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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Latest News

  • The Robots have landed
    We have been lucky enough to receive funding for 3 robots. Click for more details.
  • More books
    A great big thank you to the English Hub based at Broadclyst Primary School. With their help , we have received funding for brand new phonic resources for both sites.
  • Listening Books
    We now have access to a whole range of Audiobooks for our students. If you have a visual impairment, have trouble reading or are too poorly to read we have got you covered. Just ask a member of the team and we can get you started.
  • New member of staff
    A very warm welcome to Rowena Burrows who will be teaching on the Caroline Thorpe Ward covering Jo's maternity leave. 
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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"


Latest DHSSS Events

Live Stream Panto10Dec2019

12:00 am - 1:00 am

Following on from the success last year. We will once again be streaming panto live from the Northcott.


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.


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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