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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy

Admissions

This policy will be reviewed on at least an annual basis and whenever significant changes to the systems and arrangements take place. Where any changes, amendments or additions are made, the copy will change.

Rational

Students are referred to Bradfields for admission by Medway LA SEN Team and those of other neighbouring LAs.

The Academy’s admissions criteria were initially drawn up in 2010 by Medway LA and Bradfields School Leadership Team.

Declaration

Bradfields Academy will have regard for all legislation, including The School Admissions Code of Practice and School Admission Appeals Code (2012) & The SEN Code of Practice (2014 update)

These documents can be found at:

School Admissions Code (2012)

School Admission Appeals Code (2012)

The SEN Code of Practice (2001 & 2014 update)

Admissions Policy Statement

The Academy’s Designation with the DfE is:    

Special  Education:  Complex Learning Needs [MLD / ASD / SLD]
Places: 300
Age Range: 4-19
Provision:    
Blue Zone
[Complex Needs : ASD with MLD or SLD]
EYFS KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5
Yellow Zone 
[Complex Needs: MLD]
      KS3    
Red Zone
[Complex Needs: MLD]
        KS4  
Green Zone
[Complex Needs: MLD]
          KS5

Bradfields Academy provides education for students who primarily experience complex learning difficulties and disabilities which may include speech, language, emotional, sensory, physical or autistic spectrum disorder. The Academy includes off-site provision at Strood Academy.

All students have a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health & Care Plan [EHCP].

Assessment of students’ needs on entry

An assessment is made of all new students’ needs by the Academy’s own Admissions Panel and is based on 

  • Full receipt of previous school information [School Reports / Annual Reviews / Ed.Psych & Medical etc... Reports].
  • Completion of ‘New Intake Student Profile’ by current school.
  • Classroom observation, where appropriate.
  • Interview and/or Home Visit with parents, where appropriate.
  • Level of funding from referring LA secures continuity of provision.
  • Full review of all documentation to evidence suitability of transfer.

Characteristics of Students

The students at Bradfields will primarily experience complex learning difficulties and disabilities which may include speech, language, emotional, sensory, physical or autism.

These needs will present a barrier to accessing the curriculum and this will lead to achievement substantially below their peer group.

All students will most likely have the following projected attainment levels for acquisitional, receptive and expressive language skills on entry:

Blue Zone [Complex Needs: ASD with MLD or SLD]
At the end of KS1   BS1 - BS6 (Formerly P1 – P4)
At the end of KS2  BS3 - BS20 (Formerly P3 – NCL1)
At the end of KS3  BS10 - BS38 (Formerly P6 – NCL3)
At the end of KS4  BS20 - BS47 (Formerly NCL1 – NCL4)
Yellow Zone [Complex Needs: MLD]
At the end of KS2    BS10 - BS20  (Formerly P6 – NCL1)
Red Zone  [Complex Needs: MLD]
At the end of KS3   BS20  (Formerly NCL1)
Green Zone [Complex Needs: MLD]
At the end of KS4 BS20 (Formerly NCL1)

Characteristics not usually considered include:

  • SEMH difficulties which do not stem from the child’s communication difficulties (social, emotional and mental health not obviously resulting from communication needs).
  • Violent and Physically Challenging Conduct (which may have resulted in permanent exclusion from prior educational setting).

Note:

No Behavioural Challenges will be accepted by Strood Academy for a place at BradfieldsAcademy@StroodAcademy Provision.

Additional Criteria for Entry

It is essential that the curriculum on offer at Bradfields Academy meets the needs of the students and that all elements of the statement can be delivered. 

In order to facilitate efficiency of learning, there should be an appropriate peer group and a vacancy in the Year Group.

Transfer Dates

Students will usually be admitted to Bradfields Academy at the beginning of an academic term or an academic year.

Students who apply for places during the academic year [e.g. if they move to Medway or another adjoining LA from another LA] will be considered according to the admissions criteria ; with particular note taken of access to exam courses and other accreditation routes for those in KS4 & 5.

Process for Decision-Making, Referral and Review

Admission of students will be through the standard in-house SEN processes and within the agreed admission arrangements established between the referring LA and the Governors. 

Admissions will take place mainly at the time of commencement at school age and secondary transfer but also as appropriate at the point of annual review or as part of the statutory statementing/EHCP process of individual children.  Any relocation proposals resulting from annual review will be considered by the referring LA SEN Team who will refer to the academy for consultation.

Appeals Procedure

Appeals will be considered in accordance with the requirements of the School Admission Appeals Code (2012) in that they will, in the first instance, be heard by the First-Tier Tribunal.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT

Bradfields Academy is committed to the positive promotion of equal opportunities for all and ensuring equality of access to its activities and services.