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Wirral Hospitals’ School

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Wirral Hospitals’ School is an OFSTED Outstanding school (Nov 2014) comprising of Arrowe Park Hospital children’s ward (ward 52) and Joseph Paxton Campus.

Joseph Paxton Campus is a small school setting for children and young people, age 11-16, who are unable to attend mainstream school for medical reasons. All students will have been referred through medical services. The nominal roll caters for 80 students at KS3 and KS4.

All students have medical needs which usually involve aspects of mental health, e.g. anxiety, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and personality disorder; these are often combined with developmental disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Provision at JPC is available for young people up to full time education. Where full time provision is not appropriate for a student, however, the provision can be directly tailored to the health and wellbeing of the young person in consultation with health and other professionals.

Admissions: Students are admitted via a rigorous referral and panel system which considers medical evidence of needs. Referrals are usually initiated by schools, but students can also be referred by ESW Service, Educational Psychologists, CAMHS and Community Paediatricians, usually  following an informal preliminary discussion with the Headteacher. Schools must be able to evidence a multi-agency approach involving specialist medical staff prior to referrals.

Please note: Wirral Hospitals’ School is a local authority service, not a special school. As such it cannot be named directly on a child’s EHCP and parents cannot request a placement at the school as part of the EHCP process. 

Age Range:

Joseph Paxton Campus: 11-16

Arrowe Park Hospital: All ages

Contact Us

  • 157 North Road, Birkenhead, CH41 0EZ
  • 0151 488 7680
  • Mr Phillip Arrowsmith
  • Headteacher

Special Education Need & Disability

Social Communication

Physical Difficulties

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing


Facilities and Accessibility

Disabled Parking

Free Parking


Wheelchair Accessible

Disabled Toilet

About this Listing

Funding Status: Council Service

Method of Referral: No info given. Please contact the service provider.

School Hours: No info given. Please contact the service provider.

Eligibility: No info given. Please contact the service provider.

Cost: No info given. Please contact the service provider.

Parking/Travel Information: No info given. Please contact the service provider.

Co-designed school:  No

How does somebody raise a concern about the school?: No info given. Please contact the service provider.

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