ADMISSIONS POLICY and PROCEDURE
- Admissions to The Yellow House will not be influenced in anyway on the grounds of race, religion, sex or social status.
- It is recognised that the physical structure of both The Yellow House sites and the needs of the pupils dictates the number of pupils on each of the premises is likely to be no more than six/seven at any one time.
- The admission number for the school is 15. The admission number refers to the maximum number of pupils (full or part time) on roll at The Yellow House at any one time. The admission number is decided following consultation with the DfE.
Pupils are admitted to The Yellow House after a successful, referral from the funding agency (the LA, Health or Social Services).
A referral does not guarantee a placement.
Referring agencies are requested to contact the Head Teacher by telephone to discuss the potential suitability of the referral and ensure a place is available (We would hope not to run a waiting list but realise that at some times of the year there may be more referrals than at other times).
Care is always taken in ensuring that any referral will fit into current Yellow House groupings and compliment the dynamics of the group.
Discussions about potential referrals are welcome from anyone. The more detailed information we receive the quicker we can give a response.
Referrals should be made only with the highest authority and assurance that funding has been agreed in advance.
No placement will commence without secured funding.
Should the information received with the referral indicate the pupil may be suitable for placement the Head Teacher will inform the referring officer that a home visit will be made.
Contact is made to parents / carers by the Head Teacher and senior staff of The Yellow House who will then make an appointment to do a home visit to meet with the child and parents and discuss admission to The Yellow House. If this visit is successful parents / carers are given an appointment to visit The Yellow House to look round with their child prior to them being admitted. No pupil is admitted until personal contact has been made.
Admission will only go ahead if there is agreement from the child.
Parents are provided with a copy of the School Prospectus and relevant information and are asked to complete a personal information sheet for their child prior to admission.
Pupils are admitted at any time throughout the school year.
Once the child has been admitted, parents are asked to keep in close contact with The Yellow House staff to ensure that their child’s transition is a smooth one.
Assessment Trial Period
Pupils are usually admitted to The Yellow House within two weeks of a successful home visit.
A six week assessment timetable is drawn up by The Yellow House staff for each new pupil. The amount of time spent at The Yellow House is increased each week and will normally start in the first week with two half days. The increase in hours is dependant on the degree of difficulties the pupil is experiencing.
The funding agency will be invoiced for this assessment period separately to any further placement cost.
All pupils are transported to school by taxi.
Parents of Essex pupils should contact Essex County Council School Transport Department (08457430430), or download an application form from their website, to arrange transport.
Transport for Suffolk pupils is organised by the referring Education Officer.
During this period, an assessment will be made by The Yellow House staff of ;
- the needs of the pupil
- the pupils attitude to the placement
- the dynamics within the grouping
- the suitability of the placement
A placement review meeting will take place at the end of the assessment period. Attending this meeting will be the pupil, their parents / carers, an education officer, staff from The Yellow House and may include other relevant professionals.
This review informs future planning, and allows dialogue between professionals and parents/carers as to the needs of the child.
If the assessment goes well a new timetable will be drawn up to last until the end of that particular term.
Ongoing reviews of the timetable happen automatically as part of The Yellow House process.
Time at The Yellow House may be added to or reduced at any time depending on the needs of the pupil.
Any changes will be discussed in advance with the pupil, parents/carers and education officers.
Should the placement be seen as unsuitable at any time during the initial assessment period, by either the Head Teacher, the pupil, the parents/carers or the Education Office, an immediate termination of the placement can occur.
This will not be viewed as a failure on anyone’s part but purely as a confirmation of the unsuitability of the placement.
It should be noted that due to our careful initial screening procedure this is a very rare occurrence.
Following a successful assessment period The Yellow House will be named as the chosen school on the pupils Statement of Special Educational Needs.
Revised January 2016