Admissions Criteria


Mount Gilbert School is a day special school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH). Additionally, a number of students may also have moderate learning difficulties and/or a variety of medical conditions, such as ADHD or ASC.


The school provides places for up to 54 pupils in the age range 9 -16 years.  The Governors have agreed there should be a maximum of eight students per class.


  • Students must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • Primary need should be SEMH.
  • If there are major additional l earning difficulties and the student is exceptionally placed in SEMH School, appropriate support should be provided.
  • If Mount Gilbert is a change of named provision, an annual review must be held before placement is made or statutory reassessment.
  • Preference will be given to in-county students.
  • Proposed admissions are discussed on a termly basis at Special School Admissions meetings, attended by all Secondary Special School Headteachers, LA Educational Psychologist and members of the EHCP team.


Following admission


A meeting to address a student’s IEP will be held within a half term of a student starting the school.  Contributors would be:


  • Parents/carers
  • School
  • Any other appropriate service, e.g. Behaviour Support Team, SW, CIC team


Prior to admission


  • Parents/carers and students must be given the opportunity to look around the school prior to admission.
  • Where possible, admissions will be arranged for the beginning of a term.
  • A transition support package will be put into place which best meets the needs of the student.


All admission enquiries should be directed through the SEN team at the Local Authority.  Admission requests cannot be taken directly by the school.