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Our Admissions Criteria

Pathways Education is a school for young people who have emotional, communication and interaction difficulties and current low attainment due to being ‘out of education’ for at least two terms or more. They may: 

  • Frequently present with anxiety and/or avoidance behaviours which may limit their access to formal education. 


  • Have significant gaps in their learning and low attainment because of lack of engagement with education or a school setting. 


  • Have adverse childhood experiences due to poor/inconsistent educational experiences. 


  • Is ‘at risk’ of becoming a NEET (Not in education, employment or training) 

(Severe attendance, categorised by the DfE, is when the pupil’s overall absence rate is at 50% or higher. ‘At risk’ refers to the students whose absence falls below severe attendance) 

All students must have an Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP). 

We can deliver therapeutic and educational outcomes for young people with one or more of the following needs:
  • Speech, language and communication difficulties

  • ASD

  • Specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia

  • Developmental co- ordination disorders

  • Anxiety

  • ADD

  • Neurodevelopmental trauma

  • Layered processing needs

  • Attachment disorder

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • OCD

  • PTSD

  • School phobia.

Conditions of Admission:​
  • All applicants meet the selection criteria for admission.

  • Any conditions of entry to Pathways Education are fulfilled.

  • The applicant is of appropriate age

  • The school can adequately cater for and meet the needs of any disability and/or special educational needs.

  • The school has the trust and confidence of parents/carers and can rely on their reasonable cooperation.

Due to the nature of the school day, size and staffing levels. We are unable to cater for young people who require constant individual supervision or children with very aggressive, violent or sexualised behaviour. Examples of needs that cannot be met as follows:
  • Complex physical and sensory needs.

  • Complex ASD

  • Students who are more than 4 years below expected outcome

  • Severe levels of the above

  • Schizophrenia

  • Psychosis

  • Severe personality disorders

  • Students that require regular physical intervention to support their presenting needs.

In-year admissions
  • We accept admissions throughout the academic year in line with criteria above.

Our Admissions Process

Families or Local Authority Education caseworkers can get in touch for an initial discussion and are welcome to arrange a visit to Pathways Education School.

Students will be considered once we are in receipt of:

  • copies of relevant documentation, including EHCP

  • prior education paperwork including attendance and attainment

  • any information pertaining to additional external stakeholders, such as social care, CAMHS, etc.

We assess suitability by:

  • reviewing all paperwork and sourcing any other additional information required (this could be an academic assessment)

  • observations of student (onsite and/or at home)

  • risk assessments.

Families and Local Authorities will be informed normally within 15 working days if we feel Pathways' structure can meet the needs and deliver outcomes and put forward a placement offer.

Pathways will negotiate with the Case Officer and family (where appropriate) start dates and core fee model.

admissions process

Our Open Days

We hold open days at the end of every term, our next available date for an open day is Wednesday 27th March 2024. 

Please contact us at to book an open day:
We also are available for phone calls any day from 10:00-11:00am
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