FHEC - Who We Are
Who We Are
Forest House Education Centre is a hospital school for 13-17 year old students, attached to the Forest House Adolescent Unit, a Tier 4 CAMHS inpatient facility on the Kingsley Green hospital site. The Centre provides education for the patients occupying the Adolescent Unit's sixteen beds, while additionally being the sole educator for a small number of 'day pupils' who are referred to us by ESMA (the LA's tutorial service for young people who are out of mainstream education for medical reasons). Since all of our pupils have issues affecting their mental health, supporting them towards better mental health functioning within education (cultivating good communication skills, working to overcome barriers presented by illness, increasing motivation, encouraging hope for the future) is central to our work.
Nonetheless, the Education Centre aims to emulate the core characteristics of a mainstream school (excellent quality educational provision, high aspirations, structure, variety) in a context that is nurturing, stimulating, and small enough to be meet the individual needs of our students.
Students up to GCSE level are taught the 'core' subjects of maths, English and science in small classes, while post-16 students follow individual learning programmes (supported by any home school or college with which they are working). All students also follow an 'enrichment' curriculum composed of a combination of: art, PE, drama, work-related learning and citizenship. As an exam centre, we are able to meet the accreditation needs of our day pupils, and provide a venue for hospital patients whose exams need to be transferred to us for medical reasons.
Twice a year, in the weeks leading up to the Christmas and summer holidays, the Centre follows an 'enrichment' timetable in order to conduct an enterprise project and produce a play. These projects form part of a larger programme of activities intended to boost our students' confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.