Best in class: south London school for children with mental health problems rated ‘outstanding’

News Desk (20 January, 2022)

The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital school is moving to the Maudsley's Denmark Hill site in 2023


A south London school for children with mental health problems has kept its ‘outstanding rating’ for the third time in a row, following an OFSTED inspection, writes Joshua Askew…

The Bethlem and Maudsley school is for children who are being treated at the hospitals of the same name. The school is currently near the Bethlem hospital in Beckenham but is moving to Denmark Hill near the Maudsley in September next year. 

OFSTED found the school has very high expectations for pupils’ behaviour, while praising the consistency and stability that staff provide at a key moment in their lives. 

“This result is a testament to how the staff and the students work together – finding a path to a happier future”, said headteacher John Ivens.

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This was the school’s first inspection since the Covid-19 pandemic began. 

“I would like to pass on my congratulations to the school’s leaders who have been praised in the report for their excellent subject knowledge and the stability the school provides at this significant moment for pupils,” said David Bradley, chief executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the schools. 

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“Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and the staff who work there are a real asset,” he added. 

The school is moving to the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People. 

The new facility – which will be home to the largest group of mental health scientists and clinical academics in Europe –  is set to open its doors in 2023.


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