Admissions

Haybrook College provides a range of educational programmes catering for students of secondary age who are not able to access education through mainstream schools.

The only exception is in the case of the Wexham Park Hospital Schoolroom where students with medical conditions receiving treatment through Wexham Park Hospital may access the schoolroom between the ages of 5 and 16 and may be resident in other Local Authorities.

The College, based on five sites, offers seven separate programmes and is able to provide high quality educational experiences for up to 200 full time equivalent students .

During the academic year 2018-19, Haybrook College is able to offer;

  • Up to 59 full time education places for students at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • Up to 68 places on a range of programmes for Key Stage 4 students who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion from their mainstream schools.
  • Up to 12 places on a range of short and longer term provision for students, who have self-excluded from their mainstream schools, may be vulnerable and or have additional social or mental health needs.
  • Approximately 10 places for students with other medical conditions and physical health difficulties.
  • Up to 16 short term full time places for key Stage 3 students at risk of exclusion from their mainstream school.
  • 8 part time (4 FTE) places on interim, individual tuition in exceptional circumstances for students who are under assessment or waiting to access other provision.

The College aims to ensure that all students have access to a high quality and appropriate curriculum, achieve their potential and are not disadvantaged in comparison to their peers accessing education in mainstream settings.

The Application Process

  1. Students with EHCP
  1. Students with EHCP’s

Formal applications for pupils with EHCPs come from the Slough Borough Council’s SEND department: they send a ‘Consultation’ containing the EHCP and any other relevant documents.

Haybrook College then thoroughly consider the consultation to see if they can meet the pupils’ special educational needs and respond to the SEND department within 15 days to either offer a place or give an explanation as to why we are unable to offer a place. The College will usually invite the pupil and a parent or carer in to look around the centre, meet the staff and ask any questions.

Following our response to SEND, the SEND Officer will then confirm if they wish to accept our offer of a place. Sometimes this decision will need to go before the SEND Panel: if the place is confirmed, we will then be informed that we can set a start date.

  1. Permanently Excluded Students Without an SEN EHCP

Haybrook College supports the Local Authority to fulfil its statutory duties by providing education for permanently excluded students at Key Stage 3 and 4 whilst seeking admission to another mainstream school and at Key Stage 4 by providing full time appropriate education as an alternative to mainstream school if necessary.

Students accessing longer term educational programmes at Haybrook will follow a range of accredited courses.  Each student will have a moving on plan and a careers action plan leading to a college place, employment or work based learning.

From September 2007 the LA has been required to provide a full time educational programme from day 6 following a permanent exclusion. Application for places are normally made by the Local Authority Education Access Officer who will inform the Executive Headteacher of permanent exclusions of Slough students taking place from both Slough schools and those from schools in neighbouring LAs.
Haybrook College may be asked to provide.

  • temporary education through Interim Tuition whilst a managed transfer is being negotiated
  • a full time place should a managed transfer break down or be deemed inappropriate by the LA multi-agency team.
  1. Students At Risk of Permanent Exclusion

Slough schools work collaboratively with each other to avoid permanent exclusions wherever possible.  Haybrook College plays a key role in supporting young people to access educational programmes that re-motivate and support them to be successful, avoiding permanent exclusion.

All students offered a place on a Haybrook programme must have a full history of multi-agency and in-school intervention.   Application for places for students at risk of exclusion on the Springboard or Activate programmes are made by Slough Headteachers through KS4 Pupils Educationally at Risk (PEAR) panel.

Applications can only be considered if a student has accessed at least one training course at Herschel Pupil Training Centre unless that student was a late arrival to Slough.

Application for Key Stage 3 places at Herschel Pupil Training Centre are made by the Designated Teacher in each Slough secondary school directly to the  HPTC Lead.

  1. Vulnerable Children

Haybrook College is able to offer places for Slough’s most vulnerable children either through its programmes at the Schoolroom at Wexham Park Hospital which caters for students with physical and medical needs and through Apollo which caters for students in need of support with mental health issues.  In both cases the Primary Care Trust (PCT) and or Social Care must be involved in diagnosis, prior intervention or support before an application can be considered.

Application for places may come through the PEAR panels mainly through the Education Access Officer who liaises with Social Care teams, schools and the Attendance Service.

Places are offered only when agreement has been reached with the mainstream school and parents or carers.

A re-integration or transition plan is put in place for all students in order to try to support them to re- take up their mainstream place or to move in to another supportive educational setting.

Capacity Issues

Haybrook College will at some points in the year, have greater demand for places than are available, as is the case with all successful schools.  Demand for places increases during the year and is at a maximum between Easter and June before year 11 leavers release places again.

In the case of students with SEMH, capacity is sometimes related to management of particular combinations of students and the stability of staffing rather than absolute numbers. It is the responsibility of the Executive Headteacher of Haybrook College to ensure that the safety of all students and staff is paramount.

On occasions capacity will be reached before absolute numbers.  In those cases the Executive Headteacher will liaise with Slough Children’s Services Trust and with members of SASH (Slough Association of Secondary Headteachers) to alert them to any issues that may impact on the capacity to provide places and meet LA statutory responsibilities.

Guarantees to the LA and Slough secondary schools

 

Complaints Procedures

Any complaints regarding this policy should be addressed to the Chair of Governors, David Tottingham, (via suzannegreen@haybrookcollege.co.uk) for consideration by the complaints sub committee of the full governing body.