Admissions Policy for the Learning Community
Signed by Lead Teacher, Anil Sarna
Chair of Trustees, Zoe Holden
REVIEWED SEP 2016-2017-2018-2019
NEXT REVIEW SEP 2020
Step 1: A parent/guardian registers for an open morning or a Learning Community visit.
Step 2: A short phone call is held to confirm the the open morning attendance or Learning Community visit and discuss any specific issues.
Step 3: A child and parent/guardian attends an open morning or Learning Community visit at the Learning Community where time is provided for feedback and queries.
Step 4: If the Learning Community and the child and parents are satisfied, an interview is arranged between lead teacher, child and parents or guardians. Parents are requested to bring:
past Learning Community reports
evidence of work done, both written and visual
evidence of any qualifications
evidence of any special needs
evidence of any Education Health Care plans
Our staff then evaluate if the Learning Community can meet the child’s academic, social and emotional needs. If so, a trial period commences.
Step 5: On acceptance at the interview, a family interested in their child entering the Learning Community can arrange a try-out, providing there is a place available in the child's year-group. Prospective parents and students will be provided with:
Consent Forms, to be completed and returned before the start of the trial week, for student trips & medicine and for photographs and moving images.
The terms and condtions of the Learning Community.
Students are accepted when they can answer the following questions satisfactorily:
Does the child show an interest in learning and do we believe they will take advantage of the environment at Hebden Bridge Learning Community?
Do we believe that they are, or have the potential to become, a positive individual who will respect others (not a bully, but respectful and considerate)?
Do they show some understanding of our ethos and display a willingness to participate in the democratic structure of the Learning Community?
Do they want to learn, will they respect others and do they understand (relative to age and experience) the Learning Community’s philosophy?
The child is then either offered a place, denied a place, or given more trial time if the Learning Community meeting believes that greater exposure to the Learning Community will help them appreciate our principles.
(Very few applications are unsuccessful and these usually fail before the child has their week’s trial because staff do not feel that the Learning Community can meet the child’s academic, social and emotional needs.)
When a student is offered a place, the parent/guardian will be asked to complete an Acceptance Form (including Terms and Conditions).
The offer of a place is conditional on the Learning Community being satisfied that the parents will be willing and able to meet the Learning Community fees. A returnable deposit of £150 is required for the one day Learning Community, £200 for 2 days and £275 for the 3 or 4 day Learning Community.
Reviewed September 2017 and 2018 and 2019
(next review September 2020)