Admissions and assessments

Choosing an independent specialist school or college

Making decisions about the right school, college or placement for young people with special educational needs can be very difficult.

We offer individual assessments to families of young people with vision impairment and additional needs (including learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy and autism). We use these to find out as much as we can about your child’s learning and living needs, and how these might be supported through our experienced staff (for example, health and care, therapy and mobility, Braille and access technology). Our support is delivered by staff employed directly by our charity. They have experience of supporting children and young adults with visual impairment.

As part of the assessment we will make you aware of what we offer to young people with visual impairment and complex needs here at WESC Foundation. Similarly we will often suggest alternative provisions if we believe that somewhere else might best meet the needs of the young person.

Virtual Open Day

We have paused our regular programme of open days due to COVID-19 restrictions. Why not visit our Virtual Open Day and find out more about what WESC Foundation offers for young people with vision impairment and additional needs. You can also read our latest Prospectus and Brochure online.

The assessment process

As part of the assessment you may meet some of the following specialists:

  • teacher of the visually impaired.
  • mobility and habilitation specialist.
  • speech and language therapist.
  • braille or access technology specialist.
  • ophthalmologist.
  • orthoptist.
  • low vision specialist.
  • physiotherapist.
  • occupational therapist.
  • residential care manager.

Assessments are carried out in consultation with local authority advisers. We will share the results with the funding authority if a placement at WESC Foundation is appropriate.

Finally, a placement is subject to a funding agreement. For young people up to the age of 25 this could come from different sources. These might include the local authority, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Social Services and Healthcare.

You can also find out about the onsite health team, mobility and orientation specialists, therapists and other staff who provide Support for our young people.

Read or download a prospectus

You can read our latest Prospectus and Brochure online.

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