As an Independent School, the Emscote School’s purpose is to provide the Educational and Development support young people need to achieve their potential.
We will enable and equip young people who are experiencing difficulties at mainstream school to stay in education. This will be achieved by consulting with Schools, other professionals, parents/carers and most importantly with young people themselves.
We will provide support and we will work to stop young people being further excluded from school. We provide intervention for those who require additional support. This is delivered in small groups to enable students to achieve their goals.
We will still accept students who are commissioned to us from schools or the local authority on a short term basis, as alternative provision. Independent School status will also mean that students who would benefit from our environment for the long term can join our school and be full time permanent pupils at The Emscote school.
Age range:6-11 yrs , 12-16 yrs
The school is open to secondary aged 11 to 16 years. Education is mixed gender. Class sizes are small, so individuals get the education that best meets their specific needs and capabilities. Most teaching and learning is in small groups (generally no more than 6-7 students), although 1:1 teaching is provided where necessary. The aim is to adapt the curriculum and teaching, so pupils achieve well both academically and in their personal development. Where possible, placements will commence at the beginning of an academic term, although consideration will be given to individual circumstances and students will be admitted mid-term if needs be.
Before a student is admitted planning with parents and carers, schools and other agencies will be conducted to determine the kind of education to be provided. In advance of a transfer into school discussions will be held with individuals and school visits will be conducted so students are happy with arrangements. As a registered independent school (not listed by the Secretary of State under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014), those with parental responsibility and the individual concerned may request that The Emscote School is named in the student’s education, health and care Plan (EHCP), and the local authority in which the student resides will consider this request. However, the local authority is not under a specific duty to secure a place, and nor is The Emscote School under a (section 43) duty to admit a student. However, the school follows the spirit of the Children 1 and Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice 2015, and Admissions Code (December 2014) when considering placements.
Places are usually offered for the start of the academic year in September. However, The Emscote School recognises that students may be out of education for a range of reasons, at times throughout the year. Therefore, the School does take admissions at other times of the year, subject to the headteacher’s discretion. All referrals and admissions are considered on an individual basis. A place will not be offered if it is considered that The Emscote School is not the most suitable provision to meet the student’s specific needs. We do accept students where English is not their first language. All our lessons and instructions are in English.
The eligibility criteria for students seeking a placement, before a referral will be taken forward, include:
All referrals are considered on an individual basis. We will only decide not to offer a place to a student that meets the eligibility criteria, if:
(a) it considers the school to be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or special educational needs of the student
(b) and/or that the placement would be incompatible with the provision of efficient education for others, and/or the efficient use of resources.
The Equality Act 2010 applies to all schools and school admissions, and The Emscote School does not discriminate on any of the protected characteristics, including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We will take reasonable steps to avoid the substantial disadvantage to a student with disability under the Equality Act 2010. It will use its best endeavours to make reasonable adjustments, where possible, to ensure equality of outcomes for those with a disability, including students, parents, staff and others.
Last updated - 11/10/21
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