|Name||Children’s Hospital School at Gt Ormond Street and UCH|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||25 February 2014|
|Address||Great Ormond Street, Camden, London, WC1N 3JH|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||193 (61% boys 39% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormond Street and University College Hospital is a foundation special school on two sites. Teaching takes place in school rooms and wards at both hospitals, which are a short distance apart. Students are enrolled at the school while they are in-patients at either hospital, but remain on the register of their home schools. Students are receiving treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions. Many have medical needs which are complex and sometimes life-limiting. At the time of the inspection, 96 students were being taught at the school, but the number on roll varies on a daily basis. Over the course of an academic year the school helps educate more than 1,000 students. Students attend for long, short and recurring periods of time. The school can also offer education to siblings of children who are admitted to the hospital for long or recurring stays. Students come from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. They come from all areas of the country and from overseas. All students are supported at school action plus while they attend the school. Some have a statement of special educational needs. There are occasionally some students in the care of the local authority. The school has received additional government funding known as the pupil premium for 45 students, although the actual number eligible continually changes. Students join the school with a wide range of needs and abilities. Some have disabilities and additional learning needs and some are extremely able. There are currently no students in the sixth form. No students took externally marked examinations at the school last year. No students are currently eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium. This school does not use any alternative education providers. There has been a change of headteacher since the last inspection. The current headteacher took up her post in September 2011. The school is part of a teaching school alliance which includes mainstream and special schools. It also contributes to a number of local and national partnerships. The school has National Healthy Schools status. It has also achieved the Artsmark Gold Award, the International School Award and the Inclusion Quality Mark.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The headteacher is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full learning potential, despite the medical challenges they face. Her strong strategic management skills have ensured that the school has continued to improve since the last inspection. Leaders are very effective in monitoring the quality of teaching and learning. They provide strong professional support and closely monitor the progress every student is making. Their own high standards are shared and embraced by all staff within the school. They are increasingly able to support other schools and organisations, both locally and nationally. The governing body provides high levels of support and challenge to school leaders. Together, they continually seek ways to improve further. For example, they have identified that parents would benefit from further support and are looking to develop the services provided by the activity centre. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers draw on their strong subject knowledge to provide creative and challenging learning opportunities that meet the needs of every student. They constantly review how well students are learning and make adjustments where necessary. They are inventive and make particularly good use of technology. Many students make accelerated rates of progress as a result. Students make outstanding progress during their time at the school. This is because : individual starting points are established quickly, teachers set challenging targets and effective teaching interventions are skilfully delivered. Students engage enthusiastically with their learning and achieve more. Students demonstrate exemplary attitudes and behave exceptionally well. They appreciate how the school helps them to maintain regular links with their home schools through the use of technology. They are kept extremely safe.