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?

We are proud to have won ‘SEND School of the Year” and “Overall School of the Year” in the 2021 Northamptonshire Education Awards. Thank you to NEA 2021 for recognising the hard work and dedication of all our staff.​


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.

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

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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

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Staff Awards

Cath Kitchen, Former 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, Former 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, Former 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 was the lead provision in a project funded by the Department for Education as part of their Alternative provision Innovation Fund. The trust has committed to continuing to fund the project so the research can be continued.  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 2021-2022

Term 1 – Friday 3rd September – Friday 22nd October
(Staff Training days Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September)
Individual pupil inductions: Friday 3rd September for Delapre and Gatehouse pupils
Term 2 – Monday 1st November – Friday 17th December
Term 3 – Wednesday 5th January – Friday 11th February
(Staff Training day Tuesday 4th January)
Term 4 – Monday 21st February – Friday 1st April
Term 5 – Wednesday 20th April - Friday 27th May
(Staff Training day Tuesday 19th April)
Term 6 – Monday 6th June – Wednesday 20th July
(Staff Training days Tuesday 5th July and 22nd July (disaggragated). Closed in lieu of Jubilee Bank Holiday 21st July)

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01604 662250

Delapre Learning Centre
Alton Street

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