The medical PRU is a short term, transitional education service which caters for students who are unable to attend school because of their medical needs. Classroom-based teaching is provided at the Whittington Hospital and at ‘The Lodge’, based at New River College’s Elthorne Road site. Islington residents who have been referred by a consultant and the Securing Education Board (SEB) are also eligible for home teaching. Pupils taught at the Whittington Hospital site are short stay, with an average admission of two to three days. Pupils receiving home tuition and those at The Lodge all have longer term illnesses, with the majority of pupils at The Lodge having special educational needs and being under the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
‘The leadership team has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection.’ (Ofsted July 2016)
‘A culture of high expectations for pupils to learn exists in all areas of the school’s work. Pupils rapidly improve their self-confidence and acquire attitudes that are far more positive than when they first arrive. As a result, all groups of pupils make excellent progress from their starting points.’ (Ofsted July 2016)
The majority of our teaching is personalised and differentiated and teachers in the medical PRU are very adept at meeting individual needs. The service, which works closely with New River College, consists of teachers, a Careers and Work Experience Officer, Safer Schools Officer, School Nurse, CAMHS (Child And Adolescent Mental Health) professionals, Education Welfare Officer, Educational Psychologist and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).