Southwark Virtual School: Pupils with Medical Needs

The local authority has a statutory duty to provide alternative provision when a pupil is not able to attend school due to medical needs.

Who is this service for?

Children and young people of statutory school age who cannot attend school due to their medical needs and have missed 15 days or more of school.

Age range

Reception to Year 11

Criteria for access to service

Restricted – Your school will need to make a referral with a copy of your child’s attendance record, medical evidence and any other relevant documentation. The referral will be discussed at the weekly case meeting and your school will be notified if the request has been approved

How this is provided

Alternative providers deliver tuition directly to the pupil in groups or on a one to one basis. This may be in the home or other suitable location.

School work delivered is usually provided by the child’s school and a reintegration plan is coordinated in partnership with health professionals.

How can I access this service?

Please contact your child’s school directly.

How is this service funded?

The service is funded by Southwark Council and is a statutory part of the Councils Children’s and Adults Team

Do you need to pay for the service?

It is a free service

Confidentiality and Impartiality

As part of the referral process relevant information will be shared with the alternative provider.

Contact us

Please discuss any referrals directly with your child's school.