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. 

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Devon Hospitals Short Stay School News

  • Ofsted are visiting we want your views
    Ofsted is inspecting your school, and would like to hear your views. You can do this by completing an online pupil questionnaire at the following link: https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Pupil/10003860
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We will have our inspection tomorrow 23rd April, please can any parents visit www.parentview.ofsted.gov.ukto add any comments you have on our service, many thanks. The full letter is available to read here.

Please take a look at this leaflet explaining the process in brief.

A full guide to the inspection process is available here.

We have returned from the  break to very busy classrooms! Even for a small setting, there is always such a lot going on!  

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'

Latest DHSSS Events

Ofsted are visiting we want your views23Apr2018

12:00 am - 1:00 am

For pupils please go to https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Pupil/10003860 For parents please go to http://www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

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