A Guide to Admissions at Turney School


Admission to Turney School is through the appropriate Borough’s SEND department. All students will need an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement which identifies an autistic spectrum condition with associated learning difficulties within the designated 5 – 19 age range. This is a document of entitlement giving a description of your child’s needs and the reasons for recommending a placement at Turney School.

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A parent/carer has the right to express a preference for their child to be educated at Turney School. Decisions about admissions are made in partnership with the appropriate Local Authority’s SEND Department, parents/carers and other advisors.

The school will try to be as helpful as possible to young people and their parents/carers, even when placement at Turney School is considered inappropriate.\

As a parent/carer it is likely that you will have been recommended to visit Turney School.
You are welcome to visit the school without a recommendation. Pupils are never taken on roll at Turney School without a referral from the Local Authority SEND Department managing your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement.

Please contact the school to make an appointment for a visit, which will include a tour of the school with a member of the senior leadership team and the opportunity to ask questions.

When a letter requesting a place is received from the Local Authority, the school will contact you in order to make an appointment to visit, if this has not already taken place. Your child’s name may then be placed on a waiting list if it is decided that his/her needs can be met at the school. Once a decision has been made to admit your child the school will contact you to make arrangements for your child’s transition and start at Turney School.

Pupils may be entitled to free transport to and from school. Before your child starts school, please contact the appropriate Local Authority SEND Transport Department:




We have a very simple school uniform that your child will be required to wear. This includes a sweatshirts and polo shirt for Primary and Secondary pupils. Post 16 pupil’s uniform is purchased from the school office.

The process of admission is organised according to the individual needs of the pupil and may well vary from child to child.

Turney School may or may not have prior paperwork/knowledge of the child:

  • Parents/Carers visit the school with or without their child meet a Senior Leader who will provide a tour of the school.
  • Brief details will be taken on prospective pupil and any other relevant information.
  • Consultation papers are received from a Local Authority’s SEN Department by the Headteacher:

  • If the child’s placement is inappropriate the papers are returned to SEN Department with an explanation.
  • If a placement is considered appropriate the child will be invited to visit the school with parents/carers.
  • Parents/Carers may be offered a place or informed that their child’s name will go on to a waiting list.
  • Offering a Place:

  • All relevant staff are consulted and a date for admission set.
  • Where appropriate, a planning meeting with a Senior Leader and key staff will be arranged.
  • The Office Manager will complete admission paperwork with parents/carers.
  • Admissions usually take place at the start of the academic year unless places become available during the year.
  • Induction period:

  • The pupil may spend half days at the school for two weeks prior to full-time admission.
  • Where appropriate, the pupil may also be admitted on a part time basis for longer.
  • Waiting List:

    If your child is added to the waiting list, their position is not static, which means they can be moved up or down the waiting list. Your child’s position can be affected if an application is received for a child who has higher priority such as a Looked After Child. If a place at Turney School becomes available, will let you know. If you wish to be added to a waiting list please let the Office Manager know. Waiting list positions are subject to change.

    Looked After Children:

With the arrangements looked after and previously looked after children will be considered to be:

  • Children who are registered as being in the care of the local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 (a) eg fostered or living in a children’s home , at the time an application for a school is made; and
  • Children who have previously been in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 (a) and who have left that care through adoption a child arrangements order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 2014) or special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).
  • Admissions of children outside their normal age group

    It is usual practice for children to be educated in school year groups as determined by their date of birth, however there is no statutory barrier to children being admitted outside their normal age group.

    Parents/carers do not have a right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular age group but may make a request for this to happen. Each case will be considered on its own merits and a decision made on whether or not the individual child’s circumstances make this appropriate on educational grounds.