The council has details of state mainstream and special schools in
North Lincolnshire. There are also lists available of all approved
schools known as "non-maintained" special schools and all
You have a right to say which state school you want your child
to go to, either mainstream or special. This can be the school they
already go to. The council must agree with your preference as long
- the school you choose is suitable for your child's age,
ability, skills and special educational needs
- your child's presence will not damage the education of
other children already at the school
- placing your child at the school will be an efficient use of
the council's resources
In North Lincolnshire we have a primary and a secondary special
school. All mainstream schools have the facilities to provide for
all types of special educational needs. You can ask to see a
school's policies on special educational needs and visit as
many schools as you wish, to compare provision. All special
educational needs provision in North Lincolnshire will be monitored
by the council.
If you child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or
following the outcome of the assessment process, you wish to
express a preference for an alternative mainstream school or state
special school, you should make your request in writing to the Special
Educational Needs Section.
You may want your child to go to a school that is not run by
North Lincolnshire Council - a non-maintained special school or
independent school that can meet your child's needs. The
council will consider your wishes carefully before making a
decision. But, if there is a suitable state school, the council has
no legal duty to spend public money on a place for your child at a
non-maintained or independent school.
Deciding which school you would like your child to go to is an
important matter. Again, it is important that you ask for and get
all the information, help and advice you need, and that you talk
over any concerns you may have. The council and local Parent Partnership Service will be pleased to help you.
Before the council makes the final statement or should you have
any concerns regarding your child's school placement a meeting
can be arranged with a member of the Special Needs
Section to discuss your wishes or concerns.
Remember that you can take a friend, a relative or an
independent parental supporter with you when you visit schools or
meet an officer from the council.
The council has to consult with schools before naming it on the
statement, but the council makes the final decision. You will be
kept fully informed and any decisions will be explained to you.
Should the state maintained mainstream school refuse to offer your
child a place you will be informed of this decision and you will
have the right for appeal to the Special Educational Needs