If you are admitted to the St Aubyn Centre you will be provided with education on site. You will have an education programme suited to your individual needs. If you are at school, teachers at the school will be asked to provide work so that, when appropriate, you will be doing the work that your peers in school are doing. If you have not been attending school you will be supported to enable you to access a meaningful programme.

Students behave outstandingly well. The view, as expressed by one former student that ‘this place saved me’, is echoed by many others in the letters and notes they write when leaving. The unit is a place of safety for students, a haven where they can express their feelings and emotions without fear because they are listened to and understood.



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

In Summer 2019, 7 students took GCSEs and results included a Grade 9 in Chemistry.

107 young people attended the school during 2018-19 and in total, 113 qualifications, including GCSEs, Functional Skills and AQA Unit Awards were taken.

I like the school on the unit it’s a good environment

Young person’s view, QNIC

The school is great!

Young person’s view, QNIC

Key Teacher

When you go to the Education Department you will have a key teacher. Your key teacher will work with you to decide on the programme to meet your needs. You will be given some tasks to assist us in deciding what would be most helpful.

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

Where possible your key teacher will be part of the initial Care Programme Approach meeting with you and your parents/carers, which usually takes place within five days of admission. Other professionals working with you in the community and you own school will be invited to this meeting where we will discuss how a hospital admission can help you.

Care Planning Meeting

At the end of the assessment period, which is about two weeks, a Care Planning or formulation meeting is held. This is a meeting for all the professionals at the St Aubyn Centre to discuss what they think would be most helpful for you. It might be that a plan is drawn up for you to be cared for in the community and your discharge from hospital will be arranged. Many young people stay for a further four week period of treatment in hospital.


9.00am to 9.30am:Community Meeting
9.45am to 10.45am:Period 1
10.45am to 11.15am:Break
11.15am to 12.15pm:Period 2
12.15pm to 1.30pm:Lunch
1.30pm to 2.15pm:Period 3*
2.15pm to 3.00pm:Period 4*
3.30pm to 4.30pm:MDT Therapeutic Groups (timings vary)

* The timetable allows for longer activities on certain days of the week by combining periods 3 and 4. Additional Provision may be added to meet individual needs.

We follow Essex County Council term dates and training days will be advised in advance.

CPA Review

If you stay for the further period of treatment you will continue in education with your key teacher. After four weeks a detailed Education report will be written for the Care Programme Approach Review (CPA). You will be asked your opinion on the report and you can add your own comments.

You will have a copy of your Education report. Copies of the full Education report will also be given to your parents/carers, the link person from your school and your CAMHS Care Co-ordinator. Discussion on progress in Education takes place within the CPA Review.

Working Together

You will take part in planning your programme. Your mental health needs and learning needs will be taken into account when making the plan. It may be helpful for your mental health if you take part in creative or/and physical activities. Art and craft, cooking and music are often helpful as are relaxation, trampolining, wall climbing and cycling. Let us know if there are creative and physical activities that you know are helpful to you personally.

Your learning will depend on your age and past education. If you are at school/college your programme will be similar to that of your peers in school/college although you may not be able to cover all subjects due to the need to reduce pressure and to allow for therapy and medical appointments. We will include your favourite lessons and if there are subjects that worry you we will give you support to manage more successfully.

If you have left school you will have opportunities to increase your qualifications and to follow short courses in areas of personal interest.


If you stay for the two week period it may be possible to make one visit to school before your discharge from hospital. This will be for a meeting with the link teacher and may also include meeting with a friend or friends. At the meeting it is will be agreed when you will return to school and whether this will be full time or a phased return starting part time.

If you are in hospital for six weeks it is possible that a visit to school will be made after four weeks and increasing time spent at home and school until the discharge CPA review. Decisions on return to school are made on an individual basis and it may be that you have a meeting followed by one lesson with the remainder of the re-integration taking place after discharge. It is important that you tell your key teacher how you feel about school and the thought of return so that we can support you.

What Next?

It is very important that young people who have spent time in hospital have positive plans for their future when they leave. The first step may be re-integration to school/college. If you were not attending school or college you will be given one to one support to make plans for your next step. We have an Engagement Mentor (previously Connexions) who will meet with you to discuss your thoughts on what you may wish to do. We will help you to apply for courses, apprenticeships or jobs and will accompany you to appointments if appropriate. If it seems that having someone to help with these things after your discharge we may ask you if you are willing to be referred to the Targeted Youth Team. You are welcome to contact us post-discharge to ask for help or to let us know how you are getting on.

There is strong emphasis on preparing students for the future. The quality of advice and guidance on future careers, university courses and the qualifications needed for these is excellent. Students’ views and interests are taken closely into account when advising them. The unit is very good at sourcing the right future placement, including finding appropriate apprenticeships. This helps students to see a future for themselves and, in turn, this has a positive impact on mental health.



I really enjoyed going to the school at Longview, mainly because all of the staff were wonderful and so nice and helpful! You are a fantastic school and you supported me so well through a very difficult time in my life and I am so thankful for that! I realise now how lucky I was because not all psychiatric units have the facility of a school like the Aubyn Centre…

Support and help in courses/college.

Being encouraged to do all the things I wanted to do, eg. College + GCSEs.