The Children's Hospital School
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Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
2 - 19
Foundation special school

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University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Leicester Royal Infirmary
0116 2298137

School Description

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, Inspection report: The Children's Hospital School, 27–28 June 2017 Page 9 of 12 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.

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