Choosing a school is always difficult, but never more so than when a child has particular needs or is unhappy, misunderstood and/or under-achieving in their present school.
At Northease, we understand what you and your child are going through and we offer friendly, helpful and honest advice at every stage of the enquiry and/or admission process.
The majority of our students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and their placement is funded through their local authority, however, this is not a requirement for admission and applications will be considered that are supported by independent reports and where parents/carers intend to fund privately. Where an admission is agreed for a young person with an ECHP, we are required to meet the needs and deliver the provision outlined in the plan and our decision will be informed by this.
Whilst the majority of our students have a diagnosis of Autism and/or Dyslexia, admissions are not diagnosis driven, and we instead focus on whether we feel a young person will benefit from our approaches to learning, our curriculum, our adapted environment and pastoral support.
Many admission enquiries relate to young people who are experiencing high levels of anxiety, whose needs are not being well met by their current setting and who are either struggling to attend school or not attending at all; this is an area in which we have had considerable success. As a result, we consider admissions all year round and in year groups up until year 10.
Our aim is to provide the best of what a mainstream setting can offer in terms of a broad and balanced curriculum and excellent educational outcomes alongside high quality therapeutic and pastoral support, small class sizes, a low arousal environment and an additional focus on developing life skills.
Our Admissions process typically takes the format below:
- Parents, carers, young people and professionals are encouraged to visit one of our regular Open Mornings to see the school in action.
- Paperwork is received by the school via parents/carers or their representative or through a formal consultation from the placing Local Authority. This paperwork should include the child’s EHCP, a recent school report and other professional reports e.g. Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy.
- Reports and other supporting information are considered by the school SENCo and other relevant colleagues.
- Where we feel that an admission to Northease may be appropriate, we will then invite you and your child for a tour of the school and an informal meeting with the SENCo.
- Soon after the tour and meeting, a decision will be made whether we feel we can meet your child’s needs, and they will be invited to participate in four Taster Days. This involves spending time with us engaging in our daily routines within an appropriate tutor and teaching group. The Taster Days are an excellent opportunity for you as parents, your child and our staff to establish with confidence the suitability of an admission.
- After the Taster Days, a meeting takes between the SENCo and Head Teacher and at this point a formal offer is made.
All communication regarding a potential admission should be directed to the Head’s PA firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we are currently experiencing a high number of admission enquiries. As a result, our response times may be longer than normal for which we apologise.
Please also note that our specialist provision may not be appropriate for young people whose primary need relates to behaviour that requires specific SEMH support and which may considerably disrupt the learning and well-being of others.
The majority of our students are working at or have the potential to work at age related expectations (or just below) across a range of subjects, follow a differentiated National Curriculum and access GCSE or equivalent qualifications.