Admission Arrangements

Entry Criteria

A child is eligible to be considered for placement if they meet the following criteria:

  • The child has an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • The child is aged 11 – 19 years old
  • The child is unable to fully access, or follow in a modified form, the National Curriculum in a mainstream setting
  • For most children, their ability will lie within the following bands for Literacy and Numeracy:
NCYAcademic Ability
14P8 - Stage 4
13P8 - Stage 4
12P8 - Stage 4
11P8 - Stage 4
10P8 - Stage 4
9P8 - Stage 3
8P8 - Stage 3
7P7 - Stage 2

The above table might not be clear to all readers.  Pebble Brook have a flexible approach to attainment but, as a broad guide, pupils are normally a key stage or more behind standard attainment.

Pebble Brook is able to offer a curriculum suitable for more able children who have high-functioning Autism / Asperger Syndrome, hearing or visual impairments. Entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis for pupils with the above conditions.

In exceptional cases, a child who does not fully meet the criteria may be considered for placement at the request of Buckinghamshire Local Authority.

Exit Criteria

A child will be considered for placement in a mainstream school when one or more of the following factors are evident:

  • The child’s special educational needs are no longer a barrier to accessing the curriculum of a mainstream setting
  • The child no longer requires an Education, Health & Care Plan
  • There is evidence from professionals across the agencies involved that the child will benefit from a placement in a mainstream school
  • The child’s special educational needs have changed to the extent that the provision is no longer able to meet their needs and he/she requires the specialist skills/facilities/resources available within an alternative specialist placement (As determined by the Buckinghamshire SEN Matrix Locators)
  • A child will be considered not suitable for placement if there has been deterioration of their health to the extent that they are required to be in a full-time health based environment, for example, hospital, hospice, full-time nursing care at home
  • Consideration should be given to the compatibility with the efficient education of other children and effective use of resources available. For this reason, a student may be considered no longer appropriately placed when the points above do not apply

Procedure for placement

The admitting authority for special schools is Buckinghamshire Local Authority and requests for placement at Pebble Brook School will be considered by the provision panel.

If the panel considers that the child meets the criteria for placement within a special school, consultation will take place with the nearest appropriate provision to the home address that has an available space.  Should parents state a preference for a school which is not the nearest appropriate school, parents will be responsible for the home to school transport if space is allocated at their preferred school.

The school being consulted will respond directly to the Local Authority indicating if they feel that they can meet the pupil’s needs as per schedule 27.

Schedule 27 of the Education Act 1996 requires the Local Authority to comply with parental preference unless:

  • The school is unsuitable to the child’s age, ability, aptitude or special educational needs
  • The placement would be incompatible with the efficient education of other children with whom the child would be educated
  • The placement would be incompatible with the efficient use of resources

In consideration of a parental request for a placement, the Local Authority must consider the entry criteria detailed above.