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Easter Celebrations

easter thumbAt our Easter celebrations students from Chelsea and Collingham performed with musicians from Wigmore Hall. This was the result of a 5-week project with Wigmore Hall's resident ensemble, Ignite and Philip Wells (The Fire Poet). We will me making a CD of their music called Fire and Ice, and also we will also post up some video of the performance soon. Happy Easter!

World Book Day

On Thursday 7th March we will be celebrating our love for reading with World Book Day.
Members of our staff team will be coming to work dressed as a character from their favourite poem/story - so far a ginger bread man has been confirmed!


Valentines night Zeus 'Sweet Art' benefit

Graffik Gallery is currently running the Zeus 'Sweet Art' show in their gallery in Portobello Road London

They have an event on Thursday 14th for Valentines that will include the launch of Zeus's Graffiti.

Chocolate bar 50 will be on sale with 3 bars that will have golden tickets inside, the lucky finders of the tickets will receive a free piece of Sweet Art from Zeus.

Proceeds from the sales of the chocolate bar will go to The Chelsea Children's Hospital School

International School Award

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We were delighted to attend the Link2Learn presentation to receive the International School Award Link2Learn prize. Leo, our school ambassador along with our colleagues Jehan and Mohammed from our partner schools in Gaza and Jo, our International Projects Co-ordinator recieved a cheque for £750 celebrating our international school projects. Many thanks to John Rolfe and the British Council for their support of our work.

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation

A huge thank you to The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation for their kind donation of £3000 to the Friends of Chelsea Children's Hospital School, from the Edwardes Square Gala Concert earlier this year.

Plates at Leighton House

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We have been working with students from UNWRA schools in Gaza on a collaborative art project. Students in Gaza sent us their pictures of everyday life which our students then transferred to a set of plates. The plates are now on display at Leighton House as part of this year's Nour Festival.

Make us Smile!

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Can you make these men smile?
It's Movember once again – and here's our team, Martin, Steve and Robin, growing our moustaches for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men's health.

The Olympic Games by Leo

leo opening 02 thumbLeo writes of his experience of attending the opening ceremony of this years Olympic Games

Sir Merrick Cockell kindly donated tickets for theopening Ceremony of this years Olympic Game, and here Leo, one of our past students, writes of his experience of attending.


The Olympic Games by Asha

Asha writes of her experience of attending the Closing Ceremony of this years Olympic Games.
Sir Merrick Cockell kindly donated tickets for the Closing Ceremony of this years Olympic Game, and here Asha, one of our past students writes of her experience of attending.

SCHOOL NEWS September, 2012


1st September, 2012


Many thanks to Sir Merrick Cockell for donating his tickets to the Olympics Opening Ceremony and the closing of the Para-Olympics to students at CCHS. We have chosen two of our long term students to attend, Leo who is our student ambassador and Asha who has been a recurrent student at the hospital school throughout her school life. Both have agreed to write an article about their experience – so far Leo has said ‘ My mother and I had the best night of our lives!’

Parents evening at Chelsea and Westminster

thumbWe had a great turn out for our annual parent’s evening for community pupils at the Hospital School. Students, staff and parents showed how committed we all are to making sure that our students know how well they are progressing and are clear about what they have to do to achieve their best at school.

Schools Summer Art Exhibition

Our students exhibited a range of artworks in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Schools Summer Art Exhibition, which celebrates art work produced in schools and  encourages children and young people to pursue and develop their interests and talents in art.

Visit to partner school in Gaza

Three of our staff visited Gaza and worked with our colleague Mohammed and his students at our partner school in Jabalia. They involved the students in a range of projects:
▪ English language lessons
▪ Hands-on art
▪ 3D Design + printing
More details coming soon.

Book Launch

IMG 3855 exportthumbThe launch party at the Brompton Hospital of our book "Hospital School - A Year in the Life"  was a huge success, with all the books selling out on the night!
We have now  reprinted the book - see www.hospitalschool.org.uk/ for details on how to order

Also take a look at the great photographs taken on the night by student photographer Will Dawson.


Grand Opening of the new Schoolroom on Rose ward

Pic3Tuesday the 8th November, was a Jubilant evening – the official opening of the new school build for patients on Rose Ward, coinciding with the Royal Brompton Hospital winning a review into the heart unit closure.
Sir Robert Finch on behalf of the Royal Brompton Charity officially declared the school open, he spoke of the importance of education continuing whilst children and young people are in hospital - this was echoed by Paula Cogan, a long term patient who had spent more than 25% of her education at the hospital school. Despite her many admissions to hospital, Paula achieved highly in her exams and now at University she is a beacon to other young people who face the challenge of having a medical condition on how to develop resilience and remain motivated. Claude Lattin another former student, now studying Japanese at University, spoke of the wider impact of the hospital school, for example the support of careers counselling and relevant work experience – Many thanks to both of them for being Ambassadors for hospital education.

Phoebe's Amazing 5km run for CCHS

Phoebe_Run_006After hearing about all the work Chelsea Community Hospital School does to support her friend Daniel and the other children at The Royal Brompton Hospital, Phoebe was inspired to undertake the challenge of completing a 5km run to raise money to go towards new resources for the school.

All the children and staff at Chelsea Community Hospital School would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Phoebe for raising the grand sum of £535.00!!!

Here you can see some pictures of Phoebe in action.





Headteacher Janette Steel awarded OBE

January 1st 2012



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Dear Colleagues, Governors, Families and Friends of CCHS

I want to thank all of you for your good wishes on the Honour I received today.  It was only through your efforts and that made this award possible.

Talking with Gaza

As part of the Nour Festival of Arts we set up a live link-up with the Jabalia Prep "A" School in Gaza. We have a continuing project between our two schools in which the students explore and share lifestyles, cultural differences and comparisons of their environments. Students and members of the public asked their own questions to children and teachers from the school. More video here.

Leo wins Courageous Citizen award

Leo3_thumbLeo Jordan who has attended our school for 15 years won an award in the "Courageous Citizen" category of the Diana Awards. Leo is an Ambassador for Chelsea Community Hospital School. He has inspired students in the UK and abroad through his involvement in the school’s international projects, he supports those who are new to the school and those who speak little English. In addition he helped design a new school, has been involved in fundraising activities and has spoken publically about the importance of hospital education.

A Huge Thank You!

demi296Demi Lea handing over a cheque for £751 to Laura and Shaun. A HUGE THANK YOU to the Claydon family (Danielle, Demi Lea, Kai, Laura and their parents Tracy and Paul) who have raised £751 to go towards resources for Rose Ward and Foulis Ward.

School News - November 2011

School News
November 2011

Official Opening of the new School Building on Rose Ward.


Tuesday the 8th November, was a Jubilant evening – the official opening of the new school build for patients on Rose Ward, coinciding with the Royal Brompton Hospital winning a review into the heart unit closure. 
Sir Robert Finch on behalf of the Royal Brompton Charity officially declared the school open, he spoke of the importance of education continuing whilst children and young people are in hospital  - this was echoed by Paula Cogan, a long term patient who had spent more than 25% of her education at the hospital school.  Despite her many admissions to hospital, Paula achieved highly in her exams and now at University she is a beacon to other young people who face the challenge of having a medical condition on how to develop resilience and  remain motivated.  Claude Lattin another former student,  now studying Japanese at University, spoke of the wider impact of the hospital school,  for example the support of careers counselling and relevant work experience – Many thanks to both of them for being Ambassadors for hospital education.

The dilemma for CCHS was how we design a school in a relatively small space that will enable as many young people to attend as possible.  Patients with cystic fibrosis have to be segregated from one another, so only one student could be in a classroom at one time – we turned to the Architects for advice and we were lucky that Studio 4 who had worked with us to design the new school at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital were available – The team very quickly came up with an idea that created a sense of light by windows in every wall, and glass partitions which gave us five separate learning spaces.  Students, staff and parents were closely involved with thinking about how the space could be best developed – however our thanks must go to Laura Livesly from Studio 4, Chris Cole our ICT Manager for their diligence in ensuring all the technical details were incorporated. Many thanks also to Shaun Dolan, our artist in residence, who again steered the team towards a sophisticated colour scheme in the secondary rooms and studio and soft colours in the primary rooms.

The second dilemma was – How are we going to raise the funds needed?  - A Marvellous Medicine Ball,  cake sales, leaflets explaining the plan to all and sundry, after dinner speeches, persuading and cajoling – our Fantastic Friends of Chelsea Hospital School and volunteers all became fired up and did their par - so many, many thanks. We did it – ‘Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith’ (Margaret Shepherd).

As our school has always highlighted the arts as a way of developing communication skills, another strength is that of communication technology – so what better than to celebrate the new school than by asking Shaun and Chris to design an arts and technology sculpture – this piece integrates words from school reports and shapes from the school design – the art work continually changes colour and this can be activated from a computer or mobile phone – making a truly interactive piece of work.

The evening ended with Phillip Wells our ‘poet in residence’ reading some of our student’s poetry – the language of poetry develops communication skills and self expression, giving voice and form to the many losses children may experience in hospital, fostering attitudes and skills that maybe helpful when facing difficult times.  The feelings described in these poems gave one an insight into the difficulties faced by young people in hospital.

One year after obtaining our British Council International Accreditation, we were delighted to win first prize for our international links.  The Link2Learn Award Ceremony took place at Canary Wharf on the 16th November; the prize was £5000 which will be used to further develop our links with teachers and students in Gaza.  Leo Jordan our School Student Ambassador spoke about the importance of our links with schools in Europe, and our regular video conferencing with a boys school in Gaza.  He spoke of the international flavour of CCHS – how so many young people arrive from abroad to have complex facial surgery in the ‘Facing the World’ project , often travelling alone and with very little English – and how these international links help them to settle into life in London. 

A video was shown of ‘Talking to Gaza’ a compilation of students at CCHS sharing their views and lives with students in Gaza over the past two years.
At the same time an art exhibition and video conferencing session was taking place at Leighton House Museum, for the Nour Festival.
This enabled the public to join with our students to find out how these young people lived.  Along with this a curtain of porcelain tiles hangs like a curtain -  light shining through these tiles with a gentle imprint of Islamic materials –  imprints of ancient keys – evokes the loss of home.  This exhibition was put together with Joanna Eaves our international School co-ordinator, Shaun our artist in residence and students from Collingham child and Family Unit.  They must all be congratulated on this moving and fascinating exhibition – and for the organisation and imagination in developing this project.

A Year in the Life of Chelsea Hospital School,  is a photographic project developed by our website designer and music teacher Martin Dixon – please do sign up for a copy of this book which gives a comprehensive insight into the experience of children and young people in a hospital school.

Janette Steel
Head Teacher





Talking with Gaza

Our pupils and the public talk to students in Gaza
Wednesday 16 November 11.30 – 1.00pm
Since receiving the International School Award from the British Council in 2010, Chelsea Community Hospital School has continued its educational links with a number of schools in different countries. Focusing on their partnership with the Jabalia Prep "A" School in Gaza, the Nour Festival highlights aspects of a continuing project between the two schools in which the students explore and share lifestyles, cultural differences and comparisons of their environments. Throughout the Nour Festival a short film that outlines the project is being screened, which emphasises communication by means of video conferencing. During the exhibition there is an opportunity to be involved in a live link-up with the school in Gaza, when members of the public can ask their own questions to children and teachers from the school.

Grand Opening of the New Schoolroom

invite_thumbnailChelsea Community Hospital School
invites you to the official opening of our new schoolrooms
by Sir Robert Finch.

6 - 8.30PM

The Foyer
Royal Brompton Hospital
Sydney Street

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Tel: 020 3315 8672/3

School News August 2011

Chelsea Community Hospital School News

August 2011


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital’s new school has been a tremendous success, with all students reporting that the environment is much more conducive to studying – we have also been able to accommodate not only all the patients from the ward, but also an increasing number of community students.  Many of the students from the Community have been unable to attend school for long periods, due to their medical or mental health condition, so we are delighted to be able to report a significant improvement in attendance amongst this group.  We are of course waiting with baited breath for the exam results for our students, many of whom have completed their two year GCSE courses in one year, others despite being unwell have persevered with their studies, we wish all our students the best of luck in their College Courses and we look forward to hearing how their educational journey progresses.

Marvellous Medicine Ball

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to "The Marvellous Medicine Ball" and made it such a resounding success!
Special thanks to The Bombshellettes who enthralled us with their swing music and kept us all dancing through the night, to Lawrence our fabulous DJ, to the wonderful dancers The Bees Knees, to Lyla and The House Band for their great Rock and Roll, to John and David the Jazz musicians, to Zelina our auctioneer from Bonhams, to Phillip Wells the Fire Poet, to Shaun our artist in residence, to Chris our technical wizard, to Jessica for her sketching, to Martin for the photos, to everyone who donated items for the auction and to Janette, Lucy, Sue, Suet and all the volunteers and staff who worked so hard to make the evening such a great success.

Many thanks also to Chris, Georgia, Witty and the team at The Tabernacle, and special thanks to Mark the chef who donated himself for an evenings cooking - a very popular item on the auction list!

We have compiled a gallery of photographs from "The Marvellous Medicine Ball" where you can also order prints.

Music with Ignite (Wigmore Hall)

For 3 weeks pupils at Collingham, Chelsea and the Brompton have been working with a group of musicians (Ignite) from Wigmore Hall, in a series of music workshops that led to a performance for pupils, staff and parents in the chapel at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

You can see and listen to their individual compositions here:

A spell to banish winter! by pupils from Chelsea and Westminster

Musicial Constellations by pupils from Collingham.

Ignite musicians began the performance by performing a piece called November.

Happy Easter!

Easter_thumb1A Happy Easter from everyone at the Hospital School. At Chelsea we held an Easter service and were joined by children from Collingham and by musicans from Wigmore Hall. We also had a live video conference link to pupils in our classroom at St Marys Hospital.

School News March 2011

We are delighted that Baroness Mary Warnock will be launching our www.wellatschool.org web site on the 15th March.  This event will be happening in the school on the first floor at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital at 4 pm, we would be pleased to see you there, if however you have other commitments, we look forward to hearing your comments about the new web site which we intend to be ever evolving, with a regular questions and answer facility. This site has been primarily designed to help teachers support the student’s in their school who have a medical or mental health iagnosis to achieve their potential.

Staff training day

On 4th January we had a staff training day - as part of the day staff produced some short instructional videos highlighting their favourite educational IT resources. Check out their videos here.


The Friends of Chelsea Community Hospital held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening 9th November. See below for details of the many ways they have raised money and supported our school, and how you might be able to help too.

Celebrity / Sponsor needed!

StuartStuart's Football Challenge
We desperately need someone who can help one of our long term students, Stuart, realise his plans to
"Visit all London teams in, The Premier League, The Championship, League 1 and League 2 in one day on public transport" and raise money for our hospital school.





International Award for our school

open3Chelsea Community Hospital School is the first Hospital School to receive the International School Award from the British Council - in recognition of their work to bring the world into the classroom. The International School Award seeks to reward outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning.

The Chelsea Community Hospital School is partnered with five schools around the world – including one in Gaza, with which the children communicate via videoconference.




 Video of the event by the British Council

Janette Steel, Headteacher said: “I have seen our students develop in confidence as they enter into debates with students overseas and see that, even though their lives may be affected by a medical or emotional issue, they are able to have a significant input into a wider community. This award is recognition that, even though one may face difficulties in life, this does not have to be a barrier to achievement.”

John Rolfe, Manager of the International School Award at the British Council said: “We are proud to be saying thank you for the inspirational range of international activity that has brought Chelsea Community Hospital School the prestigious International School Award. It brings together young people from around the world - often in need of extensive medical care and treatment - but also celebrates and recognises their rich cultural and linguistic heritage, and ensures their learning continues and develops in a creative, inclusive and supportive environment.”

Young people's engagement forum

young people's engagement forum Chelsea and Westminster Hospital hosted its 2nd children's and young people's engagement forum in April to consult with parents, families, children and young people about the design and development of changes to our children's services.




Our new school at CW

Planning MeetingWe are all very excited about the new building for our school classrooms at Chelsea and Westminster.
We have had many many meetings with the archictects, hospital staff, school staff and governors to plan the layout and design of the classrooms.
We have also had fantastic support from our students Leo and Lee. here they are at a planning meeting.

Quality in Study Support (QiSS) Recognition

QiSS loogoOn 17th December 2009 we gained QiSS"Quality in Study Support" status for our study support activities.

“We are delighted to have been part of the QiSS process. The experience has helped us a team in the hospital school working with our parents and young people to evaluate our service and also identify growth for the future”
Janette Steel
Head Teacher

What is QiSS?

QiSS stands for Quality in Study Support. It is the nationally recognised quality standard in this area and is based on the school out of hours learning 'code of practise'. It has been designed for schools and any setting that offers out of school hours learning. It provides a flexible tool for planning and quality assurance, and supports a school or organisation to ensure that their study support offer is effective.

The code can be used by anyone who is planning provision in a school from the study support coordinator planning and reviewing an initiative, to a senior manager who wants to review the impact of a full programme and measure thee ffect on things like attainment and school improvement.


OFSTED Inspection

We had an OFSTED inspection earlier this month. We're proud to say that it went extremely well - once again the inspectors have recognised the school as being 'Oustanding'.

Full details here:

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