Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Children’s Centre

In the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Children’s Centre, we teach all young people of school age, who are in-patients including those with special needs. This is a 38 bed ward, 4 of which are dedicated to oncological patients. There is also an 8 bed day surgery bay.

Due to Covid19 some restructuring of the hospital has taken place. Children’s A & E is now based in the Children’s Centre. The lay out of the ward is subject to change during the pandemic.

GHES Inpatients’ Facility (GRH School Room)

GHES Inpatients’ Facility is located on the first floor of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the Children’s Centre. The School Room is open to children of all abilities aged 4-16 years who are admitted as inpatients to GRH Children’s Centre.

School teachers work in partnership with parents / carers, schools, play therapists and health professionals to provide a valuable and appropriate learning experience while young people are inpatients.

School Room staff can liaise with your child’s main school to inform them of your child’s admittance to hospital. There is a planned timetable based but staff can contact your child’s school to request work if their admission is prolonged or recurrent.

The School Room is well resourced and staff are available to help and support children, their parents and carers to ensure that children happily engage in education and return to school smoothly following their discharge.

Teaching hours and subjects

Engagement in education is offered from day one of admission, Monday – Friday from 9.00am -3.30pm.

Daily timetable includes the following:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Careers
  • ICT / computing
  • History
  • RE
  • MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
  • Art
  • Wellbeing which includes Yoga, Mindfulness etc.
  • Music therapy
  • Cross-curricular workshop
  • DT – Food and Nutrition
  • Reflection Time – hospital chaplains led discussion / focus

Additional subjects may be offered according to the pupils’ needs.

Teaching and examinations

Teaching can be offered 1: 1 at the bedside or in the School Room in small groups.

The sitting of examinations can be facilitated in GRH Children’s Centre if approved by the medical staff and mainstream school.

Access to learning

The School Room is totally inclusive, providing personalised educational support for all children medically able to access learning, regardless of their mobility or ability.

The teaching staff work collaboratively with parents /carers, mainstream schools and health professionals to ensure that the educational, health and emotional wellbeing of pupils are met.

Discharge from hospital

On being discharged from hospital those pupils who are too unwell to return to school for a period of three weeks or more may be referred to GHES Outpatients Team by a consultant or tier three CAMHs practitioner.

School Room Contact

Trudi Scott (GRH School Room Leader) – trudi.scott@gloucestershire.gov.uk

📞 03004 228394
📍 School Room (Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service), Children’s Centre, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NN

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