Getting a place at Swale Inclusion Service is different from applying for a mainstream school. Swale Inclusion Service provides education for those students who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer attend a mainstream school. The admissions process follows the Kent Fair Access Protocol.
The Protocol is required to ensure that children without a school place are found one as quickly as possible. This Protocol sets out the expectations on Kent County Council (KCC) and schools to work together to swiftly identify a school place for those children where there is difficulty finding one.
Kent’s Fair Access Protocol, developed in partnership with Heads and Principals sitting on district Fair Access Panels, ensures that outside the regular admissions round, unplaced children and young people, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable local school as quickly as possible. This will be done in a fair and transparent manner and is a process agreed by the majority of schools in Kent. All schools (including Academies) need to participate as the Protocol is legally binding on all schools.
On referral students and their parents/carers will be contacted by the service to arrange an induction meeting. In this initial meeting a home visit and an academic assessment will be scheduled, as well as identification and planning of a timetable and curriculum.