Children and young people are admitted to Lincolnshire Special Schools with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which names a special school.
Tulip Academy Spalding may not admit a child to the school unless an Educational Health and Care Plan is maintained for that child and the Academy is named in the child’s EHCP. Before an EHCP is issued, the child or young person will have been formally assessed.
After the multi-professional assessment, parents will receive a draft plan describing the child’s / young person’s special educational needs and the various elements of special educational provision required. Parents will consider the information and are asked to express a preference for a school. In most cases, the LEA will comply with the parent’s preference and that school will be named on the statement. When considering a parents preference, the LEA will need to be sure that the school named by parents can meet the pupil’s special educational needs and the placement is consistent with the provision of suitable education to other children and young people already at the school. The LEA also needs to be sure that the placement is compatible with the efficient use of available resources. Before reaching its final decision on admission to a special school, the LEA will consult with the Headteacher of the special school to ensure that all needs can be met. The Headteacher must respond to the local authority’s proposal within 15 days. The Headteacher shall base their decision to recommend a placement on whether he/she feels the school can successfully meet the individual’s needs without jeopardising the needs of others already on roll.
The Headteacher shall base this decision on three factors:
– Paperwork provided by Additional Needs
– Initial assessment of pupil in school
– Home Assessment
After the decision has been made to admit a child or young person to Tulip Academy Spalding, every effort will be made to support the prospective pupil through the initial stages of the placement, staying in close contact with the parents / carers so that concerns or problems can be ironed out without unnecessary formality.
A child without an EHCP may be admitted to Tulip Academy Spalding if:
– They are admitted for the purposes of an assessment of their educational needs under section 323 of the Education Act 1996 and their admission to the Academy is with the agreement of the local authority, Community Inclusive Trust (CIT), the child’s parent and any person whose advice is to be sought in accordance with regulation 7 of the Education (Special Educational Needs) (England) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001;
– They remain admitted following an assessment under section 323 of the Education Act 1996; or
– They are admitted following a change in their circumstances, with the agreement of the local authority, CIT and the child’s parents.
Further information can be found within our Admissions Policy available on our website.