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Referral & Admissions Process

Choosing the right school or college for your child can be a challenging and time-consuming process. We are here to help.

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 Ripplevale School is the right environment for them.

We accept referrals for young people who have an EHCP and have a diagnosis of autism and/or associated speech, language and communication needs. They may have experienced a disruptive and disturbed educational life and may have low self-esteem and confidence, or have social, emotional and sensory needs, including anxiety, coupled with difficulties relating to communication with adults and peers.
Referrals are welcomed from the SEN Placements Team at the Local Authority. 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 the school by appointment for parents/carers and their child with the Headteacher or Deputy Head.  The family will have the opportunity to tour round the school and observe 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/s’ when the student will spend the school day with their peer group. This gives the prospective student insight, as well as allowing the school to understand their specific needs and strengths.
Once a successful ‘taster day/s’ has been completed, and the admissions team feel that the needs of the student can be met, a place will be offered on the condition of a place being available.
Initial enquiries are welcome from families by telephone or email to the Admissions Manager who will be happy to help.

Contact us:
Tel: 01304 373866 

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.


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