Below is a summary of the key phases in the admissions
procedure.. Greater explanation of each phase is available in
the Donaldson's Admissions Policy. Please contact the school
for a copy.
- Initial Visit/Information Day: Parents and
professionals are invited to attend one of our termly Information
Days to see the school, meet the team and find out about our
- Referral: Following an initial visit, parents
or professionals can request an assessment visit for a child.
Donaldson's will request appropriate current reports to help inform
our decision on whether an assessment visit would be
- Assessment Visit: Following consideration of
reports appropriate pupils will be offered an assessment visit to
the school and to the residence, if required. The purpose of
this visit is to ascertain whether or not we can meet the
communication, educational and social needs of the young
person. Local authorities are informed when an assessment
visit is offered.
- Offer of Placement: If appropriate,
Donaldson's will make an offer of placement to the family, which is
copied to the local authority. The decision regarding funding
of the placement rests with the local authority.
- Trial Placements: Trial placements or extended
assessment visits may be offered if appropriate after an
initial assessment visit.
- Post-Placement Review: All placements
are subject to a post placement review, usually within 3 months of
starting. The purpose of the post-placement review is to review the
placement and to identify any changes that need to be put in place
to better support the education and care of the pupil.
- Placement: All placements are designed to best
meet the needs of the individual pupil. We take into account the
views of the young person, parents/carers, Donaldson's
multi-disciplinary admissions assessment team and the views of
professionals from the referring Local Authority or Health Trust.
All placements are subject to annual review.
As part of the application process for residential pupils we
strongly encourage a visit to Donaldson's for a full tour of the
Lodge to see where your child will be residing. For more
information on our residence please visit Our