Information For Parents And Carers
To download a PDF file of the term dates for the 2016/2017 academic year, please click here.
Please note: The FHEC dates for the 2017 Easter Holidays are the same as most Hertfordshire schools, but are not those of St Luke's. Dates of events such as Centre celebration days are subject to possible alteration. Notification of changes to these dates will be issued by letter to parents and carers.
Information For Parents And Carers Of Children Who Are In-Patients At FHAU.
While your child is an in-patient in Forest House Adolescent Unit, he or she will receive the support of the Education Centre. When young people are well enough to attend school (normally after a period of assessment on the Adolescent Unit), we will meet with them in order to discuss how we can support their learning. We will also contact mainstream schools in order to liaise regarding individual educational needs of new students, and update the clinical team on their educational progress at weekly ward round meetings.
If your child is in Year 11 or below, he or she will normally join one of our small classes (which are taught up to GCSE level) for the core subjects of English, maths and science. Young people of compulsory school age also join in larger group or whole-school 'enrichment' lessons in subjects such as humanities, drama, PE, art, music, work-related learning, and citizenship. If specific work from mainstream schools needs to be completed, we endeavour to make this possible, although there are occasions when the need to provide feedback and observations to clinical colleagues, or the social and emotional needs of the child, mean that independent work is not in a student's best interests. Should your child be in hospital during exam time, we are able (as a registered exam centre) to have most exams transferred to our premises. Finally, when the time comes for your child to be discharged from hospital, we work closely with mainstream schools to provide a smooth reintegration into their original setting.
If your child has completed their compulsory education, usually having completed their GCSE (or equivalent) exams, our role is slightly different. Young people who are continuing in education (either at college or sixth form) will be given supervised independent study time to keep up with their school or college work, with one-to-one tutorial support in the subject areas in which we have relevant staff expertise. Young people who have left formal education are also invited to use the Education Centre's facilities, either as a means of re-accessing education in future (though project work, the supported pursuit of appropriate interests, careers guidance, school or college liaison, and and so on) or developing skills relevant to the workplace. All post-16 students, in addition to pursuing their individual study plans, join with our younger students in 'whole school' activities (such as PE and work-related learning).
All in-patients on the Adolescent Unit have a dedicated liaison teacher within the Education Centre. If you would like to email or speak to your child's liaison teacher, please feel free to contact the Centre on 01923 633241 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents are also welcome to visit the Centre by appointment.
Information For Parents And Carers Of Day Pupils
'Day pupil' places at the Education Centre (either as part of the 'HERT' or 'Year 11' schemes) are offered only to young people who have been referred to us by our colleagues in ESTMA (the LEA's home tuition service for young people whose medical needs prevent them from attending school). Prior to joining us at the Centre, young people who are assessed as being suitable for one of our 'day pupil' schemes will visit us with their parents for initial meetings, and thereafter for regular reviews. Day pupil placements are most successful when parents and carers remain in close liaison with the Centre regarding the health and well-being of children (both in and out of school), and are encouraged to contact the Centre to keep us appraised of any changes which might be affecting them educationally, emotionally, socially or behaviourally.
We regret that we are unable to accept applications for 'day pupil' places directly from parents or carers of young people who may benefit from a more nurturing educational provision. Parents and carers who have concerns regarding educational provision for their children should, in the first instance, talk directly to their mainstream school and thereafter - if required - with their local education authority. Parents and carers of children who appear to be suffering from mental health problems should seek guidance from their GP.