The school works closely with the Tri-Borough SEN department, these boroughs being Hammersmith and Fulham; Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster; to ensure that children and young people admitted to the school are within the school’s criteria. These are:
- A Statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) that refers to a diagnosis of autism.
- An education, health and care plan (EHC) or statement of special educational needs (SEN)
- Working at academic levels well below age-related expectations. Whilst children in mainstream primary settings would be achieving up to level 2 at KS1 and up to level 5 at KS2, the children in Queensmill are likely to achieve between P3 and National Curriculum level 2 by the end of KS2.
The process of admission is the following:
- The Local Authority sends a child’s papers to the school.
- The Head replies whether or not the school can meet needs as judged from papers alone. If the Head reports to the LA that the school cannot meet the particular needs of the child in question, then the LA will not take that consultation further.
- If the Head says the school can meet needs from papers alone, this is reported to the LA’s SEN Panel, who, if they wish then to pursue the place for this child will ask Queensmill School to visit and observe the child to verify whether they can meet needs.
- The school (either Head or one of the Deputies) arranges to visit the present setting, observe the child and talk to any relevant professionals.
- 5. If then the school feels they can meet needs, they let the LA know and admission is arranged.
If the school is full it cannot offer a place as this would compromise the safe and effective education of the children already on roll. Offers of a place are at either of the existing provisions which are:
- Queensmill School main – Askham Road, London W12 0NW
- Fulham Primary Queensmill Unit – Fulham Primary School, Halford Road, London SW6 1JU
- Q4 at Fulham College Boys – Fulham College Boys School, Kingwood Road, London SW6 6SN
- Q5 at Fulham Cross Girls – Fulham Cross Girl’s School, Munster Road, London SW6 6BP
- Q6 at Options – 280 Goldhawk Road, London W12 9PF
Final decisions as to the most suitable placement are made by the school and communicated to the local authority for parents/carers to agree/disagree the offer.
Arrangements made to help the child’s transition into Queensmill School:
In order to help the child in their move to Queensmill, we put a transition plan in place, working with the child’s parents and with their present school if they are coming to us from another school. This would involve visits, social stories, photos books, etc; we would be led by the child in this, but would put in place everything possible to help them move easily into their new school.
We have a very good track record in this. We have admitted children directly after diagnosis as young as two, as well as children in any year group in the school. We have admitted children into our secondary department, at age eleven and above, who will have come from other schools or from home education. We are proud to say that we have always made the transition smooth for both the child and their parents.