If you have had a good look around our website and would like to find out more, please do get in touch. All students at NCW have a vision impairment as their main special educational need and some students have other additional needs such as a hearing impairment or mild learning difficulties.
It is wise to begin the process as early as possible to allow sufficient time for the funding process. We recommend that potential students attend their assessment at least 12 months before their intended date, if that is possible.
If you are thinking about NCW for transition into Year 7 it is appropriate to start investigating your options while the child is still in Year 4.
It is important that NCW is named as your preferred choice of school on EHCPs and in the school transition process.
Our admissions programme runs throughout the year and we can can accept new students at any time. Many of our new starters join us part way through a year, into any year group – often the funding process can take longer than anticipated.
The criteria for acceptance at NCW are for students to:
- Have vision impairment as their primary SEN, with or without additional SEND, and require access to the VI specialist curriculum
- Be capable of learning through the National Curriculum and following courses leading to recognised qualifications
- Have the potential to contribute to and benefit from being part of a social group
The process often starts by arranging a visit. Visits usually run from 11am to 2pm during which we will take you round the campus and answer your questions over lunch. You will be able to drop into lessons, have a look around the residential accommodation and meet some students and staff. If you need it we can also arrange overnight accommodation free of charge in our on site guest house.
You can also attend one our family events or open days. Details can be found by clicking the image below.
We will then invite your son or daughter for a residential assessment, when we can give them a taste of College life.
They will be assessed academically in different areas of learning during the school day and will stay with other students in one of the houses so we can assess them residentially and socially.
The staff who have been involved all contribute to a report which is submitted to the Senior Leadership Team, the SENCo and the College Nurse who collectively decide if NCW is able to meet the needs of the young person.
If we think we can meet their assessed needs, we will make a provisional offer and send a full report to the Local Authority to support the funding application.
About EHC Plans
Having an EHC plan means the different agencies that provide your education, health and social care support will need to work more closely together to help you achieve your goals and make sure you are supported in the best way possible. You can find out more about Education Health and Care Plans from the Government website (www.gov.uk) or from a VI Support Charity such as VICTA UK or the RNIB.