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School admission - further help and advice

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you should make an application in the usual way.

Most children with a statement/EHCP can, with appropriate support, have their needs met in any local school. Occasionally, a child's needs are such that they can only be met at a particular school. This may, for example, be a school which has been adapted to cater for children with mobility problems. In these circumstances it is the LA's responsibility to offer your child a place in a school that is best able to meet their needs. This school will be named in your child's statement /EHCP and your child would be given priority when allocating places.

If you need further information about the school named in your child's statement/EHCP you can contact the Special Educational Needs and Disability Team on one of the following numbers:

Allerdale & Copeland: 01946 506211 
Carlisle & Eden: 01228 226843
Furness & South Lakes: 01229 407403 or 01539 713471

Cumbria Information, Advice and Support Service (which was formerly known as the Parent Partnership Service) offers up to date information, impartial advice and practical support to parents/carers of children with special educational needs or severe medical conditions (disabilities), which affect the way their child can access education.

For further information and contact details please visit:

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/ils/parentpartnership/contact.asp

Cumbria County Council operates a Fair Access Protocol. Each LA must have a Fair Access Protocol, agreed with the majority of schools in its area to ensure that - outside the normal admissions round - unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible.

In agreeing a protocol, the LA must ensure that no school - including those with available places - is asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been excluded from other schools, or who have challenging behaviour. The protocol must include how the LA will use provision to ensure that the needs of pupils who are not ready for mainstream schooling are met.

If you think that your child might be eligible for free school meals or a school uniform grant you can get further information on the county council's free school meals web pages or by contacting: 01228 226060.