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Amber Valley and Erewash Support Centre provides education for pupils who are permanently excluded from mainstream education, or at risk of permanent exclusion.
Before being referred to a Support Centre, it is likely that pupils will have received considerable support in school from teachers, teaching assistants and sometimes a behaviour support teacher.
Admission Criteria
Pupils are admitted to the roll of AVESC if they meet the following criteria:
  • They are Year 3 to Year 11
  • They have been permanently excluded from a Derbyshire mainstream school / or are at risk of permanent exclusion
  • They have been transferred from Holly House ESBD Special School at the end of Year 9 (Year 10 and Year 11 pupils)
  • They have taken up residence in Derbyshire and have been previously attending a Support Centre for permanently excluded pupils, in a county where the Local Authority operate a policy of preventing permanent exclusions by placing pupils in a Support Centre and who would have been permanently excluded but for this policy

As an Alternative Provision, we do not specifically accept admission of children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The exception to this is where a child or young person has been diagnosed and gained an Education, Health and Care plan while currently accessing education within the academy at KS4. Within these circumstances, it is possible for the child or young person to remain with the academy if the following is correct:

  •    the needs of the child are best met in the academy

  •    an additional transition would detrimentally affect the child

  •    the child is already making good or better progress and parental preference is to maintain the education in place with additions as mandated in the plan.

AVESC is not a proxy for SEND provision. Our ethos is also in line with the advice from the new AP Admission template from the DfE, which states:

‘Alternative provision should not be used as a proxy for SEN provision nor as a solution for children who are not attaining high standards at other schools. They exist to re-engage children with education. They should normally aim to work towards reintegrating pupils back into mainstream provision.’

However, AVESC will discuss each and every child on an individual basis and take all issues into consideration.

Dual Registration

As a means to prevent permanent exclusion, AVESC works closely with local schools and clusters, offering dual registered placements for an agreed time period.

Admission Process

All admissions will come through to the school, and be considered on a weekly basis. Admissions are considered by:


  • The Headteacher and site leads


Admission Process

  1. Information about the academic, behavioural, social and emotional needs of the student is collated by the Integration Pathways Team (IPT) and presented in a Pupil Information Form (PIF). Integration Teachers provide additional information to further inform the decision

  2. For all Key Stages, the AVESC liaises with parents or carers when a decision regarding placement has been made

  3. AVESC will ensure that all the necessary information has been received before considering the referral

  4. AVESC will consider the needs of the pupil and agree an appropriate provision to meet those needs, taking into account the places available across the school's sites

  5. Priority will be given to Children in Care and pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs


Transfer of pupils between Support Centres

  1. The referring Support Centre will provide an up to date Pupil Information Form (PIF) about the student, to include: current behaviour; academic progress; relevant information provided by other agencies; and reason for referral directly to AVESC

  2. AVESC will ensure that all the necessary information has been provided before considering the referral

  3. Priority will be given to Children in Care and pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

  4. The pupil will remain on the roll of, and continue to attend, the referring Support Centre whilst the arrangements for admission to AVESC are made

  5. AVESC will liaise closely with the referring Support Centre and parents, and will inform them of arrangements for visits to new provision (including external providers), and the start date at the new provision

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