Admissions

The school admits pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s), statements of Special Educational Needs or, in some cases, those within the assessment process. The school offers full time education to students with autistic spectrum disorders or social, emotional and mental health difficulties. However, all of our students are characterised by their vulnerability. Their behavioural problems are secondary, usually caused by their other difficulties, and are usually not their primary need.

Referral is made through the Local Authorities’ Special Needs Department, following a statement review. The department will approach us, if in their opinion, we may be able to meet the needs of a particular pupil. This is often following a decision by their current school that the pupil’s needs are not being met within their current placement, or in some cases where a pupil is unable or unwilling to access their current placement.

Once the Authority has referred a case to us, the parents will be invited to view the school and we will be sent the relevant paperwork to look at. We have an admissions board that will decide if they think the child would fit into the ethos of the school and if we are able to meet their needs. If the parents are happy with the school, then the student will be invited along to look around. In some cases, the school may wish to meet the pupil in their current setting first, if this is possible. If the family decide to proceed with the application, then the admissions board will make a decision and a formal offer of a place will be made to the authority.

All offers are conditional on relevant paperwork being provided or completed before the student starts at the school.

All students are integrated slowly into the school, to enable them to settle into the routine and to cause as little disruption as possible to the current students. This can take up to 6 weeks but is taken at the child’s pace. We will offer a phased entry plan based on the child’s age and previous level of attendance.

For enquiries or referrals, please email admissions@demeterhouseschool.com or telephone 01652 654251.