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Welcome to Langley School

Langley is a primary age special school for pupils with cognition and learning difficulties.

We take children from the ages of three to eleven years. In exceptional cases, when it is considered not in a child's best interests to transfer after Year 6, a child will be offered a further year in the primary environment.

Langley's relatively modest levels of staffing and funding preclude the education of children with more complex conditions, including significant physical difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and extreme emotional and behavioural difficulties. These children are catered for in other establishments.

The Code of Practice states that a school placement 'must be appropriate to a child's age, ability, aptitude and special educational needs; and goes on the say... 'while also (being) compatible with the interests of other children already in the school.'

In order to ensure correct placement at Langley, senior staff will consider:

  1. the wishes of the parents;
  2. the statement;
  3. observations of the child within his/her current placement.

An Admission Guide

  1. Contact is initially made by parents or professionals and a visit to Langley is arranged.
  2. On the visit the parents will be asked to bring their child with them, in order to start the familiarisation process.
  3. The headteacher, deputy head or other member of the management team will conduct the interview and show the family around the school generally, and more specifically an age appropriate class or group.
  4. The interview should be a friendly, open and frank explanation of the school's aims and values and will include issues of behaviour management, expectations, curriculum, uniform, parental meetings and support, etc.
  5. At this meeting the following information will be gathered and recorded on a preliminary visit sheet:
    1. name
    2. date of birth
    3. address
    4. phone number
    5. child's strengths
    6. child's special needs
    7. where he/she goes at present
    8. Educational Psychologist
    9. medical issues/hospital/consultants
    10. any other relevant information
  6. We will endeavour to make visitors to the school feel comfortable.
  7. It is unlikely that a satisfactory first visit will take less than 40 minutes.
  8. The parents should be encouraged to look at other provision in order to make an informed choice, which they should communicate to the special needs department.
  9. The LEA will request a place for a child if they deem it to be appropriate. If the head teacher has not yet met the children a visit will be set up as soon as possible. This visit and the statement may suggest that a child is not appropriate for a place at Langley. In such cases the head will write to the LEA highlighting the perceived problem.
  10. If pressure is placed upon the school to take an inappropriate child, the head will seek the backing of the chair of governors.
  11. We recommend the involvement of the SEN Parent Partnership as they provide impartial support to parents.
  12. Prioritisation: If we are over-subscribed in a year group the following issues will be considered:
    1. Children's special needs must be of a nature that can be met at Langley.
    2. The guidelines of the Code of Practice should be followed.
    3. With reference to the above 'while also (being) compatible with the interests of other children already in the school' should always be a first consideration.
    4. Parents should actively want a place for their child at Langley.
    5. Children with siblings at the school will be favoured.
    6. Distance from home will always be an issue.
  13. Towards the end of the summer term an open afternoon will be held for new parents and children. This will serve the purpose of familiarisation and information exchange.

Groupings throughout the school may vary from year to year with the exception of Year 6 where we will endeavour to keep the class(es) as a homogeneous group.

Admission to Early Years

The following issues will have to be considered.

  1. The balance between the age group.
  2. The range of special needs.
  3. The number of children not yet toilet trained.
  4. Any medical conditions.
  5. Assessment issues.

Please Note

Where it will benefit the child it will be our aim to work towards inclusion within a mainstream setting for an amount of time.

LANGLEY IS A SCHOOL WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE VALUED FOR THEMSELVES
AND WHERE ALL ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE OF THEIR BEST