Batchwood School is one of four secondary SEMH schools in Hertfordshire. All students at Batchwood School have a Statement of Educational Needs or an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
When a young person is being considered for admission to an SEMH school their case is heard at a Provisions panel which decides the type of school that would best meet the needs of that individual student. Following this a Placement panel meets to allocate an actual provision. This is normally the closest provision available, but alternatives can be suggested if the closest provision is at or over its capacity, or a parent/carer agrees to provide transport to their preferred choice.
Once a place has been allocated at Batchwood School, we arrange a visit for the student with parents/carers and quickly follow that up with a home visit. As soon as transport is organised a start date will be agreed between Batchwood School and the parents/carers.
Batchwood School primarily educates students from the Dacorum and Central Hertfordshire areas, with a few pupils from slightly further away and a few from neighbouring local authorities. This is different for girls, as Batchwood is the only provision within Hertfordshire that caters for girls.
If your son/daughter has a statement or EHC Plan, please contact Rina Dhadra our SEN ’gatekeeper’. She will be able to advise you on the processes available for considering Batchwood School as an appropriate provision for your child. Her contact details are below:
SEND officer for St. Albans & Dacorum area SEN team
Hertfordshire County Council
Hemel Hempstead HP3 9BF
Tel: 01442 453449