Information for Parents
Normally an application will be made by parents/guardians to the Central Office. Where insufficient information is presented, detailed reports will be requested. On receipt of written reports an interview is arranged for the prospective applicant with the School Medical Officer and senior co-workers. The applicant must be accompanied by parents/guardians and other professionals involved. A visit of the School and houses can be arranged at the same time or prior to the interview if the School is advised in advance. In exceptional circumstances the information available may be such to indicate that an interview will not be appropriate. Following the interview, all information and recommendations are passed on to the Admissions and Review Committee who will inform the parents/guardians accordingly. Parents/guardians confirm whether or not they wish to proceed with the application. The Admissions and Review Committee, in conjunction with teachers and house co-ordinators, ascertain whether or not a suitable place is available immediately or will become so in the foreseeable future. Any place offered is conditional on the pupil becoming registered with the Camphill Medical Practice. The Admissions and Review Committee will then either:
- Write to parents/guardians to offer a place at the School with an admission date, and enclose the Terms of Admission, the Term Dates, the School Prospectus (if not already sent) and the School's Child Protection Policy and 'Expressing a Concern' leaflet, or
- Advise that there is no suitable vacancy at present and that the applicant's name has been placed on the waiting list for future admission, or
- Advise that the School is unable to offer a place.
Once a place has been accepted by all parties and funding has been confirmed, the parents/guardians are sent a letter by the Admissions and Review Committee advising them of the names of house co-ordinators and teacher, with their addresses and telephone numbers. It will also contain the name and address of the secretary of the Link Group appropriate to the parents' home area.
A letter is sent to the secretary of the Link Group giving the parents' name and address.
The Initial Education and Care Plan is sent to parents.
Every pupil is admitted on the understanding that the first three school months are seen as a trial and assessment period. A review will be held at the end of this time. The date for this review will be arranged at the time of admission.
At the first review an Education and Care Plan will be set up for the pupil. This will replace the Initial Education and Care Plan.