We have a capacity of 194 places and from September 2016 we have a total of 187 pupils: 56 at our Tonbridge site, 127 at our Tunbridge Wells site and 4 at our satellite site.
The admission of children with new EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plans – which are replacing Statements of Special Educational Needs) to schools is a matter for the Local Authority who has statutory responsibility for arranging their provision.
An explanation of the process of applying for a school place is available through the local authority and details are on their website: http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places
There are admissions criteria for each special school that are applied in order to determine if a particular special school would be a suitable placement. A link to the admissions criteria for Kent special schools is as follows but our buildings present accessibility issues which means that unfortunately we cannot admit pupils with profound learning difficulties:-
The named officer in the relevant Area Education Office explains the arrangements for admission to parents and carers as part of the statutory assessment process or as part of any school transition process but further advice is available directly from the Area Offices:
Most of our Tonbridge pupils transfer to our Tunbridge Wells site but transfer is not automatic. Entry is decided via Annual Reviews in year 5, according to individual needs and parental preferences. The two form entry at year 7 in the secondary phase allows for pupils previously attending other mainstream or special schools to join Oakley. Some students also join Oakley just for their post 16 (FE) education. Classes are organised by needs/pathway within key stages. All pupils have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP, and there is a wide range of ability within each Key Stage, throughout the school.