Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE) is an Alternative Provision Academy and is part of The Skylark Partnership. HOE provides educational support for children and young people with complex medical and/or mental health needs which prevent them from attending school full time.  It covers the whole of Northamptonshire and is organised structurally into three areas which cover the North and South of the county and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) Units respectively.

There are two teaching provisions at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals and at three, Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) Units in Northampton. There are also two outreach teaching bases, one in Kettering and one in Northampton for HOE.

The HOE team is led by Cath Kitchen and is made up of Qualified Teachers, Senior Learning Support Assistants, (SLSA) Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA), Family Liaison Workers (FLW) and a team of business support led by a School Business Manager. (SBM).  All staff are appropriately trained and employ a broad range of skills and engagement techniques to help children and young people recognise and celebrate their strengths, overcome their difficulties, cope with their medical/mental health condition, and re-engage with life-long learning.

We also work very closely with multi-agency colleagues from Health, CAMHS, other teams within the County Council and personal advisors from Prospects.

Pupils educated through HOE range in age from 4 to 18 years and may be from across the whole ability range.  Most are dual registered with their own mainstream or special school.

HOE provides direct teaching and support with reintegration back to school and/or support across the transition, as well as supporting school improvement by offering advice and guidance to schools on how particular medical and mental health conditions may impact on a pupil’s behaviour, attendance, achievement and attainment.

All pupils receive a personalised education programme, and have an individual learning plan to support their learning and medical/mental health needs.  Reviews are held with parents/carers and pupils, home school staff and multi-professional colleagues every 6 weeks to review the learning plan and plan ahead.

HOE support is rather like a ‘revolving door’.  Pupils are admitted for support, spend some time in the ‘revolving door’ then go out the other side back to school or post 16 provider when they are well enough.

Admission arrangements

Our admissions arrangements can be found in our Admissions Policy which can be found here 

Find out more about our team improvement from our self-evaluation plan which can be found here, and our team improvement plan here.

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Pupils, parents/carers, staff, management committee and other stakeholders were all consulted when agreeing our mission statement which sets out our vision:

 To provide access to personalised education and lifelong learning for pupils 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.’

We are committed to developing our provision in collaboration with our stakeholders and schools to ensure that we are able to meet the ever changing needs of those young people who have medical and/or mental health difficulties which make attending mainstream school a challenge.

Feedback from pupils, parents/carers, schools and other stakeholders is very positive.  Evaluation forms are distributed every 12 weeks as part of the reviewing process and summaries generated in the form of a report.  We specifically ask for areas for development and these are then included in our Team Improvement Plan

Due to the restrictions of the lockdown period, evaluations were not collated in the academic year 2019 – 2020. However you can see previous evaluation summaries here.

Links to previous evaluation summaries


Hospital and Outreach Education have a set core values which have been devised from discussions with pupils, with staff and other stakeholders. We ask our staff, local advisory board members, management committee, pupils, parents/carers and other visitors to adhere to these core values when working with us. Our core values are Resilience, respect, compassion. co-operation, hope, honesty and trust.

Hospital and Outreach Education gained the Values based Education Quality Mark in December 2019. You can see what the auditor said about our settings and how we demonstrate our values based approach in the report which can be found here:

 VbE Report

‘The staff all provide wonderful role models for the young people and yet provide challenge when needed to allow the pupils to be the best that they can be, for them. Everyone has their own personalised learning journey, and this is carefully managed and nurtured alongside parents and other professionals. This takes a lot of time to develop these trust relationships, but it is time well spent as the pupils are doing well to overcome their individual challenges.’

‘The atmosphere at Hospital and Outreach is that of ​a friendly, loving, non-judgemental and most importantly a happy environment. The school have worked exceptionally hard to raise the profile of Values and it is clear that you are walking around spaces where values underpin everything that they do. ‘

‘The school’s climate for learning is calm and purposeful; one that promotes quality teaching and learning’


As Hospital and Outreach Education AP Academy is a new academy and has not yet been inspected by Ofsted, the academy is officially of no designation in Oftsed terms, at this present time.

Performance tables

 Pupil Referral Unit performance tables are not the same as schools and the national data sets only show results for pupils who were singly registered at an Alternative Provision: 95% of our pupils are dual registered, so this is not an accurate method of benchmarking for our settings.

HOE are part of a national benchmarking project for alternative provision, led by Eugene Brunet from Prisum, and use this data to benchmark against similar settings. This allows us to use our peer network for school improvement

Link to our GCSE Results for 2019-2020 can be found  Here.


HOE has a Local Advisory Board which acts like a Board of Governors in a school.  The members of the board are made up in a similar way to governors and have similar responsibilities.  They have a strategic role in setting and monitoring the aims and objectives of the unit to ensure children are safe, have their needs met and receive a good standard of education.

The board is also responsible for monitoring the budget to ensure that it is used specifically for the teaching and learning of the pupils and provides good value for money. The Finance Committee of The Skylark Partnership, have overall control of the budget. 

Responsibility for all decisions about the recruitment and management of staff also sits with the board and staff are employed by the Trust .

Our present board contains 9 members (see Local Advisory Board Profiles). Our current Chair of the Local Advisory Board is Gary Telford. He can be contacted through the main office or on chair@nhoe.org.uk

Local Advisory Board (Governance)

Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE) is an Alternative Provision Academy commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to provide education for children and young people who are in hospital, or who are too unwell to go to school full time. HOE has a Local Advisory Board rather than governors although the governance function is very similar. Local Advisory Board and members hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their own organisation and to wider communities. In the interest of transparency it is a requirement for us to publish up-to-date governance information and arrangements online. On this page is the following information:

Section A: Remit of HOE Local Advisory Board

Section B: Structure of the Local Advisory Board

Section C: Local Advisory Board Biographies

Section D: Local Advisory Board meetings attendance records (academic year 19/20)

Section A: Remit of the HOE Local Advisory Board:

The three key areas of responsibility for the HOE Local Advisory Board are to:

  • provide a strategic view
  • act as a critical friend
  • ensure accountability.

This means that the Local Advisory Board must: ” have a strategic role setting out and monitoring the aims and objectives of the AP Academy to ensure children are safe, have their needs met and receive a good standard of education“, in line with the statutory guidance.  The Local Advisory Board in the trust also have responsibility for all decisions related to the recruitment, management, appraisal, budgets, suspension and dismissal of staff.

For any questions or queries about the Local Advisory Board or if you want to contact them then please contact the main administration office on 01604 662250 or businessteam@nhoe.org.uk

The HOE Complaints Policy and Procedures can be found on the HOE policies page. Compliments can also be sent via the business team as above.

Section B: Structure of the HOE Local Advisory Board:

The HOE Local Advisory Board has an Instrument of Government which sets out its constitution.

The HOE Local Advisory Board currently has 9 members:

· 2 staff members (including the Headteacher)

· 6 community members

Section C: Local Advisory Board Biographies

 biographies for FMC are being updated

Section D: HOE Local Advisory Board Attendance (2020/2021)

Full Management Committee Meetings


LAB MembersMeeting
Gary Telford
Joan Kirkbride
Valerie King
Jane Napier
Sarah Hutt
Helen McCormack
Dan Hargreaves
Cath Kitchen
James Shryane

Governor Pecuniary Interests

NameBusiness & Financial InterestsOther governance rolesPecuniary Interests
Gary TelfordTelford & Co UK LLPDirector of Soverign Media Ltd.None
Joan KirkbrideNoneGovernor at Camion School
Governor at Pen Green Centre
NMPAT Charity Trust
NUCT Bliss charity
Harpole School Charity
Valerie KingV.M. King ConsultancyNoneNone
Cath KitchenHeadteacherGovernor of NCC Virtual SchoolNone

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Generally, HOE does not attract pupil premium funding, as the majority of our pupils are dual subsidiary registered with their home schools and the funding goes to the home school. Within the service level agreement between HOE and the home school, HOE can ask the school for a proportion of the funding to support additional activities that cannot be funded by the academy e.g. sessions of equine therapy.

The exception to this is our post 16 places. The students are solely registered with HOE.
Last year, HOE attracted £234 of pupil premium funding and you can find the report * here.*

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium

– We currently do not have access to this funding.

PE and Sports premium for primary schools

– We currently do not have access to this funding.


All visitors are informed of our safeguarding procedures and are given a copy of our leaflet. The one for Delapre can be downloaded here, and the one for the Gatehouse can be downloaded here.

A copy of our policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection for parents and carers can be found here.

A summary of what we do to safeguard our pupils can be found here.

A summary of what we do to intervene early to keep our pupils safe from harm can be found here.

Prevent Duty
All school and pupil referral units have a duty to prevent children and young people from becoming radicalised. Children and young people with medical and mental health difficulties may be particularly at risk. HOE are aware of these risks and have strategies in place to help minimise the risk. You can access this document summary here


Countyline info for parents :-

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 A summary of all our safeguarding activities can be found here: 

Ensuring our pupils are kept safe and know how to keep themselves safe is a key priority for Hospital and Outreach Education. All staff, including peripatetic staff, have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Clearance and receive regular training to keep their knowledge of safeguarding up to date and relevant. This includes training in online safety, peer on peer abuse and how to prevent our pupils being sexually exploited or radicalised.

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