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St Mary's Hospital

St Mary's Hospital
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St Mary's Hospital is a general hospital with a paediatric department, which is comprised of 3 wards - Grand Union, Great Western and PSSU, and a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Grand Union Ward specialises in Bone Marrow Transplants and infectious diseases and patients on this ward frequently need to be taught in isolation. Great Western is a general paediatric ward and PSSU is the Paediatric Short Stay Unit.

Patients from these wards are encouraged to attend school between treatments. Many of these students are on repeat admissions and by liaising with their home school we ensure continuity in their education. The well resourced schoolroom is located on Great Western Ward and patients from all wards are encouraged to attend classes. If patients are unable to come to the classroom due to the nature of their treatment they are taught by their beds. We have wireless internet access across the wards and use video conferencing to support learning for patients in isolation. The highly qualified teaching team has been selected to ensure that all children’s needs are met from reception through to A-level. The classroom is split into a primary and a secondary area. We have input from the school’s Artist in Residence and regularly have workshops run by various professionals in the visual and performing arts. We follow the National Curriculum using a thematic approach to teaching as we feel this helps short term patients engage more effectively. The school is open 50 weeks of the year, shutting for only two weeks over Christmas. During holiday times the school runs an organised Arts and Craft programme. We are also a registered exam centre ensuring that students are able to sit exams even while they are in hospital.