All students attending Heathermount have a Education & Healthcare Plan (EHCP) identifying autism as their prime area of need. We welcome enquiries from parents and local authorities. We offer parents the opportunity to visit the school, meet with the senior leadership, observe staff working with students and ask any questions about Heathermount.
Requests for admission are made through the local authority covering the area where the student lives.
All requests for admission are then considered by the school's admission panel that consists of the Senior Leadership Team and the Family Partnership Officer. If the panel agrees that a student meets the criteria for admission, with the agreement of the local authority the student will be offered a three day assessment.
THE THREE DAY ASSESSMENT:
During these three days, the student will be based in a class with other students of similiar abilities and ages. The rationale for placing children on a three day assessment within a generic class is to assess their response to a typical day at Heathermount and to introduce the other students with whom they would be in contact should they be offered a full time place.
Throughout the three days, members of the multi-disciplinary team will work with the student on a one-to-one basis and as part of a small group. This enables assessment of key support areas such as communication, social skills and behavioural support.
Following these three days, and if all parties agree this is the best way forward, the young person will be invited on to an extended twelve week assessment.
Local authorities may contact the school to get details of the Three Day Assessment fees.
THE TWELVE WEEK ASSESSMENT:
This extended period enables all staff to observe, assess and make recommendations for the best way forward to support the young person in continuing their school career and will conclude with a comprehensive report for the parents and local authority detailing the findings of the school.
A young person will then be offered a full time place only when all parties are in agreement.