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Assessment & Admissions

As Great Arley School is a special school, the local authority decides our admissions. For details about our admission arrangements please contact the local authority:


North Area Education Office

Area Education Office
White Cross Neighbourhood Centre
Quarry Road



Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Closed for bank holidays.

Phone enquiry Number
School admissions 01524 581 148
Admission appeal advice 01524 581 148
Free school meals and pupil premium 01524 581 207
Exclusions from school 01524 581 213
01524 586 417
School transport 01524 581 112
01524 581 267
Help with school uniform costs 01524 581 148
Special Educational Needs (SEN) 01524 581 200


The decision whether a child should enter specialist education is taken after careful consideration and assessment by the Local Authority on advice given by a range of professionals involved in supporting the child and assessing their needs.  Parents, carers and the child are at the heart of this process of assessment.


The assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) would follow the procedure laid down in the SEND Code of Practice and the Lancashire SEND Local Offer. An EHCP is a requirement for admission to Great Arley School. The EHCP is formally reviewed every year when parents are invited to attend a meeting in school.


When the pupil is in Year 9 and Year 11 transitional reviews are held. This involves the parents, the school and other professionals who will support the transition of the pupil into Key Stage 4 and further education or training.


Special school panel meetings take place with the Local Authority to manage admissions to special schools and discuss the suitability of placements to ensure every child is placed in the most suitable provision for their needs. 


Pupils can be admitted at any time during the school year, if a place is available and it is deemed to be appropriate for meeting the child's needs.


For more information, or to enquire about a place at Great Arley School, please follow the link to the Lancashire SEND Local Offer, speak to your school SENCo or contact the Area Education office (details at the top of the page).

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