Skip to main content

Special Educational Needs and Disability

By nature of attending the hospital school, all students present with SEND while they are accessing education with us.

Working with students with SEND is therefore the core of everything we do. In all our interactions with our students, we aim to remove barriers to their education through supporting, inspiring, empowering and celebrating them and their learning.

We believe that students with SEND should have equal access to the curriculum in an inclusive setting unless the student’s needs dictate otherwise. Some students (e.g. those experiencing psychosis) may find the classroom environment overstimulating and we can then arrange for them to work elsewhere. In other cases, students who are bed-bound due to their medical needs may require teaching at their bedside. However, over the course of treatment, our aim is, where possible, for all students to be fully integrated into the classroom environment and work on tasks which are differentiated for their needs and ability. As much as possible a student with SEND is taught in groups and the teacher differentiates planning to include the specific needs of the student with SEND. At times the student may work 1:1 on specific targets.

Teachers collaborate with medical and multi-disciplinary teams on how best to make the classrooms assessable for each student. This ensures that the school can adapt to students’ medical and sensory needs on an individual basis. Social and emotional support is provided by our learning mentors who work closely with our community students to develop their confidence and resilience so they can get the best out of school.

Read our full SEND policy.

Read our SEND information report.