The local authority is the admissions officer for The Walnuts School therefore, all referrals are managed by the Special Educational Needs Department.

All children admitted to the school have an Education, Health and Care Plan. Children can be admitted to The Walnuts School at any stage of their school career.

Pupils are only recommended for special schooling after a formal assessment of their educational needs has been made by members of the educational, psychological and medical services in close co-operation with you, as the child's parents. A parental request for a special school is moderated by the Inclusion Panel, using the Local Authority 'Guidelines for Admission to Special Provision' although the final decision rests with a Senior SEN Manager.

If a place is offered at The Walnuts School, then parents are asked to complete a few forms for administrative purposes. It greatly helps the process of changing schools if these can be completed promptly.

Informal visits

The Leadership Team are always delighted to show parents around and to explain about the school.We always invite parents to see the school, as soon as possible after receiving a request to consider them for admission. In many cases parents visit the school during the initial assessment period in order to help them to make an informed decision about schooling for their child, please note; these visits maybe group visits due to the high demand for places. We ask you do not bring children around as it may give false expectations and we try to limit the impact on the children in class.

However, parents should note that an invitation to visit does not constitute an offer of a place, nor does it indicate that the final outcome of an assessment will be a recommendation that your child comes to a school like The Walnuts School such decisions remain the responsibility of the Milton Keynes Council's Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team.