An independent specialist setting
for students with autism and anxiety
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Joining Lokrum Fields

We understand that choosing a new school can be a difficult decision, particularly where children have complex needs.

Our provision is tailored for academically able students with autism and related needs. If you are considering Lokrum Fields for your child, please start by reading our Student Profile, as we only offer places to students who we feel are likely to fit in well.

Students at Lokrum Fields are ordinarily funded by Local Authorities via an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). If your child hasn’t yet got an EHCP, information is available from IPSEA or your local Independent Advice and Support Service.

If your child has an EHCP or is currently being assessed for an EHCP, we are happy to discuss whether Lokrum Fields might be right for them. Please complete our parental initial enquiry form and one of our team will be in touch to arrange an informal chat with a member of our Admissions Team.

If you would like to proceed with the admissions process, we will then make an appointment for you to visit Lokrum Fields and request copies of all reports and documents relating to your child’s additional needs and school experiences. We usually arrange visits out of school hours to avoid disruption for our existing students.

We may ask you and your child to meet one of our admissions team and/or therapists so that we can further explore your child’s needs. Where children have had traumatic school experiences and/or have high anxiety, we will adapt our assessment procedures as far as possible to take account of these additional needs. The assessment process is likely to occur in conjunction with a referral from your Local Authority or, if applicable, alongside your appeal to the SEND Tribunal.

Once we feel we have sufficient information, our admissions panel will decide whether to offer your child a place at Lokrum Fields. The decision will be made in line with the SEND Code of Practice and we will inform you of the outcome in writing.

Transition plans are made collaboratively with the student, parents, LA, and, where appropriate, the current school placement. Transitions can include a combination of visits, activities, and taster days, personalised for each student according to their individual needs.

Information about how we process your data during the Admissions Assessment Process is available in our Privacy Statement.