Informal Visits: West Lea School hosts open morning’s and/or afternoons to help parents/carers and children to decide whether they think our school is appropriate for them.  We will provide parents/carers and children 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. In order for us to offer a placement, applications much go through SEN Services. Our upcoming open events are:

Meridian Campus

Dysons Road – 10.30am

Wednesday 1st November 2023

Springfield Road 

Thursday 5th October 2023

CANCELLED – Thursday 2nd November 2023

Thursday 7th December 2023

Haselbury Campus 9.15am-10.30am

Thursday 21st September 2023

Thursday 19th October 2023 

Thursday 16th November 2023

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.

We look forward to meeting you!

How are formal referrals made? 

A formal referral comes to the school from SEN Services via SEN Panel. This means that the LA has decided West Lea School is appropriate and has agreed to liaise with the school regarding placement. The referral is made to the CEO.  If the CEO (having read the reports) and consulted with the Head of School decides that placement is not appropriate, he will inform the LA. For more information or to make contact with SEN Services, please follow the link below:

If the CEO decides that placement is appropriate, he will discuss with relevant staff (including class teachers, nurses and therapists, via the Head of School) for comment. If placement is agreed by all concerned, the school’s admissions team will inform the LA. The LA will then write to the parents/carers, inviting them to make an appointment to discuss transition arrangements and a start date. 

A Starting School Meeting will then be organised. Initially the parents/carers and young person will meet the class teacher where the transition arrangements will be established together with the eventual full-time start date. If necessary, the meeting will involve the nurse and parents/carers and child to establish medical provision and to draw up a care plan; appropriate therapists will be invited to these meetings. 

Horizon Campus

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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