The Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES)

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.

We follow the principle that;  ‘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 Glynn House, Truro.  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 and 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.


Congratulations to all of our Students who took their GCSE exams in the Summer Term.

Some notable successes are:

  • Mia who achieved grade 8 in English and Maths and grade 9 in Combined science and English literature
  • Megan who got grade 6 in English and Maths and grade 7 in English literature and Biology 
  • Kaisha who got Grade 5 in English Maths and Biology and Grade 6 in English lit 
  • Natalie who achieved 8 GCSEs at grade 6 and above 
  • Emily who achieved 6 GCSEs at Grade 5 and above 
  • Connor who passed his BTEC Level 1 Science Award 
  • Will who achieved a Distinction* in his BTEC ICT award

Contact Us


Principal and Main Contact: Helen Casson

Chair of Governors: Richard Holloway

Enquiries are dealt with by the Senior Administrator: Emma Tennant

Glynn House, Treyew Road. Truro. TR1 3AS, United Kingdom

01209 715079


Open today

09:00 – 16:00



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staff biographies

Helen Casson – Principal, CHES


After graduating from the University of East Anglia in PsychoSocial studies, Helen completed her PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. She then taught in Sheffield for a few years before moving to an inner London school as Assistant Headteacher, leading on student and staff wellbeing. After a move to Cornwall in 2011, Helen became Deputy Headteacher at Looe Community Academy. Helen is a trained SENCo and a Thrive practitioner and is passionate about ensuring the needs of all young people are met.  Helen sat on our Wave MAT board for number of years and is delighted to have now joined the Wave team.  Outside of school Helen and her family enjoy exploring Cornwall is their rusty VW camper and bright orange beetle!

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

Will Rule - Raising Standards Leader - 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.

Amanda Jack - Raising Standards Leader - Science


Amanda has been teaching Science since 1995. She has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Biological Sciences and a PGCE in Balanced Sciences with Environmental Science.
Amanda taught in several mainstream schools in Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall, holding a variety of positions, before joining the Community Education Service in Cornwall as a teacher delivering GCSE Science in an online classroom.
Amanda is the Science Raising Standards Leader and a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for Science she enjoys working alongside the staff at  WAVE Multi Academy Trust Academies in Cornwall and Devon to deliver a high quality Science provision from KS1 to KS4.
Outside of work Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, reading, craft, kayaking, learning to SUP and walking the dog.

Lucy Holloway - Raising Standards Leader - Literacy


After graduating from the University of Durham, Lucy completed her PGSE at the University of Exeter and had been teaching ever since. Having worked in many different roles in school, Lucy became Assistant Head Teacher leading on curriculum before taking a career break from leadership to raise her children, (completing her NPQH in Nottingham with new born baby in tow)! Lucy completed a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Bath recently and is currently developing a research proposal into post 16 outcomes for students who attend the AP setting and how we positively make a sustainable difference to the life chances of some of our most vulnerable students through quality provision. Joining the CHES team and Wave Multi Academy Trust  in 2016, Lucy thoroughly enjoys teaching and sees her job as a great privilege to be among such talented and creative staff and students. Outside of school, Lucy enjoys spending time with her family and friends

Judy Richardson - Family Support Manager


Judy originally trained and worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer in Pathology and then moved on to work in the pharmaceutical industry supporting medical professionals to set up asthma clinics. Judy was then a full time mum bringing up her three children.  Judy has worked in education for the past 10 years and has worked in both primary and secondary education. She has a keen interest in supporting families and understanding their needs. Judy has extensive experience in working with other agencies to ensure families and young people can access the services they need. Judy is a Thrive practitioner, this ethos and training is at the heart of her working practice. She has a keen interest in supporting young people to become more emotionally resilient. When Judy is not at work she loves spending time with her family. She is a keen kayaker, coast walker and runner. She is very proud that she has completed 2 marathons. Judy also loves cookery, crafts of all sorts and reading.

Paul Pilling - Raising Standards Leader - Teaching and Learning


Paul completed his joint Honours degree in Geography and Art and Design, and then a PGCE in Lancaster.  He has taught for a quarter of a century, in Morecambe, Blackburn, Birmingham, Evesham, and then Looe, as a teacher of Geography, PE, Art, and as Teaching and Learning coordinator, Head of Geography and then Leader of Humanities.  After all this time he is still exploring ways to help build students learning power, and the true belief in themselves that they can be bold, brave and beautifully brilliant! Generally happiest under or on the water, or exploring forests, mountains, and volcanoes, Paul loves travelling, eating, rugby, surfing and having fun hanging out with his family


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.   

Relevant medical Professionals include:  

•        Member of Community Paediatrician Team 

 •        Hospital Consultant 

 •        Clinical Psychologist  

•        Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist 

 •        CAMHS Senior Practitioner


CHES OfSTED Report 2015 (pdf)


2013 Cornwall Community and Hospital Education Service funding agreement (pdf)


CHES Annex to Funding Agreement (pdf)


Wavemat - Provider Access Policy CHES APA (pdf)


CHES APA PPSG Declaration of Interests 2018 (pdf)


CHES APA PPSG Declaration of Interests 2018 (pdf)


Letter to parents (docx)


School inspections - a guide for parents_200618 (docx)


CHES Ofsted Report Jan 2019 (pdf)



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. We also teach a compulsory Online Safety course which is a self study package with guidance from a dedicated teacher.  

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:

Key stage 1 and 2

Working closely with school we offer 

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science 
  • Art 
  • Cookery 

We also support additional subjects if required by the school.  

We use phonics schemes such as Read Write Inc, Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Oxford Owl and Nessy.  

We also offer literacy support to students with low reading and spelling ages.

Key Stage 3

We offer 

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science

We also teach Art and Cookery where appropriate.

As with Key Stage 2, we offer additional subjects where necessary with close communication with the school.  

We also offer Literacy support to students with low reading and spelling ages.

Key Stage 4

At Key stage 4  a GCSE package for students can include

  •  Maths
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Science

Some students also study GCSE Art or a Level 1 award in BTEC Home Cooking Skills.    

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

subject areas

English at Key Stage 2 & 3


Students referred into CHES have access to English lessons within the framework of the National Curriculum for English. A personalised approach to learning is established  which offers opportunities for teaching subject content and pupil learning to be matched to the individual needs of pupils as far as practical, whilst taking account of particular health and medical needs. Liaison with pupil’s home school provides support for English learning programmes. Regular ongoing formative assessment opportunities help inform planning. 

English at Key Stage 4


At Key Stage 4, students taught online will follow the AQA 8700 syllabus in Year 10 with poetry skills from AQA Literature taught along side. In Year 11, students will be taught English Language as well as the AQA Literature syllabus depending on health needs in liaison with the referring school. 

For students who cannot access online lessons and are taught in the hubs in groups or at home on a one to one basis, programmes will be adapted accordingly taking account of student health needs and the time for which they are with us.

GCSE English Language

Students study AQA 8700 specification. The specification offers a skills-based approach to the study of English Language in an untiered context. Questions are designed to take students on an assessment journey through lower tariff tasks to more extended responses.  

The specification offers the attraction of two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper.  

Each paper has a distinct identity to better support high quality provision and engaging teaching and learning. Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. Paper 2, Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.  

We also complete the Spoken Language Assessment which covers the Speaking and Listening element of the GCSE.

GCSE English literature

Students study the AQA 8702 specification. The specification takes a skills-based approach to the study of English literature that is consistent across the genres. The question papers and mark schemes allow teachers to get back to inspirational literature teaching and allow students of all abilities to achieve their best on every question.  

The texts we currently study are Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, Conflict Poetry and a Christmas Carol.

GCSE Maths

We study the AQA 8300 specification. GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

  • 1 Number 
  • 2 Algebra 
  • 3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change 
  • 4 Geometry and measures 
  • 5 Probability 
  • 6 Statistics

GCSE Combined Science

We follow the AQA specification – 8464. There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.


1. Cell biology 

2. Organisation 

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics 

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution 

7. Ecology  


8. Atomic structure and the periodic table 

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 

10. Quantitative chemistry 

11. Chemical changes 

12. Energy changes 

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry 

15. Chemical analysis 

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere 

17. Using resources  


18. Energy 

19. Electricity 

20. Particle model of matter 

21. Atomic structure 

22. Forces 

23. Waves 

24. Magnetism and electromagnet

GCSE Biology

AQA also offer single Sciences so some of our students follow the AQA 4401 specification. The specification integrates the principles of ‘How Science Works’ throughout the units and in the controlled assessment. The course helps put Biology in the context of students’ everyday lives with topics ranging from ‘Keeping healthy’ to ‘Humans and their environment’.  

The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.