North London Hospital School

Name North London Hospital School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 December 2018
Address Priory Hospital, Grovelands House, Southgate, London, N14 6RA
Phone Number 02088828191
Type Independent
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Enfield
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 20%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

North London Hospital School provides specialist education for pupils admitted to the hospital’s child and adolescent mental health service unit (CAMHS) at the Priory North London Hospital in Enfield. The school’s classrooms are based on and very close to the hospital ward. Pupils and students at the school have special educational needs, including autistic spectrum disorders, and social and emotional needs. They are usually admitted to the hospital during a mental health crisis. Pupils attend school for a period of 12 weeks on average before they are discharged from hospital. A small number of pupils are admitted for shorter or longer periods. Almost all pupils are dual registered with their home school. There are currently a very small number of pupils on roll with an education, health and care plan. Priory Education and Children’s Services own the hospital and school. They are a countrywide provider of CAMHS-specific specialist schools, colleges and education services. The executive headteacher is also responsible for two other hospital schools, The Chelmsford Hospital School and Ticehurst Hospital School. Each of the three schools has its own full-time head of school to manage the school on a day-to-day basis. Both the current executive headteacher and head of school were in post at the previous standard inspection, which took place in October 2016, when its overall effectiveness was judged to be good. Since the last inspection in October 2016, a material change inspection took place in November 2017 that resulted in a published report. It indicated that the school was likely to meet the relevant school standards if the school increased its capacity from 18 to 22 pupils. The school uses no alternative provision. The school’s mission is ‘to enable every young person to develop their courage, determination and skills as a learner so that they can re-engage and reach their full potential within and beyond our school’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Exceptional leadership ensures that pupils receive an outstanding education, which restores their self-belief. The school aims for the successful reintegration of all pupils to their mainstream or other school, known as their ‘home school’. The executive headteacher, head of school and governors are highly effective. Together, they have ensured that the school meets the requirements of the independent school standards. The broad curriculum provides engaging activities and experiences. Pupils succeed via a personalised curriculum, which promotes British values, careers education and life skills. Excellent teamwork exists among staff. They share leaders’ high expectations for this school. Staff are highly reflective and work closely, including with health professionals, to plan learning best suited to pupils’ needs. The provision for the sixth form is outstanding. Students achieve highly and receive excellent support in preparation for their next steps after leaving this school. Safeguarding arrangements are effective. Outstanding teaching inspires pupils to learn. Most pupils continue with their education despite their health needs and make exceptional progress, both academically and socially. Teachers’ secure subject knowledge enables pupils to achieve high standards in their GCSE examinations, including in English and mathematics. Assessment is a particular strength. Staff regularly use well-established and highly effective systems to check pupils’ academic progress and their learning attitudes. A caring ethos and positive climate for learning, which prevail throughout this school, support pupils’ personal development and welfare extremely well. Pupils’ excellent behaviour reflects the school’s efforts to promote high standards. Overall attendance is improving. Leaders recognise that a few pupils require further encouragement to improve their individual attendance. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.