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.

"The school provides an exceptional quality of education for pupils." OFSTED 2019  

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.

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 took 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    head@royalfree.camden.sch.uk


  1. Autumn 2 2019
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  5. Daily Mail Article Fri 7th Dec
  6. Camden Magazine Article June 2018
  7. 032_034_TES_190419 The State of A.P
  8. RFHCS Outward Bound Article_TES_160916
  9. School and CAMHS Joint Working TES 16 6 17
  • 02/12/2019

    Top of the class!

    Top of the class! OFSTED say hospital school provides an “exceptional” education for its pupils

    29 November 2019

    The Royal Free Hospital Children’s School (RFHCS) has received a faultless inspection from Ofsted - taking it from a ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ rating.

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  • 14/11/2019

    OFSTED Outstanding

    RFHCS has been judged to be outstanding following our Section 5 inspection under the new OFSTED framework on Oct 9th and 10th 2019. This is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of all pupils, staff, governors and all our colleagues in the NHS. Final report is attached below.   

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  • 12/11/2019

    Eating Disorders Conference

    Nearly 100 delegates - professionals from schools and local authorities across 5 North London boroughs and beyond - attended a really positive morning learning about approaches to managing eating disorders in schools. The conference was led by the Royal Free CAMHS Eating Disorders Service in conjunction with RFHCS and Camden Learning. Delegates had talks and workshops on a range of topics including managing helahty eating messages in schools and approaches to managing meal support. Resources from the event will be available in the schools section of our website shortly.

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