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The Kingfisher Learning Centre seeks to minimise the interruption and disruption to children and young people’s education so that academic progress and an interest in learning will continue, as far as their health permits.

In order to fulfil the above we aim to:


  • Provide personalised, challenging, enjoyable and innovative learning opportunities
  • Make learning an integral part of children and young people’s stay in hospital
  • Foster the values of friendship and determination
  • Prepare and empower pupils in the present and for the future
  • Support, nurture and value families


Reflecting Kingfisher Learning Centre Visions and Values:


Helping children with complex health needs fulfil their potential

At the Kingfisher Learning Centre ‘the Child first and always’


  • Always be welcoming
  • Always be helpful
  • Always be one team
  • Put safety and well-being above everything
  • To offer kindness we would want for a loved one
  • To achieve through teamwork
  • To strive to keep improving




The Kingfisher Learning Centre is open from 9.00am – 2.30pm (Monday to Friday, during term time) with a break for lunch between 12.00-12.30pm.

Any patient from 4 years (Reception to Aged 18) may attend the Kingfisher Learning Centre with the medical staff’s agreement.

Patients who are unable to access the Kingfisher Learning Centre may be invited to work on a laptop at their bedside or other appropriate activities.

The Kingfisher Learning Centre staff work closely with the medical team and other professionals and are aware of each patient’s condition.   This is taken into account when allocating activities.

It is a cheerful place where we offer each patient a wide range of personalised work.


Teaching and Subjects 


  • Maths/Numeracy
  • English/Literacy
  • ICT
  • History
  • Geography
  • R.E.
  • Science
  • Art/Therapy
  • PSHE
  • Nutrition and Food
  • Crafts

Additional subjects can be on offer on a 1:1 basis according to pupils’ needs and requirements.

  • Outreach / Home Tutoring


Teaching and Examinations 


The Kingfisher Learning Centre staff offer teaching at the bedside as well as in the classroom.  When appropriate we also lend educational activities and resources to pupils if required.




Examinations can be sat in the Kingfisher Learning Centre or an allocated controlled environment on the Ward if the child/patient is an inpatient over the examination period.




Self Evaluation 


As part of our self-evaluation, feedback from pupils and reflection on their own learning is recorded by way of a ‘Tree of Reflection’ when Pupils, Parents/Carers can add a comment onto a tree leaf and be placed on to our tree.    The idea of a tree is to symbolise growth and the well-being of the child and the positivity of the Pupil’s attending the Kingfisher Learning Centre.  A feedback survey sheet is also used for recording pupil thoughts about their learning during their stay in the Kingfisher Learning Centre.


We are making good progress against our planned priorities for this academic year:


To develop a shared vision and ethos which prioritises high expectations and standards across the Kingfisher Learning Centre

Staff are promoting the Kingfisher Learning Centre expectations and values well.  Staff are supporting curriculum delivery.


To develop a collaborative, cooperative and supportive relationship with medical staff and other mainstream/special schools and alternative provision providers

Relationships with others is good, although, there are further areas to be developed e.g. other mainstream settings for those children who are regular returners to the Kingfisher Learning Centre.   Ofsted feedback requires the Kingfisher Learning Centre Teachers to become more cohesive with mainstream settings.   Organisation towards this happening has already been put in place.                        


Supporting Pupils with mental health challenges

We continue to have a good relationship with the CAMHS team at the Hospital and will explore any training opportunities available to the Kingfisher Learning Centre Team in the future.


Supporting Pupils – managed moves to provision at Dorchester Learning Centre

Individual students will be encouraged when applicable to attend the Kingfisher Learning Centre on a short term basis with an emphasis to be placed on to a ‘stepping stone’ programme working towards provision at Dorchester Learning Centre.