Making a Referral

Hospital schools

HHTS provides educational support to all school age children and young people who are admitted to either St George’s Hospital or any of the three Child and Adolescent Wards at Springfield Hospital (Aquarius, Wisteria and Corner House). Any inpatient of these wards, regardless of where they live, or length of stay, is entitled to attend the classrooms on site and engage in the education provision on offer. There is no need for any referral for these inpatients to access the classrooms.


Medical needs tuition including home tuition

Who is this for?
The Medical needs tuition provision is for children and young people in Wandsworth who have been deemed as too unwell to attend school by their clinician for 15 days cumulatively or consecutively.

Referrals will only be accepted if the pupil is resident in Wandsworth, regardless of where their home school is located.

What documentation should be provided?

  • A fully completed referral form
    A WHHTS referral form needs to be completed and submitted to the Headteacher for consideration.
  • Documentation from the child or young person’s clinician
    Please send medical or CAMHS documentation by the child or young person’s consultant or most relevant clinician indicating clearly that the child cannot attend school due to illness.
    It is helpful for both the school and the tuition service if clinicians indicate an estimated period the child or YP is not expected to be able to attend school and the treatment that is underway. This supports the school and service to form a suitable education plan swiftly, and in consideration of appointments and effects of medication.

Medical documentation ensures that children are safeguarded effectively when absent from school and supported to attend school when appropriate. If a GP is writing the supporting evidence, their letter should indicate that their surgeries safeguarding lead has verified this medical documentation. GP’s considering recommending absence from school should see the child face to face before issuing a medical note and should also give due consideration to advice here:

Please note that meeting minutes, EHCP’s, attendance statistics or collated views from non-clinical staff will not be accepted as medical documentation.

Referrals can only be accepted from schools, and must be accompanied by (medical) evidence from Education Welfare, CAMHS and/or other clinical professionals. Unfortunately, we cannot accept parent or self- referrals.

Consultation and advice
The service can offer consultation to schools for individual students or cohorts of students with medical or mental health needs preventing attendance to school. Please use the referral form provided below to request this service.


Referrals to the Compass Programme come directly from the Special Needs Assessment Service (SNAS) as this programme is commissioned by this department. These referrals require a young person to be Wandsworth residents and in receipt of an EHCP. Please speak to SNAS if you would like a young person to be referred to this programme.

‘Every day my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’

(Parent, 2018)

‘Wow, where to begin. I wanted to write to you to demonstrate how much of a positive impact you have had on me……you have restored my faith in teachers everywhere...the CAMHS Campus School was definitely the highlight of Springfield for me as is the case for so many others. Rest assured if I ever get involved in the murky world of politics your funding will be quadrupled, ring-fenced and seared forever.’
‘We are so grateful and thankful for the brilliant staff at the St. George’s Hospital School. We have spent quite a lot of time there over the past 18 months, they have made learning such fun – memorable science experiments and story writing, the best time making posters and adverts and treats for the school cafe. The staff are cheerful, calm, gentle and above all fun. Thank you to the great team.’
‘We were so grateful to the teaching team. They have been absolutely fantastic. My daughter had surgery on Monday and was quiet and withdrawn. This has been instrumental in her recovery and also kept her mind on education whilst she’s been sick.’
‘Everyday my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
‘We are so grateful and happy for the care and support – teachers are so helpful and very kind, we love you all for your hard work, keep it up. Thanks so much.’
‘Thank you for the range of learning opportunities you provided my son in hospital for the week for the week he was on the neuro ward. He found the activities very engaging and accessible. He thoroughly enjoys maths and looked forward to the activities you provided for this – he is especially looking forward to the spreadsheet analysis this afternoon. he enjoys music and was surprised to have the opportunity to learn about and play different instruments. Thanks again for all your help.’
‘We are so grateful that there is a school/classroom to attend. Josie really needs something to focus on when he’s in hospital, he looks forward to getting out of his room and working/studying English, Maths and other interesting topics he can learn about. It has really made a difference to his mood during the hospital stays, having been admitted so many times throughout the past 7 months. Furthermore, it helps him keep on top of his schooling.’
‘Thank you for helping me for the past 10 months. You have helped me to keep as motivated and hopeful for my future as I could have been. I cant wit to start college and maybe become a paramedic. I’ll always remember this school and everyone in it’
‘The service aims to enable pupils with long-term illnesses, mental health issues or who are pregnant to remain in education…... You and your staff ensure that these aims are fully met. Most pupils have missed long periods of learning due to illness. They make remarkable progress during their short time in the school.
Pupils told us that, without the school, they would not be able to engage fully in learning or sit any examinations. Parents value the high-quality teaching provided alongside the excellent care and support given to each individual pupil.’

Ofsted, 2018

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Keeping Yourself Safe

We offer personalised support to our pupils in their choices for the next stage of education, employment, and self-employment or training. We ensure that all of our long-term pupils receive careers guidance.

As well as a careers focus to each of the subjects taught, we also host a dedicated Careers Week in March. 

We are already implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks - a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

As well as working alongside the multi-disciplinary teams on the wards to help support next steps in education/employment for our pupils, we work closely with schools and colleges to ensure the best pathway forwards.

Our Careers Lead is Lynda Robinson and she can be contacted at

Unifrog is an online platform that supports schools and colleges to deliver their statutory duty to provide students with impartial and independent guidance on the full range of Post-16 and Post-18 options.

Unifrog is the only place where students can compare every undergraduate course in the UK as well as international opportunities. Additionally, Unifrog provides students with access to the most comprehensive list of live apprenticeships available across the country including Higher, SLP and degree apprenticeships, as well as FE courses.

Once students have explored their interests and compared the full range of pathways available to them, Unifrog provides one place for students to draft all materials needed for applications such as CVs and Personal Statements.

All students, across all year groups, now have access to the platform in keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step.

Information for parents and carers

Every parent/carer can have their own login to Unifrog, where they can access the tools, information, and guidance to support their child to make their best next step. Download our parent and carers letter for information on how to log in to unifrog as a parent/ career

If you would like more information on Unifrog please visit their website: