Securing a place for your child at Little Heath School involves a three-way conversation between parents, the school and your local authority. It can be a little confusing, so we hope this step-by-step guide helps you navigate the process.
Ultimately whether your child comes here depends on:
- Whether you and your child like it here.
- Whether your local authority agrees that a special school is best for your child, and will fund a place here.
- Whether the school has the space and resources to meet your child’s individual needs.
- Where you live: we tend to prioritise children who live in the London Borough of Redbridge.
Step 1: Talk to your local authority’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) teamYou should be able to find contact details on the education section of your council’s website. The SEND Team will assess your child and provide you with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – previously known as ‘Statements’. The EHCP will indicate whether or not the local authority believes that your child will benefit from being in a special school. Most students join the School at 'secondary transfer' (Year 7) and will already have an EHCP. However, the School will always consider suitable admission requests for older students, if places are available.
Step 2: Arrange an informal visit to the school to see what we can offer your childIf the local authority concludes that your child will benefit from being in a special school, you should arrange to visit Little Heath School. Call Rebecca Flint 020 8599 4864. You do not need to bring your child on this initial visit; it’s just an opportunity for you to see the school in practice and ask any questions you may have.
Step 3: Inform the local authority of your preferred choice of schoolAssuming the local authority believes your child should attend a special school, you should tell the SEND Team that you interested in being referred to Little Heath School. If you live outside of Redbridge, your local authority may suggest another, more local school. If the local authority agrees to Little Heath as an option, they will send us a referral letter and reports for us to consider.
Step 4: The school formally assesses the referralAt this stage we will match all incoming referrals in terms of age, educational needs and resource requirements to the places that we have available and will treat children who are or have been Looked After as a matter of priority.
Step 5: Visit with your childIf on paper it looks as if we can meet your child’s needs, we will invite you and your child to visit the school. This face-to-face meeting is an important opportunity to find out more about your child’s needs and ensure we can fully meet them.
Step 6: The school tells your local authority if we think we are right for you and your childIf we have the spaces and the right resources, we will inform the local authority.
Step 7: Your local authority formally lets you know whether your child has a place at Little Heath School.You will hear from your local authority first, not from us.
Step 8: The school sends you a letterIf you’ve been offered a place by the local authority, we'll write to you to let you know about start dates and other arrangements.