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. 

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Happy Chinese New Year, that is!

It's the Year of the Dog. 

Those born in the year of the Dog are said to be determined, loyal and reliable with a strong set of morals. 


Sainsbury's Vouchers

Better late than never! The goodies ordered through the scheme have arrived and we are delighted! Extra cooking equipment, PE resources and craft items will be very useful in supporting the work we do with pupils.  

We have been informed that the scheme won't be running in the same way this year but will keep you posted as further details emerge...

Devon Hospitals Short Stay School News

Please watch this space for news and event information.

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'

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