Schools can refer a child to the Fair Access Panel (FAP) to request a place at Hawkswood Secondary. There is a threshold for referral, which is that pupils should be open to tier 3 CAMHS or have experienced a complex mental health crisis and are school ready.
A panel of head teachers, members of the Youth & Family Resilience Team and Educational Psychology will listen to the case and decide collectively if the child would benefit from a period of short intervention (20-weeks) at Hawkswood Secondary Therapeutic.
If the panel are in agreement with an allocation, then the parent will be informed in writing of the panel’s decision and the Head or Deputy Headteacher will contact the parent to arrange an admissions meeting.
Our aim is to admit new pupils within 10 working days. In the case that we are oversubscribed, the case will be discussed at the Fair Access Panel and the pupil would be placed on a waiting list or allocated to one of the other borough AP provisions, which include The OAK (Heathcote School) and The St Raphael Centre (Holy Family School).
Pupil Referral Units and Alternative provision in the London Borough of Waltham Forest provide education to borough children and young people between KS1 – 4 who at some point in their education, are unable to attend mainstream school.
Schools and Academies in the LA collaborate in the process of identification and evaluation of pupils needs, the placement of pupils in Pupil Referral Units or Alternative provision as required and the monitoring of outcomes for pupils educated out of school through a Fair Access Panel (FAP).
Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Provision
Hawskwood Secondary have 6 places commissioned for children with Education Health Care Plan’s (EHCP’s). The Local Authrotiy SEND Team will consult the SENDCO for a 20-week placement at Hawkswood of a child with SEND requires a combination of specific SEND and mental health support.
If it is felt that we can meet the child’s needs and there is a place in the SEND provision available, without detriment to the current pupil population, then the child will be offered a place.
As part of the admissions procedure there will be a number of visits to the school for the child and parents before gradually building up to full time if necessary.
Our full admissions policy can be found on our federation policy page.