Admissions

Pupils can only gain access to our provision if a referral is agreed by the Alternative Provision Commissioning Team. 

Please note: Referrals may only be made by appropriate professionals.

Christchurch Learning Centre is BCP’s only maintained Pupil Referral Unit which provides education for those pupils who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school.  We also offer provision for those pupils with medical/mental health needs which prevent them from accessing their mainstream place.

PUPIL PLACES

Christchurch Learning Centre (CLC) is currently able to offer 45 pupil places.  This comprises of up to 25 places at our main site on Stour Road and up to 20 places at our medical site at Stour Cottage on Barrack Road. The number of places available at Muscliffe Park are yet to be confirmed.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Permanent Exclusions:

  • A member of the exclusion team will be made aware of the exclusion from the mainstream school.
  • Key school staff and other professionals linked to the pupil will need to contribute information to the AP Referral Form – (March 2020 edition) in order for the LA to commission an appropriate AP provider.
  • A completed referral form will be sent the Centre for consultation. The Centre will make every attempt to respond to the LA within 3-5 days however, this will be impacted by the level of information provided by professionals on the referral form.
  • If agreed, an induction meeting will be arranged with the family and professionals to discuss possible provision offers.
  • Admission can only commence if the family and pupil successfully attend their allocated induction meeting.
  • A plan of intervention and start date will be identified at the induction meeting and a two-week induction programme will be initiated.
  • Provision will be reviewed every 6 weeks or half term to identify next steps.

Medical based Referrals:

  • Through appropriate school based support meetings, agreement will be made to consider a referral to Christchurch Learning Centre – Stour Cottage site.
  • Appropriate medical professionals are required to support the referral and provide written consent to the application.
  • A key member of staff within the mainstream setting will complete the Request for Involvement Form – (Sept 2020 edition) and gather supporting documents from health professionals to send to the LA.
  • The LA team will consider the appropriateness of the referral and consult with local AP providers.
  • The Centre will attempt to respond to the LA within 3-5 days depending on the level of information provided by professionals on the referral.
  • If agreed, an induction meeting will be arranged to discuss possible provision offers.
  • The parent/carers, pupil, mainstream school and any external professionals are invited to attend the induction meeting.
  • Admission can only commence if the family and pupil successfully attend their allocated induction meeting.
  • A plan of intervention and start date will be identified at the induction meeting and a two-week induction programme will be initiated.
  • The mainstream setting will make arrangements for the provision to be reviewed at least every 6 weeks or half term.

All provision at the Centre is intended to be short stay.  Provisions will be reviewed regularly in order to identify next steps and any return to mainstream settings.  Where a return to mainstream is not appropriate, the Centre will work with families and external professionals if required, to identify an appropriate setting.

For permanently excluded pupils it is likely that an application to BCP’s ‘In Year Fair Access Panel’ will be required in order to allocate a new school place.  This is not the only route, as many schools have their own admissions policy and can admit pupils throughout the year.

Induction Meetings

Once a place has been agreed by the appropriate team with identifiable outcomes and time frames, parents will be contacted to arrange an induction meeting.  Admission Forms and a Parent Handbook will be posted to parents prior to this meeting but are also available from the school website.

During the induction meeting, we will make initial plans for intervention and support and discuss an induction timetable which allows CLC staff time to complete baseline assessments and plan a differentiated programme that meets the needs of the individual pupil.

Provision cannot commence until the Centre is in receipt of all completed admission forms.