The school provides for pupils aged 2 to 19 who have Profound, Severe or 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 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.
Parents are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school on an informal basis in order to see what is on offer and to discuss the suitability of the school and the availability of places. However, applications for placement have to be considered formally by the Kent Local Authority and full time placement has to be supported by a Statement of Special Education Needs (SSEN) or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
The admission of children with a SSEN/EHCP to schools is a matter for the Local Authority who has a statutory responsibility for arranging their provision. There are admissions criteria for each special school that are applied in order to determine if a particular special school would be a suitable placement. A document explaining the admissions criteria for Kent special schools can be found at http://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/28515/Kent-Special-Schools-and-admissions-criteria.pdf
The named officer in the relevant Area Education Office explains the arrangements for admission to parents and carers as part of the statutory assessment process or as part of any school transition process but further advice is available directly from the Local Authority Area Office, contact details below.
Brook House, Reeves Way, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3SS
Tel: 03000 42 11 60 or email: SENEast@kent.gov.uk