Referrals and Admissions

The referral of a student to New Forest School will normally be handled by the Local Authority responsible for your child. Professionals, schools, parents and carers are all welcome to make informal enquiries to the school. However, New Forest School works in partnership with the Local Authorities and it is they that will ultimately handle the referral.
New Forest School caters for students who have:

  1. Severe or complex Special Educational Needs
  2. Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties
  3. Life Traumas
  4. Autism
  5. Learning disabilities
  6. Educational phobias
  7. Been excluded elsewhere

The placement of all students at the school will have been authorised by the Local Authority responsible for the student. Details of the Admissions Process are included in the school’s Referrals and Admission Policy (available from the Head Teacher upon request).

Admissions Criteria for New Forest School

The school accepts students whose difficulties cannot be met in a mainstream school or pupil referral unit (PRU). The student’s will normally meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Have a Statement of Special Educational Needs in which New Forest School is named as the student’s school
  2. Have agreement from the Local Authority responsible for the student that they will attend New Forest School

Other considerations:

  1. The suitability of New Forest School for the student (the student must have needs that can be met within the expected available provision and staffing levels)
  2. The wishes of the parent or carer
  3. The nature of the student’s needs and previous educational experiences
  4. The recommendations of the referring body

Prior to admission we will visit new students and also give them and their parents or carers an opportunity to visit New Forest School. This is an important part of the admission process as it gives the student an opportunity to meet the staff and see the school for themselves.

New Forest School admits students age 8 to 16 in the following year groups:

Key Stage 2: Year 4 to Year 6

Key Stage 3: Year 7 to Year 9

Key Stage 4: Year 10 to Year 11

Refusal of Admission

The Head Teacher reserves the right to refuse admission in the following cases:

The school is fully subscribed and admitting further students would be incompatible with the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

Where the admission of a student would compromise the Health and Safety of students and/or staff within the school, or, would seriously compromise or disrupt the education of students already within the school