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EHCP: Finding a School

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The admissions system for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is different . You do not go through the normal admissions process.

As part of the EHCP process, you will be able to express a preference for an educational placement of your choice when you first get the EHCP or when your child moves to a different phase of education. You can also ask for a change of placement at an annual review. You should discuss your educational placement preference with your Assessment and Planning Officer (APO).

In line with the SEND Code of Practice 2015, we will endeavour to secure a place in your preferred educational placement unless one or more of the following applies:

If you don’t agree with the educational placement we name, you can consider appeals and mediation.

You may also want to visit other pages on this website for more information about topics covered within this page:

Special Schools in East Sussex

Mainstream Schools, Specialist Facilities, and Special Schools

We are fully committed to inclusion and most children and young people with SEND will thrive in their mainstream school. This is a school that provides education for all children, whether or not they have special educational needs or disabilities.  

Some mainstream schools have a specialist facility within them, for example providing additional support for children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties or autism. This helps meet the needs of children with a higher level of SEND. 

A small number of children and young people with a significant level of needs, which cannot be met in a mainstream school or a specialist facility, may be placed in a special school.

You can find information on mainstream schools, specialist facilities, and special schools in East Sussex by reading the Apply for a School information booklet.

You can find information about special schools and schools with specialist facilities on the East Sussex Local Offer directory, hosted on the 1Space directory

Alternatively, you can search for all educational settings near you on the East Sussex County Council website:

Mainstream Colleges and Post-16 Providers

The Careers East Sussex website outlines education and training opportunities available for young people with SEND, including information about local mainstream colleges and post-16 providers in East Sussex:

Independent and Non-Maintained Special Schools and Colleges

Independent special schools are self-managed and not directly funded by the Local Authority. 

You can find a list of independent and non-maintained special schools and colleges on the main government website:

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Additional Help and Support


Amaze SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) are a local charity who offer free, independent, and impartial advice for all matters relating to SEND. Contact Amaze SENDIASS:

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

IPSEA offer free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

They have advice and guidance for parents and carers of children with EHCPs on choosing educational placements:

East Sussex Local Offer directory of services

You can visit our SEND-specific online directory, hosted on East Sussex 1Space, that lists many different services both throughout the county and online. Services include advice, guidance and support groups, activities and events and mental health and wellbeing support among many other topics:

NHS - Health A to Z

While the East Sussex Local Offer aims to provide as much information as possible, there may be some conditions that aren't covered in thorough detail. The NHS website has pages that list all conditions, with information and advice on how to get extra support:

Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.

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