Pupil placement at Horizon School is commissioned by the Local Authority. Referrals for the provision are thus Local Authority responsibility with places determined at the weekly Alternative Provision Panel. The Panel is chaired by a Local Authority (LA) Commissioner and made up of LA Officers e.g. Family Services, Inclusion Team etc… The panel prioritise offer of places based on presentation by school to the panel and completed referral form. 

Referral process

An Inclusion Referral Form is completed in full by mainstream school and sent to the Specialist Education Services team with any additional evidence. Parental permission must be obtained before the case is discussed. During the school’s discussion with parent/carers we are happy that an invitation to the parent/carer to visit Horizon School is extended. We acknowledge that it is important for a parent/carer to visualise what we are able to offer and meet our highly skilled and supportive team before agreeing to a referral. This may be done by parent/carer (or school) contacting Horizon School directly.