St Chris takes pride in supporting students who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). However, it is only possible for us to support a small proportion of our student intake each year.
In order to determine the necessary support required during the admission process and if an offer is made, we require parents of children with special educational needs, specific pastoral needs, disabilities or allergies to discuss their child’s needs with the school when they complete the Application Form for a place at the school, and before they have undertaken any of our assessments.
At the point of completing the Application Form parents must disclose any known or suspected needs or diagnoses relating to their child’s health, well-being, abilities or behaviour. This includes any known or suspected pastoral issues relating to their child’s physical or mental health, their well-being, social interactions, bullying or wider family circumstances. It also includes any issues that may impact on their suitability to board if they are applying for a boarding place.
Our Admissions Department, in consultation with the SEND Department and the Head, then consider the information submitted alongside the current school report and personal reference in order to clarify access arrangements and consider any additional support required. We may also contact the SENCO or Head at the current school for further discussion.
Where we conclude that we can reasonably meet a child’s needs, we invite them for assessment; where we do not, we inform the parents at the earliest possible stage to enable them to consider other options.
For further information please see our Admissions Policy.