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The process for a pupil gaining a place at Strathmore adheres to the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.

Pupils must have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) unless the place is requested for an Assessment (e.g. pupils moving into the country from overseas).

We welcome and expect parents/carers to visit school prior to requesting a placement. We recommend that when they visit, parents/carers bring someone who knows the child well.

Parents must make a request to their Local Authority for a place at Strathmore. All requests for places at Strathmore must come from the pupils own Local Authority. Where the pupil lives outside of Richmond and Kingston, that Authority must also consult Achieving for Children.

Upon formal consultation request, school will assess if they can meet the needs of the pupil (which will usually involve visiting the pupil in their current setting or at home). The school will then offer a place providing that:  

  1. The placement is appropriate for the age, ability, aptitude and special
    educational needs of the child or young person
  2. The attendance of the child or young person is compatible with efficient
    education of others, and the efficient use of resources

The school will respond to formal consultations within 15 days unless school holidays require a delay in responding which the school will request. The response will also indicate the level of support the school assesses the pupil to need (Banding Level) any specific arrangements the Local Authority is required to provide to cater for the pupil’s needs (e.g. commissioning additional Therapy or specialist equipment).

Where a pupil does not have an EHCP, the Local Authority will consult School on an Assessment Placement. Where the pupil lives outside of Richmond and Kingston that Authority must also consult Achieving for Children. On receiving this request, school will (in agreement with parents/carers) undertake a home visit to initially assess if we can meet needs. If the school believes that it is appropriate for an Assessment Placement we will inform the Local Authority and arrange for the pupil to begin attending as soon as possible.

The Assessment Placement is offered subject to the Local Authority immediately initiating an EHCP needs assessment.

The Auriga Academy Trust is the admission authority and are also responsible for arranging and providing the appeals process against a refusal.