Sir Peter Hall school is an 80-place school for students aged 9-16 years old with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and who also may have other additional needs such as Autistic Spectrum (ASD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD), Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA).
The school is run by Unity Schools Partnership and is based on a mainstream model of education with an SEMH specialism. The overarching vision for the school is to provide individualised support for all students and prepare them to become successful independent adults who know they can make a positive contribution to their community, becoming valuable members of a society.
We believe that an ambitious, well-planned curriculum is essential for not only achieving successful academic outcomes but also in effectively meeting the social, emotional and mental health needs of our learners. The broad range of the National Curriculum will be followed because we aspire for the pupils to achieve high educational standards.
There will also be enriching elements to the curriculum including carefully selected interventions to enable the children to become self-regulating, self-aware and socially and emotionally mature. Whilst we appreciate that the pupils will have additional needs and present with additional challenges, we see no reason to lower our expectations of both what they can achieve and the outcomes which are possible for them.
Admissions to the school
Sir Peter Hall School is a co-educational special school which provides 80 places for children in the age range 9-16 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs and who also may have other additional needs such as Autistic Spectrum (ASD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD), Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA).
Places are commissioned by the local authority. The total cost of a place will be agreed with the local authority, who will pay the agreed top-up to the £10,000 base funding from the DfE.
Parents wishing their child to be considered for a place will be advised to contact their home Local Authority (LA) SEN service.
The commissioning LA will consult the Headteacher regarding each pupil that the LA considers potentially suitable to request a place in the school.
The Headteacher will consider the suitability of the school provision in addressing the needs of the child and also giving consideration to the needs of the current pupils on roll.
All pupils will be reviewed at the end of Key Stage 2 for suitability of transfer to Secondary School.
The Unity Schools Partnership will consent to being named, except where admitting the child would be incompatible with the provision of efficient education for other children; and where no reasonable steps may be made to secure compatibility. Consideration will need to be given to numbers in and the profile of each year group.
In the event that the LA names the School and the School objects to the admission of a pupil based on the criteria, the school is under a contractual obligation to admit the pupil. However, the school is able to make a complaint to the Secretary of State who will evaluate if the LA have fulfilled their statutory and legal duties.
For a child to be admitted, the school must be named, by a local authority, in the child’s education health and care plan (EHCP). Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s EHCP.