Sydney Childrens Hospital School (SCHS) is a K-12 school for Specific Purposes operating within Sydney Children's Hospital Network (SCHN) and is a joint venture between the hospital and NSW Department of Education (DoE). Meeting the challenges of equity, continuity and normality for hospitalised students is an important focus and is fundamental to ensuring success for all students in the school. We provide a caring and educational service for K-12 students, from all educational sectors, who are patients of Sydney Children's Hospital (SCH). Students have an extensive range of medical conditions, including chronic illness, disease, psychological illness and injuries sustained from an accident. Length of stay varies depending on the nature of the student's medical condition.
When students attend SCHS they have a shared enrolment between their census school and the hospital school. As a shared enrolment site, SCHS reports student attendance weekly to census schools. Length of enrolments varies depending on the nature of the student's medical condition and students are encouraged to attend classrooms once given medical team approval. A ward teaching service, as well as assigning a case manager (teacher) can normally be in place from the second day of admission. For long term students personalised learning support plans are developed to support the continuity of stage appropriate and outcome based school educational programs and to profile student educational support needs. The school also works with multidisciplinary teams and liaises with medical personnel in order to ensure that enhanced educational, health and attendance outcomes for students are met.