Admissions Policy Consultation for Kestrel, Thurnby and Willowbrook Mead Primary Academies and for Orchard Mead Academy

Background

All TMET schools participate in full with the Local Authority’s Fair Access protocol in order that the most vulnerable children are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. In exceptional circumstances, this may include admitting children above the School’s published PAN.

Each of the following TMET schools has a Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) unit as follows:

  • Kestrel Mead Primary Academy has a DSP with 8 places to cater for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan detailing a primary need of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Thurnby Mead Primary Academy has a DSP with 15 places to cater for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan detailing a primary need of Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
  • Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy has a DSP with 10 places to cater for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan detailing a primary need Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.
  • Orchard Mead Academy has a DSP with 12 places to cater for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan detailing a primary need of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

Therefore, each school already has a number of pupils in their DSP with significant need.

The schools are proposing to limit the number of children in the main school with the same identified needs as their DSP specialism to ensure effective provision for children with those needs across the school and DSP.

Proposed change

The proposed change to the Admissions Policy of each of these schools is to reserve the right to refuse to admit more than 2.5% of children in the mainstream school with the same identified need as those in that school’s DSP, or those on the identification pathway for that need.

Kestrel Mead Primary Academy

Orchard Mead Academy

Thurnby Mead Primary Academy

Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy

Consultation

The consultation period runs from Monday 28 November 2022 to Monday 9 January 2023 and allows anyone with an interest (for example parents, other schools and the local community) to comment about the proposed admission arrangements. You can comment by:

  • Writing to: Cathy Brown, The Mead Educational Trust, The Mead Centre, 343 Gipsy Lane, Leicester LE4 9DD
  • Emailing: [email protected]
29th November 2022