Enquiries and admissions
We welcome enquiries from all parties interested in a school place including parents and carers, social workers, SEN placement managers, case managers and commissioners. As a first stage we will discuss the child's individual education and health needs to help us, and the enquirer, determine the suitability of our school in being able to meet these. Professionals and family members are always welcome to visit to see if the School is an appropriate setting for a particular child and to view our facilities. When a formal referral is made, the pupils Statements of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan along with relevant reports from therapies and health will be requested by the School. The School will share the gathered information with colleagues from education, care and health at a placement meeting and if it is felt likely that the School can meet needs then an initial assessment will be offered. For the purposes of the initial assessment parents, carers and the pupil will be invited to the School for a detailed referral assessment. If felt more appropriate we may travel to carry out an assessment at the pupils current provision. The detailed assessment reports will then be reviewed by the School admissions panel. A decision is taken regarding the offer of a place, whereupon parents/carers will be informed and a funding request will be made to the appropriate agency. Pupils are usually funded by their local education authority, often in consultation with social services and/or health commissioners. Funders will be expected to sign a contract to commit to funding prior to any placements. Most of our pupils come from across London and the south east and we have relationships with over 30 funding authorities.
Admissions criteria:Children can be considered for school admission if they are aged 3-16 years at the start of the autumn term and have a combination of the following:
- profound learning difficulties
- accompanying physical disabilities
- additional sensory impairment
- complex medical and care needs