The Royal Free Hospital Children's School (RFHCS) is a community Special School for pupils aged 5 to 18. We are a leading practice school for Mental Health and Well Being.

We provide education for children who are inpatients or day patients on the paediatric wards at the Royal Free or with the CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. We also have a limited number of places on our GCSE ‘Day School’ programme; for children who are not currently inpatients at the hospital but who would benefit from attending the school on a full or part-time, daily basis. The school also manages the delivery of medical needs outreach teaching for the local authority, Camden.

We operate within a multidisciplinary framework; working closely with a range of professionals including consultant doctors, mental health professionals, physiotherapists, speech therapists and other agencies.

14% of school children have a long term medical condition and an estimated 125,000 UK children miss more than 14 school days per year meaning most hospitals have an education provision.

At RFHCS we believe that good education offers children a beneficial mental stimulus during a hospital stay. It also helps children to structure their time, and to promote the psychological well-being which is central to recovery.

We have a really strong, stable team of high quality staff who work hard to maintain a sense of normality for our pupils. They are highly skilled at relating to pupils in an upbeat, open way and knowledgeable about a range of medical conditions and the best ways of helping children back into education after trauma or illness. Please have a look at the document 'What we do' attached below, where we've attempted to capture our ethos and organisation.

We were recently awarded Lead Practice Status in recognition of our work around Mental Health and Well Being, as well as the Healthy Schools London Gold Award and Artsmark Gold status.

We are also regular contributors to the Times Educational Supplement and I've attached a selection of articles below.

Alex Yates - Headteacher


  1. Summer 1 2019
  2. RFHCS Spring 2019
  3. Autumn 2 2018
  4. Autumn 1 2018
  5. Summer 2 2018
  6. Summer 1 2018
  7. Daily Mail Article Fri 7th Dec
  8. Camden Magazine Article June 2018
  9. 032_034_TES_190419 The State of A.P
  10. RFHCS Outward Bound Article_TES_160916
  11. School and CAMHS Joint Working TES 16 6 17
  • 02/04/2019

    Inspirational Educator Award

    Really pleased to announce that Steve Green, Deputy Headteacher, received his 'Inspirational Educator in the education of children with medical needs' Award from the Worshipful Company of Educators at Painters Hall in Central London on Friday night (29th March).




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  • 26/02/2019

    Artsmark Gold Article

    A lovely blog entry from our Creative Arts lead Siobhan on our journey to Artsmark Gold...

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  • 10/01/2019

    Teach Secondary Article

    A lovely article in 'Teach Secondary' magazine from one of our former Day School pupils about their experiences at an Outward Bound centre during our summer activity week and how it helped her to manage her anxiety.

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