The Application Process

  1. Students with EHCP
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 to and copy in

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 EHCP

Haybrook College Trust supports the Local Authority to fulfil its statutory duty to provide education for permanently excluded students at Key Stage 3, 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.

Application for places are made by the Local Authority Education Access Officer who will inform the Executive Headteacher of permanent exclusions of Slough residents taking place from both Slough and neighbouring LAs schools.

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 Trust plays a key role in supporting young people to access educational programmes that re-motivate and support them to be successful, therefore avoiding permanent exclusion.

All students offered a place on a College 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 The Rotunda, unless that student was a late arrival to Slough. Application for Key Stage 3 places on HYPE are made by the Designated Teacher in each Slough secondary school directly to the  HYPE Lead.

  1. Vulnerable Children

Haybrook College Trust 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 panel but 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 Trust 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. 

Complaints Procedures

Any complaints regarding this policy should be addressed to the Chair of Governors, David Tottingham, ( for consideration by the complaints sub committee of the full Trustee Board.