Admissions Policy

Serenity School is a non-selective day school for boys and girls aged 5 to 18 years who have a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). All pupils have a statement of Special Educational needs or a draft or completed Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).

To arrive at this stage they will have seen a variety of professionals who have investigated the root of the child’s difficulties in learning. Most of our pupils have behavioural, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and additional learning difficulties, such as ADHD, ODD, adolescent psychiatric problems, attachment disorder issues along with challenging behaviours. We also support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition and other Speech, Language and Communication difficulties. Serenity school  work hard to promote independence and self-worth by removing the barriers to learning and social development, this also includes labels.

Once the  local authority  have deemed that a child may be suitable through a clear assessment and referral process which results in papers being submitted to the school as part of the consultation process. Any pupil referred will have in depth assessment with detailed feedback given to the parents, carers and local authority case workers to their suitability and we welcome open and honest communication most will then invited for interview providing the school has a suitable place available. We welcome visits from the child / young person and parents / carers to understand how the school works, meet key people and look around the working environment.

This should be read in conjunction with the Local Authorities Criteria for pupils with SEND. Admissions are usually in September, although in-year admissions are also made in conjunction with advice from the Local Authority. 

We offer a transition period for those who have been out of school for a considerable period of time or present with high anxiety. Our aim is for all students to transition into full time learning following the transition period with the continued support of the interventions team.