Admissions Information

Finding the right school for your child can often be a challenging journey for families to navigate.

What does St Dominic’s School offer?

St Dominic’s School offers up to 154 places for pupils and students aged 7-19, typically with a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition and/or Speech, Language and Communication Needs; all applicants will have an Education, Health and Care Plan.  We offer small class sizes, with a maximum of eight pupils per teaching group and a typical staff to pupil ratio of 1:4. We deliver the National Curriculum alongside our specialised Needs Led Curriculum and offer a range of different pathways.  For more information on the curriculum pathways, click here for Lower School, click here for Upper School, and click here for 6th Form.

We have an in-house Therapy Team, who deliver a range of interventions.  To find out more information about out therapy offer click here.

How do I get a space at St Dominic’s?

All consultations come through Surrey County Council, and placements are subsequently allocated by their Placement Teams. If you live in another county, your Case Officer will need to contact Surrey to put forward the consultation.

In-Year Transfers and Key Stage Transfers (entry at Year 3 and Year 7) are processed in slightly different ways.

In-Year Transfers

If you would like St Dominic’s to be consulted as a potential placement for your child, please advise your Case Officer to consult with us with the most up to date paperwork available.  If we feel there is potential for your child’s needs to be met, and there is availability within the relevant year group, we will advise the Case Officer of this and contact you and their current educational provision to learn more about your child and how we may support them.  You will then be invited to bring your child in for an assessment, when they will spend time with the existing cohort and also meet with members of our Therapy and Literacy/Numeracy teams to ascertain whether therapeutic and educational needs can be met here at St Dominic’s.

Following the assessment we will feed back to the Case Officer whether we feel able to meet your child’s needs and offer a place. If a place is offered and accepted by the Local Authority, we have found the most successful point to admit pupils to be at the beginning of a new half term.

Key Stage Transfers

As part of the Key Stage Transfer process, you will need to advise your Case Officer whether you would like St Dominic’s to be consulted as a potential setting for your child to attend.  The paperwork for your child will be reviewed by our team, and we will then advise the LA whether we feel we could meet need. On occasions where we feel we need to gather more evidence in order to make an informed decision, we may contact you or the current educational setting for more information.

Once all consultations have been conducted, the LA will decide which pupils are allocated to St Dominic’s School, and notify us and the families accordingly. This date is usually 15th February; more information can be found here https://www.ipsea.org.uk/moving-to-a-new-phase-of-education-with-an-ehc-plan

Once the LA has confirmed which pupils have been named, they will be invited into school for transition days to meet each other and the existing cohort (in the case of new Year 7s). They will also take part in ‘moving up’ days later in the Summer term, where they will follow September’s timetable with their new class and class teacher. A New Parents’ Evening is also offered in the Summer term to answer any questions and give more information about the year ahead.

Key Stage Transfer at Year 12 is less frequent due to the number of pupils progressing into 6th Form from Year 11. These consultations are processed on a case-by-case basis.

Can I visit the school?

Yes. Open Mornings are held periodically throughout the year for families wishing to view the school prior to Key Stage Transfer. These are usually held during the first half term of the new school year and in the Spring term, and will be advertised on the website. Families of pupils who have been allocated a place at St Dominic’s School at Key Stage Transfer will be offered a tour of the school during one of the transition days.  For potential In-Year Transfers, once we have received your child’s paperwork for consultation, and if we feel we could meet need and potentially offer a space, we will contact you to arrange a visit.

Due to the high volume of tour/visit requests and the needs of our pupils/students, we are unable to offer visits outside of these times.

Contacts

The Admissions Team coordinates the referral and admission of all new pupils and students and can be reached by calling the school number or emailing admissions@stdominicsschool.org.uk

Please see below our Admissions Policy and Procedure for more information.

OHC&AT Admissions Policy

Admissions Procedure