Foreland Fields School provides for pupils aged 2 to 19 who have Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN). Some of these pupils have additional difficulties arising from physical disabilities or sensory impairments (visual and hearing difficulties) or Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Communication & Interaction Difficulties.
The school also has a specialist class for Hearing Impairment or Deaf pupils.
The school is divided into age-banded departments with largely needs-led classes so that teaching can be carried out in an age appropriate and relevant manner.
Pupils can be admitted on a part-time basis to the First Leap Nursery from age 2 and on a full-time basis to the Infant Department from age 5, to the Junior Department from age 7, to the Secondary Department from age 11 and to the Sixth Form from age 16. Technically, transition from each department occurs in the academic year in which they become this age.