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Hornbeam Academy

About Us

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The Hospital and Home Teaching Service comprises a fantastic team of friendly and experienced teachers, HLTAs, nursery nurses, a play specialist and our amazing administrator who keeps us all organised.

We provide education to young people who are too unwell to attend school.

We provide this service on the Acorn Paediatric ward at Whipps Cross Hospital (part of Barts Health NHS Trust) where patients can attend lessons in our schoolroom or play in our playroom.

Where resources allow, we also try to visit young people on the adult wards around the hospital, providing a useful contact between hospital and school/college.

We also visit young people aged 4 - 18 (19 for pupils with SEN) in their homes, delivering lessons in English, Maths, Science, ICT and Business Studies and supporting pupils in other subjects where possible.

We have a small Education Centre in our offices at the hospital where pupils can also be educated in small, supportive groups.  This is often the case for young women who are pregnant and unable to attend school. 

Pupils receive on average 6 hours of one-to-one or small group teaching each week but are supported to complete independent study when they are not with the teacher. 

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