Admissions & Transitions
Children and young people who are inpatients at one of the four hospital centres will attend the education provision within the hospital. The four centres include the Darwin Centre, the Phoenix Centre, the Croft Children and Families’ Centre, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Pilgrim Pathways School is responsible for the provision, arrangement or monitoring of appropriate education for pupils with medical and mental health difficulties. Appropriate education provision, including the number of hours per week, will depend on the nature of the mental health or medical condition, the impact of the condition, and the educational needs of the individual pupil.
Any decisions will be made in consultation with the medical and wider professional team, as part of the multi-disciplinary model.
The expectation is that once admitted to one of the above units, pupils will attend all timetabled sessions. However, there may be occasions when a pupil is too unwell, attending a medical treatment or have a therapy session, and therefore cannot attend the prescribed timetable. Should this be the case the Pilgrim teaching staff take a flexible approach to ensuring the young person does not miss out on their education.
Every effort will be made to encourage medical staff to acknowledge the importance of school attendance and to, where possible, arrange for medical procedures or appointments to be scheduled outside school hours.
Pupils who wish to receive education but are unable to leave the ward will be offered bedside tuition, where staffing levels permit.