James Brindley Academy Hospital Sector provides education for all children and young people from Foundation Stage 1 (nursery) through to Post-16, who are receiving inpatient treatment across our hospital sites. Our educational provision begins on day four of a pupil’s admission or day six for Post-16. If a pupil is however regularly readmitted to hospital, our provision will begin immediately.

For pupils admitted across our hospital settings, the purpose of the curriculum is to minimise the impact of a pupil’s stay on their education and wellbeing.

Our aim is to complement their home school curriculum whilst targeting identified gaps in their learning. As a hospital school, we work within a multidisciplinary team including NHS professionals, to ensure the best outcomes for pupils. We adapt our teaching and learning to take full account of individual educational, medical, social and emotional needs, supporting our pupils to overcome their personal challenges. We aim to build resilience and encourage perseverance by providing a safe environment where pupils feel safe and ready to learn.

Staff are committed to prepare pupils to transition from hospital back into an educational setting. Support may be provided from our SENCO, for example, should an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) be required.

At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, lessons are offered from a range of curriculum areas which include; Maths, English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Social Ethics, RE, History, Geography, Business Studies and Careers. 

Our teachers can also provide the following services:

GCSE & A Level support

Functional Skills Level

Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

ASDAN short courses & AQA unit awards

School/college liaison

Careers advice & guidance

Pre-employment Training

Work experience

Apprenticeship application and advice

Support with all aspects of exams

If pupils are admitted during an exam period, and are well enough to still sit the exam on that day, then James Brindley Academy staff will ensure arrangements have been made for invigilators and exam papers to be delivered so that there is no disruption to the young person’s progress and achievements. Home schools are contacted if necessary to ask for any subject specific work as well details about pupil’s abilities, and teaching staff will use a variety of strategies to support pupil’s learning and further their knowledge / expertise.