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Admissions process for special schools and specialist colleges

Outcome of the panel process

The school you have requested will decide whether they can meet your child's needs and whether they can offer a place to your child.

We (the local authority) must name your parental preference unless:

  • The school is unsuitable for your child's special educational need, gender, age and/or ability
  • To admit your child would be incompatible with the efficient education of others. For example, the school is at capacity. If your child was admitted the quality of teaching and learning would be affected
  • It would be an inefficient use of resource. This would only apply if there is an equally suitable school available, with less cost to public funds

The minutes and outcome of the admissions meeting are sent to your EHCP coordinator.


Your EHCP coordinator should let you know the outcome of the panel decision within 10 working days. We will always try to inform you as quickly as possible.

If an offer is made we will send you a letter to respond to with the school start date. If you accept the offer, the school will be named in your child's EHC plan.  


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