Admissions for students with SEND

In Year Admissions

If your child is joining the school during the year you will be invited to meet with the Head of Year.  Please ask that the SENCO is present at that meeting or make a separate appointment to see Miss Towler at a time that is mutually agreeable.

Year 5 Students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Educational Need

If you are thinking of applying for a place at St. Crispin’s School and your child has an EHCP or Statement of Special Educational Need, please phone the main office number 01189 781144 and make an appointment to discuss your child’s EHCP with Miss Towler, SENCO.  You will be shown around the department and we will spend time discussing your child’s strengths and difficulties.  The EHC panel will meet to decide on the secondary school placement for your child in the autumn term of Year 6 and do so in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice: 0-25 years.

Other Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Applications for students in receipt of SEN support or additional support in school must apply for a place at St. Crispin’s using the whole school admissions procedure.  We would encourage you to make contact with us when your child is in Year 6.  This can be done in the following ways.

  • Attending an open morning/evening:

These are held in September/October.  Please phone the school to book an appointment for the open morning.  This is an opportunity for you to see the school at work.  No appointment is needed for the Open Evening and you will have time to talk to staff and students about what we offer here at St. Crispin’s.  Both of these events provide an opportunity for you to get an overview of the school and its facilities.

  • Meet Miss Towler (SENCO):

Please phone the school on 01189 781144 to make an appointment with Miss Towler where you will have time to talk about your child’s individual needs and ask any questions about the support that they might be offered.

We have a place for your child at St. Crispin’s, what happens next?

  • Primary School Handover: Miss Towler visits all of the primary schools to meet the students that those schools have identified as having SEND.  She speaks to the SENCO and Year 6 teachers at the primary school and collates notes that she uses to create a Classroom Support Plan that is shared with staff in advance of September so that they can support your child from the moment that they arrive with us.
  • Additional Transition Days: In the second half of the summer term, primary schools identify students who may find the transition to St. Crispin’s particularly difficult are given the opportunity to come into school for one afternoon a week for three weeks. This small transition group have the opportunity to look around the school, cover some topics that we know worry new students and let them speak to some students who are in Year 7 in advance of the inductions days that take place for the whole cohort later in the term.

What if my child is still worried about coming in for the two days?

Let us know and we will arrange for them to have a Learning Support Assistant to help them during the two days they are visiting St. Crispin’s School.  We often find that once a student walks through the swing doors they are transformed into a smiling confident child when they see their friends. At the end of the two days everyone can find their way around the school.

I think my child has other difficulties, how can I let you know?

If you haven’t been in to see us don’t worry. When every student comes into school for their induction days they are sent home with a pack of forms for you to fill in. One of the forms will be a questionnaire from Learning Support. Fill in the questionnaire and add your concerns.