Please note: If your child does not have an education health and care plan (EHCP), even if they are being assessed for special educational needs or an EHCP, you should submit a preference for a school place via the Swindon Borough Council admissions portal on their website.
Most children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), can be taught in mainstream schools. However, if your child has more complex needs it may have been agreed that they require a place at a special school or school with a special centre. You can discuss your child’s needs with their current educational provision (nursery school etc), their SEND case worker and any other professionals involved in their case. If your child has an EHCP by 30 September in the year before they start school then parents should contact the Special Educational Needs Assessment Team on SENAT@swindon.gov.uk.
If your child does not have an EHCP by the 30 September then you should apply through the mainstream process. If your child receives an EHCP after 30 September then their reception placement will be considered as part of the process for issuing the EHCP.
Swindon Borough Council have provided a booklet (see link below) which is designed for parents/carers, head teachers, teachers, and staff in schools and agencies in the Borough. It is a summary of the in-Borough continuum of provision available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). The booklet contains descriptions of the current admission criteria for each Special Resourced Provision (SRP) in a mainstream school and the special schools. This will enable parents, professionals and pupils to make informed choices about provision in the Borough.
Should a child with an EHCP request a placement, schools can either confirm the placement or raise concerns about the school’s ability to meet the pupil’s needs with the LA via the SENRAP Team who will consult with various agencies to decide what additional support may be required to support the child’s needs. In cases where it is demonstrated that the pupil’s needs cannot be met within the school, the pupil may be referred to alternative provision.