3 Dimensions is an approved, independent special school for 16 pupils aged 7 to 25 and provides Key Stage 2 up to Secondary and post 16 education for children and adults with learning disabilities, vulnerability in the community and communication difficulties including ASD. Our residential provision is registered to provide day tuition as well as boarding or residential facilities for up to 52 week care and we accept referrals from all over the UK.
Our school is an “approved” independent special school and its details are published on the Section 41 Secretary of State Approved List.
This means that 3 Dimensions School appears alongside other approved schools and institutions when local authorities publish the local offer of support available to children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and must refer to the institutions on the approved list.
All institutions on the approved list have a reciprocal duty to co-operate with the local authority on arrangements for children and young people with SEN, and to have regard to the statutory guidance in the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (Code of Practice).
The Children and Families Act 2014 also gives parents and young people the right to express a preference for “approved” independent specialist provision when their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is being agreed and completed. Under section 38 of the Act, if an EHC plan names a maintained school or academy, FE college, non-maintained special school or approved Section 41 independent special institution, the local authority must secure a place at that institution and the institution must admit the pupil or student and a place is available.
Click on our Local Offer page for more information on the loal offer and links to useful sites providing further help and advice.
Referrals and admissions can occur throughout the year and at any age. LA permission and funding must be granted in order for the pupil to enrole.
The Local Authority (LA) may enquire or apply formally by emailing our Care/Contracts Manager (see 'Contact' page) or by using the email above.
Family members should use the above contact details to make initial contact and visit our Parents and Family page for further information.
3 Dimensions need to be able to assess whether the school is able to meet the child’s needs. This requires us to assess the needs outlined within the Young Person's Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and through assessing any additional needs by speaking to parents and carers as well as meeting the child.
This is to ensure that the child's social, health and welfare needs can also be met appropriately. For this, we request therapist reports as well as opportunities to meet the Young Person.
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