Admission to Westfield School
Westfield School is a Community Special School with a catchment area primarily covering the Wycombe and Chiltern & South Bucks districts of Buckinghamshire. Children from other areas and Local Authorities (e.g. Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham and Oxfordshire) will be considered upon request by Buckinghamshire Local Authority, which is responsible for admissions to Westfield School through Buckinghamshire Local Authority own processes. Admissions may be made at any time during the school year, but generally take place at the start of each term. All admissions are made in accordance with the current school policy and appropriate legislation. Pupils are expected to be supported by an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which describes the provision they will need in order to access education. If the EHCP describes provision which matches that provided by Westfield, then your named Local Authority SEN officer will recommend that you visit Westfield and meet key staff in order to inform your parental preference. Please contact our office for information about upcoming prospective parents’ information sessions. A place is confirmed only if the provision we offer and the needs of the child are compatible. Decisions about admission depend upon the agreement of parents, the local authority, Westfield staff and appropriate professionals and there being an appropriate place available.
Special educational needs fall into four broad areas in accordance with the Code of Practice September 2014
1. Communication and interaction
2. Cognition and learning
3. Social, mental and emotional health
4. Sensory and/or physical
Many children have difficulties that fit clearly into one of these areas; some have needs that span two or more areas; for others the precise nature of their need may not be clear at the outset.
Westfield School’s provision aims to support the development of primary aged children (aged rising 5 – 11) within the Communication and Interaction strands of SEN within a specialist environment. Children are also expected to be within the moderate learning difficulties range of cognition. Children experiencing these needs may present with a range of learning difficulties such as a significant Developmental Language Disorder and Autism Spectrum related difficulties. We would expect children with these diagnoses to also experience difficulties with sensory processing, ADHd, DCD and other comorbid conditions.
Children with these needs often find the social setting and expectations of mainstream school overwhelming, frustrating and stressful, and this may lead them to produce behaviours which challenge themselves, staff, other children and their own parents. These behaviours are how their underlying needs express themselves.
Our pupils are grouped in classes and learning bases according to their needs range rather than chronological age.
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Helpful Telephone Numbers
Buckinghamshire LA SEN team: 01296 382269
Windsor and Maidenhead LA team: 01628 685878
Wokingham LA team: 0118 9746216
Oxfordshire LA team: 0845 6416402
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