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

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We are thrilled to say that Jo has had her baby. Wilfred was born on Thursday 9th May and both mum and baby are doing well.

Congratulations to Jo and husband, Ben on their latest arrival!

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'

'I actually enjoyed that maths"


Darren Mears and the members of Budleigh Town Golf Club who have raised £340 for us through charity events.

Customers and musicians at the Bridge Inn Topsham who have made a generous donation through their Christmas Day collection of £762!

Layla, Freddie and dad, Lee Holmes who organised a collection at an Exeter City match for us. A huge THANK YOU to all Exeter City supporters who made contributions on the day. The collection has been shared between us and the Read for Good charity.

These donations will be use to provide extras for our pupils such as music and craft workshops and extra storyteller sessions.

We really appreciate this!

Latest DHSSS Events


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm @ Meditation in the Chapel RDE

A chance to unwind through meditation. This is open to all staff , patients and visitors.

First day of term02Sep2019


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm @ Meditation in the Chapel RDE

A chance to unwind through meditation. This is open to all staff , patients and visitors.

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