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Admissions criteria


The majority of placements at Priory Lodge School come via parent referrals, who then approach their local authority. 

The admissions process

Priory Lodge School has a thorough admissions process which has been designed to ensure high quality placements with the maximum chance of success for our young people.

  1. The school receives an enquiry from parents/local authority, expressing an interest in placing a young person at Priory Lodge School.
  2. Our Referrals Coordinator will ask parents/local authority for more information about the young person. We may request information such as copies of the young person’s Statement/EHCP and current reports e.g. Annual Review, Psychologist/ Psychiatrist, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy reports. This helps us gain a greater understanding of the young person and assists the assessment process.
  3. The School Head Teacher will review the information provided and decide whether to take the enquiry further to meet with the young person’s parents.
  4. Parents are invited to come to the school and meet with the School Head Teacher to discuss the young person’s needs. A detailed discussion is held followed by a tour of the school.
  5. The Head Teacher will make a decision regarding whether the school might be able to meet need and whether the young person should attend the school for an assessment.
  6. The young person is invited for an assessment (called a ‘taster day’). They will be asked to visit the school, view our specialist classrooms and meet teaching staff. This process will also include observational assessment within a classroom setting to identify if the school can meet the young person’s needs in regard to ability, aptitude and education. We understand that joining in with class routine in an unfamiliar setting may prove difficult for some young people but these visits are extremely helpful in terms of enabling everyone to make a decision about whether a placement is appropriate. 
  7. Following a successful assessment, the Head Teacher makes a formal offer of a place and parents are advised to contact their Local Authority.
  8. The Local Authority SEN department will conduct a Panel Meeting to consider the suitability of the proposed placement. The SEN panel make the final decision and parents will receive written notification from their Local Authority on the panel’s decision. 
  9. If an agreement is reached, the school will advise the family and the Local Authority of a proposed start date.
  10. Discussion will take place ahead of the start date with parents and the young person to plan a transition. Parents will also be sent a ‘Welcome Pack’ and asked to complete essential records prior to the young person’s admission.
  11. All students placed at Priory Lodge School will have a three month review and an Annual Review.

Rolling admissions

Priory Lodge School considers applications on a rolling admissions basis from young people aged 7 to 19 years old with a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum condition or related conditions. We also welcome learners with physical disabilities.

Find out more about Priory Lodge School

Are you a parent or carer with a child that you think would benefit from attending Priory Lodge School? Perhaps you are an authority with an interest in placing a young person in Priory Lodge School. If you would like to find out more about admissions to our school, then please contact our admission team by emailing thepriorylodgeschool@priorygroup.com

We welcome parents and carers to make an appointment to visit, meet our Head Teacher, discuss your child’s needs and take a tour of the school.