Four years ago my son Edward was admitted to the neurology unit under the care of Dr Whitehouse. He was an inpatient for quite a few weeks and really unwell. During that time Kathie and Susie visited him on the ward, and later had him in school as he struggled to recover. At a time when life was pretty bleak for him, Ed says they gave him hope. This summer he has graduated from university with a very good 2:1 degree in English, is currently writing a play which looks like it is going to go into production locally, and is hoping to go on to study for an MA in Creative Writing. I have attached a photo of him on his graduation day, and I would be really grateful if you could share this with the staff, who I am sure will remember him. He, and we, owe a lot to the medical team who looked after him, but also to your school, who kept us all afloat in very dark times.
STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK FORMS – PUPIL COMMENTS
‘School is the best place in the whole hospital.’
‘For people who might get out of school they think they’ll get out of it but they don’t and that’s a good thing.’
‘It’s really good because if you’re not at school you can just do work at the hospital and it stops me being behind at school because I am doing work at the hospital.’
‘Staff were great. You are asked what subject you would like to study with the option whether to do it or not. I found it good as it keeps your brain engaged, so you don’t miss out at school. Once completed the work, the teachers would go over it with you so you know how to do everything.’ J
‘I really liked hospital school all the teachers are really nice and they explain things clearly when you don’t understand.’
‘I found my maths work very helpful because it was like having 1 to 1 tutoring which you don’t really get in the classroom.’
‘The staff at the hospital school are amazing and friendly. I can understand the way the teachers explain the work, it helps me learn in an easier way. I have learnt a lot from the hospital school, I wish I went to this school regularly.’
‘It has so much things to do.’ pupil aged 6
‘I liked playing Boccia and the Mad Science.’
I like hospital school because it’s fun. It would be better to add a homework club.’
‘I liked the chicks hatching and space maths and that’s it.’ J
‘I liked that there was a very little class.’
‘I don’t like school. But here it’s alright. Not pressured to do things I don’t want.’
‘I like the school website, you learn a lot in fun ways. They could do an art/craft room.’
‘Excellent teacher’s, make your stay in hospital easier.’
STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK FORMS – PARENT COMMENTS
‘Keeps them active and keeps their brains active.’
‘Riley enjoyed school, often asking to go back, as struggled to go with all his treatments.’
‘The school are excellent at arranging convenient time slots for the children. It is also excellent to accommodate children at the school and in the ward if the children are bed bound.’
‘My daughter feels safe and normal when she attends the school. The teachers understand her mood and respect her beliefs and opinions. She can do her education at a time that fits in with her treatment mostly.’
‘?doesn’t like school. She moans and doesn’t work. Yet I’ve left her sitting on the bed working on different things. She’s even talking and smiling.’
It was great and kept my little boy entertained as he was getting board in the hospital. He loved baking the cookies and especially receiving certificates as he felt he had achieved something.’
‘As a parent I feel the hospital school service is vital. It helped my son get motivated each day. Gary and the other teachers have been great showing compassion when Harry was not quite ‘up to it’.’
The school and staff are fantastic, welcoming and friendly. My child has so much fun when there she asks to come even when we’re home! J
‘The Hospital School has been supportive and encouraging. Overall it’s a brilliant idea. Most especially for a child on admission over a long period of time.’
‘So good to have the individualised and tailored school delivery for my daughter when she was in D33 last month. Really impressed at the staff skills of engaging with a very poorly and somewhat scared yr 8 child who was given achievable, manageable tasks in continuing her learning despite the busy and constantly changing life of being in hospital. Also so nice for me to see her responding so positively with a non-medical member of staff who wanted to know what she enjoyed doing at school, rather than take her blood pressure or discuss an intervention. I think it made her feel like a person rather than a patient!’
‘Jamie enjoys school and the one to one teaching he receives is great.’
STAKEHOLDER FEEDBACK FORMS – OTHER COMMENTS
‘The patients on D34 really benefit from the school input. Some of them can miss significant lengths of time off school so having it here helps them not fall behind. Having school here helps the children to feel normal and give routine to their day.’ Staff – D34
‘In our super busy work we do not always get chance to share positives – I just wanted to share some positive feedback with you.
Every day when Cathy & Susie are on the ward, they bring positivity, smiles & laughter. They are just lovely, and teens have specifically given feedback to say they like it when these two ladies are around! One teen was recently admitted unexpectedly to another ward, as there was no space here. When asked if there was anything that could help her (feeling quite low, bored etc) she just repeated ‘Cathy! Cathy! Cathy!!’ – that is certainly worth sharing!
Thank you to all your team, and these two ladies in particular.’ Staff – E39
So good to have the individualised and tailored school delivery for my daughter when she was in D33 last month. Really impressed at the staff skills of engaging with a very poorly and somewhat scared Year 8 child who was given achievable, manageable tasks in continuing her learning despite the busy and constantly changing life of being in hospital. Also so nice for me to see her responding so positively with a non-medical member of staff who wanted to know what she enjoyed doing at school, rather than take her blood pressure or discuss an intervention. I think it made her feel like a person rather than a patient!
Message posted anonymously through the website.
I hope you are keeping well. I miss you. I am writing to you to tell you about some fundraising that I did. I sold popcorn at our Christmas party and I raised £45.50. I would like to give it to the school. The money is to buy something for the children that come into school for Christmas. Can you please buy what you want with it. Hope you enjoy your Christmas. Miss you.
Love from Shania
Thank you for working with Kerry during her stay on E40. Having the support of the school made the days much easier for all our family
Becky and Mark Turner and Kerry
Thank you for making us smile every day!
You have made a massive difference in Mikey’s hospital stay
Mikey and Family
Thank you so much for everything you have done with Luke! You have made his stay in hospital more bearable for him and he has loved spending time at the Hospital School with you!
Tanya and Luke
What I like about Hospital School is the lively feeling and there is this one thing about it – the courage and kindness, but I will never forget the atmosphere
Re: Jenny Collins, teaching Ellie and Reuben Vasquez 24 to 26 May 2016
To Whom It May Concern at the Governing Body and Eleanor Tweedie, Head Teacher
My family would like to thank you for the wonderful service that your school offered while our daughter Ellie was hospitalised at QMC in May 2016. She and our whole family greatly benefited from the kindness and educational skills that Jenny Collins provided.
Our daughter Ellie had never experienced a medical emergency, much less a hospitalisation. The materials that Jenny Collins brought to Ellie when she was bed ridden and the one to one sessions with her helped to ease a very difficult situation, as well as providing a sense of normality and mental stimulation.
Due to the family circumstances involving Ellie’s hospitaltion, our other two children were also spending the days with us in the hospital that week. I cannot say what a joy it was for our son Reuben (5 years) to also have some school and pE in your outdoor play area.
Thank you very much. Please express our gratitude to Jennt Collins. She is a kind and highly skilled teacher.
With much appreciation,
Hector and Ruth Vasquez