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Hospital Teaching

Discovery Classroom is located next to the Galaxy Ward Outpatients area on the second floor of Barnet General Hospital. The classroom is a well-resourced learning environment that is able to offer the core curriculum during Pavilion School days to school-age children aged between 4 – 16 years old, while they are in hospital.  It can additionally provide support for self-study for 16 – 18 year olds who may also access the learning environment.  Approx. 750 students access education via Discovery Bay each academic year.

The classroom is staffed by 2 fte teachers and 1 fte teaching assistant.  The staff in the classroom are trained in safeguarding in the Hospital environment, including specific training in infection control and child/adolescent mental health awareness.

The classroom accommodates up to 6 children each half-day session; additionally, children may be taught on the ward or in cubicles, according to need.  An average of 6 students typically access education on Galaxy ward each session and average teaching time for each student is typically 2.5 hours.  Average length of admission for patients is 4 days. A significant number of children are present on the ward due to mental health issues or ongoing medical conditions.

The setting is highly responsive to the wellbeing needs of the children on each particular day, together with their medical or  mental health needs and treatments.  Parents or carers are typically present with the patients on the ward, and on occasion stay with them in the classroom, until they are settled.


  • Core subjects – English, Maths & Science
  • Where possible – link in with students' current school topics
  • SEN support - including scribing, reading, sensory learning
  • Social skills – promoting health, wellbeing and group working
  • Exam invigilation – GCSE examination approved centre
  • British Values
  • Celebrations and festivals


  • Online learning resources – via PC, latop and ipad
  • Interactive whiteboard – with touch-screen, connected to online resources
  • Interactive/sensory play equipment
  • Outreach visits – Museum of Childhood
  • Visiting teachers - Artist in residence

If a student is admitted for an extended period of time, or they are likely to have reoccurring admissions to Galaxy Ward, we liaise closely with the student’s school in order to ensure they can continue with the work they would have been doing.  We also make sure we have an outline of what they will be covering in school over the course of the year, so that if they are admitted in the future the student can continue working on topics they would have been doing at their own school.

The manager for the Classroom is Kim Price and the teacher in charge is Helen Daly.

For more information about getting to the classroom, see our Site information here or use the map locator at the bottom left of this page.

Click here for a recent News item, Royal Free Foundation Trust thanking us for our work there.