Pupils at Richard Cloudesley School will have ‘complex needs’. Children and young people with complex needs include those with co-existing conditions or profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). However, they also include children who have newly begun to populate our schools – among them those who have difficulties arising from premature birth, have survived infancy due to advanced medical interventions, have disabilities arising from parental substance and alcohol abuse, and/or have rare chromosomal disorders. Many may also be affected by compounding factors such as multi-sensory impairment or mental ill-health, or require invasive procedures, such as supported nutrition, assisted ventilation and rescue medication.
Pupils will have profound or severe learning disabilities, often with more than one disability, the most significant of which may be a profound learning disability (PMLD). All people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities will have great difficulty communicating. Many pupils will have additional sensory or physical disabilities, complex health needs or mental health difficulties. The combination of these needs and/or the lack of the right support may also affect behaviour.
Before admission an initial assessment of the child's learning and medical/therapeutic needs is carried out. Parents/carers play an important role in this process and are invited to visit the school, talk to the Headteacher, see the class into which their child may be admitted and talk to the appropriate staff.
We welcome the full involvement of parents and carers in the admissions process and the parents of early years children are welcome to spend time in school during the first weeks. Visits and phone calls from parents are always welcome.
As the school is oversubscribed, the headteacher will operate a planning list and inform interested parents and/or the local authority as and when a suitable vacancy may arise. In this instance the headteacher will give priority to children:
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