The Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES)

CHES OFSTED Report 2015

CHES APA PPSG Declaration of Interests 2016

CHES PPSG Committee Attendance 2015-16

The Community and Hospital Education Service is an AP Academy that exists to provide education for pupils unable to attend school due to medical reasons, it is not appropriate long term education for pupils with SEN needs.

Its main principle is:

‘Cornwall believes that children and young people with health needs that impede their attendance at school should have access to high quality educational opportunities, with the expectation that they will be returning to school as soon as possible’.

CHES AP Academy is based at Tolvaddon, Camborne.  We provide an education for students across the whole county who are not in school due to medical reasons.  Where there are health conditions as a co-morbid condition of a pupil’s SEN needs, CHES is not considered a suitable provision. Pupils with an ECHP are supported at school with additional funding, if the ECHP reflect health difficulties that are impeding the learning of a pupil, it would be expected that further support is requested through an interim review of the ECHP rather than a referral to CHES.

Our students are dual registered with their mainstream school and with CHES AP Academy.  We offer a blended approach that can include Individual Teaching, live Online Learning, Teaching Assistant support for the core subjects as well as a variety of additional subjects.  Progress is monitored carefully.  Our students access a personalized package of up to 25 hours per week, dependent on their health.  We work closely with the students, their families, schools and other agencies to ensure smooth and effective transition back into mainstream education as health improves.


Staff Biographies


Dominic Black – Principal, CHES

Dominic has been in education for almost 24 years.  Following University at St Andrews and Aberystwyth he began teaching in Penzance in 1989.  14 years in Primary Education was followed by 5 years at Nine Maidens Short Stay School both as teacher and as deputy headteacher.  In 2008 Dominic set up Kernow Cyberschool, a live, online school.  It has grown in strength and success and now provides GCSE education across Cornwall to students not in school. Dominic is married and lives in West Cornwall.


Linda G

Linda Gulley – Vice Principal CHES Individual Teaching:

Linda graduated in 1990 and achieved her PGCE the following year. Her first teaching post was at a large secondary school in the North West of England where she taught for nine years, taking up the role of Head of Year. Linda relocated to Cornwall following this to take up a position at Glynn House in Truro, where she worked for approximately 14 years in senior management roles. Linda joined CHES in September 2014 to take on a new challenge of working with and helping to coordinate a large team of staff educating children with medical difficulties across Cornwall.  Since joining CHES Linda has been keen to promote further opportunities for students to take part in creative activities and inclusion projects. Linda feels that it is a privilege to work with young people who strive so hard to overcome their difficulties and to see their confidence grow. Linda is a mother of four and enjoys photography, walking and historical fiction.


Lucy Stocker, Vice Principal CHES Online Teaching & SENCo:

Lucy has been a teacher since 1995 and has worked in Primary Schools and at Cornwall College Camborne before joining CHES in 2008. Lucy is the Special Needs coordinator. Lucy completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination in 2014 to help her to carry out the role of SENCo. She teaches English in the online school and in the home. Lucy is married and enjoys spending time with her family.



Frances Valentine, Family Support Manager

Frances has been with Acorn Academy since September 2016 when the Family Support Manage role was created for CHES. Prior to that, Frances worked for several years as a children’s Social Worker and then spent 12 years with the Education Welfare Service in Cornwall, in both a Specialist role providing advice and guidance on the legal aspects of education and later as a Senior Education Welfare Officer, managing the team in the East of Cornwall.

Frances has not only worked with schools around attendance but has had a particular interest in supporting student’s emotional well–being, particularly around bereavement. Frances has helped facilitate groups for young people in schools promoting emotional resilience and self-esteem.

Frances has been a volunteer with Victim Support, assisting families who have been involved with a criminal incident and with Penhaligon’s Friends, the bereavement charity where Frances helped facilitate groups for teenagers and took part in activities such as sailing which she loves but doesn’t do enough of!!

Frances has 3 teenage children who keep her very busy. She loves spending time with her family, reading, art, films and being outdoors. Frances loves to find a beach to walk on or a mountain to climb whenever possible.


amanda photoAmanda Jack, RSL Science:

Amanda has been teaching for 22 years, she has an Honours Degree in Biological Sciences and a PGCE in Balanced Sciences with Environmental Science. She taught in several mainstream schools, holding a variety of positions, before joining CHES online approximately 7 years ago. Amanda finds facilitating students to reach their potential in spite of difficulties they may have very rewarding. Outside of work Amanda enjoys reading, kayaking, walking and spending time with her family.


WillWill Rule, RSL Data:

Will has been a teacher for 18 years. He completed his degree in Applied Statistics and Management Science in Plymouth, before going on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Education.  Will taught secondary Mathematics in local secondary schools, before taking up a post at Glynn House APA, where he subsequently became Deputy Head. After this, Will spent three years as Head Teacher at Restormel APA, before taking up his current post of Raising Standards Leader for Data. Will has a professional interest in the application of multivariate statistical analysis to education – particularly in using data to inform teaching and decision making, with the aim of improving outcomes and life-chances for young people, especially those whose barriers include behaviour, attachment issues, and medical conditions. Will also teaches Mathematics for CHES APA. Outside of work, Will enjoys camping, reading, travelling, and spending time in Cornwall with his wife and large family.


Some comments from our parents and visitors

‘I was a previous student at Kernow Cyber School, and I am just taking this time to thank all of the staff for their support.

Thanks to your help during a tough period in my life, I was able to go on and achieve my A-levels. With the help of LS, I achieved my GCSE English, which allowed me to progress further in education. I have just received an offer from Warwick University (in the top world 100 and 6th in the UK!) to study Philosophy, which shows just how valuable your support can be! Had I not been given the opportunity to study from home, I certainly would not have been able to continue education past the age of 16.

I thought it would be worth emailing to convey our gratitude as a family, and to demonstrate how valuable your support as a service was to those who could not attend school. It would mean a lot if this could be passed on to those at the former Kernow Cyberschool. Again, thank you for everything’

‘J is doing very well, he is always focused on his home learning now, I was so worried at the beginning, but he has overcome some very big hurdles and is now achieving more than I ever expected. He is enjoying his learning again. Thanks everyone for all your support’.

‘I have just read the CHES newsletter out to M (she’s never interested really so I have a quick read to make sure I’m not missing out on anything) and I’ve told her that she was in it – twice.  Although she felt embarrassed, I could secretly tell that she loved being praised for her achievements.  Thank you for that – it means a lot to M and me’.

‘One of our schools noted that the turnaround for S was remarkable since joining the online lessons. Mum said that because of us S now has the confidence to go out of the house and meet with his friends’

‘Thank you for all the support you are giving to G. We actually feel happy and contented for the first time in ten years’

‘Thank you for Cyberschool, it has helped greatly and I would willingly be a testament to the school’

‘Can I just take this opportunity to thank the CHES team for all their support with M.  Her progress over the last few months has been extraordinary and the way in which the CHES team have been flexible to support her at school has played a pivotal role in her overcoming her school based anxieties’.

One of our schools wrote ‘I wanted to email you directly to say that A and Mrs J are delighted with the support your team are providing, she was so positive and really excited.

I am really pleased that we can also offer some additional support to her to ensure she gets all the qualifications possible. Once again thanks for your hard work on this, A was so positive and determined that her illness won’t stop her realising her ambitions.’


CHES Ofsted Report

CHES was Ofsted inspected in May 2015 and judged to be Outstanding in all areas, the report is available below;

Community and Hospital Education Service AP Academy – PUBLISH – 0615_WF17239978


Our individualised curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils’ health does not adversely affect their education. Progress is monitored carefully and targets are designed to challenge and provide opportunity for progression back into mainstream.

All students are baselined in English, Maths and Science when they join CHES. These baselines are used in conjunction with the data that is given to us by the mainstream school to ensure that work is provided at the correct level.

Reading and spelling tests are also completed on entry and a literacy support programme is put in place to support the students if required.

Learning Support mentors work closely with teachers and visit the home to provide a range of support. This includes literacy and Numeracy support, exam practice, Dyslexia support and life skills.

The Pegasus Awards are also offered to our students. These awards give students the chance to work on their academic and social development and gives them realistic targets to achieve in daily life.

More details can be found on the Pegasus website:


KS1 and 2

Working closely with school we offer Maths, English and Science as well as supporting additional subjects if required by the school.


We offer Maths, English and Science. We also teach Photography, Art, ICT and RE where appropriate.  As with KS3, we offer additional subjects where necessary with close communication with the school.


At KS4 a GCSE package for students can include Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science, ICT, Art and Photography. We also teach Online PSHE lessons and an Online Safety course.  Our offer is through a blended use of interactive online lessons and individual support by teachers and Learning Support Mentors. Other GCSE subjects may be offered and supported by the mainstream school.



Example Timetables

The timetable will depend on the pupils health needs..


Marking Expectations





CHES AP Academy Spring Term 2017 Progress and Attainment Data

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CHES Referrals

For a pupil to be considered at the CHES panel they will need a referral form from a relevant medical professional as well as a funding and assessment referral from the registered mainstream school.

CHES is an interim provision for children who are unable to attend school for medical reasons. We aim to reintegrate all pupils at the earliest opportunity.

Information can be obtained by emailing
Relevant medical Professionals include:

•        Member of Community Paediatrician Team

•        Hospital Consultant

•        Clinical Psychologist

•        Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

•        CAMHS Senior Practitioner


Referral forms


CHES APA Funding Form

CHES APA Medical Referral Form


You can contact the school using the following information:


4 East Pool
Tolvaddon Energy Park
Cornwall  TR14 0HX

Telephone: 01209 715079


Principal and Main Contact: Dominic Black

Chair of the PPSG:  Richard Holloway