Manchester Local Authority’s policy for determining admissions to maintained special schools is based upon matching the special educational needs of individual pupils to the particular range of needs provided for in each school. Special schools are broadly classified as providing for a particular type of special educational need. Since many pupils may show a combination of needs, the predominant identified need will normally be the determining factor in school placements.
North Ridge is one of 3 secondary specialist support schools for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties in Manchester serving the North district of the authority. The Local Authority (LA) does have ultimate control over the pupils admitted to each special school.
Pupil placements follow a formal assessment of the pupils’ special educational needs. This process usually results in the issue of an Education Health Care Plan, naming the school which offers the most appropriate provision for the pupil concerned. From time to time pupils are admitted to a school for a short period of assessment.