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Apply for a school place (The Local Offer)

Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Apply for a school place

When you apply online you need to tick the box which indicates whether your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan. If your child attends a mainstream setting and you are requesting a place in a special school or specialist provision, then you must also indicate a mainstream choice as well.

If your child or young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan, and they are moving from Middle to High or Secondary School, or Primary to High or Secondary School in September 2020, your application will need to be made by the national closing date 31 October 2019.

If your child currently attends Fort Royal Special School, you will need to apply online through School Admissions and they will pass your application on to SEND Services who will process your request.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan and is due to move from First to Middle School, you will also need to apply by 31st October 2019 for your request to be dealt with (even though the closing date for middle school applications is different).

School Admissions will pass your application over to SEND Services who will then process your request. An amended Education, Health and Care Plan will be sent to you in January 2020 followed by the final Plan in February 2020 which will name your child’s school for September 2020.

Special School Reception Places

Children identified as possibly requiring a special school placement will undergo an Assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan in their preschool year, following referral by Pre-School Forum (PSF). The Assessment may not be completed by the admissions cut-off date for Reception places which is 15 January 2020, therefore you will also need to apply for a mainstream place. This may result in you being offered a mainstream place before the special school places have been considered. SEND provisionally allocate these places according to the individual needs of the child in May of each year.

If at any time you have any queries about this please contact the SEN Helpline on 01905 846000