This section contains useful information for parents of children at Evelina London, who are pupils, or prospective pupils, at Evelina Hospital School.
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Why go to school in hospital?
School can be a daunting or anxious experience for a small number of children. Perhaps they have had difficulties in their home school. Our intimate hospital setting and high pupil-staff ratio provides many opportunities to see ‘school’ from a different perspective.
Children with chronic medical conditions, who have fallen behind with school work due to long periods of absence from school, often welcome the personal attention they are given.
Many use the opportunity to revise or catch-up on basic skills missed in their home school.
How do I enrol my child for school?
It is easy to enrol your child in our school. If the nurses say your child is able to attend, just come along to the school which is on level three of Evelina London Children’s Hospital and complete a simple admission form.
If your child’s first school session is taught by the bedside, school staff will supply you with the admission form.
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How will I make sure my child is enjoying their learning in the hospital school?
Your child will only be recommended for a visit from a teacher or be allowed to attend the school if they are considered well enough to benefit from education.
You can make your child’s stay in hospital as enjoyable and productive as possible by taking the time to meet the school staff and helping to settle your child into a learning activity.
Providing information about your child is particularly important for younger children and children with special educational needs.
Parents or carers of children aged two to five years are encouraged to spend time settling their child into the classroom to ensure their child feels at ease in the hospital school.
Please ensure school staff have a contact number should we need to get hold of you.
What will my child learn at school?
If your child is with us for more than a week we will, with your permission, contact your child’s home school.
Our teaching staff will tailor learning activities for your child that complement or mirror work being taught by the home school.
As well as over-seeing work submitted by the home school, our teachers will also create opportunities to develop personal and social skills.
If the school has been advised that your child is likely to be in hospital for months, our teachers will discuss any special teaching requirements with the headteacher (for example, if your child requires one-to-one teaching assistant support throughout the school day or if your child requires a GCSE tutor in a particular subject not normally covered by the school’s teaching staff).
Can I borrow resources to learn with him/her by the beside?
Obviously we would love to persuade your child to learn with a ward teacher or come down to the schoolroom with you.
However, we quite understand that many children will need a staged approach to engage with new adults, especially when they are already having to cope with an unfamiliar hospital environment.
You are very welcome to register your child for education in the normal way and explain the circumstances to the ward school staff.
If your child is with us for more than a week we will, with your permission, contact your child’s home school and link with the teachers there.
We will have work sent from the home school to be done in hospital, or share the pupils progress in Evelina Hospital School with teachers at the home school.
Can my child sit SATs / GCSEs / other exams at Evelina Hospital School?
Not at present.
Can attendance at a hospital school be counted on my child’s home school register?
Yes. If you wish to have the hospital school attendance transferred to your child’s home school register, you should ask for a Certificate of Attendance from our school office or from the teacher who has been teaching your child.
Then hand it in to your child’s school explaining your child has been attending a Department for Education hospital school while he or she has been in hospital.
The school should acknowledge this attendance on your child’s attendance register.
How do I get my child home education when they are discharged from hospital but too unwell to return to school?
Any child who is too unwell to attend their home school for two weeks or more has entitlement to a home tutor provided by your local authority.
Each local authority has its own way of organising home tuition, so your first step is to speak to your child’s school as soon as possible.
You will require a letter, preferably signed by a consultant, verifying that your child is too unwell to attend school, but well enough to access education for a certain number of hours a day in the family home.
Speak to the hospital medical team before you leave the hospital.
If you require any further assistance with regard to this, please contact your child’s school.
Where can I find the school's policies and reports?
A link to our school's policies and reports can be found here.
Calling all Parents and Carers!
Getting your feedback and views on our school is really important to us in Evelina Hospital School. Ofsted has a dedicated website for gathering parents’ and carers’ views and we would be very grateful if you could log on and tell us how well you feel our school is doing in supporting your child.
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It takes no more than five minutes and may be useful to us in shaping and improving our school.