Pine Green Academy is a specialist provision for children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. Our Planned Places number is agreed annually with the Local Authority. This can vary slightly year on year depending on our capacity to meet the needs of our complex population, but currently sits at 120 places across the whole school.
We may have to limit capacity to admit into a particular Key Stage when Key Stage classes are full to capacity. This can sometimes mean we have to decline a request for a place even though we may not have reached our overall capacity number.
We can consider requests for places from the Local Authority throughout the year, and are often planning the school roll a year ahead.
If you think Pine Green Academy may be the school that could meet the needs of your child, you can contact us for an initial informal discussion.
In the first instance you should speak to:
The Department for Education has identified four broad areas which cover a range of needs. These are defined in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice – 0-25 years, January 2015.
1. Communication and interaction
Where children and young people have speech, language and communication difficulties which make it difficult for them to make sense of language or to understand how to communicate effectively and appropriately with others.
2. Cognition and learning
Where children and young people learn at a slower pace than others their age, they may:
The term ‘learning difficulties’ covers a wide range of needs, including moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound and multiple difficulties (PMLD). Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia come under this term.
3. Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which present themselves in many ways. They may:
This broad area includes attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attachment disorder. It also includes behaviours that may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self-harming and eating disorders.
4. Sensory and/or physical needs
Where children and young people have visual and/or hearing impairments, or a physical need that means they must have additional on-going support and equipment.
All EHCP consultations will be dealt with in accordance with the SEND code of Practice: 0-25 years.
All 'consulting' Local Authorities are required to submit EHCP consultation documentation here: