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.

In order to build on success of our GCSE programme the school is taking on addtional premises on Finchley Road from September 2019 alongside an existing health and well being service. We'd really appreciate any support you can offer with this and have set up a page where you can donate here;


Alex Yates - Headteacher September 2019


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