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Shepwell School

‘Believing is Achieving’

Referral process

Each of our pupils is unique…

Therefore, we aim to build a personalised offer of learning and support around all pupils. Before pupils begin a full time education at the School we have a comprehensive induction programme which includes a number of assessments. This helps us to build up a clear picture of our pupils needs and teachers plan accordingly.


Pupil progress is reviewed every six weeks by the Head Teacher, pupil, parent/carer, and mainstream school and partner agencies (if applicable). We can also offer any specific additional support such as mentoring, literacy or therapeutic services. Every six weeks the pupils review their personal target with subject staff and set a new ‘Go for It’ target in every subject.


Pupils well being is also assessed every six weeks and intervention strategies indentified if appropriate. Parents receive a full written progress report every six weeks.

Formal Referral Process

  • Conversation with head teacher or Walsall SEN team
  • Referral form completed by mainstream school (not parents)
  • Referral form for pupils with medical or mental health needs to be submitted to the school.
  • Referral for children with autism and an EHCP to Walsall SEN team
  • Pupil and parents invited to meet with head teacher.
  • Headteacher will review referral and arrange a meeting with mainstream school (if required)
  • Pupil invited to attend 2 or 3 half day induction sessions 13:00 – 14:45.
  • When all data is received and Service Level Agreement returned the placement will commence for a full time two week period. Part time place will be offered in exceptional circumstances only (with suitable medical evidence – not GP letter).
  • Two week review to discuss next steps.
  • If the probation period is successful the placement will be reviewed every 6 weeks or at the EHCP annual review.
  • After a period of time the pupil will be reintegrated back into mainstream school if appropriate