01 May 2015

Northamptonshire Hospital and Outreach Education has been chosen as a finalist for a prestigious national award.

Run by Northamptonshire County Council, the pupil referral unit offers teaching support for children and young people with complex medical and mental health needs which prevent them from attending school full-time.

It has been shortlisted for a TES Schools Award in the Alternative Provision of the Year category, which recognises excellent work by schools for students taught in special schools or in pupil referral units.

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in London on Friday 19th June.

'Great results'

Headteacher Cath Kitchen said: “I’m delighted that Hospital and Outreach Education has been shortlisted for this award and that the staff have been recognised for their hard work.

“We support children and young people who can’t attend school full-time for a variety of health-related reasons, and we keep education alive in their lives so they can make progress similar to their peers.

“All of our pupils have a personalised timetable that is created to reflect their academic ability and the impact of their medical or mental health needs. We’ve seen some great results, not only with achievement in exams but more significantly in their re-engagement with learning and their personal, social and emotional progress.

“The majority of our students return successfully to school or move on to post-16 destinations such as college and work-based learning.

“Being selected as a finalist for this prestigious award is a wonderful testament to the dedication of the whole team and I’m incredibly proud of everyone involved.”

Outstanding inspection

The county’s Hospital and Outreach Education pupil referral unit caters for children and teenagers aged four to 18 and pupils are taught in six centres – two based at hospitals, two in-patient child and adolescent mental health units and two outreach centres – as well as in homes and schools.

In November the service was rated outstanding by Ofsted with inspectors highlighting the headteacher’s inspirational leadership, its well-planned curriculum and pupils’ attitude to learning.