Information for Prospective Parents

For Consideration of Admission to the School:

• The child’s needs should arise out of their autistic spectrum disorder, and additional related pervasive developmental disorders.

• The child must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs, or EHC Plan issued by their Local Authority.

• The Local Authority will accept financial responsibility for the pupil’s education at The Island Project School.

• The School is able to meet the individual needs of the child.

• Admissions are made on the basis of availability of placements, taking into account the above factors plus a child’s level of need.

Procedures for Admission of Pupils:

The most effective route for admission to The Island Project School is when parents and the Local Authority agree that The Island Project School may be an appropriate placement for a child and a joint application is made for assessment.

This involves the Local Authority contacting the School to determine whether The Island Project School would be an appropriate placement for the child. The Local Authority will be requested to provide copies of the Statement/EHC and other appropriate paperwork to the School. This may be supported by additional information from the parents.

The School then decides whether to proceed with a more detailed assessment of the child’s needs and whether the School can meet those needs effectively. This may include a meeting with parents and/or assessment of the child.

The Local Authority and parents are notified of the outcome of the assessment.

When the School decides that it could meet the child’s Special Educational Needs and there is a place available, the Local Authority will be asked to confirm that it accepts financial responsibility for the placement for the admission process to continue.

Following confirmation that the Local Authority will accept financial responsibility for the placement, a Transition Plan is developed by The Island Project in consultation with the child’s parents, current school staff and other relevant professionals. Transition Plans are tailored to the individual needs of the pupil and include social stories to prepare the child for new routines and staff.

Transition will include meetings with the child’s parents to discuss the placement and transition plan, plus any meetings with relevant individuals from the Local Authority as appropriate. The School operates an open door policy with parents and if necessary, additional meetings will be held with parents during the transition period and beyond..

Extended Academic Year:

The Island Project works to an extended academic year of 43 weeks, rather than the traditional 38 week term.

Pupils have only one week at Easter and only 3 weeks in the summer. This is to support parents but is also in recognition of the fact that many of our pupils find long breaks from school a challenge.

However for pupils who are transitioning out of school at the end of the academic year, their time at The Island Project will end in July (the Friday following from traditional year end for main stream schools). This is to allow transition time for new pupils joining in September.

Because we work to an extended academic year, we are always happy to consider requests for absence during school time. Any absence request however, should not be for more than 10 days in any period. Requests must be submitted to the School Principal for approval.