Jayne Franklin

Name: Jayne Franklin

Professional Title: Headteacher

Background: Born and bred in London, Jayne qualified from Cambridge as a primary teacher in 1991. After teaching in Harrow, Barnet and Westminster she found herself in her first challenging mainstream headship in 2004, returning to Barnet to lead Childs Hill Primary School & Children’s Centre. During her time at Childs Hill Jayne introduced ‘Restorative Practices’ to the school whose work was then recognised with beacon status by the Restorative Justice Council; she remains passionate about supporting behaviour in schools through the development of positive relationships.

Jayne became Headteacher at the Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and University College Hospital (UCH) in September 2011. This new adventure only fuelled her fire further to support creative and innovative partnerships in schools and multi-disciplinary settings in order to ensure achievement and a love of learning survives despite the challenging economic, social and health needs faced by so many children and young people.

Name of Organisation: The Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormond Street and UCLH

Status of organisation: Foundation Special Hospital School based in Camden. The Governing Body are our employers.

Area of the country: Central London

Description of your organisation:

Although categorised as a Special School, in fact the majority of our pupils are from mainstream settings. On average we teach 1300 pupils a year and employ 45 staff across two sites.  We support 21 wards at GOS and 5 in UCLH, all pupils are long stay or recurrent inpatients with significant health needs and includes CAMHS Tier 3 & 4 work at both Trusts.  The majority of our pupils have admissions of more than 6 weeks with a minimum of 5 teaching sessions per week and access to 20 hours in the schoolroom where their health permits. The school adopts an extremely flexible & personalised approach to ensure teaching is as similar to full time education as possible teaching children from  nursery through to sixth form.  We also offer an Extended School Year – the Activity Centre (funded by School) remains open 49 weeks of the year. Pupils and all siblings can access a range of activities throughout the school holidays.