The Head Teacher and staff at Ellern Mede School in North London are delighted to have been awarded “Outstanding” for the second time running overall and in all categories.

Ellern Mede School provides education for children and young people aged 8-18 years who are unable to attend their mainstream school due to mental illness. It is also open to children with eating disorders who are admitted as inpatients to Ellern Mede hospitals.

Ofsted said: “The Head Teacher and Proprietor provide excellent leadership. They ensure that teaching staff and health professionals work together exceptionally well to improve pupils’ life chances. Leaders have high expectations of pupils’ welfare and what they can achieve. They have ensured that all the independent school standards are met.”

Peter Curtis, the Managing Director at Ellern Mede School said: “I am very proud of the staff who inspire and support, but the achievements of the pupils who attend the school are also outstanding. We strive to provide the best possible environment for learning and for children to achieve and we’re proud this has been recognised by Ofsted.”


The importance of personal development

Inspectors who visited the school also praised its broad curriculum and the quality of teaching and assessment. “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. Teachers enable pupils to learn very effectively through individual timetables which take account of their health needs.” This, they say, allow pupils to thrive in terms of personal development. “The provision for pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare is a strength of this school. Staff promote a caring learning environment where pupils are valued and grow in confidence.”

The report also highlighted the excellent teaching in the older age range of pupils adding: “Sixth-form provision is outstanding. Students are highly motivated to learn because they receive the same level of excellent teaching and support as younger pupils at the school”.

Building on this success, Ellern Mede is planning to develop school provision further. Working in partnership with local authorities, parents and carers, there are plans to cater for local children who may be struggling in mainstream schools as a result of suffering eating disorders.

If you would like more information about the school please contact the school office on 0203 209 7909 or You can read the Ofsted report in full here.

February 2018