Admissions to Specialist Provision

The admissions process for an Area Resource Base (ARB) or special school place is via an education, health and care (EHC) statutory assessment or through the information and evidence gathered at an annual review meeting.

The decision about allocation of these places is the responsibility of the Statutory Special Educational Needs Panel. There is no longer a separate application form or admissions panels for special schools and ARBs.

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Key points about special school and ARB admissions:

  • Information from annual review meetings need to include clear evidence about:
    • current provision
    • pupil progress and
    • any available parental preference for school placement.  

Any change of provision will be considered at Statutory Special Educational Needs Panel. For example, from mainstream to ARB. There will be extraordinary panel meetings at particular times of the year. This is to manage the increased number of applications. For example, prior to secondary transfer

  • Information about children in the early years who may require a specialist placement when starting school is collated by professionals. These professionals will work with children and families in the early years. This information is shared with the Statutory SEN Service.
  • In some rare circumstances a child or young person with very complex needs may be placed in a special school or ARB prior to the conclusion of an EHC assessment. For example, when a family move into Cornwall from abroad,  This is an assessment placement and is also agreed by Statutory Special Educational Needs Panel.