Peterborough special schools provide appropriate placements for children and young people with the most significant needs and who require a curriculum which is wrapped around them so that they can engage in learning.
There are overlaps between the provision of services in some of the Peterborough special schools to enable the right of parents to express a choice for a type of school (including a mainstream school).
Peterborough recognises the ‘presumption’ of mainstream outlined in the Code of Practice. However, for some children and young people, the combination of their needs and current context suggests the appropriateness of a special school placement.
The Local Authority is responsible for the decision to place a child or young person in a special school. A provision panel with a multi-professional membership considers individual children or young people with a statement or Education Health and Care Plan where a special school placement is requested and advises the Local Authority.
Children and young people who are successful in a specialist setting may return to a mainstream setting at any time, following an appropriate review of their statement of SEN/EHCP. However, it is especially important to consider mainstream options at times of transition, e.g. transfer between primary and secondary phases.
Admissions guidance for Peterborough Special Schools is available by clicking the button below.