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Criteria for Admission to Hillingdon Manor School

For Consideration for Admission to School:

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

  • The child will have a Statement of Special Educational Needs, issued by their Local Authority.

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

  • The child will have the commitment and support of their parents/carers to the educational approach used at Hillingdon Manor School through parents agreeing to the home/school contract.

  • The school is suitable for the child’s age, ability and aptitude.

  • The child’s attendance at school would be compatible with the provision of efficient education for the children with whom the child would be educated.

  • The attendance of the child at the school would be compatible with the efficient use of school resources.

  • Admissions are made on the basis of availability of placements, taking into account the above factors, plus a child’s level of functioning, learning difficulties and age. 


Procedures for Admission of Pupils

Parents may visit the school on designated open mornings.

The most effective route for admission to HMS is when parents and the Local Authority agree that HMS 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 request an assessment to determine whether HMS would be an appropriate placement for the child.

The child and parents would then attend an Initial Contact appointment at the school.

The school then decides whether to proceed with a more detailed week assessment of the child’s needs and whether the school can meet them effectively.

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

There will be a review meeting with the child’s parents within 6 weeks of the child’s admission to discuss the placement and to develop IEP targets in collaboration with parents.