The term ‘Local Offer’ is used by local authorities across the UK to give children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support services are available in their local area. Ellern Mede School in London and Ellern Mede Moorgate School are each part of the respective SEN local offer in the areas.
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 Schools’ 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.
Dedicated contacts in the school
Adel Shirbini – Head Teacher
Marta Watroba – School Secretary/Finance/Exams Officer
Phone: 020 8959 7774
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 Individualised 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.
Ellern Mede School based in Mill Hill can accommodate up to 41 students and as part of its offer, serves young people who are inpatients at either of Ellern Mede hospitals in London (Ellern Mede Ridgeway, Ellern Mede Barnet). Ellern Mede Moorgate School in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, can accommodate 12 students. Ellern Mede school sites have designated curriculum learning areas, as well as onsite and offsite recreation facilities. The schools have high-quality security systems in place.