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9. Disability and Special Educational Needs

Halcyon will do all that is reasonable to comply with its legal and moral responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, in order to accommodate the needs of applicants who have disabilities for which, with reasonable adjustments, the school can cater adequately.

Students with special educational needs who meet the Admissions Criteria will be welcomed, provided Halcyon has sufficient capacity to meet the applicant’s needs, and these learning needs can be supported after reasonable adjustments have been made.

Students with physical or medical disabilities will be welcomed, provided they can be reasonably, safely and comfortably accommodated in the building, in off-site facilities, and through the school’s timetable after all reasonable adjustments have been made. Consideration will be given in the selection of off-site facilities to best accommodate a student’s disability. Parents should know that there is limited wheelchair access to
some but not all areas of the school.

Guidance for Applicants

At Stage 1 of the admissions process, parents must disclose whether their child has any disability or special educational need(s), has been enrolled in any non-standard educational programme, including any wellbeing support or a specific educational support programme. Information provided by parents at Stage 1 of the application process will enable the School to make reasonable adjustments to help the child
access the admissions process, including the indicative assessment (if applicable) and attend open days.

Once the Admissions Director invites applicants to complete Stage 2 of the application process, parents must provide Halcyon with full details of any disability or special educational need(s) pertinent to their child, or whether their child has been enrolled in any non-standard educational programme, including any wellbeing support or a specific educational support programme. This should include any educational psychologists or social-emotional evaluation. If no such evaluation is available, the school will require parents to provide an independent educational psychologist’s report before moving forward with the admissions process.

The school requires this information so that the Admissions Committee can make an informed assessment of a student’s learning needs and consult with teachers and parents to determine

a) the school’s ability to cater adequately for the student, should an offer of a place be made; and

b) any possible adjustments which might reasonably be made to ensure that the curriculum would be accessible to the student, should an offer of a place be made.

Applicants with medical or physical disabilities may be required to submit an independent medical report outlining the accommodations that would be required of the school.

Halcyon9. Disability and Special Educational Needs