Going to secondary school is a big change for most children. This page has information and advice about transitioning to secondary school if a child has special educational needs or a disability.
Looking at schools
Before getting a secondary school place you might like to look at what the setting offers. AIM for the Stars (part of Findability) can help you understand what a school can offer children and young people with special educational needs or a disability. Every school also publishes an SEN Information Report. This document gives details about what a school offers and does for children and young people with special educational needs.
Most schools will have open days or offer young people and their families a chance to visit the school. Contact the schools you are considering to see what they offer.
Applying for a secondary school place if a young person has special educational needs.
If a young person has special educational needs, and does not have an Education, Health and Care plan, you will need to apply for a secondary school place through Bristol City Council's schools admissions team and the normal rules for getting a school place will apply.
The setting your young person currently attends should support your young person's transition by planning and preparing for their move to their new school. This includes making sure information on your young person's special educational needs and the support they give is shared with the new school. Your current setting should talk to you about this, agreeing with you what information needs to be shared.
Applying for a secondary school place if your young person has an Education, Health and Care plan
If your young person has an Education, Health and Care plan you will need to apply for a secondary school place by naming it in their plan. Find out more about choosing and naming a school in an Education, Health and Care plan at a Key Stage Transfer.
Going to secondary school if your young person gets Top Up funding.
If your current school has apply for Top Up funding to meet the needs of your young person the money allocated should follow your young person to their new school. Your current setting should also make sure information on how additional funding was used is share with your new school.
Going to secondary school if your child had specialist equipment or needs specialist adaptations.
If your child has specialist equipment in their current nursery or pre-school this should follow them to their new school, if it is appropriate.
Your current nursery, pre-school or professionals working with your child should make sure information on what equipment or adaptations your child needs are share with the school they are moving too. Find out more about school adaptations.
This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol. Find out about what other Local Authorities do.
Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.
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