SSPS provides statutory education for any pupil unable to attend a mainstream school. These are in the categories of:
Hard to Place
Medically unable to currently access their mainstream school
The Panel is chaired by the Access and Admissions Manager or Local Authority representative and is made up of representatives of local schools and other professionals as appropriate.
The Panel makes decisions about statutory admissions to the South Somerset Partnership School and ensures equality of access across schools, whilst responding to the needs of individual children and fulfilling the Local Authority’s statutory responsibilities.
The main legislation and statutory guidance covering the duties and powers relating to these issues:
The School Admissions Code 2012
Somerset Fair Access Protocol Alternative Provision: Statutory guidance for local authorities
Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs: statutory guidance for local authorities
Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England: A guide for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion
If you have any specific queries regarding disability please speak directly to the Headteacher.
Partnership and Outreach Work
SSPS is privileged to work in partnership with mainstream and special schools to support children and young people with SEMH needs and to support the reduction of exclusions across South Somerset.
Outreach work is accessed by completing a request form (see below) and returning it to the school. We have an outreach offer which is designed with our partner schools, however we also know that every child is different and so we encourage schools to contact us to discuss their individual needs as all reasonable requests will be considered.
Schools can also contact the Headteacher directly at email@example.com or on 07880 042853 for a Problem Solving discussion and signposting to SSPS, or other, outreach and support services.
SSPS prefers not to have empty spaces and, if statutory numbers are low, we can offer Early Intervention part and full time placements. These begin at the start of Term 2, Term 4 and Term 6. Requests should be made by completing the form below and returning it to the Headteacher at firstname.lastname@example.org,.gov.uk. Places are agreed by local Headteachers and are designed to prevent exclusion.