Top marks for Children's Hospital School 

16/07/2014 00:00 
The Children’s Hospital School based at University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street has been awarded top marks in the latest Ofsted report.
 
The school was rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.  It is one of the most remarkable schools in the UK, with teachers facing the unique challenge of educating more than 1,000 students over the course of the academic year in school rooms and on wards at UCLH and GOSH.

The school’s students come from across the UK and have a wide variety of complex medical conditions for which they may spend long, short or recurring periods in hospital. Teachers work closely with student's home schools to ensure continuity in their education.

The report praised teachers for their enthusiasm and the high standards they set for all their students, providing “creative and challenging learning opportunities that meet the needs of every student”. Inspectors were impressed by the school’s innovative use of technology to overcome the practical challenges of teaching in a hospital, including using video links and digitally recorded work to ensure students on isolation wards are included in lessons and activities.

There was also high praise for the achievements and behaviour of students, with the report noting that they make outstanding progress and highlighting their “excellent attitudes towards learning, even when they are uncomfortable or in some pain".

Head teacher Jayne Franklin, who has led the school since September 2011, said: “We’re delighted that The Children’s Hospital School has again been rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. This fantastic achievement recognises our on-going hard work to keep improving our school, and is a reflection of the time and support given by everyone connected with the school and the hospital."

This is the third consecutive ‘outstanding’ rating for the school, which also achieved top marks at inspections in 2009 and 2006.

The Children’s Hospital School at UCLH and GOSH and is a Foundation Special School and is part of Camden Local Education Authority. 

Click here to find out more about the UCLH school or click here for the full OFSTED report.

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