Fortuna’s Admissions Policy
Referral documents concerning a prospective pupil are received and read by the Head and members of the Senior Management Team. The school has 15 working days in which to raise any initial queries with Additional Needs.
The school will respond to additional needs to state whether the school could meet need for the pupil. Once additional needs have confirmed whether they will be accepting the place, the school’s Office Administrator will contact parents/carers to arrange for themselves and the child to come to school for a preliminary visit and interview.
A member of the Senior Management Team will undertake the interview. The parent/carer will be invited to bring a friend or social worker as support if needed.
The interview will include:
During the interview parents/carers or social workers will be asked to sign the following consent forms in agreement with schools policies and procedures:
Following the Admissions Interview, where possible, a Home Visit will be organised and take place prior to the child starting school at Fortuna. Where it is agreed with families, SMT may conduct admissions interview at the home.
The Home Visit will allow the Senior Management Team to:
In cases where the school or the parent/carer are unsure of the suitability of the placement further discussion will be held with Additional Needs and further action will be taken from here.
If the family and the school are in agreement that a place at Fortuna is in the best interest of the child, the parent/carer will be sent a letter of acceptance. This will be sent within 10 working days of the interview and will have details of the child’s start date and timings for the transition period. The letter will include the information parents/carers will require in order to apply for school transport. A copy of this letter is also sent to the child’s caseworker, for information.
Where no appropriate vacancy exists a member of the Senior Management Team will contact Additional Needs and inform them.
Once the place has been allocated conditionally to the child through Additional Needs Fortuna School will contact parents/carers nearer the start date and put into place the admissions procedure.
The time between interview and admission will be used to prepare the class and the school to welcome the new member.
Travel, catering and clothing arrangements will be finalised with relevant agencies.
Any multi-agency meetings are arranged.