The Parallel Learning Trust’s admission responsibilities for special schools.
The Trust, as proprietor of Ramsden Hall Academy must comply with its SEN duties, these are set out in legislation and in the SEND Code of Practice.
Where a local authority has carried out a statutory assessment and decided to issue an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), it will issue a draft plan to parents. Parents can request the local authority to name their preferred choice of school in their child’s EHCP. However, the final decision on the academy to be named rests with the local authority responsible for maintaining the plan.
Special schools and academies must comply when named in a child’s Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or statement, even if the child’s special need is not a type of SEN for which the school is designated. This is a requirement of section 43 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
In order for us to be named on your child’s EHC plan, Essex education authority must consult with us first. This means that they will serve a copy of the proposed plan to us so we have an opportunity to contribute to the process.
If we believe it is not appropriate for our academy to be named on your child’s EHC plan, we can seek to argue against being named for the following reasons:
- the academy is not suitable for the child’s age, ability and aptitude and the special educational needs set out in the statement or EHCP
- the child’s attendance is not compatible with the efficient education of other children in the academy
- the placement is not an efficient use of the school’s resources.
However, irrespective of our viewpoint while being consulted, the final decision of whether to name the academy rests with Essex. The academy cannot apply any other criteria to tie break between children named to the academy and admit one child but refuse another. We cannot refuse to comply with a statement or EHCP once named.
Essex may also place children without an EHCP of statement with us for a limited period of time in order to assess their needs. Such placements should not last for more than 20 weeks.
If the academy is named in an EHCP, Essex must fund the placement.
The Parallel Learning Trust’s admission responsibilities for pupil referral units.
How are pupils referred to Ramsden Hall Academy?
Pupils are referred by two agencies:
1. The Local Authority – refers students who :
- Have had one or more permanent exclusions
- Have a Managed Transfer to the Ramsden Hall Academy
- Are deemed a Child Missing Education (CME)
2. Essex secondary schools – refer students who:
- Are assessed as having needs that cannot at the time be best met by the school and which impact upon the learning and overall progress of the individual and/or other children at the school.
These children are at risk of exclusion from school. Ramsden Hall Academy offers an interim placement and supports the child and the school with reintegration back into the referring school.
For more information please contact Ramsden Hall Academy by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org