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student and teacher Ellern Mede School

Ellern Mede School has twice been rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted, with the latest report being published in 2018.  The school is on site at each Ellern Mede hospital centre. The teaching staff provide outstanding education to the children and young people who are admitted as inpatients to Ellern Mede Centres, and in separate school rooms, education can is provided for those who have moved on, been discharged and local children and young people from other schools and centres. Some are young people who are unable to attend their mainstream school due to mental illness and/or special educational needs (SEN). To visit the School’s Website click here.

Outstanding therapeutic education

Ellern Mede School not only provides OFSTED Outstanding rated local authority or private funded education to the young people receiving therapies through Ellern Mede Centres but we are also open to young people who are self-excluded from mainstream schools. We want to hear from parents, teachers, and local authority commissioners if we can help you keep any child engaged in education. Working closely with each child’s main school, with our support more than 60% of our pupils have attained A or A* exam results over the past seven years. You can read a full results summary.

By law, every child under 18 has the right to receive education, even when they are facing barriers such as mental or physical ill health or disabilities. Children who attend state-funded school are usually funded for the education they receive in hospital through their local authority. Privately schooled children may apply for funding or be privately-funded by their family for education whilst in hospital.

When the right therapeutic education, centred around each young person’s specific needs, is delivered it not only maintains their engagement with education but plays an important part in their health recovery.

When Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) are appropriate, we help you put these in place. Ellern Mede School , working with Local Authorities and community teams, work with the support of EHCPs, to make the recovery that has been achieved in full time healthcare sustainable after discharge.

We provide a curriculum consisting of all the core subjects which are taught to GCSE and A Level such as English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, French, Spanish, German, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Art, Art and Design, Textiles, Sociology, Psychology, Drama and Music. The breadth of the curriculum is enhanced through lessons provided, as required, for individual students, including Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE). We also provide engaging extra-curricular activities.

The school’s ethos is of great importance. At our centres we provide environments in which the children and young people feel safe, accepted and derive satisfaction from their own achievements. We promote their self-confidence. Our expert staff work closely with the health and education professionals who form part of the young person’s wider team and the family to ensure our education contributes to a sustainable future for the young person. You can read more about the school’s aims and ethos.

How to refer / apply for educational support through Ellern Mede School

Most government school-educated young people who are inpatients at Ellern Mede hospitals are admitted to Ellern Mede School by arrangement through the school and the local authority, the home school and with the support of the family. Some choose to continue their schooling with us even after their discharge, with the full support of the local authority.

Young people who attend private schools may also receive education whilst in hospital and the funding arrangements differ somewhat and may require private funding by the family.

As an educational professional, if you wish to refer a young person, please click here.

When a young person funded by the NHS is receiving treatment at Ellern Mede, the school will contact the young persons’ home school and local authority to advise them of their admission and arrange for education to proceed and to ensure funding is secured. If a patient is paying privately, we can tailor a package for the length of stay and the specific needs of the young person, again, in contact with the home school, the family and any available funders. The daily charge for education at Ellern Mede School is £175.

Every young person has a Key Teacher. Every young person at the point of being ready to go home, can be supported with a plan for future learning support which may include application for an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). Ellern Mede School is expert in making these arrangements which are reviewed annually, and stay in place until a young person reaches the age of 25.

Ellern Mede School Term Dates 2018/2019

Ellern Mede School follows the London Borough of Barnet term dates. The school year begins for pupils on 4th September 2019 and  completes on 17th July 2020. There are 190 school days (academic days) per year with five inset (staff training) days. To view term dates click here.

Please visit the Ellern Mede School website for more information.



The School was last inspected in February 2018, and was judged to be providing an outstanding education for the second time in a row. The report states:

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. 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.

Teenage students Ellern Mede School


Ellern Mede School is registered with The Department for Education (302/6118), is a Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) registered examination centre (12273), Ellern Mede School Ltd is registered at Companies House: (10642453) and the school is governed by an Advisory Board.

The relevant registration numbers for Ellern Mede School are: URN: 135072, UKPRN: 10017857.

Ellern Mede School Managing Director is The Proprietor, Peter Curtis.
Telephone during term time: 020 8959 7774
Telephone during holiday time: 020 3209 7900
Email the school at [email protected] or [email protected]

The Ellern Mede School Advisory Board oversees teaching and learning, student progress, course outcomes and examinations, policies and procedures, curriculum and inspections, well-being and the safeguarding of children. The school is inspected by OFSTED. The latest inspection report is downloadable on this page.

Meet the Ellern Mede school team


Who to speak to:
School Head Teacher: Adel Shirbini Tel: 020 8959 7774
School Proprietor and Managing Director: Peter Curtis Tel:020 3209 7900

Should you wish to contact the school during the school holidays please contact Ellern Mede Hospital reception on 020 3209 7900 and they will arrange for a senior member of school staff to contact you.

How to get to Ellern Mede School
Ellern Mede Ridgeway
Holcombe Hill,
The Ridgeway,
Mill Hill,
London NW7 4HX

Directions to get to the school
Ellern Mede Ridgeway is easily accessible from main motorway routes and is a short drive from M1 Junction 2 and M25 Junction 23.

Public Transport Directions:
Nearest railway station: Mill Hill Broadway
Nearest tube station: Mill Hill East (Northern Line)
Local Buses: 240 & 251