Welcome back to the Autumn Term!
In line with mainstream schools, both sites are open although with a few changes! 
 In Barnstaple it's pretty much business as usual but in Exeter there are differences! We are now situated in the newly decorated Garden Room  where we can also make the most of the outside space. Pictures to follow! 
Our home tuition service is continuing and we will be operating a mixture of face to face and remote sessions.  
It's lovely to be back after the summer break and we look forward to working with you all.

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.

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. 



Staff News

At the end of last term we said Goodbye to two members of staff


The familiar face of Maths enthusiasm and ICT know-how, Paul has moved onto pastures new and has joined the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. He is currently completing his training but should be 'on the beat' from November so look out for him! We thank him for his hard work at the school and wish him all the best for his new career. 


Known at both sites, Rowena has supported us all with well being as well as academic achievement. She has joined the crew of a sailing boat and is off on her adventures! We will miss her calm approach and encouragement but hope she has an amazing experience. 


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'

Latest News

  • Online stories.
    Pupils were treated to some online stories from our regular 'Read for Good' storyteller, Mike.
  • Card received
    We received this lovely card wishing us and the hospital staff well. Click for more details.
  • More PE at Home
    Table Tennis you can try at home. Link in the main content.
  • 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.

Further Articles »


Calendars page(s): DHSSS >>

 Keep checking our website for updated news and events.



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