Admissions

Bridge House is an Independent, Special Needs school, which specialises in working with pupils aged between 5 and 16 years old, who are considered to have Social, Emotional or Mental Health needs. Children are able to access places at the school following a successful referral from their current school or via the local authority. In addition, we will consider applications from individual, fee paying parents.

We individually consider each referral from an agency or school on the basis of the level and type of additional need of the student; our offer of a place will reflect our ability, as a school, to meet each individual student’s needs, in order to ensure that places at the school are offered in an open and fair way.  

The school may further assess its ability to cater to the applicant’s needs by:

  • Inviting the applicant to attend the school for half a day
  • Visiting the applicant’s home
  • Visiting the applicant’s current education provision

We strongly encourage school visits by all potential applicants, in order to further ensure that the student and their family feel confident in our offer as a school. 

Admissions procedures

Upon the offer of a place at the school, we will make contact with the parents/carers of the student to arrange formal start date and offer a transition plan.

Admission is based on:

  • Receipt of a placement agreement
  • An initial risk assessment being completed based on information provided by the referring school / agency, parent or carer and where necessary, other outside agencies.
  • Completion and return of a completed admissions pack.
  • Transport arrangements being in place. (these must be agreed in advance)

As an Independent School, the Head Teacher reserves the right to refuse entry if the school’s structure does not meet the educational, pastoral or social needs of the pupil concerned.

Additional information is available in our admissions policy, which is delivered in line with the Equality Act 2010, the School Admissions Code, the School Admission Appeals Code, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.