Admissions and referrals

All referrals to ISP School Whitstable centre are managed by an Admissions Panel consisting of the Head Teacher, Deputy Head and SENCo.


After an initial referral is made, the young person, carers, parents, social worker and/or any other professional directly involved will be invited to attend the ISP School Whitstable for a visit to meet the staff and pupils.

Pupils will meet with one of the Referral panels to determine whether the provision offered is suitable for the young person’s needs.


After this visit, pupils will be invited to attend an initial network meeting. Prior to the initial network meeting, an initial risk assessment will be written based on the EHCP and referral documents. All relevant information must be shared before a place can be offered or a start date/induction period can be initiated. It won’t always be possible to make a final decision at the initial network meeting and, in this case, we will make a decision as soon as we can.

We consider the full assessment period to be 6 weeks or a half term from the pupil's start date. Based on the pupil's needs and circumstances, a period of 2 weeks of part-time integration within the pupil’s appropriate year/ability group and will involve staged opportunities as part of an initial assessment. This timetable will build on the child’s previous educational experience and also match the prevailing needs of the child.


At the end of the 6-week assessment period, the pupil and parent/carer meet with a school manager to sign a home-school agreement.

If we determine that we cannot meet the need, we will communicate this to parents/carers and the local authority. We will provide 28 days notice of the school placement offer being withdrawn.

Ordinarily, following a successful induction and review meeting, the pupil takes up a full-time position in his/ her class.