Places at Highfield Ely and LINC 19–25 are offered where they meet the following criteria:

The young person has an Education, Health and Care plan, or this process is underway, and this plan demonstrates a significant delay in attainment and complex learning needs. As a consequence, they require significant modification to the curriculum and personalised learning approaches that cannot be achieved in a mainstream environment.

Paperwork requesting consideration of a placement has to be sent through the Statutory Assessment and Resources Team (SAT). We are able to work with different Local Authorities (LAs) even though we are based in Cambridgeshire. We hold one admissions Panel meeting each year, early in the Spring term where we allocate places for the following school year. We offer places according to how local to the school setting the young person is and the level of their complex needs. If the young person’s individual needs cannot be met within the proposed resources offered in the placement request, this will need to be agreed and arranged with the appropriate LA before the placement is confirmed.

Constraints on admissions:

  1. There isn’t a place available in an appropriate class group or appropriate resources available in the school.
  2. The young person requires a residential placement.
  3. The young person has communication/sensory/physical/social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties but does not have significant learning difficulties.
  4. The young person has other needs outlined in his/her EHCP that Highfield cannot accommodate.

Once the academy is named on the statement and parents/carers have accepted a place, the academy will contact the parents/carers to arrange for a pre-admission meeting. This is an opportunity to ensure the school has everything in place to meet the pupil’s needs and make the transition as smooth and positive as possible. Those invited to the meeting include parents/carers; the proposed teacher at Highfield; and other professionals that are needed, in order that we have the right information so that no time is wasted upon commencement of the placement. If the child is to start in September they will be invited to any other transition events. Children under statutory school age may be offered a part-time place initially and will gradually build up to a full-time placement. How this is managed is agreed between the school and the parents/carers.

If you are unsuccessful with your application to Highfield, you can appeal to the SAT Team.

The contact details for the SAT Team are: (Statutory Assessment and Resources Team)

Telephone: 01480 372600



To visit the Cambridgeshire County Council Admissions information please click on the link below:

Cambridgeshire County Council


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