Admissions to the College are controlled by the local authority (West Sussex County Council) – The Children’s and Young People’s Service.
A student will be considered for admission if he or she has a statement of special educational need indicating learning difficulties requiring substantial modification to curriculum and support arrangements beyond those available in mainstream schools. In all cases students will be achieving significantly below expectations for their age, typically in the range of P levels to Level 2 in core subjects.
The majority of students join the College in Year 7 when they transfer from the two primary special schools. Others have been in mainstream schools or special support centres and referred for admission following re-assessment or recommendation from an Annual Review. The usual time of entry is the beginning of the College year in September. Admission at other points in the year will be considered where families move into the catchment area of the College or where there are particular changes in the educational needs of a student that demand earlier intervention.
Informal visits are arranged for parents at the proposed statement stage or prior to an Annual Review where special school placement may be considered. This will enable parents to be fully informed when naming a school as the parental preference. Once the placement panel has agreed, statement and assessment papers are sent to the Headteacher for consideration. Admission is dependent upon the College being able to meet the provision prescribed in the statement and availability of space in the right section of the College. Further discussion with parents, with the current school, and assessment sessions for the student may be arranged before an informed decision can be made.
Parents who wish to discuss the statutory assessment process or general issues of support for children with special educational needs may like to contact the Parent Partnership Service (Telephone 0845 075 1008) or email email@example.com.
Parent Partnership Office