The lights-off event

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On Friday the 27th of March we are pledging as a school to not use any electrical goods all morning. We will also only reuse scrap material. We are going to find out what lessons are like without any electricity in the classroom. We are also doing a fundraiser in the afternoon from 2.30pm in aid of WWF. We will be selling books, cakes and some fantastic T-shirts, pencil cases and bags that have been designed by the children. At the same time we hope to raise awareness for Earth Hour which is at 8.30pm on Saturday the 28th of March, all around the world. Join us! Please find more information and a powerful video here:

Arts Award Week 2015

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During the first week of February our students will be taking part in a huge range of arts activities including photography, puppet making, junk orchestra, meeting visiting artists, making a film and music on the computer and visiting exhibitions, all as part of working towards gaining their Arts Award qualifications. Keep a look out for some of their amazing work coming up soon!


Two of our teachers have new roles with HOPE (an international NGO which brings together teachers working with children and young people with medical needs all over Europe). Michelle is now a committee member while Marie is the official note taker for the board.

Christmas Activities

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It's the last week of school and students have been busy with a range of Christmas activities including a Christingle carol service and a visit fron Santa! The school will close for two weeks holiday but we'll be back in the New Year - Happy Christmas!

A HUGE thank you to our fabulous volunteers!

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A HUGE thank you to our fabulous volunteers Kirstel, Trish and Sue who have been running the Christmas Charity Stall every Thursday for the past 7 weeks at the Royal Brompton Hospital foyer to raise money for the hospital school. Drop by on the 18th for Raffle tickets and all things Christmassy! They also plan to be at CW Hospital foyer on the 16th.

The Hoosiers perform for our students!

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Our classroom became the newest music venue in town as the lead singer of The Hoosiers came to perform for students. One of our students Blake even debuted his own song-writing and singing, dueting with Irwin on Blake's brilliant song, 'Will You Marry Me?' A big thank you to Jamie from Roland and Kensington & Chelsea Foundation for organising the gig - what a great way to play into the weekend! See Blake's lyrics below.

Amazing Amy's Mudder Triumph!

A huge thank you to Amy our amazingly brave Learning Mentor who raised nearly £1000 for the Hospital School by taking part in the incredibly tough Tough Mudder, a gruelling 12 mile obstacle course. See below for all the details...

Goodbye Hadisa!


Today we said goodbye to Hadisa, a very special student from Afghanistan who has inspired us all with her reislience and commitment to learning. Good luck Hadisa - we will miss you!

Bully Free

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For Anti Bullying week our artist in residence Shaun Dolan has launched Bully Free a participatory arts project to raise awareness around bullying. Visit for information and details of how to take part.

Budoor's poppy fundraiser

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As 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War we have been learning about the history of commemoration and in particular the tradition of wearing poppies. One of our students, Budoor, age 12 was inspired to make crocheted and loom band poppies over the half term. They really look fabulous and very professional. She is selling them to raise money for The Royal British Legion. The crocheted poppies cost £3 and the loom band poppies cost £2. If you would like to buy any please contact the school office. Thank you very much! 

Thanks for helping with our minibus!

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Janette attended a civic dinner with the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea, Rotarian President George Petrounakos and the Swiss Ambassadors wife. A donation was made from the concert at the Swiss Embassy which will go towards our new minibus – many thanks to all involved!

Ofsted report finds our school 'Outstanding'.

OFSTED inspectors visited us in September to inspect our school and we are proud to say that it went extremely well. Once again OFSTED have recognised Chelsea Comminity Hospial School as being 'Oustanding'. See below to read the full report.

25th Celebrations

students-thumbAmazingly, it’s been a whole twenty-five years since Janette Steel founded the Chelsea Community Hospital School. We celebrated our special birthday with a fabulous party where staff – including our two longest serving members Mary and Brian – were joined by past students, friends, volunteers and Comenius visitors from Iceland and Ireland. A huge thank-you to Harrods for the delicious catering, all our sponsors, FCCHS and our volunteers, especially Eddie the driver. A particular thank you to Cindy who couldn't be with us but set the project in motion, and to everyone who worked so hard to make it all possible. Here's to the next twenty-five years!

Hadisa at 'Guardians of the Galaxy’ Premier

Hadisa1smlOne of our students, Hadisa, went on a very exciting evening out to the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Premiere at half term. She has spent the summer since making a beautiful book out of marbled paper, writing about her experience and the film; ‘This was the first time I went to the cinema, it was the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Premiere in 3D. Premiere means ‘first’ in French, so this means it was the first showing of the film. Nobody had seen it before so it was very special!’


Congratulations to our students!

congrats2Congratulations to our students who have gained Arts Award qualifications: Jane,  Kareem, Saed, Yasmine, Oscar, Samson, Denys, Joel, Danny,  Hannah,  Maria, Caitlin,  Isabel,  Amy, Jackie,  Kate, Jennifer, Ekaterina, Hadisa and Chloe.

A Festival of Words

mdx 20140409 DSCF3403 smlWe celebrated Easter and the arival of Spring with our "Festival of Words". This was the culmination of a 5 week music project in which students worked with Wigmore Hall's learning ensemble Ignite and the Fire Poet Philip Wells. We also had a wonderful performance from our new school choir including both students and staff.

Our staff visit Iceland

suitThree of our staff spent a week in Iceland working with our partner school on the "Travelling Suitcase Project" as part of our Big Green Footsteps Project. More details here.

A Royal Visit

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Cake Sale!

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We need your memories!

In 2014 we are celebrating 25 years of the Chelsea Community Hospital School. Before we start on the next 25 years we are taking a moment to look back and see how we got to where we are today. The plan is to collect our memories and milestones from that journey here and then to make a book with a selection of the material we’ve collected – and this is where we need your help.

Hospital School SPINATHON

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Come and join us at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital for our SPINATHON fundraiser, get in shape, help a good cause and be in the draw to win a fantastic raffle prize! See you there!

The Digital Age

Our teachers have created a presentation on keeping safe on the interenet. Download The Digital Age as a pdf from this page.

Christmas Special Radio Show

radio1 thumbOn December 11, children and young people from the Hospital School went up to the hospital's own radio studio for a Christmas special episode. Listen to the show below.

PiXL - The moral principle knows no boundaries

pixlr-smlIn September 2013 CCHS made the decision to join an organisation called PiXL, Partners in Excellence. The purpose of this organisation is to work collaboratively with other schools and education settings to improve the life chances of all our pupils through improved educational achievement. This is a very exciting development for us to be part of this group of over 1000.

Wigmore Hall Music Project

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Big Green Footsteps

group on solarshuttleWe shared a fantastic two days with our vistors from Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Poland to start our new Comenius project, Big Green Footsteps which will see us working together exploring energy awareness and climate change issues.

Dirt Biker Chris Visits Our School

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Chris Salt, a dirt biker from the Docklands track in London came to visit Macauley and Jacob to show them his bike, share some videos and talk about his hair-raising experiences. Check out the photographs below!

Congratulations to Helen Damon

helend2Congratulations to Helen Damon who has recieved a 1st for her MA Dissertation in Play Therapy from the University of Roehampton. She has also recently completed Filial Therapy training. See below for the the title and abstract of Helen's MA Dissertation.

Green Tokens for FCCHS

Friends of Chelsea Community Hospital School is delighted to have been chosen by the partners of Peter Jones Sloane Square as one of three charities to go through to the customer voting round of the department store's Community Matters Scheme.

Our students and staff raise £650.90!

race for life photo thumbOn the 14th of June Mary, Melissa, Sian and community students Abby and Evian ran the 5k Race for Life for Cancer Research! It was an incredibly hot day but so much fun, thank you to Abby and Evian for their spirit and enthusiasm in fundraising and running for such a worthy cause, we are very proud of you! Collectively we raised a grand total of £650.90!! A huge thanks to all of those who donated and supported us!

Grand Opening of St Mary's Schoolroom

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We celebrated the grand opening of our new schoolroom at St Mary's Hospital.
Many thanks to all our friends and supporters who have worked so hard to make this possible.
See the slideshow of photos below.

Leighton House Schools Art Prize-Giving

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Our students attended the Leighton House Schools Art 2013 Prize-Giving. Congratulations to all our students who have worked so hard with Shaun, our Artist in Residence and well done to those students whose work was displayed in this year's wonderful exhibition of creativity. Here's a link to all thw artworks in the exhibition:


Easter Celebrations

easter thumbAt our Easter celebrations students from Chelsea and Collingham performed with musicians from Wigmore Hall. This was the result of a 5-week project with Wigmore Hall's resident ensemble, Ignite and Philip Wells (The Fire Poet). We will me making a CD of their music called Fire and Ice, and also we will also post up some video of the performance soon. Happy Easter!

World Book Day

On Thursday 7th March we will be celebrating our love for reading with World Book Day.
Members of our staff team will be coming to work dressed as a character from their favourite poem/story - so far a ginger bread man has been confirmed!

Valentines night Zeus 'Sweet Art' benefit

Graffik Gallery is currently running the Zeus 'Sweet Art' show in their gallery in Portobello Road London

They have an event on Thursday 14th for Valentines that will include the launch of Zeus's Graffiti.

Chocolate bar 50 will be on sale with 3 bars that will have golden tickets inside, the lucky finders of the tickets will receive a free piece of Sweet Art from Zeus.

Proceeds from the sales of the chocolate bar will go to The Chelsea Children's Hospital School

International School Award

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We were delighted to attend the Link2Learn presentation to receive the International School Award Link2Learn prize. Leo, our school ambassador along with our colleagues Jehan and Mohammed from our partner schools in Gaza and Jo, our International Projects Co-ordinator recieved a cheque for £750 celebrating our international school projects. Many thanks to John Rolfe and the British Council for their support of our work.

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation

A huge thank you to The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation for their kind donation of £3000 to the Friends of Chelsea Children's Hospital School, from the Edwardes Square Gala Concert earlier this year.

Plates at Leighton House

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We have been working with students from UNWRA schools in Gaza on a collaborative art project. Students in Gaza sent us their pictures of everyday life which our students then transferred to a set of plates. The plates are now on display at Leighton House as part of this year's Nour Festival.

Make us Smile!

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Can you make these men smile?
It's Movember once again – and here's our team, Martin, Steve and Robin, growing our moustaches for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men's health.

The Olympic Games by Leo

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Sir Merrick Cockell kindly donated tickets for theopening Ceremony of this years Olympic Game, and here Leo, one of our past students, writes of his experience of attending.


The Olympic Games by Asha

Asha writes of her experience of attending the Closing Ceremony of this years Olympic Games.
Sir Merrick Cockell kindly donated tickets for the Closing Ceremony of this years Olympic Game, and here Asha, one of our past students writes of her experience of attending.

SCHOOL NEWS September, 2012


1st September, 2012


Many thanks to Sir Merrick Cockell for donating his tickets to the Olympics Opening Ceremony and the closing of the Para-Olympics to students at CCHS. We have chosen two of our long term students to attend, Leo who is our student ambassador and Asha who has been a recurrent student at the hospital school throughout her school life. Both have agreed to write an article about their experience – so far Leo has said ‘ My mother and I had the best night of our lives!’

First aid - child CPR

CPRAt the Brompton we all had a session to brush up on our life-saving skills. Everyone worked really hard during the session but we think you'll agree that Faisal's demonstration is 'outstanding'.

Parents evening at Chelsea and Westminster

thumbWe had a great turn out for our annual parent’s evening for community pupils at the Hospital School. Students, staff and parents showed how committed we all are to making sure that our students know how well they are progressing and are clear about what they have to do to achieve their best at school.

Schools Summer Art Exhibition

Our students exhibited a range of artworks in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Schools Summer Art Exhibition, which celebrates art work produced in schools and  encourages children and young people to pursue and develop their interests and talents in art.

Visit to partner school in Gaza

Three of our staff visited Gaza and worked with our colleague Mohammed and his students at our partner school in Jabalia. They involved the students in a range of projects:
▪ English language lessons
▪ Hands-on art
▪ 3D Design + printing
More details coming soon.

Book Launch

IMG 3855 exportthumbThe launch party at the Brompton Hospital of our book "Hospital School - A Year in the Life"  was a huge success, with all the books selling out on the night!
We have now  reprinted the book - see for details on how to order

Also take a look at the great photographs taken on the night by student photographer Will Dawson.


Grand Opening of the new Schoolroom on Rose ward

Pic3Tuesday the 8th November, was a Jubilant evening – the official opening of the new school build for patients on Rose Ward, coinciding with the Royal Brompton Hospital winning a review into the heart unit closure.
Sir Robert Finch on behalf of the Royal Brompton Charity officially declared the school open, he spoke of the importance of education continuing whilst children and young people are in hospital - this was echoed by Paula Cogan, a long term patient who had spent more than 25% of her education at the hospital school. Despite her many admissions to hospital, Paula achieved highly in her exams and now at University she is a beacon to other young people who face the challenge of having a medical condition on how to develop resilience and remain motivated. Claude Lattin another former student, now studying Japanese at University, spoke of the wider impact of the hospital school, for example the support of careers counselling and relevant work experience – Many thanks to both of them for being Ambassadors for hospital education.

Phoebe's Amazing 5km run for CCHS

Phoebe_Run_006After hearing about all the work Chelsea Community Hospital School does to support her friend Daniel and the other children at The Royal Brompton Hospital, Phoebe was inspired to undertake the challenge of completing a 5km run to raise money to go towards new resources for the school.

All the children and staff at Chelsea Community Hospital School would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Phoebe for raising the grand sum of £535.00!!!

Here you can see some pictures of Phoebe in action.





Headteacher Janette Steel awarded OBE

January 1st 2012



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Dear Colleagues, Governors, Families and Friends of CCHS

I want to thank all of you for your good wishes on the Honour I received today.  It was only through your efforts and that made this award possible.

Talking with Gaza

As part of the Nour Festival of Arts we set up a live link-up with the Jabalia Prep "A" School in Gaza. We have a continuing project between our two schools in which the students explore and share lifestyles, cultural differences and comparisons of their environments. Students and members of the public asked their own questions to children and teachers from the school. More video here.

Leo wins Courageous Citizen award

Leo3_thumbLeo Jordan who has attended our school for 15 years won an award in the "Courageous Citizen" category of the Diana Awards. Leo is an Ambassador for Chelsea Community Hospital School. He has inspired students in the UK and abroad through his involvement in the school’s international projects, he supports those who are new to the school and those who speak little English. In addition he helped design a new school, has been involved in fundraising activities and has spoken publically about the importance of hospital education.

A Huge Thank You!

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School News - November 2011

School News
November 2011

Official Opening of the new School Building on Rose Ward.


Tuesday the 8th November, was a Jubilant evening – the official opening of the new school build for patients on Rose Ward, coinciding with the Royal Brompton Hospital winning a review into the heart unit closure. 
Sir Robert Finch on behalf of the Royal Brompton Charity officially declared the school open, he spoke of the importance of education continuing whilst children and young people are in hospital  - this was echoed by Paula Cogan, a long term patient who had spent more than 25% of her education at the hospital school.  Despite her many admissions to hospital, Paula achieved highly in her exams and now at University she is a beacon to other young people who face the challenge of having a medical condition on how to develop resilience and  remain motivated.  Claude Lattin another former student,  now studying Japanese at University, spoke of the wider impact of the hospital school,  for example the support of careers counselling and relevant work experience – Many thanks to both of them for being Ambassadors for hospital education.

The dilemma for CCHS was how we design a school in a relatively small space that will enable as many young people to attend as possible.  Patients with cystic fibrosis have to be segregated from one another, so only one student could be in a classroom at one time – we turned to the Architects for advice and we were lucky that Studio 4 who had worked with us to design the new school at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital were available – The team very quickly came up with an idea that created a sense of light by windows in every wall, and glass partitions which gave us five separate learning spaces.  Students, staff and parents were closely involved with thinking about how the space could be best developed – however our thanks must go to Laura Livesly from Studio 4, Chris Cole our ICT Manager for their diligence in ensuring all the technical details were incorporated. Many thanks also to Shaun Dolan, our artist in residence, who again steered the team towards a sophisticated colour scheme in the secondary rooms and studio and soft colours in the primary rooms.

The second dilemma was – How are we going to raise the funds needed?  - A Marvellous Medicine Ball,  cake sales, leaflets explaining the plan to all and sundry, after dinner speeches, persuading and cajoling – our Fantastic Friends of Chelsea Hospital School and volunteers all became fired up and did their par - so many, many thanks. We did it – ‘Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith’ (Margaret Shepherd).

As our school has always highlighted the arts as a way of developing communication skills, another strength is that of communication technology – so what better than to celebrate the new school than by asking Shaun and Chris to design an arts and technology sculpture – this piece integrates words from school reports and shapes from the school design – the art work continually changes colour and this can be activated from a computer or mobile phone – making a truly interactive piece of work.

The evening ended with Phillip Wells our ‘poet in residence’ reading some of our student’s poetry – the language of poetry develops communication skills and self expression, giving voice and form to the many losses children may experience in hospital, fostering attitudes and skills that maybe helpful when facing difficult times.  The feelings described in these poems gave one an insight into the difficulties faced by young people in hospital.

One year after obtaining our British Council International Accreditation, we were delighted to win first prize for our international links.  The Link2Learn Award Ceremony took place at Canary Wharf on the 16th November; the prize was £5000 which will be used to further develop our links with teachers and students in Gaza.  Leo Jordan our School Student Ambassador spoke about the importance of our links with schools in Europe, and our regular video conferencing with a boys school in Gaza.  He spoke of the international flavour of CCHS – how so many young people arrive from abroad to have complex facial surgery in the ‘Facing the World’ project , often travelling alone and with very little English – and how these international links help them to settle into life in London. 

A video was shown of ‘Talking to Gaza’ a compilation of students at CCHS sharing their views and lives with students in Gaza over the past two years.
At the same time an art exhibition and video conferencing session was taking place at Leighton House Museum, for the Nour Festival.
This enabled the public to join with our students to find out how these young people lived.  Along with this a curtain of porcelain tiles hangs like a curtain -  light shining through these tiles with a gentle imprint of Islamic materials –  imprints of ancient keys – evokes the loss of home.  This exhibition was put together with Joanna Eaves our international School co-ordinator, Shaun our artist in residence and students from Collingham child and Family Unit.  They must all be congratulated on this moving and fascinating exhibition – and for the organisation and imagination in developing this project.

A Year in the Life of Chelsea Hospital School,  is a photographic project developed by our website designer and music teacher Martin Dixon – please do sign up for a copy of this book which gives a comprehensive insight into the experience of children and young people in a hospital school.

Janette Steel
Head Teacher





Talking with Gaza

Our pupils and the public talk to students in Gaza
Wednesday 16 November 11.30 – 1.00pm
Since receiving the International School Award from the British Council in 2010, Chelsea Community Hospital School has continued its educational links with a number of schools in different countries. Focusing on their partnership with the Jabalia Prep "A" School in Gaza, the Nour Festival highlights aspects of a continuing project between the two schools in which the students explore and share lifestyles, cultural differences and comparisons of their environments. Throughout the Nour Festival a short film that outlines the project is being screened, which emphasises communication by means of video conferencing. During the exhibition there is an opportunity to be involved in a live link-up with the school in Gaza, when members of the public can ask their own questions to children and teachers from the school.


It’s Moustache Season, and during the month Movember some of our staff will be boldly growing a moustache to raise awareness and funds for men’s health; specifically prostate and testicular cancer
Support our team Hospital School here.

Grand Opening of the New Schoolroom

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invites you to the official opening of our new schoolrooms
by Sir Robert Finch.

6 - 8.30PM

The Foyer
Royal Brompton Hospital
Sydney Street

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Tel: 020 3315 8672/3

School News August 2011

Chelsea Community Hospital School News

August 2011


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital’s new school has been a tremendous success, with all students reporting that the environment is much more conducive to studying – we have also been able to accommodate not only all the patients from the ward, but also an increasing number of community students.  Many of the students from the Community have been unable to attend school for long periods, due to their medical or mental health condition, so we are delighted to be able to report a significant improvement in attendance amongst this group.  We are of course waiting with baited breath for the exam results for our students, many of whom have completed their two year GCSE courses in one year, others despite being unwell have persevered with their studies, we wish all our students the best of luck in their College Courses and we look forward to hearing how their educational journey progresses.

Marvellous Medicine Ball

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to "The Marvellous Medicine Ball" and made it such a resounding success!
Special thanks to The Bombshellettes who enthralled us with their swing music and kept us all dancing through the night, to Lawrence our fabulous DJ, to the wonderful dancers The Bees Knees, to Lyla and The House Band for their great Rock and Roll, to John and David the Jazz musicians, to Zelina our auctioneer from Bonhams, to Phillip Wells the Fire Poet, to Shaun our artist in residence, to Chris our technical wizard, to Jessica for her sketching, to Martin for the photos, to everyone who donated items for the auction and to Janette, Lucy, Sue, Suet and all the volunteers and staff who worked so hard to make the evening such a great success.

Many thanks also to Chris, Georgia, Witty and the team at The Tabernacle, and special thanks to Mark the chef who donated himself for an evenings cooking - a very popular item on the auction list!

We have compiled a gallery of photographs from "The Marvellous Medicine Ball" where you can also order prints.

Music with Ignite (Wigmore Hall)

For 3 weeks pupils at Collingham, Chelsea and the Brompton have been working with a group of musicians (Ignite) from Wigmore Hall, in a series of music workshops that led to a performance for pupils, staff and parents in the chapel at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

You can see and listen to their individual compositions here:

A spell to banish winter! by pupils from Chelsea and Westminster

Musicial Constellations by pupils from Collingham.

Ignite musicians began the performance by performing a piece called November.

Happy Easter!

Easter_thumb1A Happy Easter from everyone at the Hospital School. At Chelsea we held an Easter service and were joined by children from Collingham and by musicans from Wigmore Hall. We also had a live video conference link to pupils in our classroom at St Marys Hospital.

School News March 2011

We are delighted that Baroness Mary Warnock will be launching our web site on the 15th March.  This event will be happening in the school on the first floor at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital at 4 pm, we would be pleased to see you there, if however you have other commitments, we look forward to hearing your comments about the new web site which we intend to be ever evolving, with a regular questions and answer facility. This site has been primarily designed to help teachers support the student’s in their school who have a medical or mental health iagnosis to achieve their potential.

Staff training day

On 4th January we had a staff training day - as part of the day staff produced some short instructional videos highlighting their favourite educational IT resources. Check out their videos here.

School staff choir

This Autumn we set up a staff choir. We've been practicing every week and here we are performing at the children's Christingle service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.



The Friends of Chelsea Community Hospital held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening 9th November. See below for details of the many ways they have raised money and supported our school, and how you might be able to help too.

Celebrity / Sponsor needed!

StuartStuart's Football Challenge
We desperately need someone who can help one of our long term students, Stuart, realise his plans to
"Visit all London teams in, The Premier League, The Championship, League 1 and League 2 in one day on public transport" and raise money for our hospital school.





International Award for our school

open3Chelsea Community Hospital School is the first Hospital School to receive the International School Award from the British Council - in recognition of their work to bring the world into the classroom. The International School Award seeks to reward outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning.

The Chelsea Community Hospital School is partnered with five schools around the world – including one in Gaza, with which the children communicate via videoconference.




 Video of the event by the British Council

Janette Steel, Headteacher said: “I have seen our students develop in confidence as they enter into debates with students overseas and see that, even though their lives may be affected by a medical or emotional issue, they are able to have a significant input into a wider community. This award is recognition that, even though one may face difficulties in life, this does not have to be a barrier to achievement.”

John Rolfe, Manager of the International School Award at the British Council said: “We are proud to be saying thank you for the inspirational range of international activity that has brought Chelsea Community Hospital School the prestigious International School Award. It brings together young people from around the world - often in need of extensive medical care and treatment - but also celebrates and recognises their rich cultural and linguistic heritage, and ensures their learning continues and develops in a creative, inclusive and supportive environment.”

Come to our opening

invite_smlThe official opening of the brand new Chelsea Community Hospital School will take place on Thursday 16th September at 2pm.
We hope you can make it!

Young people's engagement forum

young people's engagement forum Chelsea and Westminster Hospital hosted its 2nd children's and young people's engagement forum in April to consult with parents, families, children and young people about the design and development of changes to our children's services.




Our new school at CW

Planning MeetingWe are all very excited about the new building for our school classrooms at Chelsea and Westminster.
We have had many many meetings with the archictects, hospital staff, school staff and governors to plan the layout and design of the classrooms.
We have also had fantastic support from our students Leo and Lee. here they are at a planning meeting.

Quality in Study Support (QiSS) Recognition

QiSS loogoOn 17th December 2009 we gained QiSS"Quality in Study Support" status for our study support activities.

“We are delighted to have been part of the QiSS process. The experience has helped us a team in the hospital school working with our parents and young people to evaluate our service and also identify growth for the future”
Janette Steel
Head Teacher

What is QiSS?

QiSS stands for Quality in Study Support. It is the nationally recognised quality standard in this area and is based on the school out of hours learning 'code of practise'. It has been designed for schools and any setting that offers out of school hours learning. It provides a flexible tool for planning and quality assurance, and supports a school or organisation to ensure that their study support offer is effective.

The code can be used by anyone who is planning provision in a school from the study support coordinator planning and reviewing an initiative, to a senior manager who wants to review the impact of a full programme and measure thee ffect on things like attainment and school improvement.


OFSTED Inspection

We had an OFSTED inspection earlier this month. We're proud to say that it went extremely well - once again the inspectors have recognised the school as being 'Oustanding'.

Full details here:

Accessibility Toolbar

We are trying a new accesibilty toolbar on our website. To activate it click the icon at the top of each page.


You can use it to change the text size and font, to read a page or selected text or alter the style of the webpages. It's still being tested so not everything might always work as expected, but give it a try.

We've changed our name

To reflect the evolving role of the school we have, after discussion amongst staff, pupils and Governors decided that the school will now be known as Chelsea Community Hospital School.

Thank You!

Just to say a big THANK YOU to everybody who helped make our Haiti appeal sale such a success. 

We raised a total of £270 for victims of the Haitian earthquake.
The pupils at Chelsea were fantastic and really showed how committed they are to helping and thinking about others as well as how good they are at organising.
Thanks also to all those who donated items to sell.
We are hoping to replicate the success at another sale based at Collingham very soon.

Your World Our World

We met with 9 teachers from Finland, Greece, Italy and Poland when we hosted the first meeting of our new Comenius project linking European schools.
We spent Thursday deciding on the theme of our project and showing our visitors around our school sites. On Friday we worked together on a joint staff training day visiting The Ecology Centre and looking at ways of sharing and communicating ideas with our pupils and staff. We will be posting news and updates here.

Providing Inpatient Schooling on a Segregated Ward

Head teacher Janette Steel along with Chris Cole and Marie Sherlock made a presentation at the 32nd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Brest. The theme of the presentation was 'Providing Inpatient Schooling on a Segregated Ward'. As this was a medical based conference we were delighted to have been chosen to speak. It really shows the great strides that are being made in highlighting the importance of education outside the hospital school environment. It was also a marvellous learning opportunity for us. The breadth of medical and psychsocial expertise was immense, and very interesting to see posters presented by others advocating the importance of visits/liaison between childrens' schools and their medical team.

HOPE calling

hopeHOPE (Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe) is an association of European hospital teachers who work in Hospital and at home with sick children.
If you are interested in joining up please contact Marie Sherlock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Farewell Chicks!

chick_eggWe were eggstatic and eggcited about the pitter patter of tiny claws as our 10 eggs were hatching. The first of the brood was lucky 9 shortly followed by number 1, rumour has it that the first chicks to hatch were following nurse Chris thinking he is mother hen!

Sadly they have now all left and returned to the farm.

Melissa ran a half marathon!

melissa03.jpgCongratulations to Melissa, one of our teachers who ran a half-marathon on Sunday 29th March as part of Team Haem to raise money for the Child Bone Marrow Transplant charity Champs at St. Mary’s hospital.

School Vouchers

Our school is registered for both Tesco's and Sainsbury's vouchers. You can give them to any of our members of staff or at the school office. Thanks!

Heart and Design

heartanddesign-logo.jpgHeart and Design is a project working with the design and fashion communities to raise money for a CT Scanner for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital NHS Trust.
Our pupils will be helping to create stories, pictures and animations on the theme of "The Heart". Watch this space!

Charity Fundraising gig

ram_flyer_small.jpgMany thanks to everyone who supported our Charity Fundraising gig  at The Ramshackle on Fulham High Street, on 21st October. We raised over £1000!


We are looking for individuals to join our team of invigilators for GCSE and A’ Level examinations. The exams may be held in November, January, March, May and June.

We did it!

dunwich_dynamo.jpgThree brave cyclists from our school cycled the Dunwich Dynamo through the night of 19th July.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored us!

School News Winter 2007

Seasons greetings to all our readers, it is amazingly gratifying to see this web site having more and more ‘hits’ – in particular my news in the early days was only read by one rather eager student – now it has hundreds of readers - thanks for all your comments – and especially those of you who have commented on the children and young peoples work that appears on the web site. It is so reinforcing for young people in hospital to know that they are reaching a wider audience.

We are always absolutely delighted to hear from our past students, so please keep letting us know how you are doing, such a wide range of studying, from theology to psychology with many ‘ologies’ in between. We have also been amazed by how many young people have achieved highly in their SATs, GCSE and ‘A’ levels despite spending much time in hospital. You really are an inspiration to so many other so please keep the news coming in.

Click here to see our team Trish, Ann, Fiona and Helena beavering away on their weekly fundraising stall – this stall has been running for 15 years and has ensure that the hospital school provides a 50 week a years education and arts programme. It also helps to pay for all the artists that visit the four hospitals on a regular basis

Here is some information about some of those artists

Painting and Performance Art
Shaun Dolan works as an artist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and St. Mary’s. He addresses the content of the art curriculum, including GCSE art and ‘A’ level art. He works in many types of medium including, clay, sculpture, oils and conceptual art. This additional art gives children the opportunity to express themselves and develop a range of methods of describing their feelings.

Catherine Parkinson is a mosaic artist and works at Collingham Gardens, the children have now made 4 major mosaic pieces which we will transfer to the new building when we move. They have also designed and made plates with pictures of food for the new kitchen.

This experience of working with a real artist who is well known in the mosaic world has given the students confidence in their ability.

Art therapy
Susan Rudnick uses art therapy with children in isolation at St.Mary’s and The Royal Brompton – art therapy can help with containing feelings whilst in hospital, it provides an opportunity to talk describe feelings through drawing and painting rather than using words.

Phillip Wells is a performance poet and works with children at all sites to enable them to enjoy poetry and to begin to write their own, Some of these poems are on our web site.

Brian Speirs runs evening music groups at the Royal Brompton and Collingham and a lunchtime music session at Chelsea. These sessions are great fun and all ages plus parents can join in.

Giles Abbott is a wonderful storyteller and tells stories to children throughout the hospital school. This is particularly soothing for those children who are in bed or in isolation.

We also have the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery visiting all hospital sites on a regular basis, this experience enhances the children’s stay in hospital.

All these activities, as well as our youth club programme help us to provide and extended school for our pupils.

We are delighted that one of our students Obinna has been selected for inclusion in the 2008 Road Safety and Green Travel Calendar. 27 schools entered and 1700 drawings and paintings were judged.

ICT & Video conferencing
We are delighted that so many young people in hospital are now able to join in classroom sessions and link up with museums, art galleries and their school and colleges through video conferencing. This has been a steep learning curve for all staff and students and the ultimate experience of learning together. We look forward to students and families comment on this development.

Christmas Activities
We have had a wonderful two day visit from an extremely talented band called Iroko, this has been videoed and we hope you will soon be able to see this on the web site. This exciting and dynamic group have been visiting the hospital for the last 10 years so I am sure many of you can remember playing music and dancing with them.

On Wednesday 19th at 10.30am we will have our Christingle service at the Chapel in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, we look forward to seeing many of you there, the theme this year is ‘giving’ and we are very please that the mace bearer from the town hall will be attending the service.

Other activities include a visit to the pantomime at Richmond Theatre to see Cinderella and a Circus Space.

I wish you all a peaceful New Year,

Janette Steel
Head Teacher
















100 Club Initiative

100 Club Initiative
We want to raise regular income to support projects that help children in the Hospital School so we are starting a 100+ club. This is a kind of lottery whereby members buy one or more shares in the club annually and then have the chance of winning prizes, which will be awarded twice a year.

Healing Art

collage of healing art artworksHealing Art is an exhibition of children's art work which includes paintings, prints, photographs, mosaics, sculptures, masks and also poetry and writing. The subjects explored include bullying, isolation, terrorism, and self-portraits that show how it feels to be in hospital.

Congratulations to WCIT on their 10th anniversary

Congratulations to WCIT on their anniversary – it is 10 years ago that Chelsea Children’s Hospital School and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologist collided – saw stars and became irrevocably entwined.

Hospital School Teacher Wins Poetry Prize

annie3.jpgAnnie Chance, a teacher at Royal Brompton Hospital, has been awarded an Irish Poetry prize of two weeks residency in the Tyrone Guthrie centre in Ireland to prepare work for publication. Here is one of her poems commended by the judges.