Welcome to the Spring Term!

We hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas break and now it's good to look forward to longer daylight hours and the first signs of spring! 
We are pleased to be back and things are starting to feel a lot more 'normal' after such a lot of change. We look forawrd to working with you all whether at RDE, North Devon Hospital, our new Centre- or somewhere else!

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

We also have our Home Tuition and Outreach service which offers continuity of education for young people who are unable to attend school. Our aim is to support them as they get better and help them build their confidence to return to their own school. This is based at the West Exe Children's Centre but we also work in homes and remotely.

Mission Statement

 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 a school.
  • Provide support for families where needed.

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.


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. Please contact the Head teacher, Julia Allen or our administrator, Karen Squires, for details. 



Latest News

We are in! We have just moved into our new accommodation at the West Exe Children's Centre. Hooray! As well as classroom we have a kitchen and use of the lovely grounds. There are lots of green spaces close by too! Here we'll be able to offer social and learning opportunities to our outreach pupils as well as a place for parents to check in.

We are surrounded by boxes as we speak but hope to be sorted in the next few weeks.

  • On line safety
    Please find a link to Thinkunow resources, just click on the heading.
    RWI Phonic sessions via you tube follow the link for times and details.
  • TELESCOPE Scopes4SEN have granted the school a telescope! For more information look at their website here
  • THEATRE ALIBI  have kindly produced and donated an animation and short film to the school all about life in space. A fantastic resource, thank you!

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Staff News 

We are pleased to welcome a new member of staff to our North Devon Team. Kari Bradbury has joined us as Teaching Assistant on the Caroline Thorpe Ward where she will be working Mon-Fri 10.30-3.

Welcome to the team, Kari!

The garden takes shape at the RDE with many thanks to..

Izzy, Paul and Thomas for their voluntary efforts,

Hele's Trust fund that has funded this work,

and Ikea for their kind donation.

We have now joined the 21st Century and have a Facebook page! Thanks Jo and Kat!

Find us at https://www.facebook.com/Devonhospitalsshortstayschool

Comments from parents and pupils

'I have been so impressed with the effort Kat and Jo have gone to, to get my teenager working every day. I'm thrilled he finished his maths work set by school and learnt new skills with these fabulous ladies!'

'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 actually enjoyed that maths"

'The school is a fantastic asset to Bramble Ward'

'I'm positive that my daughters stay has been made more enjoyable and productive'

'Thank you for the great support'

'You were all very kind and helpful'


Calendars page(s): DHSSS >>

 Keep checking our website for updated news and events.


 Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16th May

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Ikea kindly donated trellises and  some other useful items for the garden.

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