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About Us

"My daughter was recently in the Royal Free children's ward and I just wanted to say thank you for your support. I think the school is phenomenal and you pitch the support just right. My daughter was getting very depressed at the isolation that comes with being on a hospital ward for days. And the stimulation and company that came with the school was a real lifeline."

The Royal Free Hospital Children’s School provides a safe environment where every child is valued; their personal needs are paramount and their individual educational progress is assured.

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.

"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 RF CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. We also have a limited number of places on a number of alternative provision programmes based at RFHCS Konstam in  Highgate N19; for children who are not currently inpatients at the hospital but who would benefit from attending the school on a full or part-time basis. The school also manages the delivery of medical needs outreach teaching for the local authority, Camden and runs an online re-engagement programme 'LinkEd Up'. 

Mission Statement:

To provide safe and nurturing educational settings that enable young people to re-engage positively with academic study and develop their social skills to prepare them for a hopeful future.

To do this, young people are supported to demonstrate:

  • Cooperation
  • Consideration
  • Contribution

which enables them to change and grow.


  • To provide a safe, nurturing educational environment, built on a foundation of supportive, respectful relationships, that promotes emotional well-being and a sense of school belonging.
  • To support students to make changes and build self-confidence and resilience to prepare them for life beyond school.
  • To ensure that young people can access and make progress with learning, enabling them to achieve the best outcomes for them.
  • To use a multi-disciplinary holistic approach to provide bespoke support for students.
  • To consistently hold young peoples’ voices in high regard and place them at the centre of education, health and care planning.

We have been 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 Platinum Artsmark status. We are committed to Trauma Informed Practice.