North East Derbyshire Support Centre provides education for pupils who are permanently excluded from mainstream education, or at risk of permanent exclusion.

Prior to referral 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 North East Derbyshire Support Centre if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are Year 3 to Year 11

  • The educational needs of the pupil can be met by this Support Centre

  • They have been permanently excluded from a Derbyshire mainstream school / or are at risk of permanent exclusion OR

  • They have been transferred from Holly House Special School at the end of Year 9 (Year 10 and Year 11 pupils) OR

  • They have taken up residence in Derbyshire and have been previously attending a state-funded AP 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

Dual Registration

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


 All referrals will come through to the school, and be considered on a weekly basis. Referrals will be made by the Local Authority OR at the request of a cluster school via the local cluster meeting. NEDSC is represented at both the Chesterfield AIS and Peak 11 cluster meetings.


Admissions are considered by:


  • The Headteacher, with 

  • One or more remaining members of the Senior Leadership Team


Admission Process

  1. Information about the academic, behavioural, social and emotional needs of the student is collated by the Inclusion 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 North East Derbyshire Support Centre liaises with parents or carers when a decision regarding placement has been made

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

  4. NEDSC 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

  6. In the event that all commissioned places are allocated to pupils, the school will operate a waiting list, prioritising pupils as per the Local Authority commissioning agreement 


Transfer of pupils between State-Funded APs (PRUs, AP Academies and AP Free Schools)

  1. The referring state-funded AP 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 NEDSC

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

  3. Students will be considered along with all other referrals, and prioritised as per the Local Authority commissioning agreement. Ordinarily, priority will be given to Children in Care and pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP

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

  5. NEDSC 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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