Admissions

The school caters for children with complex physical, medical and sensory needs.  Admissions are governed by Local Authority (LA) Policy and procedures in line with the Department for Education (DfE) ‘Code of Practice for the Assessment of Children with Special Educational Needs’.

Children are admitted to special schools with an ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ (which are replacing Statements of SEN) which names the special school.  Before an EHC Plan is issued, the child or young person will have undergone formal assessment.  After this multi-professional assessment, parents will receive a draft plan describing the child’s or young person’s special educational needs, and the various elements of special educational, health and social care provision required. 

When considering a parent’s preference, the LA will need to be sure that the school named by the parent can meet the pupil’s special educational needs, and that the placement is consistent with the provision of suitable education to other children and young people already at the school.  The LA also needs to be sure that the placement is compatible with the efficient use of available resources.

Before reaching its final decision on admission to a special school, the LA will consult with the Headteacher of the Special School to ensure that all needs can be met.

Information on the assessment and EHC process and how parents can be supported within it is available from the LA or the school.

Prospective parents and children are always welcome to visit the school, either informally or following the suggestion of the Local Authority, as part of the EHC Plan assessment process.  Only in extreme circumstances would any admission be approved without a prior visit by both parents and child.

Parents are always ensured open and frank advice as to whether the school feels it can meet the needs of their child and, as such, is always happy to be consulted.