"The school provides an exceptional quality of education for pupils."
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; 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'.
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 Platinum Artsmark status. We are committed to Trauma Informed Practice.
Alex Yates - Headteacher September 2023