Salmons Brook School is a special school, which caters for young people where the primary area of need is social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties.
The criteria for admissions to Salmons Brook School is:
- The young person will have an Education, Health and Care Plan issued by their Local Authority and the Local Authority will assume financial responsibility for the placement
- The primary needs of the young person will arise from Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)
- The school will be suitable for the young person’s age, ability and aptitude
- The child’s attendance at the school will be compatible with the provision of an efficient education for the young people who already attend the school
- The attendance of the young person at the school will be compatible with the efficient use of school resources
The availability of places will also be taken into consideration when considering admission to Salmons Brook School. Salmons Brook School has places for 70 young people (10 places per year group, Year 7 – 13). The above factors will be taken in taking into account, as well as the young person’s level of functioning.
For a child to be admitted, the school must be named, by a local authority, in the child’s Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s EHCP.
Students can be offered a place and start a placement at any time during the school year.
Students are admitted through consideration of papers, assessments and observations. In cases where the school feels the child does not meet the admissions criteria, or that the school cannot adequately meet that child’s needs, the school will not offer a placement.
The planned admissions number for Salmons Brook School is 70. This is the capacity for which the school has been designed to provide for.
During the admissions process, if the number of applicants are more than the spaces available, consultation with the Local Authority and EHCP papers are considered so that potential students are matched to those classes where the spaces are available.
Under Section 39 of the Children & Families Act 2014 the school is obliged to respond to the placing local authority with reasons why they are unable to offer a place, identifying either of the following;
- the school is unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or special educational needs of the child or young person concerned,
- the attendance of the child or young person would be incompatible with
(i) the provision of efficient education for others, or
(ii) the efficient use of resources.
Consultation by Enfield Local Authority
The local authority will consult the school, governing body, or the Trust and consider their comments very carefully before deciding to name the school on a child’s EHCP.
They will consult the school by sending a copy of the draft plan. If another local authority maintains the plan, they too must be consulted.
You can find more information about Enfield admissions on their website.
Consultation by out of Borough Local Authorities
Consultations from out of borough placements are welcome although priority will be given to all students within the Local Authority of Enfield.
If parents are given a place at the school which they do not wish to take up, they have a right to request an alternative placement. They have the right of appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal (SEN Disability) operated in accordance with the SEND code of practice. The applications forms and guidance can be found on www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/send.
if a local authority decides not to make an Education Health Care Plan for the child naming the school, parents should approach the Local Authority to discuss the decision. They have the right of appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal (SEN Disability) operated in accordance with the SEND code of practice. The applications forms and guidance can be found on www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/send
The school adheres to all applicable education and equality legislation including the Education Act 1996, The Children’s and Families Act 2014, the SEND Code of Practice 2014 and The Equality Act 2010.
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If you are interested in visiting the school, please call or email the school office:
Telephone: 0203 089 5900