Preparing for Secondary School
Deciding on a secondary school for your child is probably one of the most important decisions that you will make as a parent/carer. This page should enable you to be confident in making a choice with which you and your child are happy.
Look on the Haringey Secondary Admissions page to find out more. The teachers at your child’s primary school and the other professionals that work with your child will help to guide you through the process. If you still have questions, call the SEND department on 0208 489 1913 or email email@example.com
Choosing a School
How do I find the school that I believe is most suited to my child’s needs?
All of Haringey’s schools have the necessary skills and ability to meet the needs of children with SEND although some schools have more experience of working with children with a particular type of need.
Our Step by Step Guide provides useful advice about how to create a shortlist of schools you are interested in. You can click on the links below for a summary of how each mainstream secondary school works with children with SEND and check the school’s ‘SEN offer’ on their website.
You can discuss your preferences for mainstream school or special school with the professionals involved with your child, such as your school SENCo. Here is a set of questions you may wish to ask and the professionals who know your child well will be able to personalise for your child (PDF, 110KB)
Can I choose a school located outside of Haringey for my child?
If your child is at SEN support, you complete the normal application form. You will be allocated your highest preference based on their admissions criteria. If your child has an education, health and care plan (EHCP) you can ask us to consult schools using your child’s EHCP so they know how they will need to meet your child’s needs.
You can request we consult an out of borough special school, but local authorities often prioritise their own students if the school may be over-subscribed.
Can I select an independent special school at secondary transfer?
If you are interested in an independent special school; one that is not under the local authority and is a private school, but in order to use public funds effectively, we will always try to place children using our local provision, which is high quality and able to meet a very wide range of children’s needs.
We will only name an independent school when we cannot find a special school place to meet your child’s needs locally.
If I move out of the borough permanently or am given temporary accommodation outside the borough, can my child still have a place in a Haringey mainstream or special school?
You can stay in the Haringey school, but you may want to discuss with your new borough schools that are nearer to you. If you move during the transition process and have an EHCP your new resident borough will be responsible for allocating you a school place.
Support for my child
How are other professionals or agencies involved in the transition to secondary school?
The new school to talk to you about your child’s needs so that they can start planning for your child. Your child’s primary school will contact the local secondary schools and discuss transition arrangements with them for children who are moving on.
What therapy input will my child receive in mainstream or special school?
Both special schools and mainstream schools have access to the full range of therapies. Any changes to your child’s therapies or other specialist provision will be discussed with you at your child’s annual review. The type and amount of therapy that your child needs will be written into your child’s plan.
Will my child receive one to one support in mainstream or special?
Your child’s needs will be supported by the school, and your child’s level of support will be described in their EHCP. All the support your child gets will be to maximise their progress and help them learn to learn independently. This may be through some direct time with an adult, or it may be through teaching time, mentoring from older children, or group work with other children lead by an adult.
Will my child receive transport to and from their special school?
This is not automatic. You can apply for transport if your child has complex needs and is going to be attending a special school that is further from your home than you can be expected to travel. We will consider every application in its own right.
If successful, the travel and transport service will offer you a range of transport options. This might be to pay your mileage, travel training for your child, or pick up from an agreed point at or near your home, if your child is going to travel on a school bus.
If you are concerned about your child going to school, the transport department can offer advice on independent travel training and run independent travel training sessions over the summer.
- You can apply for these online using the transport application form.
Can I choose to use the money identified by the EHCP to fund my own therapist in school, or to fund another type of intervention in the school?
The money in the education health and care plan is usually used by the school, to support your child’s learning through teaching strategies used in school. If services are already available to meet your child’s needs, we will use those to make sure your child has the right level of therapy and support.
If you want to use the money for something else, this needs to be agreed with your child’s school. It may not be practical for the school to give the money to you, as they may need it to help support your child, however we will consider all your requests and discuss them with you.
- Please also refer to our Personal Budgets policy.
Can alternative therapies such as cranial osteopathy, music therapy, horse riding be funded through the EHCP?
These will not usually be funded by education as we do not consider them to be educational therapies.
The Application Process
Do I go through the usual online admissions process if my child has an education health and care plan?
If your child has an education health and care plan you apply directly to the special needs department and give the name of your two chosen schools. You need to use the blue form provided by the SEN department, which will be sent to you in September. This needs to be returned by 31 October 2021 but if you complete it sooner, we can start consulting schools earlier.
Can my child attend a special school without an EHCP?
We do occasionally offer special school places for children who have very complex needs on an assessment place. This is usually for children who have moved into the country or have developed a special educational need or disability. Assessment places are not long term and will depend how on your child’s needs develop during the time of their assessment at the school.
If your child is currently attending a British primary school, then you should discuss your wishes with the SENCo and ask for their advice. They will be able to support you to request an EHCP if it is needed.
When will I find out which school my child has been allocated?
Children with an EHCP will find out which school they have been allocated by 15 February 2022 Other children will receive the information on 1st March 2022
My child is having an assessment for an EHCP. What happens if my child’s plan is not complete before EHC offer day in February?
If your child is not issued with an EHCP before 15 February, a place at a mainstream school will be offered in accordance with the school’s admissions criteria. We will consult with other schools when the EHC is at draft stage. An EHC assessment takes 20 weeks and is a complex process so is unlikely to be able to be completed faster.
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