Therapeutic School

Ellern Mede School provides education for young people who are receiving either inpatient or outpatient treatment for any illness that has prevented them from attending school. We also provide education for children admitted to Ellern Mede services for young people with eating disorders.

Ellern Mede School aims to maintain the educational achievement of young people between the ages of 8 and 18 who are long-stay, short-stay or recurring admissions to Ellern Mede eating disorder services. We aim to provide:

  • a stimulating, caring, therapeutic, calm and secure environment.
  • an education service which is relevant, complementary to and consistent with the treatment program at Ellern Mede hospitals.
  • an education service, in partnership with young people’s home school, which is consistent with the experiences of young people in a mainstream school.


Young people who are inpatients at Ellern Mede hospitals are admitted to Ellern Mede School. The staff will contact the young peoples’ home school and local authority to advise them of their admission. Every young person will have a Key Teacher appointed to ensure effective and regular liaison with their home school.

Ellern Mede School daily charge is £155. The school will contact the home local authority and arrange funding. Where necessary, the school arranges for young people who are being discharged to apply for an Educational Health Care Plan which is reviewed annually and stays in place until the person reaches the age of 25. The application for statutory assessment is completed in partnership with the parents, home school and the clinical team.

Parents are guided to visit the following website to be advised on their rights with regards to their child’s access to education whilst they are unwell –


Total across AS and GCSE
YearA*ABCbelow C
2011 to 20176255392610
% of total32%29%20%14%6%

More than 60% of our pupils have attained A or A* exam results over the past seven years. Above is a table of combined results from 2011 to 2017. For the full results table please see downloads below.




Ellern Mede School follows the London Borough of Barnet term dates. There are 190 school days per year with five staff training days. See downloads below to download the Term Dates Table.

The school year begins for pupils on 1 September 2017 and completes on 20 July 2018.
Autumn Term:
4.9.17 – 20.10.17 & 31.10.17 – 22.12.17
Spring Term:
10.1.18- 9.2.18 & 19.2.18 – 29.3.18
Summer Term:
16.4.18 – 25.5.18 & 4.6.18 – 20.7.18

See below for a downloadable sample of our school timetable.



The School was last inspected in October 2014, and was judged to be providing an outstanding education. The report states:

Teaching is outstanding and enables students to make rapid progress, including those who have special educational needs. Teachers and teaching assistants are highly skilled and passionate about releasing the potential of each student. They establish very positive working relationships based on mutual respect and very high expectations.


Ellern Mede School is registered with The Department for Education (302/6118) and is a Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) registered examination centre (12273). The relevant registration numbers for Ellern Mede School are: URN: 135072, UKPRN: 10017857.

Ellern Mede School Ltd is registered at Companies House: 10642453.

The school is governed by an Advisory Board. 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 safeguarding of children.

The school is inspected by OfSTED. The latest inspection report is downloadable from this site.

If you would like further information on the details of the proprietor and members of the advisory board please contact [email protected]

Meet the Ellern Mede school team

Should parents wish to access any of the School policies listed below that are not provided as downloads, please contact the School Secretary [email protected] who will provide them for you.

  • Admissions Policy
  • Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • Curriculum Policy
  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • Educational Visits Policy
  • Special Educational Needs Policy and Accessibility Plan
  • Complaints Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Academic Performance at Ellern Mede School
  • Ofsted Inspection Report October 2014
  • Safeguarding Children, Child Protection and Staff Recruitment Policy


Who to speak to:
School Head Teacher: Adel Shirbini
Should you wish to contact the school during the school holidays please contact Ellern Mede Hospital reception on 0203 209 7900 and they will provide a direct line to a senior member of school staff.

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