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Policy Statement

Prior's Court School is registered for young people from 5 years to 20 years with autism and learning disabilities. It operates as

an independent co-educational residential special school which, as it provides accommodation for a number of young

people receiving up to 52 weeks placements, is therefore registered as a children's home on the following premises:

Prior's Court School




RG18 9NU

The School is owned and managed by the Prior's Court Foundation, a non-profit making charity. It is a school approved by

the Secretary of State for Education under section 41 Children and Families Act 2014 allowing it to be named in a young

person's Education, Health and Care Plan.

Pupil places may be for day, 38 Week (weekly or termly), 44 Week (weekly or termly) or 52 weeks.

Prior's Court withdrew from the Section 41 approved schools list in December 2020

The purpose of this admissions policy is to provide clarity with regard to the criteria for admissions for local authorities,

parents/carers/guardians and Prior's Court' Admissions Panel and to ensure that the process and decisions are fair and


This policy will outline the criteria for admissions, the admissions process and the system for appeal. It has been written with

reference to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and approved by the trustees and will be reviewed annually. It is

available on the website or from Prior's Court's reception.

Admissions Process

Prior's Court School welcomes parents, carers/guardians and professionals with frequent open mornings and visits to enable

families, carers and local authorities to consider whether the school might be suitable for the young person. We encourage

parents/carers to visit a range of provisions in order to get a feel for the type of provision which may be suitable and to help in

the decision-making process. We are also able to review papers such as Education Health and Care Plans, Annual Review and

other documents at this early stage to give an early indication of whether Prior's Court might be a suitable option to consider.

 An initial screening of papers is undertaken by lead practitioners who then feedback to the Admissions Panel to

establish potential suitability for Prior's Court School.

 With the support of the local authority, the young person and their parents/carers are invited to an onsite assessment

undertaken by senior lead practitioners with significant experience and members of the multi-disciplinary team. A

second assessment in the current provision or young person's home is undertaken if necessary.

Version 1 Review Date: 01 Sep 2022


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