Grange Park School caters for pupils with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated learning difficulties aged between 8 -19 years. All pupils will have an Education Health Care Plan and are referred to the school for admission from Kent County Council SEN Assessment and Placement Service. 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.
Pupils will normally be admitted to Grange Park School at the beginning of the academic year at Year 4 and after Key Stage 2 (Primary/Secondary transfer) and after Key Stage 4 (to Key Stage 5 education). In addition, pupils may also be admitted at the end of Key Stage 3 in order to access the courses on offer, particularly accreditation and vocational work. Pupils who apply for places during the academic year e.g. if they move to Kent from another LA will be considered according to the admissions criteria.
Grange Park School Admissions Criteria
The pupils at Grange Park School will have an Autism Spectrum Condition and communication and interaction needs.
Pupils must have a diagnosis and primary need of Autism Spectrum Condition. The provision is not able to manage or meet the needs of pupils with a primary need of SEMH (Social Emotional Mental Health). Pupils need to be able to access a class based environment without 1:1 support. At our secondary provision pupils are required to transition around the building to access the curriculum.
The school is unable to support pupils with complex medical and personal care needs. Pupils with a primary need of SEMH or a diagnosis of PDA or Global Delay are not appropriate for this school. Pupils are required to be within two years of age expected levels.
The Key Stage 2 provision is located at our satellite site in the village of Stansted 3 miles from the main site. There are 3 classes, 1 for year 4, 5 and 6 pupils each with a maximum class size of 12. Pupils attending this provision will follow a broad and balanced offer linked to the National Curriculum.
Pupils are required to be within two years of age expected levels. Pupils attending the satellite will be expected to have the necessary behaviour and cognitive ability to access the academic demands of a mainstream school curriculum.
Pupils at Grange Park are at "Conversational Partner" ability on the SCERTS profile.
Grange Park School also caters for the needs of the more able pupils by offering a Level 2 accreditation pathway (GCSE's).
The Key Stage 5 curriculum has two pathways. One located at the school and the other at partnerships sites. Please refer to the Key Stage 5 page for detailed information.
The local authority will send documentation to the school and the school will be expected to respond within 15 days. The headteacher will review the paperwork and if the child meets the admissions criteria an assessment is made of all new pupils’ needs by the SALT and a member of the Extended Leadership Team and is based on:
- The information in the Educational Health Care Plan
- Previous school information
- Early review of available documentation, this may include reports by professionals
- Classroom observation/School visit
- Baseline Assessment Tests
It is essential that the curriculum on offer at Grange Park School meets the needs of the pupils. In order to facilitate efficiency of learning, there should be an appropriate peer group and a vacancy in the Year Group. It is also essential that pupils are able to work in classrooms and transition between rooms.
Additional criteria will be:
- Distance, allied to the nearest appropriate school
- Balance of gender
- Severity related to a number of needs
Grange Park School does not offer 1:1 support. Each class however has TA support.
We understand that selecting the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. If you would like to visit the school please call the school office where they will take some details and book a tour 01732 882 111. When you call the office will ask for key information to ensure that you are booked on the correct tour.
We ask parents to attend a tour specific to their child's year group and these tours are led by key staff who have specific responsibility for the age range.
The first tour is for parents and will be after school hours this is to minimise the impact on pupils as large groups can be unsettling and increase pupil anxiety.
KCC Admissions Contact and Advice
The named officer in the relevant Special Educational Needs Teams 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 Special Educational Needs Teams on the following telephone numbers.
- East Kent - Tel: 03000 421160
- South Kent – Tel: 03000 420883
- North Kent – Tel: 03000 420997
- West Kent – Tel: 03000 419345
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information, support and advice for special educational needs can also be found by following the link below:
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you require hard copies of any of our policies, please contact the School Office on 01732 882111.