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Schools can refer a child to the Fair Access Panel (FAP) to request a place at the Burnside Secondary School. This is usually if a child is at risk of permanent exclusion because their behaviour makes them difficult to manage.

A panel of head teachers, members of the Youth & Family Resilience Team and Educational Psychology will listen to the case and decide collectively if the child would benefit from a period of short intervention at Burnside Secondary School. 

If the panel are in agreement with an allocation, then the parent will be informed in writing of the panel’s decision and the Head or Deputy Headteacher will contact the parent to arrange an admissions meeting. 

Our aim is to admit new pupils within 10 working days. In the unlikely case that we are over subscribed, the pupil's case will be discussed at the Fair Access Panel and the pupil would be placed on a waiting list. 

How are children selected?

The process of selecting children is as follows:

1.   A concern regarding a child is raised by the school/parent.

2.   A referral made to FAP (Fair Access Panel),by the mainstream school.

3.   Referrals are discussed at panel and if Burnside is seen as a suitable intervention, the admission process begins.

4.    A meeting will be held with the parents/carers and consent to start at Burnside will be sought.

5.  Each child will join Burnside for up to two terms, with a phased induction if necessary to ensure their success.

Pupil Referral Units and Alternative provision in the London Borough of Waltham Forest provide education to borough children and young people between KS1 - 4 who at some point in their education, are unable to attend mainstream school. 

Schools and Academies in the LA collaborate in the process of identification and evaluation of pupils needs, the placement of pupils in Pupil Referral Units or Alternative provision as required and the monitoring of outcomes for pupils educated out of school through a Fair Access Panel (FAP).