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Who are we?

The Cranbury College Hospital Teaching Service is a small team of two teachers and two HLTAs who teach children admitted to Dolphin and Lion wards of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Children who cannot attend school because of their medical needs have a legal right to a full-time education.


Meet our friendly team!

Kate Sumner, Lead Teacher  
 Louise Stockwell, Teacher
Sharon Vandenberg, HTLA

Cheryl Carvill, HLTA
Frances Green, Admin Officer
Charlotte Baggley, Line Manager


What we do?

Children are offered 1:1 teaching from day one of their stay in hospital. Staff are trained to teach a wide range of subjects. The main focus of teaching is on literacy, numeracy and art. Staff are also trained to work with children of all abilities including those with complex special needs. The team are trained to support children with mental health needs including eating disorders. We work alongside parents and encourage their involvement in activities. Reading is a very important part of all our teaching; we are fortunate to be supported by Read For Good and Listening Books. Many children are given a new book to take home and audiobooks are used when children are unable to read due to medical conditions.


Why we do it?

Staff create personalised curriculums for students and use a range of excellent resources to engage children including ipads and laptops. We work hard to make learning fun, so that children are happy and make good progress. Work is tailored to the child’s interests and ability.

We make links with home schools and keep children up-to-date with their schoolwork. Our aim is that when the children are well enough to return to school, they can do so without having fallen behind and without feeling anxious.


Hospital Teaching Service Hours

Teaching is provided during term time only.

The teaching team offer teaching from 9:00am — 3:15pm (Monday to Friday)


Find Out More!

For further information about our Hospital Teaching Service please contact: Hospital Teachers (