Education at Collingham is provided by teachers working for the Chelsea Community Hospital School.

 The Head Teacher Janette Steel can be contacted on 020 8746 8673.

The Assistant Head Amanda Thompson is based at Collingham and can be contacted on 020 7361 7940.

There are three teaching groups:

  • The Red Group – usually for younger primary aged children
  • The Blue Group – usually for older primary aged children
  • The Green Group – for secondary aged children

The make-up of each group depends on the needs of children we have on the unit but there will not be more than six children in a group working with a teacher and a learning assistant and/or a member of the nursing team.

Our contact with the children usually starts when we observe them in school before admission and meet with the school to discuss their concerns. Where possible we like parents/carers to attend this meeting so that everyone can share their views and have the same information.

From admission we have a three-week initial assessment and children then have an individual education plan outlining what they will be learning in maths, English and science over the next half-term. The plan also includes targets related to behaviour and managing in class. These plans are shared with parents/carers and children, and reviewed every half-term.

Children have access to the full National Curriculum delivered through standalone lessons and a thematic approach. They can also continue to do work provided by their home school. Parents/carers and children receive a copy of the timetable at admission.

If a child joins us in Year 6 they can complete their Key Stage 2 SATs on the unit and the papers are returned to the home school for marking.

When schools and/or parents/carers believe that a child needs more support to achieve their potential than they are currently receiving the Collingham teachers are available to advise on and contribute to the Statutory Assessment process which can lead to a child receiving additional support or attending a more specialised school.

Leading up to discharge the teacher and parents/carers will meet with the home school to discuss reintegrating back to school. An individualised programme of supported visits is drawn up and the teaching team is then available to provide advice and some support for up to a term after discharge.

Teachers are available to meet with parents on Monday mornings and after 3.30 each day.

Find out more about Chelsea Community Hospital School.