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Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service (GHES)

Gloucester Hospital Education Service (GHES) provides education for all pupils (generally aged 4-16) who are unable to attend school for medical reasons.

We do this through our Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) Schoolroom and our Outpatient Team. GHES also provides support and education to school-aged parents and pregnant schoolgirls.

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Schoolroom at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

The Schoolroom at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital provides access to education for all children and young people of school age who are admitted to the hospital from day one of admission. Pupils stay for different lengths of time ranging from a few days to much more extended periods.


The Outpatient Team

The GHES Outpatient Team provide tuition at home (or alternative venues) when a pupil is unable to return to school after discharge from hospital or when they are unable to attend school for medical reasons and are being cared for in the community.

GHES is registered as a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) commissioned by the Gloucestershire County Council. The aim of the service is to address inclusion and reintegration issues specific to young people with medical needs; making it possible for a child to have a seamless educational transition between hospital, home and school.

GHES works in partnership with pupils' registered schools to provide a flexible and balanced curriculum, which meets the need of each child while they are out of school as well as assisting in a smooth transition back to school.


Referrals for support from the Outpatient Team are generally made by hospital consultants, community paediatricians or tier 3 CYPS (Children and Young People's Service) formerly CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental health Services).

Gloucestershire Teenage Pregnancy Midwives refer pregnant schoolgirls to GHES for access to parenting course taught on school site during pregnancy and then for tuition at home during maternity leave from school.

Up to full-time equivalent education is on offer and medical professionals guide GHES on the appropriate amount and type of provision for each pupil according to their health needs.

Support is made available as appropriate to the needs of the individual young person and their ability to access the support. Provision is reviewed regularly. Each pupil receives a bespoke, personalised education package.

Further information for parents and health professionals

Requests for Copies

Parent or carers of a GHES pupils can request a paper copy of the information about Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service found on this website free of charge.

Contact us

Karen Harris (Office Manager and Clerk to the Management Committee)

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