This may include, but is not limited to, young people who have an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan and young people who do not have an EHC Plan but are undergoing an Education, Health and Needs Assessment. Typically they will be young people who have been isolated in their learning journey through a number of factors. This has made them particularly difficult to place within local authorities and for whom existing arrangements within “Education Otherwise Than at Schools” (EOTAS) do not provide the firm base of a school attachment at a time of significant uncertainty within a family and young person’s educational journey. They are those who are at risk of becoming long term “Not in Education, Employment or Training” (NEET).
It is the R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School’s aim to maintain learning within a young person’s community, whilst engaging partner services, in order to enable an holistic approach to meeting their additional needs within their locality. The focus is towards reintegration into an appropriate mainstream provision linked to both age and ability that will enable young people to lead useful and enjoyable lives within their community. The R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School is a creative development of strategically placed Learning Hubs with linked, small community venues.
These provide opportunities for supporting a dynamic approach to reengagement through a curriculum model that is geared to re-establishing social opportunity for young people and their families/carers. (See our Curriculum Policy). We recognise our duty to embrace diversity and to work to overcome prejudice and we do not discriminate on grounds of ability, gender, ethnicity, race or religion. Admission is reliant on adherence to the school’s admissions procedures as set out in the Referrals Policy (See link to full policy below).
Following an initial inquiry, referral papers for completion are issued. On receipt of completed referral papers, dialogue and meetings may take place with parents/carers and relevant professionals involved with the child and family and further necessary information gathered.
The admissions panel, comprising senior managers, considers all available information alongside the school’s admissions criteria and replies to the referring body with the decision regarding admission. If the decision is not to admit the pupil, we will discuss with the referrer other possible appropriate provision that could be made. If the decision is to admit a pupil, an acceptance form, with fee structure and terms and conditions, is sent to the funding body. On receipt of confirmation from the funding body that the place will be taken up, a parent/carer information pack is sent to the family. The pupil induction process then begins.
In addition, they may have a range of associated difficulties such as:
Whilst maintained schools are required to publish the oversubscription criteria on their website, the R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School does not operate an admissions criteria. Information about our admissions procedure is documented in our Admissions policy.
Our admissions policy is located in the policy section of our website here.
General information about school admissions processes in Nottinghamshire Local Authority is available from Nottinghamshire County Council’s website:
Admission enquiries should be addressed to the Office Manager, Nicola Holland.
T: 01623 423411