The Royal Free Hospital Children's School (RFHCS) is a community Special School for pupils aged 5 to 16. 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 or within the Royal Free Intensive 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 manages the delivery of medical needs home tuition 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. Education is a key ingredient in the recovery process and plays an important part in the hospital experience of children and young people by maintaining a sense of normality in the hospital environment. Education facilities in hospitals also play an important role in helping to maintain links between the pupil, home tuition and the mainstream school environments, thereby ensuring as much continuity of education as possible.




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  • 14/05/2018

    Deputy Mayor Visit

    The innovative approaches taken by the Royal Free Hospital Children’s school to improve the health and wellbeing of its pupils were recognised with a visit from London’s deputy mayor last week.


    Joanne McCartney, deputy mayor for education and childcare, saw first-hand the work the school has done to achieve the Mayor’s Healthy Schools London bronze and silver award status.

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  • 01/05/2018

    Asthma and Wheezing Awareness Day

    Congratulations to our Deputy Head, Steve Green, and all the team involved with organising the first Royal Free Hospital Asthma and Wheezing Awareness Day which took place on Sunday 29th April in the Atrium. The day was free to attend and aimed at children, families and allied professionals including teachers, nurses and doctors who wished to extend their knowledge, understanding and confidence in the treatment and prevention of complications surrounding asthma and wheezing. There is a second day planned for October.

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  • 27/11/2017

    Young People with diabetes bring thoughts to life in Puppet Film

    DRWF-funded film project gives young people with type 1 diabetes a platform to explore their feelings about the condition.

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