School Information

Ellern Mede School has been rated “Outstanding” consecutively and provides therapeutic learning for 41 boys and girls aged 8 to 18 years in a small, safe environment. Many students who come to the school are patients at Ellern Mede hospitals funded by their relevant local authority. Some others have self-excluded from mainstream school for a variety of reasons including anxiety, school phobia and bullying, which cause disruption to education and we are able to help.

Ellern Mede School’s academic staff cover a broad curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Spanish, French and German. An Inclusion Lead supervises student engagement, assessment and identifies future learning pathways.

The school follows the national curriculum with personalised timetables for all students so they can work at their own pace. We offer opportunities for mainstream inclusion through links and partnership with local colleges. Students are supported in very small class sizes and the curriculum is tailored to meet their needs and abilities.

The highly specialist, therapeutic educational team works closely with the multi-disciplinary medical and mental health resources of the Ellern Mede hospitals teams, a unique opportunity for pupils to receive specialist advice.

Staff mentor students throughout their time at the school, and work directly at home and with families to encourage a positive relationship between the family, student and school.


Even although Ellern Mede Schools are so closely linked with Ellern Mede hospitals, they are separately funded and referrals and arrangements must be made either through the relevant local authority or if the child is privately educated, funding has to be arranged privately with parents, guardians or carers. On referral, the school will liaise with the home school, the clinical teams treating the young person, the funders and will make a decision to offer a placement that is suited to the child’s or young person’s need if appropriate, or make some suggestions for who to go to for advice as to any other suitable educational support placement.

Involving students and families and admissions

Students and families are invited to the relevant Ellern Mede school, to discuss needs and expectations, as part of the admission process. All stakeholders are invited to attend regular progress meetings where the views of students and families are heard. Throughout a student and family’s time at the school there are regular opportunities to discuss progress and concerns.

Measuring students’ progress, achievement and accreditation

All students’ prior performance data is gathered from their mainstream school. Each student receives a personalised timetable and an Individual Education Plan (IEP), highlighting their goals and ambitions. A key teacher is appointed to each child or young person, and they will be the main point of contact for families, home school and other stakeholders.

Support and training for school staff

All staff are compliant with the latest Safeguarding and Child Protection Regulations, and have access to a comprehensive range of internal and external training opportunities. Staff are encouraged to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which may include undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

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