2. Admission Arrangements

Students are referred to the school after the completion of a Multi-Professional Assessment when it is considered that the student would benefit from the facilities provided by Northfield School.

The admissions panel meets once a term and the student’s papers are submitted to the panel where they will be considered for a place in the school.  If a place is then offered, the education officer for the student will be informed and they will notify the parent/carer.  The parent/carer will be asked to make an appointment to visit the school with the student and to discuss with the Headteacher an appropriate start date.

Students may be admitted into any year group and at various times in the year.  From September 2014 the school is running a 2 year pilot project where the age range of the school has been temporarily extended to year 6.

There may be occasions where the school roll is full and the Local Authority will negotiate with the school to temporarily go over roll.

Oxfordshire County Council School Admissions

Ensure that the County Council has clear, fair and agreed school admissions arrangements

Admissions officers are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the County Council has clear, fair and agreed school admissions arrangements
  • Consulting on admissions arrangements for community and controlled schools
  • Allocating school places and determining the eligibility to free home to school transport, the latter in liaison with the Integrated Transport Unit
  • Providing relevant information for, and ensuring County Council representation at, admissions appeals
  • Working closely with School Organisation Officers to ensure sufficiency of school places
  • Providing advice, guidance and data relating to admissions

Further information

Parents can apply for a place in an Oxfordshire school online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

   11. Ethos

Northfield is a school for up to 60 children who have been statemented as having Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD). It has year 6 – year 13 and although it is designated as mixed there are only boys on roll.

 

The philosophy of Northfield is to provide high quality education designed to develop students to their full potential academically, socially and vocationally. What is different about the education at Northfield is its focus on the individual rather than the class, group or academic subject. Students follow the full National Curriculum. Any differences lie not in the content or aims and objectives; but in the methods and styles of delivery, ethos of the school, school and class size, and the nature of the environment itself.  All of which are child centred, designed to provide every student with the structure, security and success required to build confidence and self-esteem in preparation for adult life. Northfield endeavours to provide a safe environment in which students can learn and offers the opportunity through the close relationships with staff and named child protection officer to safeguard students welfare.

 

Students are referred to the school after the completion of a Multi-Professional Assessment when it is considered that the student would benefit from the facilities provided by Northfield School. The admissions panel meets once a month and the student’s papers are submitted to the panel where they will be considered for a place in the school.  If a place is then offered, the education officer for the student will be informed and they will notify the parent/carer.  The parent/carer will be asked to make an appointment to visit the school with the student and to discuss with the Headteacher an appropriate start date. 

 

There is an expectation that all students will attend school full time.  There will be some students who cannot cope with this and on some occasions, a student may be placed on part time attendance or an off-site package.  The school does endeavour to ensure that as soon as is possible, students are back on full time programmes.  At key stage 4 these programmes may include some college links or work related learning.
   11. Charging Policy

Occasionally where the opportunity exists we support the curriculum with trips. These might be for instance to theatres or outdoor activity centres. On these occasions we may levy a charge for all or part of the costs involved, depending upon the nature of the trip and individual circumstances of students involved. A full copy of this policy is available from the school office