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Referral & Admissions Process


Ripplevale School has an extensive and robust admissions process to ensure that the specific physical, emotional and educational needs of the students will be met and the placement is suitable for them.​

Ripplevale School will accept referrals for young people who have an EHCP and have a diagnosis of ASD. They may have experienced a disruptive and disturbed educational life and may have very low self-esteem, social and emotional and sensory needs, including anxiety, coupled with difficulties relating to communication with adults and peers.

Referrals are accepted from the SEN Placements Team at the Local Authority and the student should be aged 6 to 18. Privately funded students are also welcome to apply and are subject to the same admissions process.

Once a referral has been made, a student friendly interview will be held at Ripplevale School by appointment for parents/carers and their son with the Headteacher or Deputy Head.  The family will have the opportunity to walk around the school and see parts of the school day to get a feel of Ripplevale life.

Following a successful interview the student will be invited to attend a ‘taster’ day when the student will spend the day with a peer group. Once a successful ‘taster day’ has been completed and the admissions team feel that the needs of the student can be met, a place will be offered.

Initial enquires may be made by families by telephone or email to the Admissions Manager, who will be happy to offer a tour of the school.

For more details and information please view Admissions Policy under Policy section.

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I view the school staff as allies in caring for and educating my son. All too often, schools become yet another battleground for parents of children with SEND but I really feel that the staff at Ripplevale are standing beside me and cheering my son on with me.