About Us

The Hospital and Home Teaching Service comprises an outstanding team of friendly and experienced teachers, an HLTA and our amazing administrator who keeps us all organised.

We provide education to young people who are currently too unwell to attend school until they are well enough to return. Our students include those recovering from major surgery, children with cancer, children with a significant injury and children experiencing a flare up of a chronic illness. We can also provide education to young people who fall outside this remit on a traded basis. Find more information about this here.

We deliver lessons in the Acorn Ward Schoolroom in Whipps Cross Hospital (part of Barts Health NHS Trust) and at bedside on the ward. We also teach young people of statutory school age in their homes, delivering lessons in English, Maths, Science, ICT and Business Studies and supporting pupils in other subjects where possible. For young people who are transitioning back to school or for, for example, young women who are pregnant and unable to attend school, we have a small Education Centre at our office base at the hospital where pupils can also be educated individually or in small, supportive groups.

Home taught pupils receive on average 5 hours of one-to-one or small group teaching each week but are supported to complete independent study when they are not working with the teacher.

HHTS is funded by Waltham Forest and managed by Brookfield House School as part of the Hornbeam Academy.

Don't just believe us: the 2018 Ofsted inspection of Hornbeam Academy stated "The Hospital and Home Teaching Service is outstanding. It meets pupils' needs exceptionally well, whether they have a short or long stay in hospital or require home tuition...The leadership and management of this provision is outstanding. Excellent liaison with families and the schools the pupils usually attend ensures that pupils receive high-quality teaching. This helps them to keep up with their peer group. Leaders keep the provision constantly under review to make sure that it continues to meet pupils' needs...In the Hospital and Home Teaching Service the teaching is outstanding. Regular contact with families and other schools, to exchange information about progress and the curriculum needs, ensures that pupils can keep up with their schoolwork when in hospital or being taught at home."

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