Curriculum Information

We have developed a broad and balanced curriculum that focuses on reading, writing and maths.


SCHS is a targeted teaching service that sits within Southampton Children’s Hospital. The school works alongside a range of medical and clinical professionals to meet the learning needs of its pupils. SCHS seeks to provide high quality education in line with each child’s prior attainment and potential alongside ensuring each pupil works within a structure of age related expectations. While providing this service we will take account of all the emotional and medical needs and tailor our service to ensure we are meeting the individual needs of the pupils.

Whilst working within the hospital environment with a wide range of various needs we are still firmly a school driven by ensuring each pupil makes measureable progress in their educational outcomes. Recognising the need for equal opportunities for all pupils to retain parity with their peers in their home school/mainstream setting will focus primarily on the key core skills of reading, writing and numeracy. The curriculum offer has a core around reading, writing and maths whilst recognising the need for breadth when the opportunities present themselves. We provide the appropriately levelled curriculum provision and measure effectively the progress that each pupil makes to ensure that we can report back effectively to the home school when the pupils has been discharged from the service.

Early reading is largely taught through systematic synthetic phonics; our primary tool for this is ‘Letters & Sounds’. Pupils are assessed to ensure that teaching begins at a point that they can begin to make progress. However, as pupils attend SCHS with a wide range of prior reading experiences teachers will liaise closely with the home school to ensure that a consistent approach is maintained, allowing continuity for the pupils.

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Patterns Festivals & Celebrations Famous Artists Coasts & Pirates Living Things Places & Arts around the World

Our full E.Y.F.S curriculum is available here.

The primary curriculum is mapped out against Age Related Expectations and is pitched in line with recent National Curriculum changes. The curriculum is topic based, with a new topic studied each half-term. There is an emphasis on Maths and English yet a range of subjects are studied through the topics, including History, Geography, Science, Religious Studies & Art.

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Patterns Festivals & Celebrations Famous Artists Coasts & Pirates Living Things Places & Arts around the World

Our full KS1 & 2 curriculum is available here.

SCHS offers a secondary curriculum in line with the key stage 3 national curriculum which follows the school’s ethos encouraging students to be compassionate, resilient and aspirant. Each student’s education is mapped out against age related expectations and as part of this offer the curriculum includes the teaching of English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Cooking and PE. Each half-term is topic based with an emphasis on the teaching of Maths and English. The key stage 3 curriculum enables the students to learn in line with their peers in mainstream education.

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Classic Literature First & Second World War Famous People in History Coasts & Pirates Living Things Places around the World

Our full KS3 curriculum is available here.

At KS4 students follow elements of the SCHS whole school curriculum such as cooking and PE, however their educational journey whilst they are with us is informed by their home school. The staff at SCHS will plan a personalised curriculum for key stage 4 students based on the GCSE subjects that they are studying, in line with the targeted grades set by home school and SCHS ethos of encouraging our students to learn to be compassionate, resilient and aspirant. As like KS3 the teaching will have an emphasis on English and Maths but in each case SCHS will work in collaboration with home schools to meet the student’s needs.

SCHS can support pupils preparing for exams. However, the school is not a registered exam centre and so cannot enter pupils for examinations. If a pupil has been entered for an exam which falls during their stay in hospital, SCHS can collaborate with the home school to facilitate appropriate arrangements for the exam to be sat within the hospital.