Magpie Learning Centre

The Magpie Learning Centre provides education for pupils in Years 5-10 who are finding it difficult to access education in their own school due to mental and / or physical health. There are two different pathways available at the Magpie Learning Centre.  Full time pupils follow a personalised timetable comprising both academic and therapeutic elements. Those attending one of our part-time intervention groups will have a timetable designed to meet their specific needs.

Outside of the Magpie Learning Centre

“At the Magpie, the well-considered academic, nurture and therapeutic curriculum engages pupils back into education. Excellent partnership working ensures that most students accessing the early intervention programme, successfully transition back to their home school” (Challenge Partners QA Review – April 2023)


For some children, attendance at school may be impacted by health issues including anxiety and mental health problems. If concerns are not addressed at an early stage, they can affect progress, outcomes and the transition process to secondary school.

The Children’s Hospital School have a range of early interventions for schools including short-term commissioned placements for pupils in Years 5-10 at The Magpie Learning Centre. This would be for those children who do not meet the criteria for a Hospital Education place, for example those not yet working with CAMHS.

Based on academic and wellbeing needs, Y7-10 pupils can join our Foxes or Tigers group. Pupils in Y5 & 6 can be offered a primary group for half a day a week, with the programme matched to their needs.

  • Foxes: Three days per week (Tues, Wed & Thurs 9.30 – 2.30) for 12 weeks
  • Tigers: Three days per week (Mon, Wed & Fri 9.30 – 2.30) for 12 weeks
  • Primary: One half day per week (Tues 9.30 – 12.30) for 4-6 weeks

Magpie Early Intervention Offer

Key Stage 3&4 Early Intervention Referral Form

Key Stage 2 Early Intervention Referral Form

Alternative Provision Letter


The Magpie Learning Centre also offers full time education for students who are unable to access education in their own school for medical reasons. Each student has a personalised timetable comprising core and foundation subjects. We also offer Arts Award, a vocational element, and a therapeutic curriculum, as appropriate. Individual timetables are designed to meet students’ academic needs, whilst taking account of health and emotional factors.

Information about referrals for a hospital education place can be found here