New Rush Hall School

Ofsted outstanding

Ofsted outstanding

Admission Arrangements/Commissioners

Admission to the school for a full-time place is via referral from the mainstream school to the Special Educational Needs Panel, in the case of Redbridge schools, or directly to the school by other local authorities.  If referral is felt to be appropriate, the school will convene an Intake Conference, which is a professionals’ meeting.  This conference identifies a child’s social, emotional, behavioural and academic needs and decides whether New Rush Hall can meet them. Places are offered subject to suitability and availability.  All parties agree success criteria for return to mainstream education. In the event that a pupil does not have a named mainstream school at entry to New Rush Hall, the SEN Panel is asked to name a school.

It is vital that the parents feel they can support the ethos of the school and that this is discussed at an Admission Interview, which involves the parent/carers, the pupil and the school.

All efforts are made to ensure that the Intake Conference and Admission Interview are carried out within three weeks of the initial referral.

If the Intake Conference agrees that the pupil’s needs cannot be met at NRHS, the Head of School relays this information back to the Special Educational Needs Panel or referring LA, with an explanation.

Parents are entitled to refuse the place at NRHS following an Admission Interview.

The Intake Process                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LA or other commissioner requests a place. 

Referral logged in weekly Referral/Allocations update

If the school has no places, Head of School (HoS) to write to referrer with explanation.

If the school has a place, Head of School (HoS) arranges an Intake Conference. This is a professionals’ meeting to determine the child’s needs – behavioural, emotional, social and academic, determine whether or not they can be met by NRHS and agree success criteria

Relevant professionals invited by letter or email and asked to complete a pre-admission form to return before or during the Intake Conference

Intake Conference held at NRHS, chaired by HoS

This meeting determines the appropriateness of the placement and all parties are asked for a view.

If Yes:

•   LA is asked to complete funding agreement form

•   School or other professionals to advise parents of the decision

•   Proposed admission date agreed

•   School to make arrangements for ending/transition

•   HoS to write to Parents/Carers to invite them for an Admission Interview

•   All placements begin with a two-week induction period

If No:    • HoS to write to referring party with explanation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 In the Admission Interview, HoS to explain what the school can offer, show child and parents/carers around, and ascertain if all parties are agreeing to change

 If Yes, Parents/Carers to complete Admission Forms before leaving. Start date agreed

If No, Parent/Carers and child given time to consider and then contact the school.

 HOS to inform referring LA in either case.

  2. Annual Reviews