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Willoughby is a Local Authority maintained Special School.  Lincolnshire County Council policy dictates our admissions criteria.  Will accept students on the following basis:

  • At the request of Lincolnshire County Council and on the understanding that the Education, Health, and Care Plan can be met by Willoughby School.
  • If the needs of the students as outlined in their Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs can be fully met by the school (MLD,SLD/PMLD) and that the school has been identified as being appropriate for the student with the appropriate professional additional advice.
  • Careful consideration will be given to all potential admissions, but decisions will be made based on the appropriateness of the setting, the current and future cohort make-up, staffing needs, support needs, behavioural needs and any additional circumstances.

If a student resides outside the county of Lincolnshire and a request for placement at Willoughby is made, places will be awarded following consultation with the Local Education Authority and Headteacher, providing that the Education, Health, and Care Plan can be met here.

In extenuating circumstances e.g. parents relocating to the area mid-year, students may from time to time be awarded placements at Willoughby following discussion between the Local Authority and Headteacher, providing that the Education, Health, and Care Plan Needs can be met.

Where it is impractical to admit a student due to limited space or high numbers in year groups, students will be prioritised according to their individual need, following consultation between Lincolnshire County Council and the Headteacher.

The School will work closely with the County Portage Service in order to support families with pre-school aged children.  Input from the Portage service does not automatically assure a place at Willoughby School.

Willoughby School works closely with a variety of professional agencies to ensure that students are offered places fairly.  The School works in partnership with all relevant agencies so as to ensure that any student and their family referred to Willoughby will have be offered information, advice and guidance at every opportunity.

Willoughby School prides itself on being a school community that allows all stakeholders to develop in an environment free from bullying of any kind; whether it is gender, race, cultural or background based.

Willoughby School is committed to the safeguarding of its entire community.  Safeguarding practices will be applied and monitored for any pupil admitted to school.