimes within their local community, for example in a public library. One school site is located in the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital in the centre of the city. It provides education for primary and secondary pupils who are patients on the children’s wards. The hospital is undergoing building and refurbishment work currently, which has meant the temporary loss of the classroom. Staff are currently using other space available to them. Willow Bank School, the school’s second site in Leicester, is for secondary-aged pupils who need longer-term provision. It is a fully functioning secondary school, with spaces for a wide range of subjects including art and drama, science, food and sports. The third site is Ward 3 at Coalville Community Hospital and educates pupils who are experiencing high levels of emotional challenge and have significant mental health needs. It is an inpatient psychiatric assessment and treatment centre for older patients aged 11 to 18. This facility was previously situated at Oakham House in Leicester City. The school also provides an outreach service, which includes home tuition, for pupils who are unable to attend the school’s other provisions because of ill health, are recovering from surgery or may have other barriers to attending school. The nature of the school means that the roll of the school is constantly changing. The aim of the school is to prepare pupils for a return to their home school or college as soon as they are able to go. If a return to mainstream provision is not possible, the school provides appropriate education for longer. As a result of this, many pupils stay in the school for a few days but others remain for up to several years. Pupils who are educated on the Leicester Royal Infirmary or Coalville Hospital sites will sometimes move on to Willow Bank as a step in preparation for a return to their home school. The school is a member of the Ash Field Teaching Academy Alliance and staff contribute to training and development activities. It also works closely with colleagues as a member of the City of Leicester Association of Special Schools. The school maintains very close partnerships with the pupils’ home schools and with a wide variety of professionals and agencies. The school holds the Eco-Schools Bronze Award. It is also a partner in the Learning at Home and in the Hospital (LeHo) European project. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher is a dedicated and visionary leader. Together with other senior and department leaders, he has created an aspirational learning culture. As a result, pupils make substantial progress across the curriculum and towards their personal targets. This includes children in the early years provision and post-16 students. The strong emphasis on improving pupils’ behaviour and advancing their personal, social and emotional development enables each and every one to make great gains in all aspects of their learning. Extremely effective programmes of support underpin the school’s work. Pupils receive personalised learning and support that ensure they make excellent progress towards their individual targets. Safeguarding is at the heart of the school. Staff actively promote pupils’ welfare. They foster highly positive working relationships with parents and a wide range of agencies. Governors have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the school. This enables the governing body to provide highly effective support and challenge to leaders, ensuring the school’s continued improvement. Teachers and support staff build trusting relationships with pupils and take time to get to know them. They use this information very well to provide effective challenge and support that ensures that pupils of all abilities make considerable progress. Staff have a very secure knowledge of the subjects they teach and use resources to great effect, capturing pupils’ imagination and developing their confidence and self-belief. The curriculum is exciting and wide-ranging. Topics, enrichment activities and special events stimulate curiosity, promoting pupils’ interest in learning. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is very well promoted through the curriculum and day-to-day interactions. All pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils take a great pride in their work and behaviour. They are supportive of each other and celebrate their own successes and those of other class members. Leaders have improved the way they collect and use whole-school information. This, however, is not yet presented in a consistent format.