student and teacher Ellern Mede School

Ellern Mede Hospital Schools provide education for children and young people while they are out of their mainstream or independent schools/colleges as they have been admitted to hospital for inpatient treatment.

There are three OFSTED-registered schools in the Ellern Mede Group. In London, Ellern Mede School has two sites. The site at Ellern Mede Ridgeway serves the young inpatients from our London hospitals in Mill Hill and Barnet, whereas the Ellern Mede Orange Tree site in Whetstone serves young people from surrounding boroughs who have Social, Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) challenges which impact their learning, but do not require an inpatient setting. The Ellern Mede School in London has been awarded an “Outstanding” grade by OfSTED in the last four inspections, with the most recent inspection have taken place in March 2024.

There are two further hospital Ellern Mede Schools linked to our hospital facilities in Derby and Rotherham. Both these schools have been graded as “Good” by Ofsted in September 2023 and July 2021, respectively.

Outstanding therapeutic education

Ellern Mede Hospital Schools are Department for Education registered independent schools serving the needs of children and young people admitted to the Ellern Mede Group hospitals. The funding for the education provision is secured from the young person’s home local authority. Students who may be admitted from overseas will be required to fund their education privately, through arrangements with the school office.

The Ellern Mede Hospital Schools support children and young people whilst they are in hospital thereby minimising the disruption to their education due to their hospital stay. By maintaining their engagement in learning, children and young people may pick up their education more easily in their home schools after they have been discharged from hospital. If the young people are in hospital over the examination periods at either GCSE or A Level, the hospital schools are registered examination centres, enabling children and young people to take their exams whilst still being inpatients.

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.

To support young people when they return to their home school, the Special Educational Needs team in the hospital schools will apply for an Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in partnership with parents, home schools, clinicians and their home local authority.

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

School Organisation

The schools’ ethos is of great importance. We provide learning environments in which the children and young people feel safe, accepted, and satisfied with their own achievements. We promote their self-confidence and only work with the children when they feel well enough to engage. Our experienced and expert teachers work closely with our partner health professionals who form part of the young person’s wider Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) as well as their families to ensure we have a fully integrated approach. By involving everyone concerned we can all help to ensure a sustainable future for the young person. Read more about the schools’ aims and ethos.

The school day forms the core of each day for most inpatients, from 9.30 to 15.00 with breaks for snack and lunch. Sample Timetable. Every young person has a Key Teacher who s the main point of contact, ensuring seamless communication between the school and the hospital, as well as overseeing the communication with parents and the home school.

 

The School was last inspected in February 2022, and was judged to be providing an outstanding education for the third 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

SCHOOL REGISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE

Ellern Mede Ridgeway School

Ellern Mede School is registered with The Department for Education (302/6118).

It is a Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) registered examination centre (12273). Ellern Mede School Ltd is registered at Companies House: (10642453).

The DfE school number is: URN: 135072, UKPRN: 10017857

Education Lead for Ellern Mede Hospital Schools/ Head of Ridgeway Site – Karen Shirbini. Tel: 020 8959 7774

The latest inspection report is downloadable on this page.

Holiday contact:
Should you wish to contact any Ellern Mede 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.

 

 

Link to Ellern Mede Ridgeway school team

Ellern Mede School Ridgeway
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

Ellern Mede Orange Tree School
Ellern Mede Orange Tree School is registered with The Department for Education (302/6118).

It is a Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) registered examination centre (12273). Ellern Mede School Ltd is registered at Companies House: (10642453).
The DfE school number is: URN: 135072, UKPRN: 10017857

Headteacher Ellern Mede School: Zoe Ramshaw
Tel: 0208 148 1700

The latest inspection report is downloadable on this page.

Holiday contact:
Should you wish to contact any Ellern Mede 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 Orange Tree School

Oakleigh Park North,
Whetstone,
London N20 9AR

Directions to get to the school

Ellern Mede Moorgate School

Ellern Mede Moorgate School in Rotherham is registered with the Department for Education (372/6004).

It is a Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) registered examination centre (36406). Ellern Mede School Ltd is registered at Companies House: (10642453).

The DfE School Number is: URN: 147666

Headteacher Ellern Mede Moorgate School: Emma Heeley
Tel: 0203 981 7252

The latest inspection report is downloadable on this page.

Holiday contact:
Should you wish to contact any Ellern Mede 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 Moorgate School

136, Moorgate Road,
Rotherham,
S60 3AZ

Directions to get to the school

Ellern Mede Derby School

Ellern Mede Derby School is registered with the Department for Education (830/6054).

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

The DfE School Number is: URN: 149343

Headteacher Ellern Mede Derby School: Chris Johnson
Tel: 01332 949513

The latest inspection report is downloadable on this page.

Holiday contact:
Should you wish to contact any Ellern Mede 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 Derby School

96, Draycott Road,
Breaston,
Derby,
DE72 3DB

Directions to get to the school

Ellern Mede Schools Managing Director is The Proprietor, Peter Curtis.

Telephone during term time: 020 8959 7774
Telephone during holiday time: 020 3209 7900

Email the schools at school@ellernmede.org or office@ellernmedeschool.com

The Ellern Mede Schools 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.