Children with special educational needs or disabilities may move to a residential school in certain situations, such as:
- where achieving their educational outcomes isn't possible in existing school or other settings
- where there are unsatisfactory home circumstances
- where the journey times negatively impact on their welfare and/or education.
If Surrey's residential school has places available, there may also be occasions where a placement at it is possible for other reasons.
Access routes for residential placement at a Surrey residential special school (PDF) explains in detail the conditions applying to these residential placements.
Residential placement criteria review
New legislation and changes in context require the current criteria for placing a child or young person in residential provision to be updated. Surrey County Council is currently formulating a set of new residential placement criteria options. This review concerns exclusively special schools in Surrey who offer a defined residential experience.