The Devon Hospitals Short Stay School provides education for children in hospital in Devon.

We teach on two sites –

  • Bramble Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter
  • Caroline Thorpe Ward at the North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple

Our mission statement is:

  • Devon Hospitals Short Stay School aims to ensure that young people have their right to education preserved whilst they are unable to attend their home school for medical reasons.  DHSSS is committed to providing a personalised education that meets social, emotional and physical aspects of the young person’s needs within a safe, positive and nurturing educational environment.  It aims to:

    • keep the young person in contact with the familiar world of school,
    • provide an enriching and stimulating curriculum
    • promote social integration wherever possible
    • help pupils to keep up with schoolwork and make the best possible progress
    • support pupils in their return to their home school.


     Safeguarding is a high priority at our school. As employers we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and, in that regard, have appropriate policies and procedures. in place.

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If you would like to find out more about our school or discuss any aspect of our provision, please contact the Head teacher, Julia Allen at the Exeter site. (01392 402675)

Paper copies of any information on our website can be provided should you require it in this format. See Head teacher, Julia Allen or Administrator, Karen Squires, for details. 


Ofsted inspectors visited on 24th April for the day with our overall judgement being rated as GOOD! We are very pleased. Here are some 'snippets' from the report but, to read the whole document, go to our  About Us section.

'Pupils’ work shows that staff are skilled at quickly assessing pupils’ knowledge and understanding, and at planning activities that interest, challenge and extend their thinking. All pupils who responded to a survey agreed that teachers help them to do their best in lessons. Similarly, all parents who responded agreed that their children make good progress and are taught well'.

'You form positive partnerships with the schools that pupils attend when not at hospital. This, along with close communication with parents, ensures that you and your staff have very detailed knowledge of pupils’ needs, the challenges they face, and any additional risks to their safety that there may be. This helps to keep pupils safe.'

We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to pupils and parents who responded to questionnaires and who offered tremendous support. 

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Comments from parents and pupils

'Thank you for the amazing care, enthusiasm and understanding while attending your school'

'The school has been a real life line this week and a fantastic distraction between treatments.'

'The school helped my daughter with her confidence and independence.'

'My son had lots of opportunities to do anything school related but fun.'

'I felt as though if I didn't know something I wouldn't feel embarrassed to ask.'

'I got better at the Laws of Powers.'

'My social skills got much better'

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