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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Staff News

Goodbye Elaine!

After over 17 years based at our North Devon classroom, Elaine has decided to retire at the end of this term. Elaine has witnessed many changes at the site not least the major move to the current location! She has made a massive difference to the lives of so young people and to the school as a whole and will be greatly missed by everyone.We wish her all the very best as she makes the most of her newly found free time. Thank you Elaine! 

Farewell Vanessa! 

After 6 years with us, Vanessa will be leaving on May 12th to take up a new position as Children's Well-being Practitioner  with Virgin Care. We are really pleased for her, and know that she will be fantastic at the job, but will really miss her! 

Thank you Vanessa for all the hard work and support you have given us and GOOD LUCK for the future! 


 Sainsbury's Vouchers

Once again we are collecting Sainsbury's vouchers. You can find collection boxes

  • In the main entrance at North Devon District Hospital
  • Outside the classroom at RDE

You can also give them to any member of staff or school Manager. Thank you in advance! 

WHAT THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS HAVE TO                                         SAY;

        "I very much enjoyed my time in school."

                  "I liked everything!"

               "I definitely felt well supported."

        "I was really pleased with the resources provided and the manner and the helpfulness of                             the teacher."

                          "10 out of 10!"

"I felt that my child's learning needs were catered for, they arranged for the GCSE exam to be taken in hospital, really helpful, thank you!"

(Taken from pupil and parent questionnaires) 




Devon Hospitals Short Stay School News

Please watch this space for news and event information.

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


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