Admissions Process

    We hold open days throughout the year when parents can look around the school and meet the Headteacher and Inclusion Leader. Children are offered a place at The Link Secondary School after a careful assessment process which allows us to be certain that we can meet their needs.

    Whilst the primary need of pupils at the school is speech, language and communication many also have additional needs. For example, many of our pupils are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Such secondary needs are taken into consideration during the assessment process. A child must have a Statement of Educational Needs or EHCP before being assessed by the school.

    Usually the initial enquiry is made by parents, but referrals also come from Local Authorities, whether on the parents’ or their own behalf.

    We conduct assessments for all children whose parents/carers have expressed an interest in a place or who have been referred to us by the Local Authority.

    We will invite the child for a one day assessment process. The child will spend a morning with the appropriate class, have a tour of the school and meet some of the staff. The child will have lunch with the class and then spend an hour after lunch with the year group. During the day there will be a formal speech and language assessment as well as more informal observation of the child in class. If the child is being assessed for a mid-year admission, how he or she fits into the current dynamics of the class will also be observed. If required, the child may be asked to return for a further half day assessment.

    Following the assessment process a decision will be made on whether the school can meet the child’s needs. Parents/carers will be informed of the outcome of the assessment process.

    The formal offer of a place is made when the Local Authority have named the school and/or agreed the funding for the placement.

    Please note there is an assessment fee of £150 if your child is offered a place and you choose not to take it up.

    Admission Criteria to the Link Secondary School
    • The child/young person should have a statement or EHCP which has SLCN as a primary need or:
    •  The child/young person should have a statement or EHCP which has ASD as a primary need with SLCN as a secondary need.
    • The speech, language and communication need will be significant enough to prevent the child/young person from learning in a mainstream educational context.
    • Any other need such as hearing impairment, physical disability or emotional and behavioural disorder will be secondary to the language and communication impairment and will not be acute.
    • The child/young person will require an education programme delivered in a structured environment in which language and communication development forms an integral part.
    • The child/young person will require speech and language therapy intervention delivered through a variety of forms such as whole school approaches, small groups and / or one to one therapy.
    • The child/young person will be able to work independently for a short time within the small classroom setting.
    • The child/young person will be independent in basic self-care skills (i.e. dressing and toileting)

    If you wish to visit, or to have your child assessed prior to requesting a placement with us, please contact the school on 020 8688 7691 or email admin@linksec.co.uk