A referral to The Beach School is made by the home/mainstream school's Learning and Support Team. An Access Request Form is completed by all parties and this is via the home-school to The Department at Macquarie Park.
Applications are then considered at a placement panel where a final decision regarding placement is made.
If the referral is approved the mainstream school and parent/carer are notified by The Department's Learning and Engagement Officer with a Letter of Offer.
During this time an orientation and initial meeting will be held with the student and parent/carers (before the offer is accepted). Enrolment procedures and documentation should be completed at this time including the Letter of Offer acceptance. The Letter of Offer acceptance should then be forwarded to The Department's Learning and Engagement Officer.
The school aims to start the student at The Beach School within two weeks of a Letter of Offer. Students will integrate into The Beach School over two weeks or longer if required.
The student retains their place at the referring school.
All students are reviewed each term (parent/carer and supporting agencies to attend) to discuss the student's progress. Documentation is placed on the guidance file for future reference.
What is a placement panel?
A placement panel is a group made up of staff fromThe Department Student Support Services and school-based staff who meet at the local regional office to consider all the requests for support class placements for schools within that area.