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EHCP: Finding a School

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The admissions system for children with 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 mediation and appeal.

IPSEA (the Independent Provider of Special Education Advice) offers 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 which can be found by clicking the following link:

You can get support from the Special Educational Needs and Disability, Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) at Amaze. Amaze SENDIASS is a parent-led free, impartial and independent advice and support service for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25, and for young people themselves. We recommend that you access their advice or support from the very start of the process. This service can be contacted on:

Alternatively, you can visit their website for more information:

You may also want to visit our other pages for more information about topics covered within this section:

Directory of Educational Settings

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 in the ‘Apply for a School’ information booklet. You can view this by clicking below:

You can find information about special schools and schools with specialist facilities on the East Sussex Local Offer 1Space directory, which also includes some colleges:

Alternatively, you can search for all educational placements near you using this link:

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 (INMS) and colleges using the link below:

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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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