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Referrals & Admissions

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To meet our admissions criteria the young person must be:

  • 11- 17 years old
  • have Special Education Needs
  • have an EHCP, or be in the process of gaining an EHCP
  • be committed to our school ethos
  • have completed and returned the school SIF and Consent forms.

Referrals Process:

  1. The parent / carer, local authority or other professional will send a copy of the young person’s EHCP or proposed EHCP to the school for consideration. This will be processed by the school, following which the young person will be invited to visit the school. However, if the school conclude that they are unable to meet need, they will contact the referral provider to inform them of this.

    This process should take a week (please note that during periods where the school is full this may take longer).

  2. We always welcome enquiries via e-mail or phone from parents, carers and local authorities who wish to find out more about the school. We would also place potential students on a waiting list and work closely with our partner tuition service to provide an interim education package to support transition, or whilst waiting for a place to become available (please note this service is subject to agreement from the placing authority).

    The young person, parent and other relevant professionals are invited to visit the school. This meeting is usually arranged after school hours, to manage the young person’s anxiety. Following a discussion during the meeting, a taster session may be offered dependant on the individual young person and the suitability of this will be dependant on the impact on the current cohort.

    Following the school visit (and if applicable a taster session), members of the SLT will consult and inform the referral provider of the placement decision and rationale.

  3. If a placement decision is approved by Cross Keys Learning and the decision is complimented by parental and pupil preference, the school will seek confirmation of a placement decision from the local authority/ referral provider.

    The School Information Form (SIF) and consent forms will be sent to parents/ carers for completion and returned. Following confirmation of placement, a start date will be identified which may include any requirements for transition.

  4. Parents/ carers will be expected to attend the first session with the young person (approximately thirty minutes) to support the student induction.

    A six week assessment period will commence from the young person’s first day at Cross Keys Learning following which an in-year review will establish the SEN plan for the young person. If the transition is deemed as unsuccessful and the placement not appropriate, a request for a change of placement may be suggested.