Hospital school achieves 'outstanding' rating in Ofsted inspection

A school for children with medical needs based at Southampton General Hospital has been awarded the highest possible performance rating by the government’s education watchdog.

Tremona Road Hospital and Home Service, a medical pupil referral unit (PRU) situated within Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust’s Bursledon House children’s centre, has been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Run by Southampton City Council, the service caters for children aged from five to 16 years. Many of the children referred to the unit have acute medical needs, meaning they are either hospitalised or receiving education at home.

The unit also provides an outreach service for pupils of all age ranges that require home tuition while attending hospital on an outpatient basis.

In many cases, children at the school will have experienced considerable disruption to their education due to their medical needs.

Ofsted Inspector Stuart Charlton praised staff at Tremona Road for their dedication in helping to restore pupils’ self-esteem and confidence.

His report further recognised the unit’s commitment to developing pupils’ literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills, along with developing excellent personal skills.

Councillor Peter Baillie, Cabinet member for Children’s Services and Learning at SCC, said: “The Ofsted report really is outstanding. Tremona Road is an exemplary case of what commitment from both staff and pupils can achieve.

“Many of the pupils have had serious medical conditions that have threatened to interfere with their education. However, the dedication of the staff at the unit and the support the pupils receive has enabled hundreds of children to accomplish both academic and personal goals.”
Posted on Friday 5 June 2009