Admissions guidance

Our admissions criteria

  • Young person must have been out of formal education for at least 6 months

  • Young person must be aged 9-14 years old

  • Young person must have an EHCP or draft EHCP

  • Parental / Carer committed to engaging with the school

  • Intervention / provision is only for an expected 24 months

  • Joint outcome is to re-access mainstream or SEN education where appropriate.

Special Educational Needs:
  • Sensory, Communication and Cognition Social, Emotional and Mental Health

  • Mild to moderate Learning Difficulties that compromise access to learning and social context.

We can deliver therapeutic and educational outcomes for young people with one or more of the following needs:
  • Neurodevelopmental trauma

  • Mild pre-birth trauma compromising process needs

  • Language and communication need that has led to social isolation in school

  • Layered processing needs

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment disorder

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

  • School phobia.

We are unable to support and educate young people with the following needs:
  • Complex physical and sensory needs

  • Students whose needs can be met in traditional SEND settings

  • Complex Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Students who are more than two years below expected outcome

  • Severe levels of the above needs

  • Schizophrenia

  • Psychosis

  • Severe personality disorders

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

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 studio at Sundial Stables in Churt.

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).

Families and Local Authorities will be informed normally within 12 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) the start dates and core fee model.


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