Communication Centre

The Communication Centre at Brompton Academy

(Eliot Centre)

Admissions criteria

Specialist provision for students with specific Special Educational Needs

Brompton Academy provides specialist provision for up to 20 students in each academic year group who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – previously a Statement of Special Educational Needs.  These students must have needs that are specific to the criteria covered by the Centre and have a separate admissions procedure, although they must all sit the fair banding test.

The placement is unsuitable for students who exhibit behaviours that could endanger themselves or others e.g. absconding from the school site or physical aggression

The 20 places are allocated between three specific groups of students:

·      Up to 4 students with Specific learning difficulty (Dyslexia) identified as their primary need on the EHCP

·      Up to 8 students with a specific Speech and / or Language Impairment identified as their primary need on the EHCP

·      Up to 8 vulnerable students with specific literacy, language or communication difficulties and social vulnerability identified

        as their primary need on the EHCP

The specific admission criteria that related to these groups of children are as follows:

SpLD  (Group of up to 4 students)

·      Must hold an EHCP where Specific Learning difficulties (Dyslexia) is the primary need

·      Cognitive ability is shown to be within the average range in areas not affected by their primary need

·      Requires specialist support to develop literacy skills

·      Must be able to access lessons in a mainstream environment

·      Must be able to access GCSE courses from Year 9

·      Behaviour, as a result of their learning needs, must be compatible with the efficient education and emotional well being of

       the other students in the group

Speech and Language Impairment (Disorder) (Group of up to 8 students)

·      Must hold an EHCP where the primary need is a severe speech, language or social communication with higher level  

       language impairment, with recognition that some students have additional difficulties

·      Cognitive ability is shown to be within the average range in areas not affected by their primary need

·      Speech and Language therapist report indicates the need for direct input from a Speech and Language Therapist

·      Must be able to access lessons in a mainstream environment

·      Must be able to access GCSE courses from Year 9

·      Behaviour, as a result of their learning needs, must be compatible with the efficient education and emotional well being of

       the other students in the group

Vulnerable Learners  (Group of up to 8 students)

·      Must hold an EHCP that identifies some form of literacy, language or communication difficulty and social vulnerability. This          

       may include high functioning ASD or social communication impairments

·      Cognitive ability is shown to be within the average range in areas not affected by their primary need

·      Language needs indicate that continued speech and language/ communication would be beneficial

·      Requires specialist support to develop literacy skills

·      Would benefit from the majority of their curriculum being delivered in a small group for Years 7 and 8 but must be able to           

        access lessons in a mainstream environment

·      Must be able to access GCSE courses from Year 9

·      Behaviour, as a result of their learning needs, must be compatible with the efficient education and emotional well being of            

       the other students in the group

All students who have Brompton Academy Communications Centre cited as their named place of education within their ECHP will also need to sit the Academy’s Fair Banding test. There are two opportunities to sit the test – one in early September and one in mid October of the year prior to entry to the Academy.