Admission procedure for Medeshamstede Academy
The placing authority for pupils attending Medeshamstede Academy is Peterborough Local Authority (LA) who will name the Academy on the pupil’s Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). A provision panel with a multi-professional membership considers and advises the LA on suitability for a placement in our special school.
Information about the SEND Local Offer can be found at https://fis.peterborough.gov.uk/kb5/peterborough/directory/home.page
Places are funded through Peterborough special schools activity led funding. This is a generational model used to fairly distribute DSG funding from the high needs block to special schools. Places at Medeshamstede Academy may also be commissioned by other surrounding local authorities.
Admission arrangements are through consultation with Peterborough LA and the provision panel. Places will usually be taken up at the start of the academic year. However, if a place is available it may be taken up at any time of year.
Pupils who are successful in a specialist setting may return to a mainstream setting at any time, following appropriate review of their EHCP.
The age range of our pupils are 4 -16 years. From September 2020, our maximum pupil number is 127.
All pupils at Medeshamstede Academy have an EHCP for communication and interaction as their main presenting need. All pupils have a diagnosis of Autism. Pupils will have additional needs associated with autism including sensory & physical, social, emotional & mental health needs and cognition and learning needs. Cognitive ability will be in the mainstream range, e.g. above the 2nd centile in overall tests of cognitive ability.
Consultation for a place
Prior to naming Medeshamstede in the EHCP, the LA will have consulted fully with the Academy in line with their statutory obligations. The Principal will consider the following in responding to the LAs request for a placement:
- The Academy is suitable to the child’s age, ability, aptitude and special educational needs
- The child’s placement in the Academy would be compatible with the efficient education of the other children with whom the child would be educated
- The placement is an efficient use of resources
- Parents have expressed a preference for the Academy (or in cases of dispute between parents and the LA, the LA intends to name the Academy on the EHCP)
- The child has an EHCP indicating ASD as the primary need
- Pupil number would exceed 127.
Appeal arrangements where a referring agent wishes to question a decision about admission
The SEND Code of Practice entitles parents to appeal to the SEN and Disability Tribunal if their home LA refuses to name the School in the EHCP or the School refuses to offer a place.
How do we support new pupils and families transitioning to Medeshamstede ?
New pupils receive a personalised transition plan to support them. This begins with a visit to look around the Academy where the pupil will meet their class teacher, peers and support staff. Social stories and visual supports help new pupils in preparing for starting their new school. Parents will also receive an induction pack with key information about the Academy, policies, and other important information.
A transition meeting is held with parents/carers and the child to share further information we need to know. Other professionals may also attend the transition meeting.
Our Transition Base
We run the provision of a transition base for new pupils who join us in KS 2 and secondary phase. Younger pupils, up to Y3, may join our pre-formal class (Busy Bees).
The transition base is run by our assistant principal and support staff. This provision allows pupils to form secure relationships with trusted adults and peers, in settling into a new school. In the first term, there is a focus on the child’s personal development, communication & interaction needs and social, emotional and sensory needs. Provision is delivered at a pace that does not overwhelm, as we understand that pupils are coping with change and transition.
In the first 6 weeks of starting, pupils may attend for part time. This allows them to settle well and manage any anxiety at their own pace. The transition leader liaises with parents frequently and will plan for next steps with parents and the child in building up to full time attendance in school after the first half term.
During the first 6 weeks, we perform an informal baseline assessment through our observations. This tells us what a pupil knows and can do and what their next steps need to be. From this assessment, targets will be set for the term ahead. If appropriate, pupils will co-produce a personalised pupil passport, positive behaviour support plan and visual menu to support self-regulation. These documents enable pupil voice for how staff can further support pupil needs.
Once feeling secure, the pupil will join a class appropriate to their developmental stage and cognitive profile. Our transition programme allows provision between the base and class until the pupil is ready to join their class full time. Pupils will be monitored by the transition base team for their first year at Medeshamstede.
LA Transport Service
Many pupils access the local authority transport service to and from the academy, arranged by parents/carers through their LA. This is funded by the pupil’s LA if the criteria for distance between home and school is met.