Welcome to Ellern Mede Schools

Welcome to Ellern Mede Schools

Ellern Mede School was originally founded in 2002 and since then has grown from providing education at one site in Mill Hill, to two sites in London (Ellern Mede Barnet and Ellern Mede Ridgeway) and a third at Ellern Mede Moorgate in Rotherham.

Ellern Mede London Schools currently serve learners from two London hospital sites. Ellern Mede London Schools are rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED, a status of distinction that has been in place for many years. The OFSTED registration 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.

Our schools offer high-quality education in a therapeutic environment, for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old.

As a Special Educational Needs specialist, Ellern Mede School Ltd is preparing to be open, not only to hospital patients, but to other young people who, through illness or special educational needs, need support outside of their mainstream school and who qualify for an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).

"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. 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 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. 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.

Clinical Support

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.

New Development

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.

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

“I am taking the opportunity of being on holiday to let you know that our daughter’s progress continues. She has now successfully finished her second year of medical school, has a normal BMI and tells us that she no longer gets anorexic thoughts. She also relates to the family again in a friendly, open, positive way.”

“She is very happy and has many close friends.”

“So, many, many thanks to [Dr Hind and the team] for all the help and encouragement that you gave to our family when we needed it. You are often in our thoughts!”

Family, 2018

News & Blogs

Education wins over Covid-19 as Summer begins

20 April and the Summer Term at Ellern Mede Schools is on schedule as usual. It is ON LINE AND with the personalised support of …

It’s AV-Zoom let’s go learn

It’s more zoom than gloom for Ellern Mede Schools as even students who have gone on home leave during the COVID-19 outbreak continue to receive …

School’s out? It’s fun.

EM Group’s ‘Blue Peter’ crew made sure that February 2020 school half term didn’t mean being stuck in hospital with nothing to do. The school …

Second Ellern Mede School gets OFSTED approval

Ellern Mede Moorgate School in Rotherham on the new Ellern Mede Moorgate hospital site achieved OFSTED-registration and opened in January 2020 to provide education to …

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

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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 …

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