Welcome to Ellern Mede Schools

Ellern Mede Schools provide outstanding education for children and young people with a variety of complex needs. We have over two decades of experience supporting children with their education while they are out of mainstream schools or colleges because of hospital inpatient treatment, providing on site schooling at Ellern Mede hospitals. Our schools offer high-quality education in a therapeutic environment, for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old.


Originally founded in 2002, we have grown from providing education at the Ellern Mede Ridgeway hospital site in Mill Hill, to offsite provision at Ellern Mede Barnet, and in 2020, the founding of a second school at Ellern Mede Moorgate in Rotherham.

Our latest provision, beginning in Late 2021, Ellern Mede Friary Hall in Whetstone, North London extends our experience and expertise to children and young people who are not inpatients at one of the Ellern Mede hospitals but, for various reasons, need a more therapeutic, supportive and sensitive approach to their education. Friary Hall gives children and young people, with complex social, emotional, and mental health needs and other special educational needs, the opportunity to receive an outstanding, personalised education.

Across all our school sites, we take great pride in seeing how our students can continue to flourish with their educational attainment outside of their traditional school settings. Our London school, comprised of the Ridgeway, Barnet and Friary Hall sites, has been rated as “Outstanding” by OFSTED and we work alongside specialist clinicians to ensure our students receive all the necessary care and support they need for specific, tailor-made therapy and education.

Students who are inpatients at one of our hospitals have their education funded by their Local Authority, regardless of whether they attend a state or private school. Students who attend our Friary Hall provision are either funded by their Local Authority through an EHCP or can be privately funded.

"The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding."

Ofsted 2018 (Click to read report)

We have two Department of Education registered schools serving patients at three hospital sites and a fourth, separate site for other learners who need specialist education.


Ellern Mede School in London serves the needs of young people being treated as inpatients at the eating disorder and hospitals, Ellern Mede Ridgeway and Ellern Mede Barnet. Ellern Mede Moorgate School in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, serves inpatients at Ellern Mede Moorgate hospital, with expansion planned soon at Ellern Mede's newest hospital, Ellern Mede Derby.

Our Friary Hall provision provides a safe, nurturing and caring environment for students who find mainstream schools extremely stressful places for a variety of reasons. Students may have underlying social, emotional and mental health needs; they might find the curriculum and expectations too demanding; they might be missing out on education because of trauma, bullying, school anxiety or stress; they may have difficulty in expressing their worries and concerns and thus they may be at the point of dropping out of education. Every young person’s needs may be manifested in different ways and at Friary Hall we put in place appropriate and individual education plans, enabling students to achieve their potential and to re-engage with successful learning (More information about our Friary Hall provision can be found HERE).

We have an outstanding track record of working with children who are vulnerable due to many complex conditions. We support all our pupils to achieve academic success through our broad and balanced curriculum across KS3, GCSEs, AS and A Levels. Every student is encouraged to work at the pace best suited to their needs.

We employ an excellent, highly qualified teaching team who have specific experience of working with students with special educational needs. Our teachers' skill set and experience helps them to focus on re-engaging students with education. That re-engagement ultimately helps them to take their place back in their community. We help students to build up their self-esteem and confidence.


Ellern Mede Schools' students have access to specialist clinicians. The multidisciplinary team includes family therapists, psychologists, social workers, activity coordinators, occupational therapists as well as specialist doctors and psychiatrists. This is a unique opportunity for many children with complex needs to receive broader support than they would otherwise have access to. Every child's individual needs are supported through specific, tailor-made therapy and education.

As we are an independent schools group, we are able to offer education to both publicly and privately funded students.

We also work successfully with local authorities and families to develop Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to help secure their funding for education with our schools and beyond that, when they are receiving support in the community in some cases, up to the student reaching age 25.

Ridgeway and Barnet
Ellern Mede Ridgeway and Barnet Sites are part of the Ofsted Outstanding Ellern Mede School in North London and provides education to in-patients at Ellern Mede Hospitals
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Friary Hall
Ellern Mede Friary Hall site in Wheststone, London is part of the Ofsted Outstanding Ellern Mede School and provides therapeutic education to children with a variety of complex needs.
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Moorgate School
Ellern Mede Moorgate School in Rotherham provides outstanding therapeutic education to hospital inpatients at Ellern Mede Hospitals
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