In this section you’ll be able to find information about the process involved with joining The View School and a little bit about what happens when you start. This transitional phase, the process of choosing a new school and confirming the placement with your Local Authority can be challenging and stressful. We are proactive during this phase and work with parents and the Local Authority in establishing the most appropriate placement for a young person. ‘we review any information provided about a potential student as a representation of their past journey and not as an indication of their forward one’ – Admissions policy
The Admissions Process The admissions process is very simple in practical terms. You send papers to us and we will review them within two weeks and let you know if we feel we can meet need. We'll give you feedback and arrange an interview if appropriate. We will let your Local Authority (LA) know that you are considering The View School and provide them with any evidence they require of our provision and how we will meet need. We recommend you also contact your LA and keep them updated on any developments. Following the interview we will confirm if we are able to offer a place and a start date. We will also inform your LA, confirming fees and additional costs relating to therapeutic interventions identified within the Educational Health and Care plan (EHCp). You will then need to confirm that you are choosing us as a school with your LA. Your LA will then confirm if they are in agreement with naming The View School within the EHCp.
Our Admissions Policy Our admissions policy will give you a guide as to how we approach this transitional phase for young people, as well as an overview of how we review a young person's journey. You will find more information on the Before Joining us section of this website, answering some of the questions parents and carers want to know. Moreover, we understand how difficult the transitional phase can be; we strive to keep parents and young people fully informed so that they have all the information they need for future planning. If ever you want to know more we are only ever a phone call or email away.
Naming The View School in an EHCp
As parents and carers you have a legal right to name whichever school you feel is best placed to meet your child's needs. Your Local Authority (LA) have a statutory duty to consult with the school you have named. The LA will then review information provided by the school and either confirm or recommend an alternative provider. If your LA names another School, we will work with you to provide the evidence they require to ensure that placement with us is the most appropriate. If a representation to is required, we will attend mediation and tribunals to support the forward journey for your child. We do not advocate for you, yet we will be able to give some guidance on what the LA need to make an informed decision. SENDIST
Start Dates Students are able to join us at any point of the academic year. Our first intake will be in September 2019 and at the start of each half term thereafter. This isn't a set rule, and we will consider the needs of the individual, making sure any delay doesn't have a detrimental impact upon well-being. We may look at a part time timetable initially, yet this would be in line with the needs of the young person and how to best support their transition. We know that for some young people they will be returning to education after a period out of school. This can be a period of high anxiety for both the young person and their parents; we consult with all parties to find a route where integration into the school community is successful.
What happens when you join us On joining the view school an initial assessment will be carried out with baseline information established. This provides the evidence and guidance required for writing an effective provision plan. Where the need exists, we work with the family, finding strategies that can be applied in the home to further promote positive outcomes for all. Students will join their relevant Key Stage group and be allocated a tutor and key worker. The Tutor will take the lead on working with the student, although this does not define the staff/student contact. We ensure that our students have the chance to have access to a ‘trusted’ adult at times of heightened anxiety; we are aware that a student’s tutor may not be that person at that time. Tutor groups meet at the start of the school day for ‘tutor time’. This time is used to review the previous day, to discuss and reflect upon both positive and negative experiences. Peer relationships are encouraged, offering the chance for communication, role models, supportive relationships and the feeling of working together. Tutor time is normally accompanied by breakfast, ensuring that everyone is fed and watered, ready to start the school day.