SEND College information

This is a detailed list of Colleges in the Birmingham area and how they are currently operating, contact details and how they are taking applications during the current period of social distancing. Our guide will be kept up-to-date as and when things change.

 

Argent and Glasshouse Colleges (Ruskin Mill Trust)

Contact Details

Central Admissions Contact Number: 0330 055 2653 Central Admissions Email: Admissions@rmt.org Admissions Web page: https://www.rmt.org/admissions/ Website www.rmt.org

Current Status

Open

Application and Assessment Process

The process for receiving EHCP’s, referrals and applications remain the same. All students must complete a college application form online or request one by post. SENAR’s preference form (Birmingham students only) will also need completing. In terms of assessments, they can offer Skype/VC facilities at this time, although most colleges within the trust have now resumed residential assessments also, while continuing to adhere to social distancing measures. Where a physical visit is required, these are also being offered at select times throughout the week where footfall is at its lowest around the provision.

Open Days

Where possible they are still offering virtual visits in the first instance – so virtual tours are being drafted to accompany their provision literature /  prospectus etc. They also have photos of the Glasshouse site to send to prospective young people and their families and an aerial video of our farm site.

Additional Information

They are currently working on virtual videos for Glasshouse and Argent,  but  do have photos of the site to send to prospective young people and their families and an aerial video of our farm site (Glasshouse).

Heart of Birmingham Vocational College

Contact Details

In the interim Deslyn Paul will take calls from schools and parents between 9:00 and 3:00 on 0121-809 0666. Usual contact details Heart of Birmingham Vocational College 328 Bromford Lane Birmingham. B8 2SD 0121 809 0666 Website www.hbvc.ac.uk/

Current Status

Closed 

Application and Assessment Process

All students must complete a college application form and SENAR’s preference form (Birmingham students only). The college is still accepting applications.

Open Days

No more planned But visits and assessments can be arranged when the college re-opens. This will be reassessed after Easter.

Additional Information

Full list of offers to be sent by SENAR.

The Hive College (Wilson Stuart)

Contact Details

Kim Everton – College Principal. Email k.everton@wilsonstuart.co.uk www.wsucbpt.co.uk

Current Status

Closed

Application and Assessment Process

Contact Kim Everton who is able to answer any queries from parents and can consider any more applications.  

All students must also complete a college application form and SENAR’s preference form (Birmingham students only).

Open Days

None arranged but contact the college regarding visits and assessment when it reopens or send an email.

Additional Information

The college have been in touch with most of their new allocations for September to confirm places and have said the college will follow up as soon as possible after the Easter

Queen Alexandra College (QAC)

Contact Details

Admissions team Email admissions@qac.ac.uk Website www.qac.ac.uk

Current Status

Open

Application and Assessment Process

All students must complete a college application form online or request one by post. SENAR’s preference form (Birmingham students only) should also be completed. 

QAC are now doing their best to respond to referrals sent in from SENAR in the normal way.  However, normal working practices are still very much reduced but they are starting a process of telephone assessments for the outstanding referral requests where it is felt that a decision cannot be given either way based on the paperwork alone.

 

Paperwork is being assigned to a lead coordinator in the coming weeks to carry these out.

Open Days

EXPLORE QUEEN ALEXANDRA COLLEGE – FROM YOUR HOME!

DATE
Thursday 25th June 2020

TIME
10.00am – 12.00pm

More info

Additional Information

QAC college film provides viewers a flavour of what student life is like at QAC – https://www.qac.ac.uk/college/qac-in-film/17.htm 

Trinity Specialist College

Contact Details

Contact the college by phone or email from 20th April 2020. Phone: 0121 378 3242 Email: info@trinityspecialistcollege.co.uk

Current Status

Closed

Application and Assessment Process

Once the college receive confirmation of September 2020 starters, they will be able to let people know if they can take anymore applications. Assessments can not take place at present, but this will be reviewed as soon as possible in line with Governments Guidelines. They are still looking at EHCPs that are coming in from Local Authorities ahead of offers.

Open Days

They will arrange college tours for September 2021 enquiries as soon as possible.

Additional Information

Are expecting to get a list of proposed September 2020 starters from SENAR (Birmingham LA) and other Local Authorities soon.

Victoria College

Contact Details

Clare Scattergood, Head of College

01214770274

07841921152

c.scattergood@victoriacollege.bham.org.uk

Current Status

Closed – will be reassessing the situation against government guidelines.

Application and Assessment Process

Applications are made via SENAR’s preference form (Birmingham students only). You can apply now for September 2021, although they welcome enquiries in the first instance.

Open Days

Additional Information

Full list of offers to be sent by SENAR.

SENAR (no current updates).

September 2020 starters

Preference forms* would have been returned to Birmingham City Council during the autumn term of 2019 (this year’s leavers) and college applications* should have already been made.

Week beginning 24 February 2020

· A notice of amendment and a letter of intent will be sent identifying any proposed amendments to the EHC Plan and the intended Post 16 setting to be named in Section I of the EHC Plan. You will have 15 days to make written representations to the proposals

On 31 March 2020

· Final or amended final EHC Plan will be issued to name the young person’s allocated Post 16 provision for September 2020. A SENAR principal officer’s name will be included on the letter sent with the plan.

September 2021 starters

Preference forms* usually come into schools during the summer term. These are for students in their penultimate year e.g. year 10, 12 or 13.

· The Preference Form is to notify SENAR of which school/college to consult with to ensure that settings can meet the students need. They may also consult with other local colleges.

· Colleges also require an application form following their usually process.

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50034/birminghams_local_offer_send/1964/transition_to_post_16_placement

SENDIASS

The Birmingham Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

The service is impartial, confidential, and free. If you’re a parent or young person being assessed, the service can:

· Help you to understand the referral process

· Act as a named contact throughout the process

· Help you to communicate with everyone involved in the assessment process

· Provide information about personal budgets

· Put you in touch with other people who can help, if necessary Currently available via email SENDIASS@birmingham.gov.uk

Birmingham Educational Psychology Service Helpline for Parents and Carers.

Birmingham Educational Psychology Service is providing a telephone helpline for parents or carers who feel they would benefit from a consultation with a psychologist to support with any concerns related to how to cope with this challenging time.

Areas of concern you may wish to discuss, which can be related to school or family life, could include:

• Concerns around the current situation and its impact on your child and family

• Supporting you to support your child’s emotional and other needs and looking after yourself so you can do so

• Concerns about family relationships, friendships, learning, daily structure and activities.

You will be offered an initial telephone consultation of 30 minutes with a psychologist

If you would like to access this service please email; epsparenthelplinenorth@birmingham.gov.uk with the following information:

• Your name

• The telephone number you would like to be contacted on

• The name of your child’s school

• Times and dates you are not available for a consultation

• Whether an interpreter is required for you to access this service

We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible to confirm a time and date for your consultation.