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Bristol Hospital Education Service (BHES)

Checked: 06-03-2024 by Vicky Ryan Next Review: 05-03-2026


Bristol Hospital Education Service (BHES) offers education to students who are too ill to attend their on roll school.

We take referrals from health care professionals who are providing health care plans to address the health condition that is the cause of the inability to attend school.

While receiving BHES support students will remain on the roll of their on roll school and retain the right to return to school at any point.


  • All children and young people of school age are offered lessons. This will also include those with special needs and we have two SEND specialist teachers.
  • The teachers have a wide range of teaching experience and subject specific teachers are provided at KS3-4.
  • If necessary they are also able to access specialist services to support individual pupils.
  • Brothers and sisters of long stay patients who have come from another authority.

When? a.m / p.m

  • We aim to teach all eligible pupils from day one but prioritise long stay and recurring pupils.
  • Teaching takes place from 9.00 until 12.00 noon and from 1.00 – 3.00.


  • Teaching can take place with individual pupils on the wards at the bedside.
  • If appropriate, primary aged pupils are taught in the Schoolroom on Level 5.
  • Secondary aged pupils are taught in the day room on Level 7.
  • Children with special needs can also make use of our sensory room.
  • If medically necessary, Home tuition is arranged for Bristol pupils via the outreach department of the Bristol Hospital Education Service, on discharge. For those outside this authority a referral will be made to their Local Education Authority.


Students in Hospital are referred by hospital staff at the point of admission, we do not require a referral form to be submitted for students in Hospital.

To refer a child who is not in hospital

Students are admitted after referral by a health professional who is providing a health care programme that is aimed at enabling the student to return to their school.

Referral form


Further information

For more information please contact the teachers on Bristol Children's Hospital ext. 28263.

Or contact Bristol Hospital Education Service, Fairfield Resource Centre, Montpelier, Bristol 0117 3772377


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