What we do

How do we educate children and young people in a general hospital context?

Our Vision

How do we educate young people in a psychiatric setting?

Statement from our Headteacher

How do we educate children and young people in their own community?

Welcome to Hospital and Outreach Education


The Skylark Partnership trustees, local advisory body and staff are delighted to introduce you to the work of our Alternative Provision (AP) Academy.

Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE) is an Alternative Provision Academy which is commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council to provide educational support for children and young people aged 4 to 18 who cannot attend mainstream school due to a diagnosed complex medical and/or mental health condition.

We provide personalised learning and support for pupils so that they are enabled to make rapid progress in their learning and emotional well being. Our teaching and support helps our pupils successfully transition back to their home school or the next phase in their learning.

We cannot change our pupil’s past experiences but we can influence their future in restoring their self confidence and self esteem, and giving them the resilience and tools to be able to cope in their chosen educational or vocational destination. We firmly believe that all our pupils can achieve, regardless of their personal circumstances and medical or mental health condition.

Parents cannot apply for their child to attend Hospital and Outreach Education. Referrals are made by their child’s school and are supported by a medical practitioner.

Coronavirus Update

Hospital and Outreach Education will be re-opening to all of our pupils in September.


Welcoming all of our pupils back in September

We have been preparing for welcoming all of our pupils back into our outreach centres in September. You can have a tour of what we have put in place by clicking on the link below which relates to where your child/you currently attend (if you are bored, you can watch them all!).
You will also see copies of our updated risk assessments and our policies that relate to these – please feel free, as always, to email us with any queries you have – businessteam@nhoe.org.uk

Delapre Virtual Tour

The Bridge Virtual Tour

The Gatehouse Intro

Gatehouse Virtual Tour

Arrangements for teaching and learning during lockdown

Your child should have been provided with equipment and instructions about how to log into live lessons each morning, which are continuing to be delivered by our staff. If you or your child are having any issues, then please contact your leader of learning in the first instance.  Your child also has activities to complete in the afternoon.

It is important at this time that we all try to stick to a ‘routine’ or timetable as much as possible so that it feels ‘normal’. Encourage your child to get up and the normal time, to get dressed and be ready to learn when their first lesson is timetabled, and to work until 3pm each day – but no need to do any homework or additional tasks in the evening – that is ‘chill out’ time. 

There is up to date information about what the government and exam boards are planning to put in place instead of exams which has been sent out to you. You can also find it  here :-

Hospital and Outreach Education are maintaining their safeguarding responsibilities whilst the centres are closed. Please see the appendix to our safeguarding policy which outlines the procedures we have put in place  here :-

We understand that your child may be feeling anxious. The information from the World Health Organisation may be useful as it is factual and their advice is:  

“Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumours.”


There is also some useful information in this booklet from health colleagues which has been shared with you by email and which you can also find  here :-

Finally, make sure you take good care of yourself during this uncertain time. If you are feeling anxious yourself, please contact your family liaison worker and she will be able to point you to where you can access help. These are unprecedented times and we all need to support each other – we will get through it!

Any further enquiries, please use our businessteam@nhoe.org.uk email address and the message will get passed on. We are not going into the office to access phone messages.

Please take care of yourselves, and your families – stay at home and stay safe and I hope it will not be too long before we see you all again.

To provide access to personalised education and lifelong learning for children and young people with medical and mental health needs, accepting the whole child and providing hope to them and their family for an optimistic future, enabling them to make progress and achieve their full potential

‘I hope you find our website informative and interesting.’
 – Cath Kitchen (B.Sc. (Hons), NLE, M.Sc, NPQH)

To provide access to appropriate education for all children and young people with medical and mental health needs, keeping education alive in the pupil’s life, maintaining progress and enabling them to achieve their potential

‘I hope you find our website informative and interesting.’
 – Cath Kitchen (B.Sc. (Hons), NLE, M.Sc, NPQH)

 Hospital and Outreach Education and the new General Data Protection Regulations.

Data regulations changed on 25 May 2018, and our commitment to protecting your details had not changed. We want you to know that we take privacy very seriously. We always manage your details responsibly, and take great care to keep them safe and secure.

We store and sometimes transfer your information to other agencies, other schools and other authorities, so that we can operate effectively as a pupil referral unit and be able to positively implement our duty of care for our pupils. Under data regulations we are lawfully able to do this to carry out tasks in the public interest and as part of our legal obligation.

We are being more transparent so that you know more about the personal information we hold. We have completed an information audit (located here) so you can see this information.

 Further information in also included in our data protection policy and privacy notices. which can be found in our Policies section :- here  under General Data Protection Regulation Policies.

You have rights under data protection regulations, and we would like you to know what they are:

  • a right of access to a copy of the information comprised in your personal data. However we may consider applying an exemption to some information where our duties maybe potentially compromised.
  • a right to object to processing that is likely to cause or is causing damage or distress;
  • a right to prevent processing for direct marketing;
  • a right to object to decisions being taken by automated means, unless we have an overriding legitimate reason to continue;
  • a right in certain circumstances to have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed.
  • a right to claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Act.

If you would like to make any requests, think your data has been misused or it is not secure, you should contact us.

Our Data Protection Controller, is Cath Kitchen, the Headteacher.

Our Data Protection Officer, is Ruth Hawker, Plumsun Ltd www.plumsun.com

If you’re unhappy with our response or if you need any advice you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): ICO helpline telephone: 0303 123 1113

Job Vacancies

We currently have two job opportunities at Hospital & Outreach Education

One is for a leader of Learning based at our Kettering Centre

The second is for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Please see details below.


Leader of Learning

Due to retirement, Hospital and Outreach Education AP Academy (HOE) are currently seeking a Leader of Learning at  The Gatehouse, Kettering  commencing as soon as possible. As a trust, we value diversity and would welcome applicants from a range of background. 

HOE is part of the Skylark Partnership Trust, a multi academy trust which is for settings delivering education for pupils with medical needs. It is already renowned with national support school status and a key role in the National Association for Hospital Education having a climate of high expectations of pupils, despite the impact of their illness, enabling them to access education and fulfil their potential.  

This is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful AP Academy and help shape the future of the MAT moving forward. 

The successful candidate will combine an excellent track record of successful leadership experience developed in mainstream or alternative provisions, who can show evidence of impact across most areas of school leadership, most notably in holistic pupil outcomes. 

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage the demands and needs of all stakeholders will also be required.  The ideal candidate may be, or have been, a pastoral lead such as Head of Year or Head of House or Senco and possess strong communication skills combined with being a visible leader, role model and  ambassador for pupils and parents.   Candidates must be committed to working in partnership with the local agencies and developing ways to engage with parents/carers and forge effective partnerships with them.  The salary range is leadership 2 – 7, depending on previous experience. 

The successful candidate will be closely aligned with the core values and ethos of HOE and possess a genuine understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by pupils with medical and mental health difficulties in accessing education.

You are strongly advised to contact us to find out more about the role and to arrange a visit the outreach centre before completing the application.  Please ring the office on 01604 662250 or email pwhite@nhoe.org.uk to arrange a visit or discussion.

Closing Date: Monday 30th November at 12 midday

Shortlisting:   Friday 4th December

Interview Date: Friday 11th December


Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Experienced Teaching Assistant required for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant post based at Hospital and Outreach Education, Delapre Learning Centre, Northampton. 

This centre caters for small groups of young people in key stages 3 and 4 who are too ill or anxious to access school full time.  We require an experienced Teaching Assistant and the Higher Level TA qualification is desirable but not essential. More information about Hospital and Outreach Education can be found on our website www.nhoe.org.uk .

The successful candidate will be required to teach small groups, support teaching staff and provide direct support for reintegration back to schools. 

Ability to travel independently by using own car is an essential criteria for this post.

If you are interested, we would strongly recommend that you visit beforehand by contacting Penny White, Deputy Headteacher on: 07921494639

For an application pack, please contact Sue Valentine-Swallow, School Business Manager on 01604 662250 or svalentine-swallow@nhoe.org.uk

Closing date: Tues 8th December 12noon
Start date: ASAP

Staff Awards

Cath Kitchen, Headteacher of HOE, is a previous winner of the Learndirect ‘Inspirational Learner Support’ award, having beaten off 700 other nominees. You can hear her interview about the work of HOE and her award here:
She also gave evidence to the All Parliamentary Committee for Education as part of the inquiry into Alternative Provision on behalf of the National Association of Hospital and Home Teaching. Watch the recording here:
You can read the accompanying report here (please insert link to report)
Cath was nominated for the county ‘Changemaker’ award by a parent and was successful in winning this in 2017.


Chris Woods, SENDCo,  won a British Medical Journal Award for her work on a resource for schools, co-authorised with Cassie Miller from Clic Sargent charity. The resource enables schools to support the peers of young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.


Linda Aslett, Leader of Learning for the In-Patient Units,  has had part of her PhD research published in the journal ‘Education and Health’.


Brenda Hunt, Deputy Headteacher, was nominated for a ‘Lifetime achievement award’ and has attended a Queen’s Garden Party in recognition of her contribution to education over more than 40 years.

 Hospital and Outreach Education is currently working on a project which is funded by the Department for Education as part of their Alternative provision Innovation Fund. You can hear more about it here.




Hospital & Outreach Education were awarded the University of Northampton Changemaker in Education award for their AV1 project. This is the interview given by Cath with senior leaders and the chair of governors following the presentation of the award

Interview with Cath Kitchen about the LearnDirect Inspiration Awards

Interview with Cath Kitchen about the Alternative Provision Innovation Fund use of AV1 robots


Hospital and Outreach Education are proud winners of the SEN Provision of the Year for 2019. Awarded at the county schools awards celebration at the Deco Theatre Northampton in July, everyone in the team was delighted that their contribution to the education of pupils with medical needs had been recognised.
4 of our pupils were also shortlisted for award: one in the changemaker category, 2 in the secondary school pupil of the year and 1 for the arts award.
Our pupils successfully won the arts award and the secondary school pupil of the year and we are immensely proud of them to know that all of their hard work and determination has been appropriately acknowledged.


Term Dates for 2020-2021

Term 1 – Monday 7th September – Friday 23rd October
(Training days Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September)
Individual pupil inductions: Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September
Term 2 – Monday 2nd November – Friday 18th December
Term 3 – Tuesday 5th January – Thursday 11th February
(Training day Monday 4th January)
Term 4 – Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th March
(Training day Friday 12th February)
Term 5 – Monday 12th April - Friday 28th May
(May Day is on Monday 3rd May and we will be closed that day)
Term 6 – Monday 7th June – Tuesday 20th July
(Training day Wednesday 1st July)

 Privacy Notice – Hospital and Outreach Education Website Users


Updated: October 2020


Hospital and Outreach Education AP Academy, part of The Skylark Partnership (“us”, “we”, or “our” operates http://www.nhoe.org.uk (the “Site”). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site.

 We use your Personal Information only for providing and improving the Site. By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

Information Collection And Use

While using our Site, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to your name (“Personal Information”).We hold and store confidential information for our school community

We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office. You can find us and the data we hold by visiting: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/what-we-do/register-of-data-controllers/

Our data protection policy and information audit (personal information we hold) is also accessible on our website.

Log Data

Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site (“Log Data”).

This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics. In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyze general usage of the school site.


We will not use your Personal Information to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials or other information. However we may contact you to ask if you would like to be included in our contacts list.


Cookies are files with small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Like many sites, we use “cookies” to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Site.


The security of your Personal Information is important to us, however, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

 Changes To This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Notice for Website Users is effective as of 1st June 2019 and has been updated on 12th October 2020. This will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.

 We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Notice for Website Users at any time and you should check this Privacy Notice periodically. Your continued use of the Service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Notice on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications of the Privacy Notice.

 If we make any material changes to this Privacy Notice, we will notify you by placing a prominent notice on our website.

 Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice, please contact us on businessteam@nhoe.org.uk .

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please contact us on
01604 662250

Delapre Learning Centre
Alton Street

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