Following the SEN Review, Trafford have introduced a model of local primary special school provision for children with Statements/Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) with severe and complex learning needs and autism. The aim of this is that special schools can meet the needs of their local community and be more accessible to parents and children so reducing the time spent by children on transport.

From 1st September 2016 Delamere School, Pictor Academy and The Orchards will cater for this broad range of special educational need. Trafford children with an Statement/EHCP requiring this specialist provision and not currently attending one of these schools will be offered a place in the school closest to them. Longford Park School caters primarily for children with social and emotional needs and will continue to cater for children from across Trafford, therefore it is not part of this model.

To enable this local approach detailed work has been carried out in relation to Trafford postcode areas involving number of houses, population density, travel routes and natural boundaries such as motorways. Postcodes are split as below:-

Delamere Pictor The Orchards
M31 WA14 M15
M41 WA15 M16
M33 4/5/6/7 M33 2/3 M32

 

Please note: For the academic year 2016-17 The Orchard’s will be temporarily based on the site of Acre Hall Primary School, Flixton. From September 2017 it is planned that The Orchards will move to a new site in the M32 postcode, located on the site adjacent to Barton Clough Primary School.

 

For further information please follow the link to the Trafford Local Offer website:

https://www.trafforddirectory.co.uk/kb5/trafford/fsd/advice.page?id=io1pn8nw43E

My child currently attends Pictor Academy or Delamere School

It is not intended that the agreed local special school model will be used to relocate children currently placed in these special schools with a Statement/EHCP. However if a child lives within the postcode allocated to a different school and a parent/carer would prefer their child to attend that school they can make a request using the Change of Special School Provision form.

An interim Annual Review will have to be called to discuss this and enable the Statement/EHCP to be changed. If a change of school is requested and travel assistance is in place a new request is required in line with the All- age travel assistance policy.

An interim Annual Review will have to be called to discuss this and enable the Statement/EHCP to be changed. If a change of school is requested and travel assistance is in place a new request is required in line with the All- age travel assistance policy.

For September 2016 only, children who have been on an assessment placement in 2015-16 whose parents would like them to remain at that school despite living in the postcode of another school will be offered this choice as they may have taken the placement without the knowledge of the coming changes. The current school can then be named in their EHCP.

If however the local special school is your preferred choice please make this clear using the request form.

Following an EHC needs assessment if a child is to be issued with an EHC Plan parents are asked their preference through this process and may request a mainstream or special school.  The local primary special school model will be used by Trafford for special school offers where this provision is felt to be required.

Register Your Interest

If you would like to register your interest in a place for your child at The Orchards and wish to be kept up-to-date with the school’s progress, please fill out the form below.

Please note that registering your interest has no bearing on the admissions process.

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