The admissions process

Joseph Norton Academy is a popular special school catering for pupils in Key Stages 2-4 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties. Our vision is to be a widely-recognised, specialist nurture school with an unrelenting focus on safety, enjoyment and pupil progress. Our mission is to ensure that every pupil leaves school with the knowledge, skills and understanding required by adult life in 21st Century Britain.  At Joseph Norton we have four core values: respect, perseverance, cooperation and responsibility.

Joseph Norton Academy has 63 places and accepts new admissions from children who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which identifies social, emotional and mental health difficulties as their primary need.  Parents and carers may express a preference for the school under the Children & Families Act 2014.  Prior to naming us on a child’s EHCP, the LA must consult with the school over the admission of the individual child and carefully consider our response, parental views and whether Joseph Norton is suitable for the child given their age, ability, aptitude and SEND and whether the admission would be incompatible with the provision of efficient education at the school or the efficient use of resources. 

More information about our admissions criteria can be found here.