Welcome to Ellern Mede School

Founded in 2002, Ellern Mede School has been rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted consecutively in 2014 and 2018.  The school offers high-quality education in a therapeutic environment, for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years, who have self-excluded from mainstream school for a variety of reasons.

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

Ofsted 2018

Ellern Mede School at Ridgeway serves the needs of Ellern Mede Ridgeway and Ellern Mede Barnet hospitals. The school will, in time, serve the needs of Ellern Mede Moorgate hospital. We have an outstanding track record of working with children who may be missing out on their education because of trauma, bullying, school anxiety or stress in their lives. We support them to achieve academic success through our broad and balanced curriculum. The school offers a choice of 17 GCSEs, AS and A Levels with every student working at a pace to suit their needs. When they are ready, we support students to reintegrate back into their local community or the next stage of their educational journey: back to school, on to college, or on to training.

The teaching team, with their skill set and experience, focus on re-engaging students with education, and ultimately society, by building self-esteem and confidence. Ellern Mede School students and their families have access to clinicians from within Ellern Mede specialist children’s hospitals which include family therapists, psychologists, social workers, activity coordinators, occupational therapists as well as specialist doctors and psychiatrists. Specific and tailor-made therapy and support packages are available as options to support individual needs. As an independent school, students may enrol with us on a private basis. We also work successfully with local authorities and families to develop Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to help secure funding for education across the UK.



Over the past seven years more than 60% of the students have attained A or A* in their exam grades. You can see the combined results of our students from 2011 to 2017 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. With the right support, they are ready for working life as well as self-expression as an adult.


The staff at Ellern Mede School 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. For example, the early days of school can happen in a care home or any other setting, to gradually re-introduce the young person to learning. 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.

Clinical Support

Ellern Mede School was formed out of a desire to help students struggling with their education in a mainstream school. The school was originally conceived to help children and young people receiving treatment within Ellern Mede Services, one of the leading providers of inpatient, day patient and outpatient services in the UK. As a linked organisation, we have access to an outstanding clinical team. Every student has the option to access this clinical support should they require it. Education and Clinical teams work together, giving recovering students the best possible chance of reintegration back in to the community.

New Development

Ellern Mede School plans to increase the number of students we can support. This will make our exceptional schooling available to students not only with physical and mental difficulties but those with special educational needs of other types. We intend to open a new facility, an extension of our current school, with the same high standards. Our two consecutive “Outstanding” Ofsted reports indicates we excel in this area. Requests from parents suggest to us this is needed. We will keep parents and local authorities up to date with our developments.

Ellern Mede School Team

Adel Shirbini

Head Teacher

Marta Watroba

School Secretary

Karen Shirbini

Inclusion Lead

Samreen Shah

Curriculum Manager for English and Media

What people have said about us

“The headteacher and proprietor provide excellent leadership. They ensure that teaching staff and health professionals work together exceptionally well to improve pupils’ life chances. 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. Teachers enable pupils to learn very effectively through individual timetables which take account of their health needs. Leaders ensure that pupils have access to specialist teaching and a suitable range of subjects. Pupils make substantial progress and achieve success in external examinations by the end of Year.”

OFSTED 2018 inspection report

News & Blogs

Earlier the better to plan hospital education

The earlier we support you in planning for special education the better. We assist you in applying for educational grants and dealing with your home school.

Is SEN funding available for private schools?

Read this advice on applying for SEN funding for independent mainstream schools like Ellern Mede School.

Hospital School pupils Christmas crafts

Every individual pupil has the ability to shine in their own way and in a therapeutic setting they overcome obstacles to find their wings and fly.

International author visits Ellern Mede pupils

US-British author of ten novels, Tracy Chevalier, visited Ellern Mede school pupils on 13th December to speak about the process of writing her novels and …

Save children lost in the system

Children treated for mental health issues too often find their recovery is over as soon as they reach young adulthood back in their normal environment.

Social Media and Mental Health – the debate

The Centre for Mental Health has joined the debate on social media and mental health in its Briefing number 53 which you can download here.

Success against the odds

We are delighted this former scholar wants to share this news and give her our heartfelt congratulations. Read what this young woman said.

World Mental Health Day 2018

10th October 2018 is World Mental Health Day, and UK media and MPs have responded with a high degree of attention.

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