Parents/carers cannot apply for their child to attend Three Towers.
Our planned places can be commissioned by local authorities, schools and medical consultants. The vast majority of places are commissioned on a full time basis, although some medical needs places may be commissioned on a part-time basis for outreach support to reintegrate a child back into school.
Wigan Council currently commissions the vast majority places so Wigan schools should refer to the Access & Inclusion Team for consideration of a referral to Three Towers.
Medical referrals should also be submitted via the Access and Inclusion team. The referral form should be accompanied by supporting evidence from a medical professional including recommendations about the extent of support required.
Number of Places
The number and type of place varies in response to the needs of the learners being referred, but the total number of places for full time provision are limited by available staffing. Medical needs provision is more flexible and responsive to need.
Referrals to Three Towers are considered and accepted on a needs-led basis. If we do not feel we can meet the needs of the learner we discuss this directly with the local authority who are responsible for providing alternative provision to excluded learners.
There are four part time intervention places and are brokered between the mainstream school and Three Towers directly. The top up funding for a place is paid by the school to Three Towers.
Wigan Council charges schools for the use of the places in Key Stages 2 to 4 so any funding discussions should be had with the Access and Inclusion Team. Referrals are considered by the weekly Referral & Placement Panel.
Referrals for learners permanently excluded from their school may be considered outside of the panel meetings on a case by case basis depending on capacity and need.
We will endeavour to admit those referrals which we accept within six days from receiving the referral.
Medical needs referrals
Referrals for children with medical needs are considered on a case by case basis as they are received.
In considering each referral to Three Towers, the panels discuss not only the appropriateness of the placement for the learner referred but also the effect the new referral will have on the wider group before deciding whether to accept the referral.
Once a referral has been accepted the relevant Admissions & Induction procedure is followed. This process depends on the type of referral; the key stage the learner is in; the support requested in the referral; the identified needs of the individual referred (including their wellness); the expected outcomes for the placement at Three Towers.
Whilst personalised to the learner the different procedures have common strands – a handover meeting at the learner’s mainstream school; a meeting with parents and when appropriate external agencies involved with the learner; a variety of academic baseline assessments, a 360 pastoral assessment; a risk assessment and a visit to the Campus for those referred for onsite provision.