West Lea’s current ‘Admissions Guidance’ can be found here or at the bottom of the page. This is an important document as it will help parents, carers and learners to make an informed choice as to whether West Lea School would be an appropriate placement.

Enfield’s ‘Local Offer’ for SEND provides help and support to children and young people with SEND and their families. The ‘Local Offer’ can be found here:

How learners are admitted (placed) at West Lea School

All learners at West Lea School have an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) and as such it is the Local Authority who is responsible for placing them in the school or other appropriate provision. This process happens:

  • As part of the ‘assessment process’ (when the EHCP is first being set up) when a placement is agreed.
  • At ‘Phase Transfer’ (Reception, Year 7 and Post 16).
  • As a ‘change of placement’ following an Annual Review of the learner’s EHCP
  • If the learner moves and can no longer attend the current placement.

In all these situations, it is important that parents, carers and the learner express an informed preference to the Local Authority as this will be used by the Local Authority to formally consult with the school.

Consultation Process

  • The Local Authority formally consults with the school to determine whether it can meet the Special Educational Needs (SEN) of the learner. The decision to consult will be informed by parental preference and the appropriateness of the provision.
  • The school is required to reply to this consultation within a 15-day time period.
  • The Local Authority will use the consultation response to make a decision whether to place the learner at the school.
  • Once the Local Authority places a learner (the school is named on the learner’s) EHCP,  the school begins the admissions process.

Informal Visits: West Lea School hosts open morning’s and/or afternoons to help parents/carers and learners to decide whether they think our school is appropriate for them.  We will provide parents/carers and learners with information and seek to understand the special needs of the child.  If it is obvious that placement at West Lea would be inappropriate, we will advise parents/carers accordingly.

Our Open Mornings/Afternoons provide an opportunity to meet with the Head of School and some of the Leadership Team, and to be shown around the school. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session. If you would like to attend, please contact the school office on 020 8807 2656.

Click here for ‘Open Days’ document.

We look forward to meeting you!

Horizon Campus – Post 16

Post 16 phase transfer – all young people with Education Health and Care Plans aged 16 and over in Year 11, Year 12, Year 13 or Year 14 will receive a letter from the local authority asking about their future pathway preference.  There are a number of options available to students including;

  • joining the Sixth Form at West Lea’s Horizon campus (for students aged 16+) 
  • going to another 6th form college or Further Education college; moving to a 6th form in a different school; starting a supported internship, traineeship or apprenticeship.  

We encourage all students to explore all of these options to make an informed decision about their next steps. 

To learn more about what we can offer, please see Horizon webpages and for details of our employability courses visit our website for more information about West Lea’s pre-internship and supported internship programmes.

If you have any queries regarding admissions, please give us a call, or email us at We would be delighted to hear from you.

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