Therapeutic School

Ellern Mede School provides education for young people who are unable to attend their mainstream school due to mental illness. We also provide education for children with eating disorders who are admitted as inpatients to Ellern Mede hospitals.


Ellern Mede School works to achieve its aims by providing a stimulating, caring, therapeutic, calm and secure environment. The School aims to:

  • Provide an education service which is relevant, complementary to and consistent with the eating disorder treatment programmes at Ellern Mede Ridgeway, Ellern Mede Barnet or other service providers.
  • Provide an education service, in partnership with young people’s homeschool which is consistent with the experiences of young people in a mainstream school.


At Ellern Mede School we wish to create an environment in which:

  • Young people contribute to school and enjoy learning.
  • Young people achieve their best and should value learning for life.
  • Young people become independent adults who are active citizens, willing to play their part in shaping the world around them for the better.
  • Young people develop a positive self-image.
  • Young people show good motivation.
  • Young people develop confidence when interacting with their peers, offering and using peer support.
  • Young people accept praise, tolerate mistakes and experience pride in and derive satisfaction from their own achievements.
  • Young people understand our core values of commitment to learning, respect for themselves and others, fairness and to demonstrate a good team spirit.


Ellern Mede School provides a curriculum of breadth and balance to meet the learning needs of the young people in our charge. The teaching team and school resources provide a curriculum menu that includes the following GCSE and A Level subjects:

English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, French, Spanish, German, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Art, Art & Design, Textiles, Sociology, Psychology, Drama and Music.


The teaching team also provide many opportunities to explore extra-curricular subjects. This includes Drama through LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).  Young people can engage in the dramatic and musical performances the school stages. On Friday afternoons the young people can select their creative subjects and occasionally produce group projects which are displayed around the school and hospital.

Project themes have included:

Photography: Creating a fashion Magazine using Photoshop.

Display: Displays showing work from different times and cultures, most recently an African themed display.

Clay: African masks and thumb pots were made by the KS3 group.

Printing: Some basic one part and two part mono printing has been used across the Key stages to make images with great success.

Textiles: Activities such as purse, cushion and tote bag designs; creative knitting, crotchet, macramé and silk painting.

Medea Bytes Magazine: poetry and creative writing producing the Ellern Mede Magazine. 


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

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for documents you can download. Among these is a sample school timetable.



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.


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.

Ellern Mede School Ltd
Managing Director – The Proprietor
Peter Curtis
Telephone during term time: 0208 959 7774
Telephone during holiday time: 0203 209 7900

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

Our policies are downloadable. Should parents wish to receive a posted copy of any School policies please contact the School Secretary [email protected] who will provide them for you.

  • Admissions Policy
  • Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • Curriculum Policy
  • Equality Policy
  • Disability 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 Tel: 0208 959 7774
School Proprietor and Managing Director: Peter Curtis Tel:0203 209 7900

Should you wish to contact the school during the school holidays please contact Ellern Mede Hospital reception on 0203 209 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