Parents & Carers

If your child is admitted to The St Aubyn Centre they will be provided with education on site. Each young person has an education programme suited to their individual needs. If your child is at school, teachers at the school will be asked to provide work so that, when appropriate, your child will be doing the work that their peers in school are doing. If your child has not been attending school they will be supported to enable them to access a meaningful programme.

Parents and mainstream schools and colleges are fulsome in their praise of the work of the unit. Parents feel they are very well informed about the progress of their children.


If your child is due to be taking exams it is possible for the exams to be taken at The St Aubyn Centre. We are an examination centre and arrangements can be made to transfer entries from the home school.

What Happens

When possible the Head of Education is part of the Multi-Disciplinary Assessment meeting with the young person and their parents/carers, which takes place within 72hrs of admission. This gives the opportunity for the young person and parents to share previous experiences of education and to give the contact names of professionals from the home school/college.

The Key Teacher for the young person will contact the parents/carers within the two week assessment period in order to ensure that a working relationship is established and that parents’ views are taken into account when the Individual Education Plan (IEP) is set.

The Education Centre has received national recognition for best practice in working with parents. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the work of the education centre.


Permission is sought from the young person and/or their parents for the Head of Education to contact the home school/college. The contact person at the school is asked whether the school had concerns about the student, about the student’s prior achievements and for work for the student to complete whilst in hospital.

Copies of the full Education reports for CPA Review are given to the young person, their parents/carers, the home school link person and CAMHS Care Co-ordinator. Discussion on progress in Education takes place within the CPA Review. Further discussion following the meeting is welcomed if parents/carers wish to take this opportunity. Informal discussion on progress may take place between meetings.

The Head of Education and members of the Education Department welcome contact with parents/carers. This contact can be in person, by telephone or by email.

Letter to Parents & Carers

Quotes from Parents & Carers

Committed staff to help patients get the right information on courses/college when discharged.

Useful doesn’t cover it – inspirational work with [young person] – seeing who she is, encouraging her , supporting, holding, guiding, appreciating her abilities and her desire to learn, even when she was very unwell.

Thanks for the dedicated work of your team. Thanks for the Functional Skills 1+2 and the GCSE Eng+Maths teaching and for your continued availability to [young person]. Thnks for the art and helping [her] to get into college and for supporting her there. Thanks.

It really is difficult to express just how extraordinary the provision of education has been. Thank you so much!

You did a fantastic job and realised difficulties where mainstream hadn’t.