All children and young people have a statutory entitlement to full time education from the age of 4. The linked documents (at the bottom of this page) explain:
Our processes [links to copies of the information, both in Word and as a PDF are on this page]
Our principles [we follow principles agreed by all West Midlands Virtual Heads].
If a child or young person in care needs an education placement or may need to change education placement please do the following:
For children in care to Stoke on Trent aged 4+
Contact the Virtual School before taking any further action:
Howard Rowley – Deputy Head Virtual School
Phone: 01782 233038
For children in care to other Local Authorities without a statement of SEN/EHC plan
Contact the admissions team before taking any further action
NB: if the child/young person has been receiving non-mainstream education without a statement of SEN/EHC, the home local authority (LA) is expected to maintain funding for this arrangement. We will work with the home LA on an appropriate package. The home Virtual School (VS) must share this information when they contact our admissions.
Gillian Machin - Head of Admissions
Phone: 01782 234598
For children in care to other Local Authorities with a statement of SEN/EHC plan, with funding for special school education
Contact SEN Monitoring and Assessment before taking any further action
Nikki Woolliscroft - Senior Case Worker SEN Assessment & Monitoring
Telephone 01782 236840
If you want advice about our Early Years offer for children aged 2+ go to please see the Early Years section of this website.