Choosing and applying for secondary school

Most children with special educational needs go to their local mainstream school. Details of local schools and colleges, including special schools and specialist provision can be found in the Cambridgeshire Online Directory.

All mainstream schools and academies must publish on their website, their local offer outlining how they support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Choosing a school

Deciding which schools you would prefer your child to attend is a very important decision. You are able to express a preference when applying for a school place. This preference may be based on a range of factors individual to your child and family. The Parents’ School Preference Adviser offers advice and information on choosing a school, how to apply and the appeals process.

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The leaflet Visiting a new school identifies information you might want find out and some questions to ask.
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Applying for a school place

Admission to all Cambridgeshire mainstream schools and academies is managed centrally. If your child has extra help at school but does not have a Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, you will apply for a school place following the admissions process for all children.

If your child has a Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, their move to secondary school will be discussed at their Annual Review meeting in Year 5. You will be asked to think about what school you would like your child to go to. You may want to visit the schools you are considering and attend open evenings. 

Your SEN Casework Officer from the Statutory Assessment and Resources Team (START) will be able to explain the application process for your child if they have an EHC Plan.

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