We have a formal admissions process so that we can make sure we are able to meet a child’s needs so that we know it offers the right environment for them to learn and develop.

Bespoke learning to meet a range of needs

Our school team will spend time finding out what your child enjoys, and what they are interested in so that their interests are integrated into their learning experience. This will work alongside the meeting the needs and target areas for learning and development that are set out in their individual Education and Healthcare Plan.

Once your child joins Northern Counties School, you will be involved in discussions about their education on a regular basis.

We cater for pupils age 3 to 19 with a range of needs including the following:

  • Autistic children who may be non-verbal or have significant communication difficulties, sensory integration difficulties and / or challenging behaviours
  • Deaf / hearing impaired children who would benefit from British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf role models
  • Children with complex needs including those with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), genetic disorders and/or sensory impairments

Admissions Procedure

The first step of the admissions process is to make a referral to the school. A parent or family member can make the referral directly, the local authority or other organisations supporting a child can make the referral.

When making a referral please provide us with as much information as you’re able to about your child, in order to assist us you will also be asked to share with us a copy of the child’s current EHC Plan.

Once we have received your referral, our school admissions team will contact you in a timely manner to discuss appropriate next steps, whether that be a visit into our school or for our team to observe your child in their current setting.

You can submit your referral via this form  >

Next Steps

If we think we might be able to meet the child’s need we will make contact at our earliest convenience. We may arrange an appointment for a member of our school admissions team to visit the child in their current setting or at home, or we may invite the student and family into school for a visit.

The range and severity of the educational needs of children at Northern Counties School varies from those who require intensive work to help them learn basic foundation skills such as moving, looking and listening to engage in learning activities, to those who are able to attain more highly but would benefit from our trans-disciplinary approach.

How To Get Referred

We are happy to receive referrals directly from a child’s parent or family member, using the form below, and also from other bodies or agencies; for example:

  • NHS professionals
  • Children’s Services
  • Education authorities
  • Voluntary agencies
  • Parent partnership services
Get In Touch

If you would like a call back with one of our team or have any questions about Northern Counties School please get in touch.