Ellern Mede School was originally founded in 2002 and since then has grown from providing education at one site, to two sites (London and Rotherham). The OFSTED registration in January 2020 of Ellern Mede Moorgate School in Rotherham, South Yorkshire brings education to patients receiving treatment at Ellern Mede Moorgate Hospital which is on the same site. Ellern Mede School in London serves learners from two hospital sites and is rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED. These inspections, which rated the school so highly, happened consecutively in 2014 and most recently again in 2018. In due course we aim to achieve the same high rating for Ellern Mede Moorgate School. Our schools offer high-quality education in a therapeutic environment, for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old. We are not only open to our hospital patients but to other local children who, through illness or special educational needs, need support outside of their mainstream school.
"The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding."
We have two Department of Education registered schools serving patients at three hospital sites. Ellern Mede School in London serves the needs of young people being treated as inpatients or outpatients at the eating disorder and PAWS hospitals, Ellern Mede Ridgeway and Ellern Mede Barnet. Ellern Mede Moorgate School in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, serves inpatients at Ellern Mede Moorgate hospital which opened in October 2019.
We have an outstanding track record of working with children who are temporarily vulnerable due to mental ill health - not only with an eating disorder. Our unique approach works so well that we extend it to young people local to our schools who may be missing out on their education because of trauma, bullying, school anxiety or stress in their lives.
We support all our pupils to achieve academic success through our broad and balanced curriculum offered in close co-operation with each pupil's home mainstream school, with the hope that following health treatment and therapy they will be able to return to their home school.
Our schools offer a choice of 17 GCSEs, AS and A Levels. Every student is encouraged to work at the pace best suited to their needs. Sometimes, for continuity, we are able to retain students through to the end of a school year or beyond that, even when they have been discharged from their health treatment.
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 and their families have access to clinicians from within Ellern Mede specialist children’s hospitals. 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 publically 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. When pupils are ready, we support them to reintegrate back into their local community or the next stage of their educational journey.
Over the past seven years more than 60% of the students have attained A or A* in their exam grades. You can see some combined results of our students by clicking through to the outcomes page here. These results are remarkable, considering the struggles of these young people, which have caused them to miss significant amounts of time away from school. We are proud that many of our former students have returned to their mainstream school, and gone on to college or university, armed with the tools to cope in society.
The teaching staff at Ellern Mede Schools work with families and the young people to help them regain their trust and love for learning and therefore to re-engage with their education. We have an outreach service which, should it be required, means we can offer the family and the young person an assessment and a tailored plan. We work in partnership with local schools, staying in touch after our students leave us. We make sure that our students are learning in tandem with students from their home school.
Ellern Mede Schools are formed out of a desire to help students struggling with their education in a mainstream school. The schools’ approach was originally conceived to help children and young people receiving treatment within Ellern Mede Services hospitals. The hospitals are leading providers of inpatient, day patient and outpatient eating disorder services. As a linked organisation, we have access to this specialist advice Our Education and Clinical teams work together, giving students the best possible chance of recovery.
Ellern Mede Schools plan to increase the number of students we can support. Our exceptional day schooling should be available to a range of students with SEN needs due to physical and mental difficulties. We will, in the near future, open additional premises or campuses. Our two consecutive “Outstanding” Ofsted reports indicate that we excel in SEN teaching and we believe that demand is high, and that local authorities will welcome additional facilities.
“Thank you for all your help and involvement with my daughter and sorting out her education. You clearly have such a keen interest in all the Ellern Mede young people and it shows in your caring approach. I know [x] wasn’t always the easiest person to work with – but you persevered and I am very grateful. She seems to have settled well back at her private school this week, and I really believe she will be happy there in the long run.”
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