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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy


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.


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.


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 from the below links:

School Admissions Code

School Admission Appeals Code (2012)

SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years

Admissions Policy Statement

The Academy’s Designation with the DfE is:

Special Education:

Complex Learning Needs [MLD / ASD]

Places (PAN):


Age Range:




 [Complex Needs : ASD with associated needs]







[Complex Needs: MLD with associated needs]







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.

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

High Needs Places and Published Admission Number (PAN)

The agreement for 2018-20 onwards for High Needs (HN) placements from Medway LA is an allocation of 305 HN Places (PAN) which will consist of 202 Pre-16 places and 104 Post 16 places. High needs placements from Medway LA for 2020-2021 onwards are still to be agreed.  Previous High Needs placement detail shows on average an increase in the number of places requested by Medway, See Places Commissioned chart below:

Places Commissioned

Places Purchased at Bradfields by Medway LA

Pre Sept 2013

Sept 2013 - Jul 2015

Since Sept 2015 - Jul 2016

Since Sept 2016 - July 2018

Sept 2018

Sept 2019







The current projections for students places for 2020-21 shows a further continuing trend for the need for increased placement request, however, 305 currently places us at capacity.

Comments or enquiries concerning our allocated PAN, should be made to the SEND department at Medway Council – details can be found at

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.
  • Full review of all documentation to evidence suitability of transfer.
  • Level of funding from referring LA secures continuity of provision.

Characteristics of Students

The students at Bradfields will primarily experience complex learning difficulties and disabilities which may include speech, language, social, 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:

Primary [Complex Needs: ASD with associated needs]
At the end of KS1   BS1 - BS6 (Formerly P1 – P4)
At the end of KS2  BS3 - BS20 (Formerly P3 – NCL1)
Secondary & Sixth Form  
At the end of KS3   BS10 - BS38  (Formerly P6 – NCL3)
At the end of KS4 BS20 - BS47 (Formerly NCL1 – NCL4)
Secondary & Sixth Form [Complex Needs: MLD with associated needs]
At the end of KS2 BS10 - BS20 (Formerly P6 – NCL1)
At the end of KS3 BS20 (Formerly NCL1)
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 or learning difficulties (social, emotional and mental health not obviously resulting from communication needs or learning difficulties).
  • Violent and Physically Challenging Conduct (which may have resulted in permanent exclusion from prior educational setting).

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/EHCP 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 & KS5.

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 Trustees.

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 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.  Referrals will be considered only on the basis of the criteria outlined above, and not on any other circumstances (including their school/academy).

Appeals Procedure

Appeals will be considered in accordance with the requirements of the School Admission Appeals Code (Updated 2015) in that they will, in the first instance, be heard by the First-Tier Tribunal.

Open Days

Please note, due to Coronavirus, we have made the decision to postpone the September Primary Open Morning.  Please visit our Virtual Tours page to see our Primary Virtual Tour:  Please click here:   Virtual Tours

The Open Mornings & Open Afternoons for Academic Year 2020-21 are:

  • Primary (Year R - Year 6)
    • Wednesday 10th March 2021 - 9.30am start
    • Thursday 17th June 2021 - 1.30pm start
  • Secondary (Year 7 - Year 14)
    • Friday 18th June 2021 - 1.30pm start

No appointment is necessary.

Virtual Tours

Due to the restrictions in place at the moment, we are unable to provide our usual transitions for new Year 7 students.  Therefore, we have created a virtual tour for future students, Parents & Carers.

We have also created a Primary Virtual Tour for prospective Parents/Carers of Primary students.

The videos can be found here: Virtual Tours

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or by calling us on 01634 683990.


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

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