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Admissions criteria

Who do we support?

Rossendale School provides education for young people who:

  • Are between eight and 18 years old
  • Have social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Will also be diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition and possibly a variety of other comorbid syndromes
  • Have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • Require day or residential support (on a weekly boarding basis)

Careful consideration ensures high quality placements

The decision to admit a pupil to Rossendale School is not one that is taken lightly. Very careful consideration is given to each case to determine whether the school can fully meet the pupil’s individual needs.  We study case papers, invite parents and young people for interviews and discuss expectations before a commitment is made. It is important to note that Rossendale School only offers places where the parents/carers feel they can fully support the placement.  We believe that mutual co-operation between parents/carers and the school is vital to ensuring a successful placement.

The admissions process

Rossendale School welcomes admissions at any point during the academic year, in order to minimise the time a young person spends outside of the classroom. A typical admission will take the following form:

Step 1

The Local Education Authority will make a written request for a place and forward the young person’s Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan.

Step 2

We will invite parents/guardians and the young person to visit the school for an admission interview and to discuss the statemented needs in full. If Rossendale School feels it can meet the student’s needs, we will inform the Local Education Authority and arrange an admission date.

Step 3

Following admission, a senior staff member will meet with the young person and their parents/carers to outline the school’s expectations and practice and ask them to sign a Home/School Agreement, which covers key issues. 

Step 4

Within 12 weeks of admission, the school will hold an initial planning meeting to develop an individualised learning plan. Everyone with an active interest in the young person is invited to attend the meeting and share their views, including:

  • The young person
  • Parents/carers
  • Educational psychologist
  • Parent partnership officer
  • Social worker
  • Keyworker
  • Form tutor